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Overview

Each book in this popular series offers practical advice about an illness or condition in a clear and accessible style, written by leading authorities in the field.

Infertility is a significant health issue and one that has received increasing media attention in recent years. It is also a surprisingly common problem, with an estimated one in seven couples having difficulty getting pregnant. This book is written for those who would like to know more about fertility, who may just have discovered a problem in getting pregnant, or those who have been trying for some time.

Infertility: The Facts covers all aspects of infertility, from investigation, treatment, successful pregnancy, to coping with childlessness. The book provides the facts about your body, your fertility, and the different types of treatment available. Knowing the facts can reduce your worries about treatment and empower your choices. The text is written in a plain-spoken style that is easy to read and absorb, and diagrams, graphs, photographs, and drawings are used to illustrate important points. Case studies, myths, and facts are highlighted throughout the text to bring the key concepts to life. The book concludes with a helpful glossary of technical terms and details of reliable sources to get more information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199217694
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/5/2009
  • Series: Facts Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Melanie Davies's special interest is infertility and assisted conception and she has worked in this field for 15 years. Caroline Overton's special interest is endometriosis and laparoscopic surgery. Lisa Webber's special interest is ovulation problems and polycystic ovary syndrome.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

About the authors ix

Contributing authors xi

1 Overview of fertility and the biological clock 1

2 Preparing for pregnancy 7

3 Getting pregnant: a background to hormones and how the body works 11

4 How to choose your clinic 17

5 The law and fertility treatment (regulation) 21

6 The initial consultation: what is covered in your first clinic visit? 27

7 Why aren't I getting pregnant? Fertility tests 33

8 Counselling: dealing with the emotional aspects of infertility 45

9 Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) 51

10 Male fertility 55

11 Treatment options before IVF 65

12 Problems with ovulation and polycystic ovary syndrome 71

13 Ovulation induction 79

14 In vitro fertilization (including ICSI and IVM) 89

15 Ovarian hyperstimulation 105

16 Preimplantation genetic tests 111

17 Sperm donation (donor insemination) 121

18 Egg donation 129

19 Surrogacy 137

20 Fertility and the older woman 149

21 Gynaecological problems and fertility 155

22 Tubal surgery 169

23 Reversal of sterilization and reversal of vasectomy 177

24 Pregnancy after fertility treatment 183

25 Coping with infertility 193

26 Adoption 199

Useful addresses and further reading 207

Glossary 215

Index 223

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