What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems

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Infertility can be a couple's biggest nightmare, and for many of them, technology is the only place to turn for a chance at successfully conceiving their own child. In What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant, world-renowned fertility expert Dr. Daniel A. Potter and Jennifer S. Hanin—a journalist who conceived twin girls through in vitro fertilization—walk readers step-by-step through the intricate process of having a baby using the latest technologies, sharing insider information on all possible procedures, how ...
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Overview


Infertility can be a couple's biggest nightmare, and for many of them, technology is the only place to turn for a chance at successfully conceiving their own child. In What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant, world-renowned fertility expert Dr. Daniel A. Potter and Jennifer S. Hanin—a journalist who conceived twin girls through in vitro fertilization—walk readers step-by-step through the intricate process of having a baby using the latest technologies, sharing insider information on all possible procedures, how to choose the right doctor, what questions to ask, and how to live a healthy "fertile" lifestyle to increase the chances of success. For the first time, readers will have access to detailed information on the very latest scientific advances in the field, including prescreening for genetic diseases, gender-choosing, and pre-selecting desirable traits for children. Complete with smart advice on handling emotional issues caused by the frustrations of infertility, What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant is the only guide couples will ever need to navigate the complicated maze of technology and science leading to parenthood and to make informed choices about their treatment, family, and future.
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From natural family planning to high-tech methods like in vitro fertilization (IVF) and zygote and gamete intrafallopian transfers, this easy-to-read, empathic guide covers every option for infertile couples wishing to conceive-and much more. Reproductive endocrinologist Potter (director, Huntingdon Reproductive Ctr. Medical Group, CA) and Hanin, a freelance journalist who has conceived two children through IVF, begin by outlining the reproductive system and showing how to recognize infertility. Guidance on choosing a doctor and discussion of what to expect of an infertility workup, what such a workup might find, and how to assess treatment options follow. Other topics include sperm and egg donation; embryo donation and surrogacy; technologies that allow prescreening for genetic diseases, sex selection, and preselection of desirable traits; keeping a relationship healthy; deciding when to move on; and the role that legal and mental health professionals play in all these processes. A glossary and resource list of various organizations round out the text. This solid, up-to-date resource supplants Debra Fulghum Bruce and Samuel Thatcher's Making a Baby: Everything You Need To Know To Get Pregnant. Recommended for most consumer health collections.-Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn. Lib. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569243718
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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Daniel A. Potter, MD, is a world-renowned reproductive endocrinologist and director of the internationally acclaimed Huntington Reproductive Center Medical Group in California. Dr. Potter is a frequent speaker at numerous hospitals, medical centers, and fertility centers and organizations, including The American Society for Reproductive Health, The American Infertility Association, The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, Inc., and Resolve Organization. An advocate for women's healthcare, Dr. Potter also serves an an attending physician at Women's Hospital in Los Angeles and as a medical director at the Anaheim Memorial Medical Center.

Jennifer Hanin, MA, is a freelance journalist and the mother of twin girls concieved through in vitro infertilization.

Pamela Madsen is the executive director of The American Fertility Association and the mother of two children concieved through in vitro fertilization.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Condescending and Over-Simplistic

    I purchased this book after the many positive reviews and then wondered if we were both reading the same book! I found much of the advice out-dated, simplistic and really...quite condescending! By the time women reach for a book like this chances are you're pretty much near the end of your rope and have tried everything. Advising women about "menstrual cycles" like speaking to 14 yr olds at a highschool gym is not helpful. I wanted ANSWERS as to why we were struggling with fertility. Dr. Potter really doesn't know and offers platitudes about nutrition and stress reduction. More importantly I wanted solid concrete next steps and suggestions how to proceed: Coming into Dr Potters clinic for a pricey consultation was not what I had in mind. This book could have done with a little less pomp on Dr Potters part (yes, I'm certain you are a fine RE) and a lot more empathy on what a woman struggling with infertility is going through. My advice, such as it is, would be to purchase the book INCONCEIVABLE by Julia Idichova. Its 1000x better and written by a woman who's been there and understands.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    Excellent

    I highly recommend it. I must say that I learned a lot from the book, I specially found the charts very handy. It's an easy to read book considering that it has a lot of medical info. After I finished reading it I went through it again to highlight the essential to me. Congratulations to the author, because she went through the whole process, the book was very directed to women who go through the same effort in the search of pregnancy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2006

    What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems

    I tried everything under the sun to get pregnant and nothing seemed to work until I got my hands on this book. I read it just before I started IVF and got pregnant on my first try! It explains so much of what I didn't know about gettting pregnant and helped me understand that it's not my fault (or my partner's) and it gives you tips to regain control of your life. The chapter on relationships is worth it's weight in gold but it also has great information on how the IUI and IVF process works, what to know about surrogacy and egg donation, adoption, and so much more in an uplifting, easy-to-read format. I like the fact that the authors really get it ¿ both we¿re fertility patients themselves and seemed to understood that most of us trying to get pregnant are driven to be parents -- biological or not. Most of all, the book captured how I feel about being infertile and to me this says it all. This is one you won¿t want to do without. I loved it so much I bought a few extra ccopies to send to friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2006

    What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems

    This book is outstanding! It reversed the worn out fertility myths that so many of us hold on to as truths. I learned so much from this book. I had no idea that the odds of getting pregnant naturally each month are next to nothing, that the majority of my husband's sperm will NEVER get beyond my cervix, and that my egg quality declines each year. I guess I thought that like Jane Seymore and Holly Hunter (both actresses older than me) that I would have no problem conceivig well into my late 30's or even 40's. This is the book to buy if you want to know what to do if you can't get pregnant. The title says it all. This book prepares you for tackling the world of infertility treatments. It worked for us!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems

    Like most men I approached this whole infertility thing with an inate plan -- a quick exit -- until my wife left this 'must read' on my nightstand. It didn't take long to figure out that the authors had not only walked the path we were walking but could inform us each step of the way how we could succeed. Unlike most of the other books I've skimmed (off my wife's nightstand), this one really spoke to me and captured my feelings exactly. I can't say enough about the chapter on men's issues. Trust me, this chapter alone is worth the paperback cover price. If anyone out there has a husband who is reluctant to seek fertility treatment do him a favor and BUY THIS BOOK. We now are proud parents of twins as a result!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    This is the only book to buy

    This book has been a great help to my husband and I. We have purchased several of the infertility books on the market, and this one was by far the most helpful, easy-to-read, supportive, and informative. It covered areas the others do not, and helped us understand the infertility process from start to finish. Many of the other books were too technical, too ¿jargony¿, or not from a patient¿s perspective. Still others seemed to make light of the situation, rather than helping us feel comfortable with our infertility. ¿What to Do When You Can¿t Get Pregnant¿ was the perfect solution for us. It provided the balance of a successful patient with the medical knowledge of a well-respected fertility doctor. As an aside, I am an English teacher, and did not find ANY typos or missing words in the book (and believe me - when they appear, I spot them right away). My guess is that someone here has some sour grapes they want to post... don't believe them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems

    I ordered this book without reservation and have been thanking the authors ever since. It's a huge improvement over some of the other books I've read and it really did speak to both my husband and me. This is something that we couldn't find in other fertility books because they were either too technical or so personal that it turned us off. This book was by far the best of the bunch and every friend I've shown it to says the same. I liked all the chapters in the book and especially liked the relationship chapter as it gave us tips on how to handle the emotional rollercoasters that sometimes accompany fertility treatments. My husband loved the chapter on male infertility and said that it captured his feelings exactly. We highly recommend this book. It's excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems

    This book is far better than anything I've read on the subject and I've read them all. My husband and I are about to go through our first IVF attempt and this book taught us everything we need to know and more. Whether you're attempting low tech treatments or going for IVF 'What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant' gives you the inside information of what to expect in a compassionate and friendly way. I was so pleased with it I even bought spare copies for a friends who were also having a hard time getting pregnant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Typos

    I have only read about 20 pages so far but have already come across several typos and missing words in the text and even in one of the many charts included in the book. I am shocked to see so many errors in a professionally published book. Did anyone proofread it??? It makes me doubt that the information in the book is completely accurate since it is presented so carelessly. I will probably return this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    Not as good as expected

    I was surprised that I did not like this book as much as other reviewers. On the plus side, it does cover a lot of information. However, sometimes the information was summarized to such an extent that it was inaccurate. As an example, when describing how to use OPK's, the authors say that if you have irregular cycles, you should use an OPK every few days. However, as OPK packages tell you and other books say, you need to do it EVERY DAY or else you could miss the one day of the surge. There are other places where statistics are summarized to the extent that they are not accurate. Finally, there are typos and spelling errors through the book. This type of lack of care makes me concerned about what other types of errors might be in the book.

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