50 Essential Things To Do When The Doctor Says It's Infertility

50 Essential Things To Do When The Doctor Says It's Infertility

by B Blake Levitt


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If you and your partner have received a diagnosis of infertility, you need to know that you are not alone: infertility, especially among men, is on the rise. Even more important, you need a helping hand to lead you through the bewildering, expensive, and sometimes painful medical options and alternative treatments that may let you achieve a successful pregnancy. This essential resource lets you take charge, get started, and determine the best solutions for you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595092352
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2000
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1What Infertility Is1
Introduction: Understanding Infertility3
1.Find an Infertility Specialist6
2.Know What to Expect from an Infertility Workup10
Part 2Understand the Physiology of Female Infertility15
3.Know What Causes Infertility in Women17
4.Get to Know Your Menstrual Cycles18
5.Understand the Rise and Fall of Hormones During Your Menstrual Cycle21
6.Investigate Fertility Drugs25
7.Understand Ovarian Problems28
8.Learn How to Recognize Corpus Luteum Problems32
9.Research Fallopian Tube Disorders34
10.Investigate Uterine Disorders36
11.Get to Know Your Cervical Mucus39
12.Do Not Despair About Past Miscarriages41
13.Understand How Female Sexual Dysfunction Affects Fertility47
Part 3Male Infertility49
14.Know What Causes Infertility in Men51
15.Find Out More About Sperm Production53
16.Protect Your Sperm From Radiation57
17.Learn Which Testicular Abnormalities You Can Correct59
18.Find Out if A Genetic Disorder is Affecting Your Fertility61
19.Keep Your Genital Temperature Cool64
20.Investigate Autoimmunity66
21.Know the Effects of Medications on Your Fertility68
22.Understand What Blocks Sperm Flow70
23.Consider Vasectomy Reversal74
24.Understand How Male Sexual Dysfunction Affects Fertility76
25.Understand How Preexisting Illnesses Affect Fertility84
26.Investigate the Effects of Environmental Toxins on Male Fertility87
27.Recognize That Sometimes It's the Infertile "Couple"89
Part 4Pay Attention to Your Lifestyle93
28.Use Alcohol Sparingly95
29.Stop Smoking97
30.Stop Drug Use99
31.Fine-Tune Your Nutrition and Exercise102
32.Beware of Chemical Toxins106
33.Learn About Electromagnetic Fields109
Part 5Stack the Fertility Deck in Your Favor115
34.Learn How to Predict Ovulation117
35.Space Your Ejaculations121
Part 6Investigate Today's High-Tech Infertility Solutions123
36.Look Into Some Reproductive Options125
37.Explore Artificial Insemination Using the Husband's Sperm (AIH)127
38.Find Out About Donor Sperm (AID)130
39.Find Out if You're a Candidate for in Vitro Fertilization (IVF)134
40.Keep Up with the Latest in Vitro Approaches138
41.Explore Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT)140
42.Become Informed About Surrogacy142
43.Educate Yourself About Embryo Transfer144
44.Investigate Adoption146
Part 7Set Up Your Support Team149
45.Seek Psychological Allies151
46.Try Not to Think of Sex as "Work"155
47.Take a Vacation from Trying to Conceive161
48.Understand Your Ambivalence164
49.Decide When Enough is Enough167
50.Pay Gentle Attention to Grief and Mourning171

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