Fertility For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback))

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Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it. People do it too—have babies, that is—but sometimes they need a little help getting there. Often the problem is simple and can be handled without medical intervention. Unfortunately, in many cases it’s more complicated and can lead to a long, costly, and emotionally trying treatment process. Each year, more than 6 million people become fertility patients in the United States, alone. And they’re just the ones who can afford treatments which can cost as much as $20,000—with no guarantee of success.

Ready for a baby but having a hard time conceiving? In this friendly guide, fertility patient, Jackie Meyers-Thompson and fertility expert Sharon Perkins use humor, heartache, and the real-life experiences of actual patients to cover the complete fertility story. In jargon-free language, they clue you in on the essentials of human reproduction and what can impede it. And they tell you what you need to know to:

  • Take control of your fertility
  • Optimize you chances of conceiving
  • Know why you’re not conceiving
  • Understand your treatment options
  • Find the right doctor and work with him or her
  • Navigate the confusing world of fertility treatments

From basic life-style changes to in vitro fertilization, Fertility For Dummies covers all the basic and high-tech fertility choices available. You’ll discover what you need to know about:

  • The female anatomy, the logistics of getting pregnant, and behaviors you should or shouldn’t change before trying to conceive
  • Fine-tuning conception efforts using methods to predict ovulation, best sexual behaviors, diet, vitamins and supplements, and more
  • Tests for diagnosing fertility problems and understanding the effects of various diseases on fertility
  • Choosing a specialist and choosing a treatment, including intrauterine insemination and fertility injections
  • In vitro fertilization, what to expect physically, emotionally, and financially
  • Third-party reproduction—working with sperm donors, egg donors, embryo adoption, and surrogates

Relax, discover your fertility options, and let Fertility For Dummies be your guide to having a baby.

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From the Back Cover:

"This book is like having a friend and a fertility expert with you every step of the way."
—Joan Lunden, mom and broadcast journalist

Explains the basic and high-tech fertility choices

When getting pregnant gets hard, use this guide to help you succeed

Are you ready for a baby but having a hard time conceiving? This friendly guide uses humor, heartache, and the real-life experiences of actual patients to cover the complete fertility story – including the latest advances and hopes for the future. Find out when to see a specialist, what's involved in treatment, and how to manage your worries.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

About the Author:

Jackie Meyers-Thompson, a public relations professional, spent more than three years becoming a successful student of high-tech fertility when she and her spouse simply tried to conceive.

Sharon Perkins, RN, is Nurse Coordinator at a large infertility clinic visited by patients from around the world.

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