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Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
Toni Weschler
0060937645
January 2002
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Book Review
This comprehensive book explains in lucid, assured terms how to practice the fertility awareness method (FAM), a natural, scientifically proven but little-known form of birth control (which is not to be confused with the woefully ineffective "rhythm" method). Author Toni Weschler has been teaching fertility awareness for almost 20 years, and it's only just now gaining in popularity. As the book explains, by using simple fertility signs including peaks in morning body temperature and changes in cervical position and cervical mucus, it's possible to determine when ovulation is taking place. Fertility awareness is therefore useful for not only couples who are trying to conceive, but for those who are aiming to avoid pregnancy without the use of chemical contraceptives. It will be of special interest to those women who...


Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition: Can What You Eat Affect Your Menstrual Cycles and Your Fertility
Marilyn M. Shannon
0926412094
June 2001
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PCOS, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Your Fertility: Your Guide to Self-Care, Emotional Well-Being, and Medical Support
Colette Harris
1401902928
October 2004
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Book Description
In this book, two women who have had PCOS provide strategies for boosting fertility.

About the Author
Colette Harris is a leading health journalist and magazine editor from the United Kingdom (UK) who was diagnosed with PCOS in 1996 and is currently wondering: Will I be fertile if I decide I want children? She has a degree from Oxford University and has been writing pioneering articles on PCOS in international newspapers and magazines since 1997 in order to raise awareness of the condition and campaign for better treatment and understanding for women who have it. Her passion is finding practical self-help strategies from nutrition to stress relief that have a profound effect on PCOS symptoms but also empower the women who use them. Colette is a frequent speaker at...


The Garden of Fertility
Katie Singer
1583331824
May 2004
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Book Description
The Garden of Fertility is a guide to using fertility awareness-that is, reading fertility signals in order to prevent or achieve pregnancy. Certified fertility educator Katie Singer explains how to observe and chart fertility cycles to determine when a woman is most fertile to increase chances of conception, or to exercise birth control naturally-a method that, when followed precisely, is as effective as the Pill. Unlike other books on fertility awareness, The Garden of Fertility also describes how to use the charts to gauge gynecological health and offers nonmedical options for strengthening reproductive wellness. This book provides all the information women never learned in sex education class, but should have.

About the Author
Katie Singer is a certified...


Six Steps to Increased Fertility: An Integrated Medical and Mind/Body Program to Promote Conception
Robert L. Barbieri
0684855232
December 2001
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Book Review
It's time to make a baby. You and your partner ditch the birth control, chart your cycle, pinpoint Ovulation Day, and then proceed to make wonderful love, reveling in the joy and excitement of creating new life. Later, you make lists of names, even daydream about your child going to your alma mater. Then reality hits. You don't get pregnant.

In high school, they warned, "It only takes one time." But age, health problems, and the anxiety that often builds around an inability to conceive can turn that early admonition into a mocking refrain. Today, about 20 percent of couples find themselves riding the cyclone of fertility frustration, alternately flying high on hope, then plunging into despair as each month passes without a positive pregnancy test. For anyone who's been trying to get pregnant for at least a year ...



The Whole Person Fertility Program
Niravi B. Payne
0609801988
May 1998
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Book Review
Women having difficulty conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term will gain much wisdom from this book. Basing her program on the mind-body connection, author Niravi Payne has developed a therapeutic program for connecting with one's inner self to uncover the reasons behind fertility problems. In a nutshell, that means that women who can't conceive may not want to conceive in the first place. They may have other psychological barriers to conception, such as feeling that their partner isn't right for them, or ambivalence over what they see is a trade-off between motherhood and their career. "Emotions, whether conscious or unconscious, provoke physical responses," says Payne. She says that the most sophisticated fertility treatments in the world won't help women whose infertility is purely emotionally based, but for women who...


Conquering Infertility
Alice D. Domar
0142002011
Feb 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Focusing on a topic the author covered more briefly in Healing Mind, Healthy Women, Domar, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard, with freelance writer Kelly, provides here a well-written and supportive self-help manual for women who have been unable to sustain a pregnancy. The stresses that accompany infertility can impact negatively on a woman's relationship with her husband, family members, friends and colleagues. Domar strongly recommends and fully describes such relaxation techniques as yoga, meditation, journal writing and guided imagery as useful ways to cope with infertility treatments, feelings of failure, and obsessive envy of women who are mothers. She also details how to overcome sexual and emotional tensions that spring up between married couples around this issue. Drawing on case studies and...


The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
Randine Lewis
0316172294
January 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Lewis, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, believes infertile couples should turn to Chinese medicine as an alternative to what she considers painful, invasive and time-consuming Western treatments. She first explains, "Traditional Chinese medicine holds that a woman's body must be gently nourished and encouraged to bear fruit.... I have found that most hormonal imbalances (which contribute to 40 percent of documented cases of infertility, yet are considered untreatable by conventional Western medicine) respond to Eastern methods of treatment." In Lewis's experience, women who have undergone three to six months of the dietary changes, herbs and acupuncture treatments become pregnant with no further effort. Lewis intersperses her somewhat technical examination of the program with anecdotes about her patients,...


Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception
Amy Ogle
034544096X
September 2002
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From Library Journal
This valuable pre-pregnancy resource should be welcomed by prospective parents. Ogle, a dietician, exercise physiologist, and personal trainer, and Mazzullo (OB-GYN, Northwestern Univ. Medical Sch.) recognized that while the importance of optimal health during pregnancy is widely acknowledged, relatively little information is available to consumers about the significant 90 days that precede conception. Stressing that preconception counseling is relevant for all couples, not just those who may be "high risk," the authors present clear and realistic advice about a range of subjects relating to the smooth delivery of a healthy baby. Among the topics covered are women's health and gynecological well-being, nutrition, fitness evaluation and exercises, men's issues, medications and herbs (which are "baby-friendly"?), and...


Enhancing Fertility
Chris D. Meletis
1591200547
June 2004
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Book Description
The goal of this book is to provide a clear guide to conception based on natural, safe, well-researched therapeutic approaches. Both men and women will find a wealth of helpful information on what to do-individually and together-to fully realize their fertility potential.

About the Author
Chris Meletis, N.D., is a naturopathic doctor, currently in practice at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where he serves as dean of naturopathic medicine and chief medical officer. He lectures widely and is the author of many books, including "Safe Herbs," "The Instant Guide to Drug-Herb Interaction," and "Better Sex Naturally." Liz Brown is a freelance health and nutrition writer based in Portland, Oregon. She earned a B.S. in nutrition from the...


Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally: The Latest Information on Conceiving a Healthy Baby on Your Timetable
Christopher D. Williams
0786885564
February 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Infertility specialist Christopher D. Williams, M.D., counsels the "everyday, presumably fertile couple" in The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally: The Latest Information on Conceiving a Healthy Baby on Your Timetable. Two-career partners can often have a difficult time coordinating and planning what should be a joyful undertaking. Williams outlines steps to be followed, such as taking vitamins within the recommended dosages to cover deficiencies, discontinuing birth control methods within sufficient time, along with exercising and eating well. His timetable is clear and concise, and his list of sources and bibliography offer further assistance. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Williams, a medical doctor specializing in obstetrics...


Dr. Richard Marrs' Fertility Book
Richard Marrs
0440508037
Feb 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
Marrs, the head of the Institute for Fertility Research in California and editor of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Blackwell Science, 1993), offers an up-to-date, no-nonsense look at infertility. Enhanced by detailed illustrations, his text reviews both causes and treatment. Marrs does not gloss over the pitfalls of treatment and the likelihood of a cure. In outlining the avenues to take, he discusses assisted reproductive technologies, including current embryology lab techniques. Thankfully, he does not limit his discussion of the emerging field of reproductive immunology to antiphospholipid antibodies, which is just one immune disorder, but broadly considers immunological problems, a topic not discussed in other infertility books. Emotional and financial issues are given equal weight (the unique...


How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby: The Method Best Supported by Scientific Evidence
Landrum B. Shettles
038548562X
December 1996
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From Library Journal
In this fourth revision, some steps of sex-selection have been refined or eliminated over the years, but the accurate determination of time of ovulation remains the basic tenet. The authors endorse the cervical mucous method for ovulation detection and consider other procedures as alternatives or additional means in achieving success. They attribute traditionalists' reticence to providing sex-selection guidelines to a concern for ethical questions of "gendercide," but they argue that most parents do consider sex-selection to balance families. It is an alluring concept, judging by the popularity of previous editions. This updated and moderately priced version is highly recommended for public libraries.- Mary Hemmings, Health Science Lib., McGill Univ., MontrealCopyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This...


Our Stolen Future : How We Are Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival-- A Scienti
Theo Colborn, et al
0452274141
March 1, 1997
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Book Description
...this controversial and groundbreaking book discusses how synthetic chemicals and toxins negatively affect the normal reproductive and developmental process...includes a foreword from Vice President Al Gore.


Fertility for Dummies
Jackie Meyers-Thompson
0764525492
Apr 2003
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Book Description
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...



Getting Pregnant: What You Need to Know Right Now
Niels H. Lauersen
0684864045
May 2000
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Book Description
Whether you are young and fertile, over 40 and having trouble conceiving, or anywhere in between, here is the best resource to help you get pregnant. The only must-have fertility book, Getting Pregnant, completely revised and updated, not only addresses the needs of those who cannot conceive but serves as the ultimate guide for anyone planning to have a baby, now or in the future. Addressing the newest, state-of-the-art medical treatments for infertility, Getting Pregnant gives you all the latest news on: eight brand-new fertility drugs donor eggs and donor sperm a new 15-minute in-office surgery that can double conception odds breakthrough technologies for preventing chronic miscarriage how both sex and lifestyle factors affect fertility, including the "Nine to Five" guide for protecting your reproductive...


Fertility and Conception
Zita West
0789496909
Jan 2004
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Book Description
Aimed at couples that are planning to start a family, from those who have already experienced problems conceiving to those who have only recently decided to have a baby, Fertility & Conception is loaded with advice and up-to-date information on maximizing fertility. Bridging the gap between conventional and complimentary treatments, the book offers a unique approach to fertility by offering "Plan A", a 4-week preconception program of diet and complimentary therapies, and "Plan B," which focuses on combining conventional treatments such as IVF, with complimentary treatments. In clear, easy-to-understand prose, the author provides cutting-edge information on all the latest fertility tests and treatments, and offers advice on how to achieve healthy ovulation through diet, correct hormone balance, and reducing the effects...


The Infertility Diet: Get Pregnant and Prevent Miscarriage
Fern Reiss
1893290395
June 1999
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From Library Journal
This unique natural healing "recipe" book describes the way food affects a couple's ability to get pregnant and stay pregnant. Reiss, who studied cooking and nutrition at the Culinary Institute of America and the Kushi Institute for Macrobiotic Studies, combines her educational background with medical research to conclude that a balanced diet of whole foods rich in vegetables, fruits, and grains may improve one's fertility. Claiming personal success, she discusses general good eating habits and the physiological basics of timing. Reiss has organized her book by fertility problem and its nutritional remedy (for example, eating yams may correct a short luteal phase defect). Food groups rather than vitamin dosages are emphasized (and vitamin pill supplements discouraged), which leads to vague recommendations of the...


What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems
Daniel A. Potter
1569243719
May 2005
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Library Journal
"This easy-to-read, empathic guide covers every option for infertile couples wishing to conceive-and much more."

David R. Marks, M.D., M.P.A, medical reporter for WCBS-TV, New York and CBS Newspath and internal medicine specialist
"...the ultimate read for prospective parents dealing with fertility issues. I highly recommend it!"

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What to Do When the Doctor Says It's Endometriosis
Thomas L. Lyons
1592330290
Nov 2003
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Book Description
In this book you will learn about: alternative treatments that can alleviate pain and calm symptoms. How to assemble a health care team that is on your side and will help you achieve the medical results you want. The truth about endometriosis and its impact on fertility

About the Author
Cheryl Kimball is the former director of Chronimed Publishing, a health book publisher with a focus on books on diabetes. She has successfully collaborated on book projects in the past, the most recent being What to do When the Doctor Says PCOS (Fair Winds Press, 2002). Thomas L. Lyons, M.D. is the Medical Director for the Center for Women's Care and Reproductive Surgery in Atlanta, Georgia. He is on the staff of the Advanced Surgery Center of Georgia, Northside Hospital-Cherokee, St....


The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need to Know to Maximize Your Chances of Success
Liza Charlesworth
0738208973
May 2004
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Parents Express March 2005
"This book offers support, guidance and valuable information for the couple considering this process."

Book Description
A wise and compassionate guide to getting successfully through one of the most expensive and stressful fertility treatments. Despite the fact that it is an expensive, complex, emotionally draining, and often last-ditch fertility treatment, there are now over 250,000 couples who consider in vitro fertilization (IVF) every year; more than 125,000 couples decide to undergo it. While dry, clinical information is available, there is a gaping need for sisterly advice from someone who's been through the process herself. From evaluating care and preparing for the complicated process to understanding egg retrieval and embryo transfer; from tips on taking...


Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa
Katherine Dettwyler
088133748X
July 1993
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JOURNAL OF BIOSOCIAL SCIENCES, Vol.27 1995
". . . this book has two main advantages. First, it engages the reader, because it is well written. Second, it offers a broad scope for discussion of academic and practical issues."

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY, Vol. 6, No. 5 1994
"The ongoing critique of ethnography has, happily, changed the genre, and today real people walk the pages of the best ethnographies. Dettwyler's DANCING SKELETONS is surely one of the best. The text emerges as an extended meditation on applied fieldwork as a gradual melding of people and meaning."

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Helping the Stork : The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination
Carol Frost Vercollone, et al
002861917X
October 7, 1997
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Book Description
Helping the Stork The sourcebook for all the information parents-to-be need to know about the choices and challenges of donor insemination Each year donor insemination (DI) offers a pathway to parenthood for the hundreds of thousands who turn to family-building alternatives. Although DI is considered as often as adoption, couples facing male infertility, as well as single women and lesbian couples, have had few places to turn for information about this method, which has been shrouded in secrecy. In Helping the Stork, parents-to-be, as well as friends and family, doctors, and counselors, can explore the choices and challenges raised by this alternative to overcoming childlessness. This comprehensive handbook moves through each step of the process: reaching a solid decision about whether donor insemination is the best...

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