Books about Fertility
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I'll be 40 this year and we just started trying to get pregnant. The last
time I did this was 20yrs ago! I feel a bit silly saying it, but I need to
understand how to get pregnant now! I assume things have changed, docs know
more now, etc. I want to start with a book I can read with DH (or to DH!).
What's the best book out there for how to do the one thing I've been trying
NOT to do for 20yrs?! Many thanks.
You're going to get this a million times - but Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni
Weschler is the TTC bible.
Hopefully others will have recommendation as far as TTC at age 40 - but TCOYF should get
you started as far as what fertility signs to look for - will help you figure out if
you're still ovulating for starters!
I was in the exact same boat as you w/ the same questions. My recommendation is to talk
to your Ob/Gyn right away. My 1st was not planned. Trying w/ my second and nearing 40
and it's been 8 months w/ no success. Wish I would have read some of these books and
talked to my Dr. earlier. The 1st book is super important.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility - T. Weschler
The Mother of All Pregnancy Books
The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally
If you go to Amazon.com you can see the authors of the other books if you pull up the
first book. Also, I was able to find all these books in my local library. Other
recommendation is to get knowledge quickly but then try to have fun. I keep setting
deadlines for my self and I think that's caused stress & problems. Sex is automatic
rather than natural. So, I'm probably missing biological signs that would otherwise
spur timely sexual activity. Good luck.
I really enjoyed 'The Garden of Fertility'. Here is a link to the author's website
http://www.gardenoffertility.com/ I think its a great place to get started and has good
info about nutrition, etc. for good reproductive health as well as the basics of how to
and how not to get pregnant. Kristina
Taking Charge of Your Fertility helped us, I believe. I think that it takes a little
patience to get to know your body and it's cycle. Also, I think having an Ovulator
Predictor Kit (digital w/ smiley face) was extremely helpful. Kimberly in SF
I liked ''Taking Charge of Your Fertility''. Lots about how our bodies work...
Taking Charge of Your Fertility is the best book out there. Definitely worth buying your
own copy. You'll learn so much about the way your body works. It's very rewarding.
Took charge of my fertility
I didn't read the question, but my favorite book was ''The Infertility Cure'', by Randine
Louis I was told by fertility experts that it was unlikely I would have a child. After
reading her book, I called her and she recommended Dr. Lifang Liang. I now have a two year
old, which I had when I was 41.
I'm not sure if this should perhaps be an advice wanted
posting. I'm looking for a fertility/pregnancy book that's
really clinical, with explanations about what's really going on
in the body. The book ''Taking Charge of Your Fertility'' is a
good start (especially regarding hormone fluctuations throughout
the menstrual cycle and how they relate to fertility), but I'd
like something more in depth, going beyond just the hormone
fluctuations, and also with more expanations about why something
occurs due to a particular hormone or process. eg: progesterone
causes the basal body temperature to increase, but why?
Basically, I'm looking for something less intense than a medical
textbook, but more informative than the standard books I've
looked at. However, I'm open to buying a textbook (say, at the
UCSF bookstore since they are a medical university) if there's
one (or two) that could provide a lot of information in a way
that I could understand, but I don't know where/how to find the
right one. I'd love to hear from anyone with suggestions.
You might check out Resolve (www.resolve.org), a national
organization that addresses issues of fertility and infertility.
They have a collection of Fact Sheets on different topics
related to infertility (and so by extension, fertility and the
reproductive system) that I have found to be excellent in both
the amount of real medical information and level of
complexity. They are just right for an intelligent lay-person.
I'm an ob/gyn nurse practitioner, and ''Taking Charge of your
Fertility'' is the book I usually recommend to patients, but if
you want real depth, the ''bible'' of the field is ''Clinical
Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility'' by Speroff et al. I
don't know of a book that's not a textbook that's better
than ''Taking Charge..'' Good luck! (The Speroff book is very
expensive...if you're in the Berkeley area, you're welcome to
borrow mine, just email me)
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