A Complete Guide to Infertility from One of the Nation's Leading Clinics
William Schoolcraft, MD, HCLD
More than 7.3 million women in the United States are unable to have children because of infertility challenges, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Women and men diagnosed with infertility often feel overwhelmed and panicked; they are eager for accessible information and medically sound guidance. In this breakthrough book, Dr. Schoolcraft, one of the most renowned fertility specialists, offers hope to prospective parents by explaining what they need to know, including:
• choosing the right physician and clinic
• finding proven treatments for each condition
• dealing with the emotional challenges of infertility
• understanding the financial aspects of treatment
If at First You Don't Conceive offers the latest information in the key areas of fertility drugs, insemination, in vitro fertilization, male infertility treatments, fertility options for cancer patients, and much more. It saves millions of hopeful parents from suffering and confusion by allowing them to become their own best advocates in the fight for fertility.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have read A LOT of books about infertility during my 5 year/13 procedure fight that resulted in my beautiful son. I wish this book had been available to me in the beginning of my fight, although I read it with interest and found myself learning stuff long after I thought I had heard it all.
The book covers the basics on through the more high tech including the diagnostic tests and procedures such as IUIs, IVFs, donor sperm, donor eggs, gestational surrogates, egg freezing, and genetic testing. There was a chapter devoted to alternative medicine (heavily influenced by Randine Lewis whose book I have also read.) The part of the book that I really appreciated was Chapter 17: The Emotional Challenges of Infertility. I am very happy that a medical doctor "gets" and seriously acknowledges the emotional suffering that infertility inflicts.
Most infertility veterans have heard of Dr. Schoolcraft and The Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicing. I always thought...
This book is worth taking a look at if it's in a public library, but I wouldn't recommend buying it. The book suffers from apparently not having an editor. There are many examples of things like poor organization and non-descriptive headings and titles. For example, the second chapter explains the basic diagnostic tests done for infertility and is confusingly entitled "Becoming your own best advocate." Worse, there are statements that are not explained well and may be misleading as written. For example, the author states near the beginning of the book that diet has no effect on fertility. While it may make sense to be wary of fad fertility diets, it is strange to suggest that what you eat has no effect on your fertility. He later suggests that diet is important, so I am not sure what he meant by that statement. At some points the author seems to forget who his audience is, getting bogged down with detailed information about medical conditions or procedures that are not properly...
Like another reviewer said... where was the editor on this book? I found 2 pieces of total misinformation in this book. On p. 14 under Simple Tricks (for getting pregnant), regarding temperature charts it says to "Have intercourse as soon as you notice the temperature rise." Anyone who's read anything about temping knows that after your temp rises it is too late because you have already ovulated. On p. 21 regarding cervical mucus it says "...when cervical mucus changes to a clear consistency like egg whites, ovulation has already occurred." What??! Nothing could be further from the truth! Egg white cervical mucus indicates impending ovulation because it allows the sperm to travel in it. So, while the book did have some good information in it, it kind of left me wondering what else was misinformation but I just didn't realize it because I didn't have the background knowledge.
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