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The unofficial guide to getting pregnant

Author: Joan Liebmann-Smith; Jacqueline Nardi Egan; John J Stangel
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Once you decide to start a family, you may think pregnancy will occur quickly. However, it takes the average healthy young couple six months to a year to conceive. This guide helps you get in the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Liebmann-Smith; Jacqueline Nardi Egan; John J Stangel
ISBN: 9780764595509 0764595504
OCLC Number: 61425727
Description: xvii, 430 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction.I. Preparing for Pregnancy.1. A Healthy Start.The preconception checkup.Healthy choices.Age and fertility.Age and problem pregnancies.Preserving your fertility.Pursuing pregnancy after cancer treatment.The road to pregnancy.Just the facts.2. Conception and Misconceptions.Reproduction 101.The journey toward conception.When everything goes right.Misconceptions.Just the facts.II. Pursuing Pregnancy.3. Try, Try Again.Realistic expectations.Ovulation: a woman's key to conception.Sperm: the key to male fertility.When everything seems to be going wrong.Just the facts.4. What Conceivably Can Go Wrong?Coming to terms.Whose problem is it, anyway?What's the problem?Structural abnormalities in women.Structural abnormalities in men.Unexplained infertility.Just the facts.III Doctors and Diagnoses.5. Choosing the Right Doctor.Putting off the consultation.Looking for Dr. Right.Making the most of your consultation.Taking charge of your fertility treatment.The doctor-patient relationship.Switching doctors.Just the facts.6. Getting to the Root of the Problem.The infertility work-up.Narrowing the possibilities.Specialized tests for women.Specialized tests for men.Genetic testing.Diagnostic decisions.Getting ready for treatment.Just the facts.IV. Traditional Treatments.7. Fertility Drugs and Other Nonsurgical Treatments.Indications for fertility drugs.Back to basics.Ovulatory disorders and fertility drugs.A guide to fertility drugs.Fertility drugs for men.Artificial insemination.Just the facts.8. Surgical Solutions.Surgical innovations.Surgical solutions for women.Surgical solutions for men.To have or not to have surgery.Just the facts.V. The Assisted Reproductive Technologies.9. The Current and Future State of the ARTs.Who do the ARTs help?What's involved?The ARTs from A to Z.Promising new techniques.Cryopreservation today and tomorrow.Embryonic stem cell research.Cloning.Just the facts.10. Considering the ARTs.Emotional considerations.Medical considerations.Other considerations.Choosing an ART program.Making sense of ART success.Factors influencing success.Other important decisions to make.Just the facts.VI. Alternative Solutions.11. Is Third-Party Reproduction Right for You?Third-party reproduction options.Considering third-party reproduction.To tell or not to tell.The adoption option.Just the facts.12. Pursuing Third-Party Reproduction.Sperm donation.Egg donation.Embryo donation (and sperm/egg donation).Traditional surrogacy.Gestational carriers.A summary of the options.Finding a program or agency.Screening and other guidelines.Important questions to ask.1Just the facts.13. Complementary and Alternative Solutions.Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).CAM and infertility.Should you go the alternative route?Just the facts.VII. The Social, Emotional, and Financial Sides.14. The Infertile Couple....And doctor makes three.Sex on schedule.Fertility fights: whose fault is it, anyway?How men and women cope with infertility.Talking it over...and over.Fertility rights.Long-term effects.Just the facts.15. Living and Working in the Fertile World.Coming out.The fertile earth.Job interference.Working through your problems.Just the facts.16. Surviving and Resolving Infertility.A multitude of losses.Regaining control.Mourning your losses.Survival strategies.Deciding that enough is enough.Childless by chance...or choice.Just the facts.17. Money Matters.The costs of treatment.The insurance debate.What's covered, what's not.Cost-cutting strategies.State mandates.A few final thoughts.Just the facts.A. Glossary.B. Recommended Reading List.C. Resource Guide.D. Sample Genetic Testing Flow Sheet.E. State-by-State Infertility Insurance Coverage.Index.
Responsibility: Joan Leibmann-Smith, Jacqueline Nardi Egan, and John J. Stangel.
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