9781558329584

The Fertility Doctor's Guide to Overcoming Infertility Discovering Your Reproductive Potential and Maximizing Your Odds of Having a Baby

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    9781558329584

  • ISBN10:

    1558329587

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-01-07
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press

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Summary

Give yourself the best-possible odds for getting pregnant and having a baby with this concise, expert, and encouraging companion as your guide!

In the only general guide to infertility written by a medical doctor who specializes in the subject, Mark Trolice, MD—who is board-certified in both OB/GYN and REI (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility)—shares the practical knowledge he has gained from working in infertility medicine for years, with many hundreds of patients, alongwith the warmth and wisdom he has acquired from getting to know prospective parents from all kind of backgrounds.

The journey from infertility to fertility, from childlessness to a brand-new baby, can be long and arduous. It involves complicated medical diagnoses, a wide range of treatment options, a host of potential lifestyle changes, lots of emotional ups and downs, and—even with the best medical insurance—challenging financial decisions. Your doctors cannot decide everything for you, and that is why an authoritative and comprehensive book, written in clear and understandable language for the layperson, is essential. This is that book.

The book opens with an exploration of all the possible causes of infertility, covering both couples who have never been pregnant and ones who have had recurrent losses of pregnancies. Unique among infertility guides, this volume gives roughly equal weight to male and female causes, which is important because about 40% of infertility cases are due to men's issues—and some couples need to address issues in both the prospective mother and prospective father. It covers endometriosis, fibroids, POS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), tubal factor, male factor, and other possible causes.

Next it looks at your treatment options. Importantly, these are not just medical interventions, but they also include lifestyle changes you alone can make, involving sleep, diet, exercise, and other forms of self-care. Among medical options, IUI (Intrauterine Insemination),  IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), and various surgical procedures are covered in detail. 

Some couples are lucky to have a short journey to fertility. For others, the process takes years. With a gentle and sure hand, and non-judgmentally, Dr. Trolice guides you through the many decisions you need to make along the way, such as whether or not to continue treatments, whether to change practitioners or treatments, and whether it is a good idea to continue to spend money on procedures not covered by your insurance. He understands that these are emotionally weighty decisions that involve the future of your family, and he provides ample grounds for optimism and hope, empowering you as you take this journey.

Author Biography

Mark Trolice, MD, is a leading medical expert on fertility and a physician who has counseled many hundreds of couples as they cope with and solve their infertility challenges. He is board-certified in both OB/GYN and REI (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility). The clinic he directs, Fertility CARE: The IVF Center is in Winter Park, Florida, and he is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He lectures frequently to experts in his field, but also speaks often to lay audiences of prospective parents. He is one of the few infertility specialists in the world to host an infertility podcast. On his podcast, Fertility Health, he reviews and discusses the most recent infertility topics, trends, and technology. He has appeared more than one hundred times in newspapers, on websites, and on television stations as a friendly and authoritative voice who can speak directly to parents about their concerns. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Brenda Strong
Preface
1 The Music of Medicine
2 First, Protect Your Fertility
3 Optimizing Women’s Prenatal Health
4 Understanding Ovulation
5 The Reality of Ovarian Age Testing
6 Optimizing Men’s Prenatal Health
7 Confronting Infertility
8 Confronting Secondary Infertility
9 An Overview of Infertility Causes and a Guide to the First Steps in a Fertility Evaluation
10 Treatments You Should Avoid
11 Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL)
12 Endometriosis: Pain or Infertility?
13 Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
14 The Male Factor
15 Self-Help Fertility Methods
16 Fertility Medications
17 Reproductive Procedures
18 Embryo Testing and Genetics
19 Financing Infertility Treatments
20 Early Pregnancy Complications
21 Preserving Fertility from Cancer
22 LGBTQ Fertility Options
23 Three Case Histories on Donation and Adoption
24 The Top Ten Questions and The Hard Facts about Each
Definitions of Acronyms and Initialisms
Resources
About the Author
Index

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