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Niels H. Lauersen , Colette Bouchez
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Book Description

May 25 2000
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 health on the job

Getting Pregnant also provides a wealth of practical information about the exercises, foods, and supplements that encourage a faster, healthier conception, as well as brand-new, all-natural techniques that influence the gender of your child. You'll also find a helpful six-month personal pregnancy planner that addresses all of your pre-conception health and medical needs.
Don't miss the new chapters that focus on protecting, increasing, and extending fertility, while new frontiers in both the treatment of male fertility and the science of motherhood are explored.

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About the Author

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and educated throughout the capitols of Europe as an obstetrician/gynecologist and fertility expert, Dr. Niels Lauersen has dedicated more than four decades to treating and educating women about their health, in both US and abroad. He is the author of over 100 medical papers published in journals worldwide and he is the founder of The New York Medical Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Lauersen is the author of eight books on women's health including his groundbreaking gynecology guide It's Your Body and his international bestselling guide to fertility Getting Pregnant: What You Need to Know. Dr. Lauersen is also the medical director of GettingPregnantNow.org, the premier online site for pregnancy and fertility information.

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Introduction: The Really Good News About Getting Pregnant

When I was in medical school in the 1960s, the birth control pill was the prescription of the decade. Indeed, young men and women were far more concerned with avoiding pregnancy than with getting pregnant. Happily, this is no longer the case. Today, getting pregnant is something more and more couples view as a joyous life-expanding experience to be celebrated and cherished. And, too, we have seen the "birth" of the single mother, with many women choosing to honor the alarm on their biological clock by becoming mothers whether or not they have a suitable mate in mind.

Fortunately, along with these changes in our attitude about pregnancy came some equally important scientific advances that made it faster and easier for all women to get pregnant, and for most couples to achieve their parenting goals.


  • New information about both male and female biology has given us ways to encourage not only faster but healthier conceptions, with fewer chances for miscarriage and birth defects.

  • Discoveries concerning the cause of infertility have given us new ways for men and women to protect their childbearing ability as well as their sexual vitality while they safely postpone childbearing.

  • Outstanding advances in nutritional therapy have given us new ways to harness the power of vitamins and minerals and in the process helped us not only reduce the risk of birth defects but also protect and even increase fertility, in both men and women.

  • Stellar progress made in the treatment of infertility itself -- including powerful new medications, new forms of microsurgery, and brand-new laboratory-assisted procedures -- has not only allowed more previously infertile couples to get pregnant, but has given us new ways that even parents over age thirty-five can have a safer, healthier pregnancy.



In fact, thanks to what we have learned in the past several years alone, almost every woman who wants to have a baby can have one!

Why I Wrote This Book

Although the field of reproductive medicine continues to explode with new advances, my deep commitment to fertility research goes back several decades. As a member of several key scientific teams I have devoted thousands of hours to reproductive research, and my work has taken me around the world more than three times, to the capitals of Europe where the first "test tube" baby was conceived, to Russia, South America, and the Far East -- anywhere I could learn the latest information on the reproductive system. Beginning in 1990, I joined forces with a team of dedicated physicians and researchers to create a medical center specifically to deal with infertility problems. As a result I have been able to see, firsthand, the exciting, almost miraculous ways in which the field of reproductive medicine has continued to grow, and how it can and does change peoples lives.


  • Couples who were thought to be hopelessly infertile are now able to conceive and deliver not just one, but two and three perfect children.

  • Those who previously miscarried up to fifteen times are now giving birth to healthy, full-term babies.

  • Women who thought they were "too old" to have a baby are now giving birth to wonderful, beautiful children. Even those women who reach menopause prematurely -- in their mid-forties, for example -- have brand-new options for having a baby of their own.



Time and again my colleagues and I have witnessed a dramatic rise in the number of our fertility patients who are able to have all-natural conceptions and healthy pregnancies just by making a few simple dietary and lifestyle changes.

As astounding and important as these advances were, as I traveled the country giving lectures and making television appearances, I began to see that too many couples were still not taking advantage of all the possibilities. My colleague and coauthor Colette Bouchez, an award-winning and respected medical journalist and researcher, began to see the same thing, even among her sophisticated urban readers. While we both did our best to bring much of the good news about reproductive medicine to the public, we could see that too often, too many couples were still "in the dark" about all of their options. While some, certainly, had the basic information about such procedures as in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination, both Colette and I were continually amazed at how few people were informed about the really dramatic advances. Indeed, even many physicians were not aware of some of the great and relatively easy new fertility procedures that we knew could change people's lives.

Thus, we conceived the idea for this book -- a resource and a guide to the newest, most important fertility information available today, data that has made and will continue to make a significant difference in people's lives. It is our hope that this book will make a difference in your life as well.

Part One: How the New Discoveries Can Help You

If you are planning to have a baby in the very near future or even if you haven't yet decided when motherhood will be right for you, knowing the factors that could affect your childbearing potential will enable you to take the necessary steps to protect your reproductive options and ensure that your body remains ready for pregnancy throughout your childbearing years. Part One of this book was developed to help you do just that.

It begins by exploring the very latest information on how your reproductive system functions and what biological factors can cause it to malfunction. It also explains how you can use your family history to help predict fertility problems and discusses the preventative treatments you can begin right now. It also shows how the ways in which you and your partner live, work, and play may be affecting your reproductive health, and suggests things you both can do, starting today, to make the most of your most fertile years. In Part One you will also discover:


  • New information on how your immune system affects your fertility, and on the power boosters that can save your reproductive health

  • How to tell if your job is harming your fertility

  • The influence that alcohol, caffeine, and medication, as well as cell phones, computers, and other new technologies may be having on your reproductive health, and the steps you can immediately take to protect your childbearing options

  • The kind of birth control to use to safely postpone a pregnancy without harming your fertility



Here, you'll also find a primer on the most common sexually transmitted diseases, with new information on how to keep even the most devastating infections from harming your reproductive health. You'll learn to recognize the early signs and symptoms -- in both yourself and your partner -- and find out the latest treatment options.

And, finally, you 'll learn important new truths about male fertility, along with vital new ways your partner can protect his virility and his potency, while decreasing your risk of miscarriage and protecting your baby from birth defects.

Part Two: Getting Pregnant Right Now -- More Good News

If you are thinking about getting pregnant in the near future, and especially if you are actively trying to conceive right now, Part Two was written for you. It provides the very latest information on the factors that may influence your immediate ability to conceive, and to sustain a healthy pregnancy.

In this section you'll find:


  • Breakthrough treatments for preventing miscarriage -- and what you can do before you conceive to reduce your risks

  • The links between dieting and conception -- and how to find your ideal fertility weight

  • How your fitness workouts may be blocking your ability to get pregnant -- plus the exercises that can help you get pregnant faster

  • How stress affects conception

  • How to avoid major pregnancy complications

  • How to get pregnant fast -- including how sex affects conception

  • What you can do to influence the sex of the child you conceive



Want to have a boy? Can't wait to have a girl? We'll tell you how!

In addition, you'll find an exciting new kind of nutritional guide with information on the foods that can increase your fertility and encourage your reproductive health. You will also find all the latest information on the vitamins, minerals, and herbs that can not only influence your ability to get pregnant but help reduce your baby's risk of problems from the moment of conception. You'll even learn how making love on your birthday can give your fertility a secret boost, and may help you get pregnant faster!

Finally, you'll read about the new Fertility Exam 2000, the very latest form of pre-conception counseling that can help ensure your pregnancy right from the start. Included are all the tests and treatments your doctor should be administering to help ensure that any baby you conceive will be healthy right from the start. What's more, with the information provided, you will be able to uncover any potential fertility problems you may not know you have and learn how to correct them before they seriously harm your reproductive health.

Part Three: If You Don't Get Pregnant Right Away -- What to Do

In Part Three you will find the most advanced and most important new technologies developed to help you have a baby, even if you believe you are infertile. The data in Part Three not only will help you understand why you are having a problem getting pregnant, but will offer a multitude of options for solving your problem. Some of what this section offers:

How to tell if you can have a baby long before you try to conceive -- plus how to turn the pregnancy odds in your favor

Superovulation, one of the newest ways for every woman to increase her chances for conception

The surprising truth about fertility drugs, including new information about their safety, and how they can help you have a natural conception

Brand-new time- and money-saving fertility surgeries that require no hospitalization and can help you get pregnant in record time

Because we now know that male fertility is a factor for nearly half of all couples who cannot conceive, this section will also offer the very latest treatments for male fertility, including the brand-new ICSI procedure.

In addition, you'll learn about the astonishing new ways that artificial insemination is helping millions of couples get pregnant, and you'll find information on the breakthroughs that can increase the success of all laboratory-aided conceptions, including in vitro fertilization, and even let you know beforehand which of the new methods is going to be best for you.

You'll also learn about the GIFT procedure and it's newest cousin, called ZIFT, both of which can help you achieve a faster, easier, healthier conception regardless of your age or how long you have been infertile.

Later in this section you will also find the latest information on donor eggs and donor sperm, as well as the new data on embryo freezing. And in a special chapter devoted to the midlife pregnancy you will find all the information you need to help you get pregnant after age thirty-five, including special dietary precautions and the treatments that will and won't help you conceive.

Part Four: Your Personal Pregnancy Planner

In Part Four of this book you'll find a Personal Pregnancy Planner -- a six-month guide that takes you step-by-step through everything you need to do to have a healthy baby, whether you conceive on your own or with laboratory assistance.

Whether showing you ways to protect your fertility from current dangers or helping you restore it from dangers past, the programs in this book were developed to help you have a fast, easy, healthy conception. Not only can you be sure of your ability to get pregnant right now, but you can retain your reproductive options throughout your childbearing years. You have the power to achieve your parenting dreams. Good luck and go for it -- we're on your side!

Copyright © 1991, 2000 by Niels H. Lauersen, M.D., Ph.D., and Colette Bouchez

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars paranoia anyone? Jan. 19 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
There is some good info here, no doubt. Especially the information about IVF/GIFT. However, I wound up feeling more scared than anything else. The author presents a myriad of possible things that could currently be wrong or could go wrong. He suggests that the radiation from a TV set could render one infertile. That seems a bit over the top to me. He also suggests writing the company that makes your computer monitor to see how much radiation it emits. There are also a bunch of other bizarre suggestions that seem more hurtful than helpful. I would avoid this unless you feel you are up for hearing a lot of cautionary messages about why you may not be able to conceive. I read this and thought, "It's a wonder ANYONE gets pregnant!" If you are looking for a more empowering pregnancy book I would suggest "Taking Charge of Your Fertility."
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pass it by (again) June 2 2000
By Rita
Format:Paperback
As a long time infertility sufferer, I found the first edition a sorry excuse of a book for such a serious subject. The outlandish aspects of the book and the total tone was so upsetting to me that I had wasted my money, and should have invested it in an author that would have taken the subject seriously, and given me the information I needed. Still reading everything I can get my hands on, I decided to give the new edition a try. The book was much larger, figured they got their act together, I went ahead and bought it. I was even more disappointed this time around. Infertility is a disease, and I have never seen any other book written on a disease take such little responsibility to the frame of mind of the reader that is the sufferer of the disease. I, for one, do not appreciate the "cutesy" little titles spewed throughout the book. I am not reading this book for entertainment. I am reading it for information. I don't appreciate a claim that almost everyone can become pregnant when I and so many hundreds of thousands of people are walking around childless. Any educated reader will be offended by this book. There are so many excellent books on the subject, and are being released all the time. Just check the list of other authors customers have bought books from. Please, do not update this book in another 8 years. Dr. Lauersen's previous books were excellent. I own several of them, and many of my friends say they live by his pregnancy books (I have not been so lucky). Pass this one by, and check out the list of related books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very, very detailed May 24 2003
Format:Paperback
This book goes into excruciating detail about fertility and all factors that may enhance or detract from fertility. You'll learn more about the female and male reproductive systems from this book than you'll learn from any biology course. The authors discuss in detail all types of things that can threaten fertility (endometriosis, PID, fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, abortions, IUDs, ectopic pregnancies) and discusses how to avoid them. They also cover workplace threats to fertility, STDs, how your OB can help protect your fertility -- After discussing fertility issues, the authors move to how to conceive, discussing sex, body fat & dieting, fitness, stress, diet, and other preparations. The book even boasts of a "revolutionary fertility diet." Finally, the authors discuss the many ways that science can help you conceive -- fertility surgeries, treatments for male infertility, drugs, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and donor egg and embryo transplant. I found this book to be like a textbook of sorts -- comprehensive & full of "evidence" and "facts." Frankly, I think there is way too much information in the book to be useful as a general guide; rather it would be more useful as a reference book for how to deal with specific issues. Nonetheless, given the pain associated with fertility issues, it's all worth a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for all women who want to conceive April 7 2003
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I unintentionally stumbled upon this book in a bookstore in 1996 while trying to conceive my first child. I was not having fertility problems but before reading this book was going on information from my OB/GYN about how to achieve pregnancy regarding timing of relations and the "window of opportunity" for conception. I figured I'd read the book for the heck of it to see if there was something useful in it that went above and beyond the information my doctor already provided me with.
I was happy to find a very easy to read format and very understandable information. I was surprised to find different information regarding timing of relations with ovulation than my own doctor had given me. Specifically I learned that if I followed my doctor's method, conception would be far less likely to take place (according to the author/doctor) than if I followed the information recommended in his book. I learned the details of the fertility cycle and specific information about using (the inexpensive) ovulation predictor kits to help narrow down the fertility "window". At the time, I thought it humorous to read of intentional gender selection. I learned that gender selection does have a scientific reason and factors under the control of the woman and man can determine the gender of the baby. I did have a thought that a certain gender as a firstborn would be nice. I decided to follow the instructions in the book exactly and see if I'd conceive a certain gender. With the use of (the least expensive) ovulation predictor kits from the drug store I was happy to achieve pregnancy on the first month of following these directions. Additionally I ended conceiving a baby of my "choice" of gender, after following the instructions for that gender.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Informative book!
This book is an excellent read for anyone trying to get pregnant. It discusses everything from food to eat and avoid, causes for infertility, fertility options and how to track... Read more
Published on June 21 2010 by Allison B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
Everything you would want to know about your fertility. The chapters are detailed and gave me the kind of information to target my most fertile time.
Published on Oct. 29 2003 by A. Henning
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Easy to Read!
This book is so helpful and very easy to read with short snippets into the workings on women's bodies. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2003 by M. Stuewe
5.0 out of 5 stars For us type A s
I loved this book. Since we are just starting to try to get pregnant, I use it more of a reference than anything. Read more
Published on July 26 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars SO much information......
The book was very informative, but like many others I found that it was a little TOO much information. Read more
Published on June 25 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book - From a Fighter for Women's Rights
After reading the review by "Reader in New York" I just had to add my comments. Yes, Dr. Read more
Published on May 23 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Not only is he a convicted felon, serving 7 yrs in prison...
But before he was convicted, his medical license was revoked by the dept. of health for dangerous care, unstable behavior, excessive surgeries and for maiming many women for... Read more
Published on May 8 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Dr.Lauersen - In prison
It says here: "Dr. Niels Lauersen, the top medical researcher who wrote Listen to Your Body has listened to couples everywhere. Read more
Published on March 26 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed emotions
This book is so informative...very easy to read and put in a logical order that was interesting to read. Yet I can say I have mixed emotions about the book. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting..but scary!
I bought this book because my husband and I are planning the conception of our first child. Whilst it has some very informative sections, it makes it appear that the only way to... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2002 by Amber
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