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The Couple's Guide To In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know To Maximize Your Chances Of Success [Paperback]

Liza Charlesworth
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May 5 2004
Despite the fact that it is an expensive, complex, emotionally draining, and often last-ditch fertility treatment, there are now over 250,000 couples who consider in vitro fertilization (IVF) every year; more than 125,000 couples decide to undergo it. While dry, clinical information is available, there is a gaping need for sisterly advice from someone who's been through the process herself.From evaluating care and preparing for the complicated process to understanding egg retrieval and embryo transfer; from tips on taking medications and coping with hormonal surges to dealing with the emotional aspects of the grueling IVF process, Liza Charlesworth's The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization offers knowing, sensitive counsel. Full of hard-won personal wisdom and the most up-to-date medical information explained in layman's terms, this invaluable guide is sure to become recommended reading for couples trying to conceive and their families alike.

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Liza Charlesworth underwent two rounds of IVF, the second of which was a success. An educational writer and the former editorial director at Scholastic Books, she lives in Forest Hills Garden, New York.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart & Compassionate May 6 2004
By far the most useful book I have read on this topic. Charlesworth is simultaneously optimistic, warm, AND logical in her plain-language explanations of this complicated, overwhelming process. Reading it is like having a best friend who also happens to be a reproductive endocrinologist drop by for a few hours for coffee and a long chat! Charlesworth is an expert communicator--distilling detailed scientific processes into plain English. (My favorite is when she talks about the process of conception, and compares the navigation of sperm in the cervical canal to an action-adventure flick--as opposed to a tender romance movie--it's actually quite a feat for sperm to perform.) The author also sprinkles the book with enough information about her personal experience to reassure you that she's been there herself. But, she's not heavy-handed about it, as you read, you feel like the focus is on YOU and your experience rather than her and hers. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book May 4 2004
By andrea
Liza Charlesworth's book is a complete guide that fills you in on all the deatils of the cumbersome process that is IVF. And Charlesworth does it with style. This is a a fast read (hard to believe that s'thing so complex and technical as IVf can be a page turner, but this thing moves.) Unlike other cold and technical books on the topic, this one is reader-friendly, accessible and warm. As someone who went through IVF herself, Charlesworth has made sure that hers is a compassionate guide. She shares her stories and those of other women going through IVF. These are the very stories those of us IVFers seek out daily on the Web. If you're thinking about IVF or are starting a cycle, you'll want to buy this book. It will give you the low-down on the process, help you prepare for an IVF cycle (physically and emotionally) and most of all it will give you hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Guy¹s Perspective May 8 2004
My wife and I are struggling with infertility. I don¹t know how it is for other couples (it varies, I¹m sure) but the inability to have a baby can be heartbreaking for guys, too. So it was nice to come across a guide aimed at couples. Liza Charlesworth¹s wise, heartfelt book provides superb advice on a bunch of key issues: picking the right doctor, understanding IVF protocol, getting your finances together, keeping sane. I especially enjoyed the insights from other women -- and men --who have struggled with the process. It gave my wife and I hope, which is worth everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & extremely helpful July 6 2006
By Ali
This book was so helpful to me while doing IVF. I had already done quite a bit of research myself but found that having this book as a resource was extremely comforting. Each time I had a procedure done, I could just look in the book to get an idea of what to expect. A very positive book - I highly recommend it if you are considering or undergoing IVF treatments. Good luck to all.
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