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Enhancing fertility naturally : holistic therapies for a successful pregnancy
Wesson, Nicky.
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Publication Information:
Rochester, Vt. : Healing Arts Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
191 pages ; 22 cm
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Originally published: London : Vermillion, 1997.
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* A guide to safe and inexpensive natural alternatives to often hazardous and extremely expensive conventional medical treatments for infertility.

* Provides guidelines for using alternative therapies, diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques.

* Explores acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, aromatherapy, and herbalism.

* Includes the personal stories of couples who have successfully conceived using these methods.

Enhancing Fertility Naturally outlines ways in which you can improve your fertility through alternative therapies, diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques and avoid some of the hazards associated with conventional treatments. It discusses the most common causes of infertility and explains how to determine which therapy is most appropriate for you. In vitro fertilization, conventional medicine's most prescribed remedy for infertility problems, is expensive, dangerous, and has a success rate of only 14 percent, yet few of the one in six couples that experience infertility are aware of the effectiveness and safety provided by the wide range of alternative treatments.

Thoroughly researched and packed full of invaluable advice and tips, the book explores such therapies as acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, aromatherapy, and herbalism. The author includes case histories for each of the therapies discussed, showing how the therapies helped couples overcome both primary and secondary infertility in order to have the baby they longed for.

Author Notes

Nicky Wesson is a member of the Association for the Improvement in Maternity Services and a National Childbirth Trust teacher She lives in England.

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Library Journal Review

Wesson (Natural Mothering, 1997) uses anonymous personal narratives to illustrate alternative medical treatment for infertility. The narratives are striking, but the evidence supporting them is uneven at best. To her credit, Wesson admits this; discussing the adverse effects of biomedical treatment, she states: "The lack of research [in alternative treatment] means there may be drawbacks too." More troubling is Wesson's failure to support her tone of authority. Medical citations are scattered throughout the text, but numerous extremely strong statements (e.g., that there is a "higher incidence of spina bifida" in IVF babies) are left completely unreferenced, perhaps with good reason; the source for this particular quote turns out not to be a clinical study but a 1987 letter to the editor of Lancet! Readers are better served by Judith Steinberg Turiel's Beyond Second Opinions: Rethinking Questions About Fertility (LJ 6/15/98), which will assist them in navigating the medical literature for themselves. Not recommended.√ĄCatherine Arnott Smith, Predoctoral Research Fellow, Ctr. for Biomedical Informatics, Univ. of Pittsburgh (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
1. The Background to Infertilityp. 15
Causes of male infertilityp. 17
Causes of female infertilityp. 19
Unexplained infertilityp. 25
2. The Emotional Effectsp. 28
3. Medical and Surgical Fertility Treatmentsp. 36
Drugsp. 36
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)p. 46
Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT)p. 52
Superovulation with Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)p. 53
Other techniquesp. 54
4. Coping Strategiesp. 55
5. Improving Your Chances of Natural Conceptionp. 64
Dietp. 64
Guidelines for healthy eatingp. 68
Vitamins and mineralsp. 72
Weightp. 84
Drugsp. 88
Smokingp. 91
Chemicals (estrogens and toxins)p. 94
Everyday considerationsp. 99
Ovulation detectionp. 104
6. Alternative Therapiesp. 108
Why try alternatives?p. 108
Choosing a therapy and finding a therapistp. 109
Acupuncturep. 110
Aromatherapyp. 118
Cranial osteopathyp. 122
Healingp. 124
Herbal medicinep. 129
Chinese herbal medicinep. 139
Homeopathyp. 142
Hypnotherapyp. 150
Reflexologyp. 157
Relaxationp. 164
7. Becoming Pregnantp. 167
Referencesp. 170
Further Readingp. 177
Useful Addressesp. 180
Glossaryp. 184
Indexp. 187