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Overcoming male infertility
Schover, Leslie R.
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New York : J. Wiley, 2000.
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xiv, 290 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Hope and strategies for couples dealing with male infertility If you or your partner is suffering from male infertility, you're not alone. Millions of couples are struggling with this problem. About 40% of these couples have exclusively male infertility problems, while another 20% have both male and female infertility problems. Now, two leading experts, a urologist specializing in male infertility and a psychologist, team up to write the most complete guide available on male infertility. From the latest, state-of-the-art treatments to advice on how to handle the emotional aspects of male infertility, you'll find out where to get the help you need. Overcoming Male Infertility also covers the psychological issues that are unique to men, and gives advice to women on helping their man through the trauma of infertility treatment--including how to get him to see a doctor in the first place.

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LESLIE R. SCHOVER, PH.D., is a clinical psychologist in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. For many years she provided counseling in the Cleveland Clinic s infertility program, and has published original research on the psychological aspects of male infertility. ANTHONY J. THOMAS JR., M.D., is one of the few urologists in the United States who specialize in male infertility. He is head of the prestigious Cleveland Clinic s Section of Male Infertility and is on the staff of the clinic s Department of Urology, consistently voted one of the top three in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.

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Booklist Review

Clinical psychologist Schover has long worked with infertile couples, as urologist Thomas has with male infertility. Their combined skills and knowledge make this a valuable book--patient-oriented, conveying a vast amount of information understandably, and maintaining an underlying sense of humor that puts problems and persons in perspective. Scientific details are spelled out, and physical and psychological aspects are illuminated to help a patient in choosing a course of treatment. Several tables compare the attitudes of major religions toward a wide variety of treatments and procedures, and the potential patient is urged to investigate any assisted reproductive technology and clinic he is thinking of using. Schover, who emphasizes that most men automatically blame infertility on their wives or girlfriends, joins Thomas to also warn readers about inaccurate or misleading information on the surprisingly many infertility-related Internet sites. --William Beatty

Library Journal Review

Although it is not a commonly recognized fact, the male is the problem in about half of the 2.5 million couples struggling with infertility. Clinical psychologist Schover and Thomas, a urologist in the Cleveland Clinic's infertility program, draw on their expertise to provide information that lay readers need to understand the causes of male fertility problems. They discuss how to find competent doctors and demystify the available treatment options for infertile couples. They also clearly explain reproductive anatomy and physiology, diagnostic procedures, causative factors, and therapeutic options, as well as the psychological and emotional aspects of male infertility. Recommended for all healthcare collections.√ĄJames Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Confronting Male Infertility
Male Infertility: Bumping Into the Iceberg
Getting Started with a Male Infertility Workup
They Want Me to Go Into a Little Room and Do What? Your Baby-Making Machinery: An Owner's Manual
The Semen Analysis and Other Diagnostic Tests for Male Infertility
Starting the Production Line: Sex and Fertility
Understanding Male Infertility: Causes and Treatments
Holes in Our Genes: Inherited Causes of Infertility
Developmental Problems That Cause Infertility
Germs and Germ Cells: Infections and Infertility
The Boulder on the Path: Obstructive Infertility
Is It My Hormones? Varicoceles: How Important Are They? The Dry Ejaculation: Not a New Sexual Technique
Adding Insult to Injury: Infertility after Cancer Treatment
Does Lifestyle Contribute to Male Infertility? Using Assisted Reproductive Technology to Treat Male Infertility
Having a Child through Donor Insemination
Coping With Male Infertility
The Pursuit of Paternity
The Female Side of Male Infertility
Coping with Infertility as a Team
Healing Your Sex Life after Male Infertility
The Spiritual and Ethical Side of Infertility
Robbing Paul to Pay Peter: The Economics of Male Infertility
Choosing to Adopt a Child
Living without Children
Concluding Thoughts
Chapter Sources Index