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Getting pregnant : what you need to know right now
Lauersen, Niels H.
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Completely revised and updated.
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New York, NY : Fireside, 2000.
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xvii, 573 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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Whether you are young and fertile, over forty 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.



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 Excerpted from Getting Pregnant: What Couples Need to Know Right Now by Niels H. Lauersen, Colette Bouchez All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Preface: Getting Pregnant in the New Millennium: Dear Mother-to-Bep. xv
Introduction: The Really Good News About Getting Pregnantp. 1
Part I New Discoveries: What Affects Fertility Most
Chapter 1 How Your Body Works: the Latest Newsp. 11
The New Conception Chemistry
The Hormones That Help You Get Pregnant
Getting Ready to Get Pregnant
How Your Life Cycles Function
Why You Get a Menstrual Period
How Your Personal Biology Affects Your Fertility
You Can Prevent Infertility
Chapter 2 Seven Super Fertility Threats and How to Avoid Themp. 20
Surgical Adhesions (Scar Tissue)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Fibroid Tumors
Ovarian Cysts and PCOD
Ectopic Pregnancy
A Final Thought About Your Fertility
Chapter 3 Your Immune System and Your Fertility: What You Need to Know About Endometriosis, Thyroid Disorder, and Morep. 53
The Secret Immune Disorder That Destroys Fertility
Endometriosis, Immunity, and Fertility
A Final Thought
Chapter 4 Finally! The Truth About Male Fertilityp. 69
Problem Within a Problem
Understanding Male Fertility: What Every Woman Needs to Know
Seven Super Male Fertility Threats and How to Avoid Them
The Male Fertility Protection Exam
A Final Word About Male Fertility
Chapter 5 Sex and Infertility: What Every Couple Needs to Know Right Nowp. 97
STDs: What Are They? Who's at Risk?
How STDs Are Spread
How STDs Can Affect a Woman's Fertility
How STDs Can Affect a Man's Fertility
An STD Primer: The Most Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases and How to Treat Them
HIV, AIDS, and Your Fertility
STDs: Are You at Risk
A Final Word: Safe Sex, Not Fearful Sex
Chapter 6 Your Fertility from Nine to Five: Reproductive Hazards of the Workplace and How to Avoid Themp. 128
The Workplace and Your Fertility
The Reproductive Hazards: Who Is at Risk
Computers and Your Fertility
Workplace Cautions
Workplace Fertility Protection Guide
Seven Steps to a Safer Workplace
You Are Not Alone!
Chapter 7 Fertility Protection 2000: A Couple's Guide to a Healthy Lifestylep. 154
The Lifestyle Fertility Quiz
The Fertility Protection Update 2000
Drug Abuse and Your Fertility
How Climate Affects Fertility
The Time to Protect Your Fertility Is Now!
Part II The Fastest, Easiest Ways to a Safe, Natural Conception
Chapter 8 The Pre-Conception Exam 2000: Getting Ready to Get Pregnantp. 189
How Pre-Conception Counseling Works
The Personal Facts Your Doctor Needs to Know
The T.H.E. 2000 Physical Exam
The Newest Diagnostic Tests
Testing for Genetic Diseases
The Final Evaluation
Some Final Advice
Chapter 9 Body Fat, Dieting, and Fertility: How Your Weight Affects Conceptionp. 207
Too Thin to Get Pregnant?
How Your Body Fat Affects Your Fertility
Overweight and Infertile? The New Links
Finding Your Ideal Fertility Weight
Achieving Your Fertility Weight Goals
Enhancing Your Fertility
Chapter 10 Fitness, Stress, and Getting Pregnantp. 217
The Body-Fat Connection
Working Out: The Silent Dangers
The Workouts That Can Encourage Your Fertility
How Yoga Can Help You Get Pregnant
Stress, Anxiety, and Infertility
Chapter 11 Fertility Diet 2000: The Foods That Enhance Your Fertility and Protect Your Pregnancyp. 230
The Fertility Power Boost
The Antifertility Foods
Food Additives and Fertility
Caffeine and Infertility
Vegetarian Diets and Your Fertility
A Food Strategy for Getting Pregnant
Fertility Food Plan 2000
Chapter 12 Mother Nature's Bounty: All-Natural. Ways to Increase Your Fertilityp. 247
The Vitamin You Need Most
More Fertility Nutrients
The Fertility Vitamin-Mineral Support Guide
The Fertility Plants
The Herbal "Cocktail" to Boost Fertility
The Helpful Herbs That May Harm Fertility
All-Natural Male Fertility Boosters
Taking the Natural Approach
Chapter 13 Making Love and Making Babies: How to Get Pregnant Fastp. 272
Predicting Ovulation
Love, Sex, and Getting Pregnant
Sex and Conception
One Dozen New and Time-Tested Ways to Encourage Conception
A Final Word About Getting Pregnant
Chapter 14 Boy or Girl ... Is There a Choice? The Latest News About Gender Selectionp. 303
How Gender Selection Works
Tried and True: The Shettles Method of Gender Selection
Sex and Your Baby's Gender
Do Opposites Attract? The Whelan Method
Eat Chocolate--and Give Birth to a Baby Boy!
The Electricity of Love
High-Tech Gender Selection
Gender Selection
Chapter 15 Preventing Miscarriage: Now You Can!p. 315
Understanding Pregnancy Loss
Your Immune System and Miscarriage
Four Powerful Immune Boosters to Save Your Pregnancy
Men, Immunity, and Pregnancy
Preventing Pregnancy Loss
Five Medical Breakthroughs That Can Save Your Pregnancy
Dry-Cleaning, Nail Polish Remover, and Miscarriage
Stress and Pregnancy Loss
Exercise and Miscarriage
Orgasm and Pregnancy Loss
How Water Beds Can Cause a Miscarriage
The Skin Treatment That Threatens Your Pregnancy
Miscarriages and Men
Twenty-One Super Easy Ways to Decrease Your Risk of Miscarriage Before and After You Conceive
You Can Stop a Miscarriage
Getting Pregnant Again
Part III If You Don't Get Pregnant Right Away: How Science Can Help
Chapter 16 Can I Have a Baby? How to Tellp. 351
How to Test Your Own Fertility
How Your Family History Can Predict Your Fertility
Take Charge of Your Fertility
Your Basic Fertility Exam
The Fertility Blood Tests
If You Don't Get a Period
Reading Your Body Signals
The Postcoital Test for Fertility Rhythm
Visualizing Your Fertility
Under the Microscope
Looking Inside Your Body
Underwater Vision
Where Do We Go from Here?
Seeing a Fertility Expert
Chapter 17 The New Fertility Surgeries: Natural Conception Made Fast and Easyp. 371
Can Fertility Surgery Help You?
The Procedures--and How They Can Help
The Nonsurgical Way to Save Your Fallopian Tubes
The Fibroid Surgery That Preserves Your Fertility
The Surgery That Saves Your Fertility--Even After Cancer
If You Decide on Fertility Surgery
Some Final Advice
Chapter 18 When He's the Reason You Can't Conceive: The Newest Treatments for Male Infertilityp. 392
Understanding Male Fertility
Good Sperm-Bad Sperm
The Male Fertility Exam
Can He Make a Baby? How to Find Out Fast
The Fertility Blood Tests
Hot Testicles and Infertility
From Zero Sperm Count to Fatherhood in Less Than Sixty Minutes
When Sperm Can't Leave a Man's Body
Restoring His Sperm Flow
The New Testicle Biopsy
Zero Sperm Count--and You Can Still Get Pregnant
Love on Ice
Restoring Male Fertility by Reversing a Vascetomy
Overcoming Impotence
A Final Word
Chapter 19 Super Ovulation and other New Ways to a Faster, Easier Conceptionp. 422
Super Ovulation
The Most Common Fertility Drugs and How They Work
Lupron and Other "Agonizing" Treatments That Help You Conceive
Growth Hormone
Are Fertility Drugs Safe? What You Need to Know
Fertility Drugs and You
Chapter 20 The New Artificial Insemination: Nothing Artificial at Allp. 440
Can Artificial Insemination Help You?
Not All Inseminations Are Alike
How Your Body Helps Your Partner's Sperm
Getting Your Body Ready for Insemination
The Insemination Process
Donor Sperm
A Final Word About Insemination
Chapter 21 The A.R.T. of Conception: The New In Vitro Fertilization and How It Can Help You Conceivep. 458
The A.R.T. of Conception
How In Vitro Fertilization Works
Preparing Your Body for IVF
Preparing Your Partner for IVF
Making Your Baby
When Science Plays Mother Hen
Giving Your Baby Back to You
Confirming Your Pregnancy
Improving Your Pregnancy Rate
The Natural Cycle
Will Your IVF Be Successful?
Ensuring the Health of Your IVF Baby
Improving the Odds of Your IVF
A Final Word
Chapter 22 The GIFT of Life--and Other New Technologiesp. 482
What Is the GIFT Procedure--and What Makes It Special
Increasing Your Pregnancy Success Odds
Natural Pregnancy After GIFT
More Conception Options
Improving Your Pregnancy Odds
Ensuring Your ICSI Baby
A Final Thought
Chapter 23 The Science of Motherhood: Donor Eggs, Frozen Embryos, and More New Ways to Have a Babyp. 502
Stopping Your Biological Clock
Your Donor Pregnancy
Selecting a Donor
Getting Pregnant
Bonding to Your Donor Baby
Egg Freezing
Good Eggs--No Pregnancy
More Pregnancy Options
The New Surrogacy
Chapter 24 The Midlife Pregnancy: What You Need to Knowp. 518
A Woman's Body
You're Only as Old as Your Eggs
Preserving Your Good Health
Your Fertility Exam
Getting Pregnant
IVF After Forty
The GIFT for Women Over Forty
Increasing Your Pregnancy Odds Even More
Protecting Your Pregnancy
Preventing Birth Defects
The Older New Mom
Part IV Your Personal Pregnancy Planner: A Six-Month Guide to a Safe and Healthy Conception
Planning Your Pregnancy Step-by-Stepp. 537
Resourcesp. 545
Indexp. 555