Fertility and Infertility For Dummies
Sharon Perkins, Gillian Lockwood, Jill Anthony-Ackery, Jackie Meryers-Thompson
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This friendly guide combines professional and personal advice on every aspect of fertility and infertility.
From deciding when to seek help and what help to seek, to the emotional, financial, and medical considerations of fertility treatments, you′ll be reassured every step of the way with all the support and specialist advice you need to increase your chances of a healthy and happy pregnancy.
the marriage before introducing someone new. Start out by talking with your partner about your hopes and expectations for children. Some couples find that although both partners want children, their timing may be different. You may need to come to a compromise, so that your partner can still fulfil his dream to see the world, and at the same time plan for a baby before your biological clock stops ticking altogether. The quality of your partnership is the foundation for your family. Take time to
want and why even ‘bad’ news isn’t necessarily cause for despair. If you and your partner are blood relatives, you especially need to see a genetic counsellor before getting pregnant. You may carry more of the same abnormal genes than unrelated partners, which may make you more likely to have a child with a genetic problem. The risk for serious birth defects is 1 in 20 for second cousins and 1 in 11 for first cousins. Gathering info Ask the most talkative member of your family for a family
lost through atresia, which means that they die off because they’re not being stimulated to mature. By puberty, only 300,000 to 400,000 eggs remain, and every month, 500 to 1,000 are lost, along with the one or possibly two eggs that mature and are released each month. By age 50, only 1,000 or so eggs remain, and the majority are abnormal because the eggs are way past their ‘sell-by’ date. What makes an egg develop and mature? The process goes like this: 1. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is
from releasing an egg. If taken in the luteal phase, after you ovulate, it may regulate and lengthen your cycle to give the embryo a chance to implant. Vitex is slow acting, so it may take several months for any effect to occur. ߜ Wild yam: In large doses, wild yam is used as a contraceptive (the first oral contraceptive pill was synthesised from yam extract); in smaller doses, it may promote progesterone production. Don’t take wild yam until after ovulation occurs. 65 08_057506 ch03.qxp 66
at the end of the last cycle, you get your money back. You must pay extra charges for ICSI or using an egg or sperm donor or a surrogate. Patients must meet certain requirements for acceptance to the programme; usually you must be under a certain age and have a normal uterine cavity, and normal baseline blood test results. Are these ‘shared-risk’ offers a good deal? Well, if the clinic has poor success rates, probably not. If it has good results and you get pregnant on the fourth cycle, you’ll