You, like all women trying to get pregnant, have a lot to deal with. As if the cost and discomfort of solving the problems with fertility aren’t enough, you also have to deal with being on an emotional roller coaster. Or you may be a man having to watch his wife go through all of the tests while playing the waiting game. But as overwhelming as your situation may seem at times, there are ways to reduce your anxiety. Here is a list of books to help ease the struggle.
In Conquering Infertility, Harvard psychologist Alice Domar, whom Vogue calls the “Fertility Goddess”, provides infertile couples with what they need most: stress relief, support, and hope. Using the innovative mind/body techniques she has perfected at her clinic, Domar helps infertile women not only regain control over their lives but also boost their chances of becoming pregnant. With Conquering Infertility, women learn how to cope with infertility to live a rich, full, happy life.
Oftentimes people only sympathize with the woman when it comes to infertility, but it can be just as stressful and hurtful for the man as it is for her. In this book Marc Sedaka tells his side of the story to give advice to men in his situation and offer encouragement. Marc stood by while he and his wife endured endless rounds of drug therapies, sixteen artificial inseminations, ten in-vitro fertilizations, three miscarriages, and, finally, a gestational surrogate who carried their twin girls to term. This is a perfect book for what he can expect when she’s not expecting.
This book offers you strategies to cope with the emotional and practical problems that can occur while trying to conceive. The book describes each step of the medical process, from diagnosis to treatment. Exercises and strategies to help you manage the challenges of making informed treatment decisions, cope with the stresses of medical intervention, and communicate effectively with your partner.
This is a man’s guide to anything and everything dealing with infertility. Greg Wolfe went through four cycles of IVF on his rocky journey to fatherhood and now, with profound sympathy and side-splitting humor, he lays it all out for guys on similar baby-making quests. How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup is not your typical nuts and bolts (no pun intended) medical guide but a helpful handbook designed specifically with the male partner in mind, with answers to his most pressing questions about the infertility process such as, Is it necessary for me to fill the whole cup at the fertility clinic?
Experiencing Infertility by Debby Peoples
This comforting and informative book addresses the medical, financial, and emotional issues that couples must work through while resolving their infertility. The book is divided into twelve chapters, grouped according to the four stages involved in resolving infertility: crisis, acceptance, resolution and epilogue.
If you’re one of the many couples dealing with fertility complications, the books listed above offer great advice and comfort. The authors also share their personal experiences to help those who are in need.