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Authors: Arthur Wisot, Arthur L. Wisot
ISBN-13: 9780881792034, ISBN-10: 0881792039
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Hartley and Marks Publishers
Date Published: May 2004
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Arthur Wisot

Book Synopsis

Fully updated to include the latest scientific advancements, Conceptions and Misconceptions is a guided tour through the complex world of infertility treatments and clinics. Respected fertility specialists provide valuable knowledge to consumers about the proper diagnosis and treatment of infertility problems. They explore basic fertility enhancement methods, alternative treatments, and guide the reader through assisted reproduction techniques. This book helps demystify the "alphabet soup" of assisted reproduction. A new chapter explores alternative infertility treatments, including Chinese medicine, and the authors also provide tips for evaluating infertility programs.

Table of Contents

About the authors
Why we are writing this book
How to use this book
The bottom line
"It's a miracle every time"
Assisted reproduction
Little Miracles
Over a quarter-century and a million babies later
The top 10 misconceptions
3.The Female Partner37
Eat your vegetables!
The birds and the bees
Monitoring yourself
Preparing for pregnancy
Maximizing your chances
4.The Male Partner51
Oh, no! Not more anatomy!
What makes a good sperm
Maximizing your chances
5.When it Doesn't Work57
Social factors that increase infertility
You are not alone!
Why is there so much infertility?
What causes infertility?
A typical patient
Finding the problem
6.First, We Have to Do Some Tests81
Before the tests
Preparing for the first visit
Topics and questions
The physical examination
The tests
"We found a problem"
"All of your tests are normal"
On to treatment
7.Honey, it Worked!103
Basic math
How successful is treatment?
Specific treatment
8.Alphabet Soup134
A good dose of reality
IVF, GIFT, or ZIFT: Which to choose?
9.Dr. Perfect, I Presume?169
Sources of referral
Investigation of resources
Ten questions
Additional questions
10.A Lifetime of Hope in about Thirty Days182
The patient's perspective
Thirty days hath September, April, June and IVF...
... GIFT and ZIFT
Success and failure
11.And Baby Makes Three...or Four203
"Congratulations, your pregnancy test is positive"
Is there a greater chance of miscarriage?
Are IVF pregnancies high risk?
Multiple pregnancy
Will my baby be normal?
Finding an obstetrician
A word of advice
Good luck!
12.Third-Party Reproduction219
When the best science has to offer is not enough
Semen donation
Egg donation
Embryo donation
Surrogate parenting and adoption
Surrogate IVF
Beyond donors
13.The Future Looks Bright240
The future and assisted reproduction
Consumer and ethical issues
Going out on a limb
14.Alternative Treatments in Infertility253
The twain meet
Lifestyle issues
Herbs, vitamins, and diet
The mind-body connection
Have the twain met?
Appendix 1.The SART/CDC Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Rate Report272
Some words of caution
Interpreting the survey results
2001 pregnancy success rates
Appendix 2.The Canadian Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Rate Report279
Appendix 3.Resources281
Sources of information
Support groups
Centers reporting to the 2001 SART/CDC report
Fertility clinics in Canada
Appendix 4.Twenty Questions for Information at a Glance324