Infertility is a lot more common than we’d like to think. About one in six couples, in their childbearing years are affected by an inability to produce offspring when they want to. More often than not, it’s the woman who accepts responsibility, makes the doctor appointments and reads the books. But a new book is out which addresses what many already know: that infertility is just as often a problem for the hopeful dad as it is for the hopeful mom and this books lets couples know what they can do about it - individually and together.
The Couples’ Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant is written by two world-renowned fertility specialists, Dr. Zev Rosenwaks and Dr. Marc Goldstein from New York Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical Center, respectively. They share information on the latest techniques for combating infertility from the simplest to the most complex medical procedures. They also include first hand stories from their many patients who have seen and done it all.
“The common misconception is that fertility is a woman’s issue, but it happens just as frequently in men. This is why a couples-based solution is imperative,” says Dr. Rosenwaks. “There are many reasons a couple may find it hard to get pregnant, and these reasons can stem from a problem with either or both partners. In about 40% of infertile couples, the man has a problem. In another 40% the woman has a problem. And in 20% both partners have a problem.”
Solutions to infertility are advancing rapidly. Only a few decades ago there were no drugs to stimulate ovulation, no way to open up fallopian tubes, no way to examine the inner workings of the testes, and IVF was a long shot. Now there are more techniques than can be enumerated here and every day there is new information from peeking into the miracle of the sperm and egg and discovering their secrets. This book takes a look at all of it.
“Fertility is, on the face of things, a very simple process. It’s a matter of getting the sperm and egg together. But the variables are plentiful, and as many couples find, it’s easy for something to go wrong. The good news is that couples have more treatment options than ever before,” said an encouraging Dr. Goldstein.
Source: Kathleen Robinson, NY Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College