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A Few Good Eggs: Two Chicks Dish on Overcoming the Insanity of Infertility
Release Date: May, 2005
Publisher: William Morrow
Insightful, frank, and friendly advice on overcoming infertility -- from two women who have lived through it all. You can't open a magazine these days without seeing a blissful forty-plus celebrity mom cradling her new bundle of joy. But, like so much of Hollywood life, the truth about pregnancy and fertility is glossed over. We don't see the tremendous amount of financial, emotional, and physical effort that couples who are having trouble conceiving go through. In this warm, funny, and empathetic book, journalist Julie Vargo and literary agent Maureen Regan -- women who have personally experienced infertility -- give the lowdown on what women really need to know. Hormones, sperm counts, uterine lining -- nothing is too personal for these outspoken women. They also recruit their friends, husbands, and doctors to dish on everything from keeping your marriage healthy to assessing your financial needs to herbal treatments and blood tests. Everything you wish you knew about infertility, and how others faced it, is covered in this book. Most important, Vargo and Regan provide information they wished someone had given them, especially things most doctors don't share. What you don't know may cost you what you want -- a family of your own. Your OB/GYN may not be trained in infertility, and won't necessarily give you the answers you need. Like Vargo and Regan, many women believe they will get pregnant when they decide it is time and are shocked when they don't. Now they share their stories in the hopes of preventing other women from experiencing the traumas they did. Their advice is simple -- gather all the information you can and find the doctor who will listen to your needs. A Few Good Eggs provides the resources you need to face infertility -- and the warm support of a couple of good friends.
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Posted by Sue S. on 10/23/2005
This book has become my bible and I find myself referencing back to it pretty often. My friend (pregnant with triplets, donor eggs) told me about it. While it is true these authors didn't do IVF (like I am about to do), they talked to a lot of women who did....and women who used surrogates and donor sperm and adopted and everything. I really liked the question and answers with the egg donor...gave me a lot of insight. BUt the reason I keep going back to this book is because these women talk about IF like two good pals. Listen, one of them did all the shots, etc. and got no where.. I can relate to that!! Anyhow, it is funny in places, sad in places (I still tear up when I read about one author losing her unborn baby at 18 weeks) and VERY informative. I love the honesty about doctors here. Is it the medical be-all and end-all? No. But I have all the reference books. I just needed another perspective....and a laugh now and then from other women who have been there.. and how to deal with doctors and nosy in-laws! Check it out and see if you agree.
Posted by J. Cogle on 2/12/2007
For anyone battling infertility and the emotional roller coaster that comes along with it, this book is for you. This is the only book I have ever read that I could say while reading it, "Yes, yes, that's exactly me, or that's exactly how I feel." It doesn't offer ridiculous pat answers; it offers real information in a humorous way that leaves you in stitches. I have since passed this book on to a friend; I'm not someone that recommends lots of books. In fact, I don't even BUY that many, it has to be really good. I read a few pages at the bookstore and knew I HAD to have it and came to Amazon to place my order b/c it's much cheaper than getting it at the bookstore. I hope this helps you and GOOD LUCK!!