My IVF Resource Library- the exam you can’t study for- 15 August 2012

As I write this thousands of Irish school leavers are getting the results of their final exams today. Sometimes I recollect what it was like to be 17 and 18 and full of youth and optimism for the life that could be yours and all the possibilities it had to offer. Part of me wants to recapture some of this faith and optimism for my IVF process and allow it to sit comfortably with the maturity, slight cynicism and life experience my now 40 years has taught me. The hardest thing about IVF for me is the fact that I have no control over it. I have been used to studying and preparing for important things whether it be exams, interviews, promotions, buying a house etc. When I first started trying to conceive I bought books exclusively on this subject and researched obsessively online. I’m a bookish girl and I work in research so it just comes naturally I guess. So having moved on to IVF, I created my own little library of resources to draw on and I list them here for the benefit of others. It is not an exclusive list and there may well be many excellent resources I have missed and I would be delighted to hear of these. It is also not necessarily an endorsement by me of these texts/discs over others- this is just what I have to hand right now. What follows is a list of books I have either bought or borrowed, DVDs, and downloads. Some I have read in full, some I have dipped into and the relaxation DVDs/downloads I am trying to use as often as I can, now that I have started my IVF. I still have to start some of the books, however. Many of the below are available for download on Kindle and a couple are novels/fiction based on IVF. One or two are not about IVF or assisted conception at all but on general fertility and childbirth.

Books

The Couple’s Guide to In Vitro Fertilization- Lisa Charlesworth (found useful)

In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T of Making Babies 3rd ed – Geoffrey Sher, Virginia Marriage Davis, Jean Stoess (quite detailed on the technical side)

Fertility & Conception: the Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant – Zita West (bright colourful layout, easy to read, deals with fertility issues, IUI, IVF etc)

Zita West’s Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception: Essential Advice on Preparing your Body for IVF and other Fertility Treatments- Zita West (a practical easy read)

The Infertility Cure- Randine Lewis (deals with Chinese medicine and alternative therapy)

IVF: An Emotional Companion- Brigid Moss (a compendium of chapters with remarkable true life IVF stories from a number of women)

The Truth behind the Secret Infertility- Fran Meadows (a remarkable, emotional and true life IVF story)

Managing the Stress of Infertility: How to balance Your Emotions, Get the Support You Need, and Deal with Painful Social Situations- Carol Fulwiler Jones

Dreams do Come True: The Amazing Story of One Family’s Triumph over IVF and Bankruptcy- Trudie Thompson & Lloyd Thompson

How Acupuncture Can Help Fertility: A Natural Plan for Increasing Fertility, Including Diet and Lifestyle- Alan Rouse

Forgotten Secrets of Natural Conception: How Your Mind Affects Your Fertility- Martina Pangrazzi

The Baby Chase: An Adventure in Fertility- Holly Finn (Kindle Single)

Baby Steps: A Bloke’s –Eye View of IVF – Jason Davis

Baby Roulette: a humorous and revealing insight into the world of IVF- Rachel Watson (a novel which I enjoyed. Will never be able to look at an Argos catalogue in the same way again)

You can get Pregnant over 40, Naturally- Sandy Robertson (got this one to encourage myself that I am not Too Old..based on a true story of a lady who conceived naturally after IVF in her 40s)

Personal Path to Pregnancy – Beth Kiley (an e-book that goes into lots of detail on supplements)

Zita West’s Guide to Getting Pregnant- Zita West

Getting Pregnant Faster- Boost Your Fertility in just 3 Months- Dr Marilyn Glenville (contains a chapter on assisted conception)

IVF: The Wayward Stork: What to Expect, Who to Expect it From and Surviving it All- Sarah A Tursi & Lea McCarthy (handy slim volume with some practical tips).

Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Pregnancy Achievement, Natural Birth Control and Reproductive Health- Toni Weschler

Supernatural Childbirth –Jackie Mize

CDs/DVDs/Downloads

The IVF Companion (Self-Hypnosis Audio CD)- Maggie Howell (has relaxation track for pre-embryo and post-embryo replacement. Just started using and find deeply relaxing)

Zita West- Positive Visualisation for IVF (this has pre and post transfer relaxation tracks and also a relaxation track for the two week wait, also just started using and find relaxing)

You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally: Fertility Bodywork- Sandy Robertson (haven’t used yet but DVD tips on fertility yoga, fertility pelvic massage, acupressure and reflexology and daily routines)

You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally: Medidation & Visualisation- Sandy Robertson (30 minute CD)

Yoga 4 Fertility- Brenda Strong (yoga DVD, quite enjoyed)

Fertility Flow Yoga- Mercedes Ngoh (yoga DVD, bit more strenuous I think than the previous one)

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