Good Reads for the Infertile Couple
Infertility is a lonely journey. Often, it seems there’s no one to talk to who will truly understand your predicament, your feelings, and your frustrations.
It’s also a occasion during which there’s often simply too much time to think. When you’re waiting to learn about viable embryos or when you’re waiting for your egg transfer day, for example.
When we’re not keeping busy, our minds go to all sorts of places and, usually, those places aren’t the best. We think about what has gone wrong and what could go wrong in the future.
We worry about finances. We ponder the stress our fertility puts on our relationships. We fill up our brain with all the stuff that is infertility and the baggage that surrounds it.
So, instead, why not pick up a book and fill your brain with useful information, written words of compassion, and good advice? There are many fertility-related books on the market that are more than just drivel about someone’s infertility battle. Consider these books for the infertile couple, many of which are recommended by Good Reads and other sites that gather suggestions from their readers.
It Starts with the Egg
This is a great volume for those who love science and really want to know the in-depth particulars of what goes on inside a woman’s body. Subtitled How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF, this book by author Rebecca Fett talks a lot about egg health and might provide some helpful insight for those who’ve been dealing with repeatedly failed IVF treatments.
The Infertility Journey
Another informative book, this one is simply written so that they average lay person can understand it, but is chock full of information that you’ll find both handy and comforting. Written by Dr. Tarun Jain, its approachable and covers a vast array of subjects including IVF, genetic screening, endometriosis, uterine disorders, and much more.
Inconceivable: A Woman’s Triumph Over Despair and Statistics
This was actually written around the turn of the millennium, but Julia Indichova’s story of her very long struggle with infertility will still likely be a comfort for those who are experiencing trial after trial. An easy but emotional read, the author demonstrates how she eventually beat the odds by tuning into her body.
Laughing IS Conceivable
A quick read that you’ll want to pull out over and over again, this one is written by a stand-up comic, Lori Shandle-Fox, and was penned while she was going through IUI and IVF treatments. Subtitled One Woman’s Extremely Funny Peek into the Extremely Unfunny World of
Infertility, it offers support as well as laughter and should be on the bookshelf of every infertile woman who needs to find time to chuckle a bit.
Pregnant with Hope: Good News for Infertile Couples
This faith-oriented book tackles the tough questions, like why it seems God is singling out certain people for this infertility journey, and topics like how to find peace through the day-to-day struggle. The author, Susan Radulovacki, offers ten scripture-based messages of hope for both men and women.
How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup
Ah, an infertility book for men! Written by a man for men from a man’s perspective, this is the ideal choice for men who want to learn not only more about male fertility but also the emotional baggage that goes with the struggles to conceive a child. Women can read it, too! Author Greg Wolfe mixes plenty of humor with good solid information.
Hopeful Heart, Peaceful Mind: Managing Infertility
Author Carol Jones uses the pages of this book to talk about “surviving” infertility; in particular, the impact it has on couples’ relationships with each other and their sex life, as well as how if effects relationships with other family members and friends.Go back