The Infertility Cure by Dr. Randine Lewis – I found this book to be practical and down to earth. Dr. Lewis doesn’t make exaggerated promises and does a good job of explaining the reasoning behind her suggestions. I interviewed Dr. Lewis about alternative treatments for infertility on the Creating a Family radio show.
Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome Infertility by Dr Angela C. Wu is a great introduction to how traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be used to help enhance fertility. Fertility Wisdom emphasizes the parts of TCM you can do on your own to increase your fertility and has one of the best explanations I’ve found on how to use foods as a part of TCM. I interviewed Dr. Wu on the Creating a Family radio show and was impressed by her down to earth and practical approach to TCM. She believes in working with Western infertility treatment and explained how TCM could help increase the effectiveness of western medicine.
The Fertility Diet by Dr Jorge Chavarro and Dr. Walter Willett. I thought this book was well worth the read. The information is not earth shatteringly new, but the authors put it all in one place and do a good job of explaining the science. Their findings are based on the famous long term study of nurses. I interviewed Dr. Willett about this book on the Creating a Family radio show.
Healing Mind, Healthy Woman: Using the Mind-Body Connection to Manage Stress and Take Control of Your Life. I like her holistic and practical approach. I interviewed Dr. Domar on the Creating a Family show.
Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar’s Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility by Dr. Alice Domar. For alternative/complimentary treatments of PCOS, I would recommend this book. I interviewed Dr. Domar on the Creating a Family show.
It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF by Rebecca Fett. Poor egg quality is in fact the single most important cause of age-related infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and failed IVF cycles. Based on a vast array of scientific research, this book provides a comprehensive program for improving egg quality in three months, with specific advice tailored to a variety of fertility challenges— including endometriosis, unexplained infertility, diminished ovarian reserve, PCOS, and recurrent miscarriage.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler. Clear, comprehensive, warm, and approachable, this book includes the latest medical advances in assisted reproductive technologies (ART), in-depth coverage of women’s gynecological and sexual health, and includes new chapters on endometriosis, ovarian cysts, PCOS, miscarriages, and idopathic infertility.
The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack. Take control of and better understand your health and fertility. With meticulously researched scientific references, this book teaches you about your menstrual cycle and the essential information in provides about your health.Image credit: Gloria Garcia