Fertility Book Review: Fueling Male Fertility

A book review of Fueling Male Fertility by Lauren Manaker. A practical guide to how lifestyle choices can impact sperm health and how to take action to help improve common issues in male fertility. The review contains my top 5 takeaway nuggets of info from the book as well as my view on whether this tiny pocket rocket of a book is worth a purchase.

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Yoni steaming - What to (really) expect when you steam your vagina

Vaginal steaming. I know what you are thinking - What. On. Earth. Vaginal steaming was a practise first suggested to me by my fertility masseuse, although she called it a ‘womb steam’ which sounds a lot less icky. She said it would help with my fertility so yep, I went there. And now I am dragging you along with me on a magical wonderland written exploration of the topic. So strip your pants off and let’s get started.

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Fertility Book Review: Dare To Dream

A book review of Dare To Dream by Izzy Judd, the wife of Harry Judd from McFly. Izzy explores her experience of PCOS, IVF and miscarriage in an honest, heartwarming book. Is an infertility autobiography written by someone in the public eye worth the read? Do the thoughts and feelings experienced by Izzy resonate with the reader? Check out the review to find out.

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Fertility Book Review: The Better Baby Book

A review of the Better Baby Book written by Dr Lana Asprey (genuine doctor) and Dave Asprey, a famous biohacker, if one can be famous for such a thing. All about how to have a healthier, smarter, happier baby but for those of us suffering with infertility it is how to whip that body and mind into shape to get pregnant through being super doper healthy. So, is it based in evidence? Does it work? Check out the review for further info.

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Fertility Book Review: Stick It To Me Baby

A book review of Stick It To Me Baby by Danica Thornberry, inserting spirit into the science of infertility. A book on mindset, emotions and spirituality to help you to conceive. Is it woo woo? Is it practical? Are the messages and case studies contained within this book inspirational? Check out the review for an honest account of my experience reading this book. Oh, and don’t judge it by the cover….  

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Fertility Book Review: The IVF Diet

A book review of The IVF Diet by Zita West, a hybrid between an IVF information book and a nutrition/recipe book.  For those wanting to be as healthy, calm and positive as possible heading into IVF, I thoroughly recommend this book. If you are wondering if this book is for you, how long it will take to read or whether the recipes are delicious or so ‘worthy’ that they will be mocked by your other half, then check out this book review for answers to these and other questions.

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Fertility Book Review: Taking Charge of your Fertility

If there is one fertility book I'd recommend above all others, it is Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It is the foundations upon which to build any dietary changes, lifestyle investments or fertility tests. Without the understanding in this book how do you know what is wrong with your fertility and whether any steps you are taking are working? Whilst waiting months in-between medical appointments and years in-between fertility treatments, this book empowers women to understand their bodies and take back control of their fertility. I would have been lost without it. A book review of one of the most important fertility books a woman can buy.

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Fertility Book Review: Six Months to Change the World

This fertility book review delves in to Six Months to Change the World, a book all about what to eat in your last six months of pregnancy to give your baby the best start in life. The book’s main focus is sugar, how to maintain steady insulin levels in the mother in order not to curse your child with potential diabetes and obesity in later life. A sobering thought. 

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Embryo Transfer and Progesterone Pessaries - Could IVF be any more fun? The Preggers Kitchen IVF Series

For me, this is where IVF really comes into its own.  Messy pessaries that ruin your pants, popping things up your bum, nerve wracking calls from the embryologist and full frontal genital exposure during embryo transfer.  This is where the going gets tough.  This article answers the questions I was faced with in the week following egg collection: Should the progesterone pessaries go up the front (vagina) or back (bum)?  What are the stages of embryo development and how many usually make it to that all important 'blastocyst'? Do I get a choice of how many embryos are transferred back?  Does embryo transfer hurt?  What's the advice I should be following post transfer?

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