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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Alice Rose on Why Coping with Infertility is NOT Just Down to You

A guest post from the fabulous Alice Rose (ThisIsAliceRose.com) on why coping with infertility is not just down to you. It includes some of the dooshy (love that word!) things that people say to you to ‘help fix’ your fertility and how the Think What Not To Say campaign can help educate others to support us whilst we are struggling through the struggle.

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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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40 Years of IVF - Exposing myself at work

To celebrate 40 years of IVF I decided to expose myself at work. Not physically, although post IVF egg collection I repeatedly wandered around the office with my trousers undone because, quite frankly, the stubborn blighters refused to button up around my bloat. Instead I exposed myself emotionally, with a post on the work intranet informing the few thousand people I work with that I struggled with infertility and had IVF (you can read what I wrote on my website - link in bio). This morning the intranet opened up to a photo of me from the day of egg collection, wearing my hospital issue wizards outfit. It was a topical piece given IVF's birthday and not at all out of place for the intranet considering that I work for the Department of Health and Social Care. But prior to today's exposure I had told a total of 4 work colleagues about my infertility. Just 4. I knew that there must be others in the office who had been through similar experiences and by the end of the day I'd received half a dozen emails from colleagues who had also struggled to conceive. I knew it! (Slap hand on desk). We, the infertility community, are EVERYWHERE. So here is a copy of my IVF post for my work intranet, suffering slightly from the devastatingly restrictive 500 word count.

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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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INSTAGRAM: 10 of the BEST Infertility Accounts

There are plenty of accounts on Instagram focused on fertility treatment and infertility support along with an active and friendly infertility community.  It can be a lifesaver, a way of making you feel less alone throughout your fertility struggles.  Where do you start on Instragam? Who is worth a follow? In the view of The Preggers Kitchen, here are 10 of the best Instagram accounts on infertility.

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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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A Man's View of IVF - The dreaded sample room

It's fair to say that when going through IVF most of the focus seems to be on the woman - the drugs, egg collection, hormonal outrage and heavy bloating.  But do we forget about the men?  Being forced into a little room for a compulsory orgasm whilst a waiting room of people are sat just outside the door, all of whom know EXACTLY what you are doing, sounds like a nightmare to me.  So what is it really like to give a sperm sample? 

A brilliant and funny insight in to what occurs in THAT ROOM has been provided by Mans' IVF View.

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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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What is Clomid and how does it work?

Three months of my life were spent on the fertility drug Clomid.  I’m reluctant to spoil the ending, but given that the narrative in no way builds suspense I will tell you anyway.  Reader, it didn’t work.

This post covers all things Clomid, including how it is prescribed, how it works, details of those blasted side effects and the changes of success.  Are the Clomid Crazies a real thing?  My husband would probably affirm that they are.

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IVF preparation - Food and lifestyle daily checklist

I am obsessive, always have been, and my preparation for my first round of IVF is no different.  There are so many do's and don't's with fertility that I easily lose track of what I am meant to doing, adding, avoiding each week.  The end of the day arrives and as I head up the stairs to Bedfordshire I think 'damn it, Inositol!' or 'algae shots.  Must remember my algae shot tomorrow'.  

So as an aide memoire I have created a daily checklist of fertility friendly food and lifestyle activities that I aim to do each day between now and my first round of IVF, beginning in July.  I thought I would share it, with the rather large caveat that this is what I am finding helpful for my body, right now, in its current state of health and hormone balance.

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