every infertile around the world should be running to the nearest bookstore
to purchase the new book being "officially" released tomorrow called
It Starts with the Egg:
How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant and Prevent Miscarriage.
When author Rebecca Fett asked if I was interested in an advanced copy of her book, I said heck yes. Why? Because if Rebecca or anyone else can offer up some insights on how infertiles can get a leg up on IVF and improve their egg quality, I'm all ears. The quality of our eggs is the most common reason for failed IVF cycles, recurrent miscarriages and age-related infertility. Given my own recent experience at CCRM, I wish this book had been available before I cycled.
What piqued my interest most about Rebecca's book is the reason she wrote it. Diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve at the ripe old age of 27, she went through IVF and was disappointed with the advice her clinic gave her (i.e. no advice at all, just lots of injections and bills). Given her background in molecular biology, she decided to delve into the scientific research for herself and ended up spending a year analyzing nearly 500 scientific studies about improving egg quality for IVF.
The book is about everything she found in her research. Rebecca offers real-world advice to improve egg quality by minimizing exposure to toxins, choosing the right vitamins and supplements, and making practical dietary changes. Being an infertility veteran and a google junkie, there were only a handful of recommendations to improve fertility in the book that I hadn't read about on infertility boards, blog posts or word-of-mouth. But what ends up happening with the myriad of suggestions online is that you don't know which ones to focus your limited energy on. There are so many "my brother's friend's aunt Sally got pregnant by eating pineapple cores after IVF" type stories out there...it's hard to decipher what is worthwhile and what is a useless waste of time. This book is a one-stop shop to find out what really affects egg quality based on scientific research.
Will the changes suggested in this book actually improve your IVF success rates? Or help you prevent a miscarriage? Or achieve a pregnancy naturally? I can't say, for sure. But when you're trying to avoid draining your savings on fertility treatments or already on the road to taking out a line of credit to pay for IVF, it can't hurt to take a read and try this approach. If you're not into all the background research (which I enjoyed), there are succinct conclusions and action plans at the end of each chapter.
And because I want all y'all to be happy and have beautiful, healthy babies...
DofD readers can download a free copy of the eBook here through April 15th. Please feel free to link to this DofD blog post if you enjoy the book and want to share my review with your own readers.
If you're old school or like to read in the bathtub (like me), you can purchase the book here on Amazon. As an intro offer, the book will be $12.95 this weekend (usual list price is $16.95).
***Unfortunately, the book is no longer available for free download.
Due to an overwhelming response, it hit the maximum number of downloads through noisetrade on April 5th...10 days early). However, the book is still available for purchase on Amazon from the link above. Thanks!