Synopses & Reviews
Insightful, frank, and friendly advice on overcoming infertility -- from two women who have lived through it all.
You can't open a magazine these days without seeing a blissful forty-plus celebrity mom cradling her new bundle of joy. But, like so much of Hollywood life, the truth about pregnancy and fertility is glossed over. We don't see the tremendous amount of financial, emotional, and physical effort that couples who are having trouble conceiving go through.
In this warm, funny, and empathetic book, journalist Julie Vargo and literary agent Maureen Regan -- women who have personally experienced infertility -- give the lowdown on what women really need to know. Hormones, sperm counts, uterine lining -- nothing is too personal for these outspoken women. They also recruit their friends, husbands, and doctors to dish on everything from keeping your marriage healthy to assessing your financial needs to herbal treatments and blood tests. Everything you wish you knew about infertility, and how others faced it, is covered in this book.
Most important, Vargo and Regan provide information they wished someone had given them, especially things most doctors don't share. What you don't know may cost you what you want -- a family of your own. Your OB/GYN may not be trained in infertility, and won't necessarily give you the answers you need. Like Vargo and Regan, many women believe they will get pregnant when they decide it is time and are shocked when they don't. Now they share their stories in the hopes of preventing other women from experiencing the traumas they did. Their advice is simple -- gather all the information you can and find the doctor who will listen to your needs.
A Few Good Eggs provides the resources you need to face infertility -- and the warm support of a couple of good friends.
"The comprehensiveness of this accessible guide to managing infertility reflects the somewhat obsessive approach of the authors, who have both undergone years of infertility treatment and whose anecdotes frame each chapter. In plain language, journalist Vargo and literary agent Regan (sister of publisher Judith) detail the impact of a variety of factors (age, weight, stress, exercise, nutrition, STDs, pharmaceuticals, recreational drugs, pollution) on both female and male infertility. They provide solid tips on finding a fertility specialist and navigating the wide variety of questions, tests and treatments readers can expect to go through, and frankly discuss the difficult choices (medical, ethical, legal, financial and emotional) parental hopefuls will have to make. Vargo and Regan believe motherhood is a woman's highest priority and most satisfying life choice, and quietly dismiss projects outside of conception; readers who don't fully embrace the authors' opinions may thus miss the plethora of useful information. Oversimplified gender stereotypes also hinder the authors' discussion of communication between partners and reflect the larger interference of the authors' neo-traditional values with the otherwise direct treatment of the complicated situations infertile women face. Still, the infusion of personality with facts makes for an engaging guide for those who share Vargo and Regan's beliefs. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This warm, funny, empathetic book gives readers a glimpse into what to expect while experiencing infertility. Hormones, sperm counts, ovarian lining--nothing is too personal for these outspoken women!
Insight and frank, friendly advice on overcoming infertility -- from two women who have lived through it all.
We are bombarded by images of blissful older mothers, such as Madonna and Celine Dion. But 'Hollywood' articles about pregnancy and fertility at middle age gloss over the tremendous amount of financial, emotional, and physical effort faced by couples struggling to conceive.
In this warm, funny, empathetic book, journalist Julie Vargo and literary agent Maureen Regan -- women who have experienced personally almost every aspect of infertility -- give readers a glimpse into what to expect when you're not expecting. Hormones, sperm counts -- nothing is too personal for these two outspoken women!
Ranges from technical to humorous and everything in between. What are good, snappy comebacks to the question, 'Why aren't you pregnant?' What is the difference between gonadotrophin releasing hormone and progesterone? Should you freeze your eggs? These questions and many more are answered, and in the tone of a couple of good friends. Between them, the authors have gone through hormone treatments, miscarriages and multiple inseminations -- so they know firsthand the rollercoaster ride of trying to achieve pregnancy.
With wise advice on how to communicate with doctors, husbands, friends, and mothers, this book is an invaluable guide for all women facing infertility.
About the Author
Julie Vargo is an award-winning journalist and creative director who spent five years as the fashion editor of the Dallas Times Herald; her articles have appeared in The Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Beautiful Kitchens, Women's Wear Daily, and the Dallas Morning News. She lives with her husband and two children in Texas.