Laughin'fertility


Laughin'fertilityIf you have read, Conception Chronicles and enjoyed it, there is a good chance you will like the book, Laughin’fertility as well!

This book is the personal TTC journey of the author, Lisa Safran and her husband.  And although there are some informational tid-bits mixed into the storytelling, what makes this book a worthwhile read is that it prepares you for what may be coming if you are struggling to get pregnant.

Written in first person, Safran starts by sharing her feelings on struggling to conceive while it seems as if everyone around her is announcing their pregnancies.  From there, we live vicariously though her as she takes us with her through her battle with infertility.

Her belief is that if you don’t laugh at all the craziness during the TTC rollercoaster that you are sure to cry.  So as she shares her experiences, they are also combined with side commentary and personal anecdotes that are sure to make you smile, if not giggle as well.  She has a sarcastic, somewhat glass half empty sense of humor, but if you have been struggling to conceive, it is probably just as you are feeling as well!

One the funnier chapters were Safran explaining her husband's experience delivering his SA (semen analysis) to the lab.  After his first attempt ended up too cold by the time he reached the lab, he decided to make sure his sample stayed warm for the drive.  He wrapped the sample bottle in tinfoil, put it in a sock and then plopped it in his coat pocket.  Once he arrived at the lab, people watched as he carefully unwrapped his personal delivery….. you can imagine the humility involved in the scenario!

Safran also has fun bits of advice.  One was that socks are very important during the process since you spend much of your time at fertility appointments in a dressing gown and socks.  She goes through the pros and cons associated with every type of sock for each medical procedure or test (the basic black sock, school girl anklets, knee socks, scrunchies, designer anklets and theme socks).  For fun, she suggests wearing one pink sock and one blue sock on the day you go in for a pregnancy test.  Fun!

The most useful part of this book to me though is the great job she does explaining each of the tests that she has done.  She keeps her sense of humor, but gives a good description of what to expect of a whole host of procedures and related fertility treatments.

Included among them are:

  • Your first meeting with the fertility specialist
  • Bloodwork
  • Ultrasounds
  • Sonograms
  • Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
  • In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Giving yourself shots for IVF

She describes an IUI as foreplay for IVF, which is what her journey ended with. And because of that, another wonderfully helpful part of the book is a breakdown of your cycle when going through IVF.  She talks you through her experiences of what her IVF treatment looked like on:

  • Day 1- Call doctor the day you get your period
  • Day 3- Bloodwork and sonogram, begin hormone shots
  • Day 12- hCG shot
  • Day 13- Blood work
  • Day 14- Egg retrieval
  • Day 17- Egg transfer
  • Day 21- Blood work

If you are someone whose TTC road may include medical assistance of some sort, this would be a useful read.  It is a lighthearted approach to making the overwhelming and sometimes scary TTC procedures and tests feel more approachable and attainable.  I think that the more information we have going into a situation, the more at ease and in control we feel.  And as anyone who has been in the TTC world for a while knows, that isn’t always easy to come by!!!!

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