Infertility books are a key player in the journey to parenthood when the journey becomes complicated, confusing and difficult.
I Can’t Get/Stay Pregnant
Not being able to become pregnant or carry a child full term is one of the hardest things a woman will ever face. I personally suffered three miscarriages, but consider myself blessed to have eventually birthed three healthy babies, 2 of them after a MTHFR diagnosis.
Infertility was SO DIFFICULT and such a raw time in my life.
9 Powerful Infertility Books
The following are 9 powerful infertility books that can help bring you the results you desire – a family.
Basic Infertility Books
The following two infertility books should be read before seeing a doctor or an infertility specialist.
One of my favorite books of all time is Taking Charge of Your Fertility (TCOYF). It is an eye opening book that gives insight into the basics of the female body. TCOYF demystified my fertility and how everything worked (or should work) together. My body suddenly made sense to me. It was as if a lightbulb turned on – brightly!
The first step in your infertility journey is to read Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It will teach you the basics, and help you to overcome any potential preliminary obstacles to becoming pregnant.
The Sperm Meets Egg Plan is another book aimed at solving basic problems becoming pregnant. By using this book you may discover you are not actually infertile, but possibly just misinformed (or uninformed).
This book will help the reader create a “baby making schedule” of sorts, demystify ovulation test strips and give great tips to increase fertile cervical fluid.
After an Infertility Diagnosis
So… you’ve been diagnosed with infertility. Is your head spinning and you’re wondering what to do next?
Reading Navigating the Land of IF will be as if a close friend, that went through the same thing a few years ago, took you aside and gave you all the nitty, gritty details, tips, tricks and hacks on everything infertility. Melissa Ford writes as a friend in your corner.
Melissa will guide you through the acronyms, the procedures and the medications. She’ll help you to know what to expect so that there’s a little bit less of a learning curve throughout your journey. If you want to get a sense of her writing style, check out her blog.
If a personal narrative and guide isn’t your thing, but prefer a more clinical approach to the varied options for infertility, What to Do When You Can’t Get Pregnant is for you. (I’m talking especially to you, men!)
Many LOVE the book described above (nofollow Navigating the Land of IF), but sometimes the facts, and not the life story is what’s needed. If this sounds familiar, you’ll love this book. What to Do When You Can’t Get Pregnant is extremely thorough!
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is a common infertility diagnosis. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS this workbook is for you.
This is a workbook and like any other workbook out there, prepare yourself to… work! In this guide you will find a lot of amazing information about PCOS and will be challenged to apply it to you and your specific situation.
The workbook is written by a registered dietitian because, as you’ll discover, there’s a huge link to the symptoms of PCOS and diet. One of my favorite things about this workbook is that the author embraces a whole body approach – she not only discusses diet, but emotional health too.
Empty Womb, Aching Heart could easily have been titled “Chicken Soup for the Infertile Christian”. Like the famous Chicken Soup series, this book contains a collection of honest, heartwarming stories, that focus on infertility and faith.
If you’re feeling alone and isolated, but are looking for a Christian take on your experience, this book will leave you feeling validated but also encouraged on your journey of infertility and your walk with the Lord.
If you are considering In Vitro Fertilization and are in need of a personal guide, The Couple’s Guide to In Vitro Fertilization is your book! Much of the infertility information out there is dry, medical knowledge, but this book makes things simple, informative and personal.
Believe it or not, this book is a page turner that will appeal to both partners – not just mom!
The Couple’s Guide covers the preparation, financial aspects, medications, the emotions and the actual procedures. Author Liza Charlesworth didn’t speak only to her own experience, but the varied experiences of many other couples as well. As we know, each infertility journey is unique, so you will find these other stories very helpful.
If you have used non-traditional avenues such as surrogacy or a donor to become a parent, you might want to check out Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates. This is a thought provoking book that explores the dynamics of creating and raising such a child.
Before choosing surrogacy or using a donor, I think it’s important to think about various aspects of this path. How will you answer your child’s question about how they were made? What will you tell extended family members? How will using a donor impact your relationship with your partner?
If you’re ready to dive in and think about these things, this book will be an invaluable tool.
This book is also helpful to friends and family members to better understand the difficult and intense emotional aspects of infertility.
My favorite part about Silent Sorority is that ultimately the reader will no longer feel alone and isolated, but validated in everything she’s gone through – frustration, sadness, anger, rage, and the funny parts too.
What Are Your Favorite Infertility Books?
Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite infertility books are. Thank you so much!