In an effort to celebrate National Fertility Awareness Week from April 24th through May 1st, the following two book reviews provide some great reading and education on the subject of fertility. The titles, Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and The Infertility Cure, assist women with one of the most important wishes that many women have – to be fertile, conceive and have children.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility, The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler, MPH. Harper Collins Publishers. Her website is: www.TCOYF.com ISBN: 978-0-06-088190-0 –
This book is available online, click here to visit our Webstore.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility (TCOYF), by Toni Weschler, presents a clear explanation of a woman’s menstrual cycle and teaches strategies to achieve pregnancy by using the reproductive program that she developed called the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). Toni Weschler explains the three key factors relevant for any woman who wants to learn about her fertile time each month. This entails: 1) taking her waking body temperature, 2) checking her cervical fluid, and 3) checking the position of her cervix on a daily basis.
The Fertility Awareness Method allows a woman the opportunity to understand her “personal data” so that she can determine when she may ovulate and thus, know when she is most fertile so that she can try to conceive at that time. Ms. Weschler shows how to take a woman’s waking temperature known as Basal Body Temperature (BBT) – the first step in FAM – and how to chart it over a month’s time. Weschler displays this method with extensive charts so that anyone wishing to learn this method may do so easily. Ms. Weschler also provides photos and descriptions of cervical fluid and cervixes (steps 2 and 3 of this method) to show women the changes they go through on a monthly basis.
Although the title itself and FAM may be most applicable to women who want to become pregnant, FAM is also effective in allowing women to know their fertile time to avoid becoming pregnant. Thus, it truly is a book about “taking charge” to achieve the outcome of making a conscious choice to become pregnant or not.
The Infertility Cure, The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies, by Randine Lewis, Ph.D. Little, Brown & Company Publishers. Her website is: www.TheFertileSoul.com. ISBN: 978-0-316-15921-2 This book is available online, click here to visit our Webstore.
Our second book on fertility is The Infertility Cure, by Randine Lewis, Ph. D. In this book, Dr. Lewis reveals how she uses Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as an acupuncturist and herbologist to assist women in becoming fertile. She uses an integrative approach of Eastern and Western medicine. Her protocol is called The Fertile Soul Method that employs acupuncture, Chinese herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements and daily yoga practice to achieve optimal fertility. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) may be used in conjunction with her program. She recommends her method for women and their partners for a 90-day period before attempting to conceive. Dr. Lewis also offers hope through the use of treatment strategies to overcome some of the toughest diagnoses in fertility: endometriosis and fibroid tumors, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), premature ovarian failure (POF) and “unexplained infertility.” Dr. Lewis shares numerous case studies of women and couples whom she has treated who conceived and now have children. In many instances, these couples had been trying to conceive for years, or they may have been told that they would not be able to conceive.
These two well-written books dealing with issues of fertility will educate and perhaps inspire you to recommend them to other women trying to conceive. Each book has a slightly different focus: Taking Charge is thorough and educational and teaches a woman to understand the fertility signs of own her body, instills confidence in doing so, and allows her the opportunity to choose if and when she wishes to conceive. The Infertility Cure is designed for women to become educated in a wholistic approach to fertility, to become pregnant, and have healthy babies. Both books are a “good, easy read” and ultimately, go “hand in hand.”
We carry both books at all CNY Healing Arts locations in the retail areas as well as online at our webstore. Please ask for either book title the next time you stop in!
Shelley Szymko-Carroll, L.Ac., treats women for fertility and pregnancy at Rochester CNY Healing Arts. She uses an integrative approach through use of the Fertility Awareness Method and the Fertile Soul Method developed by these two authors. Please e–mail her with any questions at: Sszymkofirstname.lastname@example.org.