Taking First Things First

In This Chapter

Discovering why you can't conceive ^ Dealing with negative feelings ^ Preparing for treatment ^ Understanding the treatment options ^ Having IVF

^ Getting on with life after IVF

£ike the majority of couples, you may have found that deciding to start a family is a major relationship commitment that takes time. But having made the decision and stopped contraception, you probably felt excited and full of expectations about this next stage of your life. Most couples take fertility for granted and don't expect to have trouble getting pregnant. Yet 10 to 15 per cent of couples trying for a baby fail to fall pregnant in the first 12 months. Month after month passes without any sign of pregnancy and frustration sets in. If you're in this situation, now's the time to take the bull by the horns and acknowledge that you may have a fertility problem.

In this chapter, I provide some tips about finding an infertility specialist and explain the tests you're likely to undergo to find out why you haven't conceived. I also describe some of the simpler types of infertility treatment that your doctor may suggest you try before you move on to in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment.

Becoming a parent is a life-changing experience that throws you into a spin of emotions. If you have to put a lot of effort into having a family, you feel very lucky when you finally have a baby. But caring for a new baby is one of the hardest jobs around and having IVF doesn't make the job any easier or less demanding. So I also introduce you to some of the common misconceptions (pardon the pun!) about parenting after IVF.

Pregnancy Guide

Pregnancy Guide

A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Pregnancy. If you suspect, or know, that you are pregnant, we ho pe you have already visited your doctor. Presuming that you have confirmed your suspicions and that this is your first child, or that you wish to take better care of yourself d uring pregnancy than you did during your other pregnancies; you have come to the right place.

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