Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Organizing your fertility

Da Capo Press was nice enough to send me an advance copy of Suzanne Schlosberg's new book – The Essential Fertility Log. It's spiral-bound and is a cross between a handbook and a journal – a handbook in terms of giving you accurate, relevant information and a journal in terms of encouraging you to keep track of what's important to you – cycle information, emotions, test results, personal fitness (exercise & relaxation), medications, etc. She's included bits of trivia to make page-turning interesting too.

My impression is that this organizer is good for both scatterbrains who can't remember things unless they write them down and for people who appreciate order. I spend hours answering trying-to-conceive questions, yet it continues to amaze me how much the basic information that appears in the book is unknown to women – regardless of whether the child they're trying to conceive is their first or not. Suzanne's organized it nicely and written it so it's simple to understand.

If you've come to this site, you're probably past the blissful first month or two when you think you automatically become pregnant the first time you try. For women who are well into ART (assisted reproductive technology), I don't think you'll come across new information, but you may enjoy the journal section. If you're trying to conceive without ART or are just beginning infertility treatments, I think you'll enjoy The Essential Fertility Log. It's a convenient way to keep tabs on everything that's going on in your TTC (trying to conceive) attempts and it's a breath of fresh air in the world of excess information.

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