Where to start when you want to read up on fertility can be a confusing business – so we’ve put together a list of our favourite fertility books, from useful guides to personal stories.

  1. The Infertility Experience by Sally Coombs

If you’re looking for support and practical help, this book is a good place to start. Written from the perspective that fertility is a journey for us all, but each journey is deeply personal and unique, the book’s designed for you to be able to dip into different sections easily and covers both female and male infertility.

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  1. Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler

Author Toni Weschler is a fertility awareness counsellor and trainer who promotes fertility awareness through lectures at hospitals, clinics and universities in the USA, as well as appearing regularly on TV and radio. Her book demystifies the menstrual cycle and explains how to chart it, whether you’re seeking to get pregnant or use natural family planning.

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  1. More Love to Give: A Story of Secondary Infertility, IVF and the Desperate Quest for Another Childby Helen Davies

This true story tackles the subject of secondary fertility, following Helen Davies’ rollercoaster journey through four rounds of IVF in her desperate desire to have a second child following the birth of her first child. If you’re trying for another baby, this is a reassuring read giving insight into the challenges of secondary infertility.
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  1. Infertility, IVF and Miscarriage: The Simple Truth: A Guide for the General Publicby Dr Sean Watermeyer

 This practical self-help book is written in layman’s terms and will take you through the causes of infertility, IVF and miscarriage, as well as the different investigations on offer (and potential risks and outcomes). It also provides a useful step-by-step guide to IVF and highlights key points for quick reference. 
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  1. Is Your Mind Fertility-Friendly?: Don't Let Your Emotions Hijack Your Fertility by Jackie Brown

Many women entering their thirties feeling anxious that they’ll struggle to get pregnant, often long before they start trying. This book aims to help busy women become aware of the effect that stress and negative emotions can have on the body, including your fertility. It offers advice and self-help techniques to overcome stress and create the best environment to increase fertility.
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  1. Mind Body Baby: How to eat, think and exercise to give yourself the best chance at conceivingby Ann Bracken

Hospital visits, calendar watching, disheartening test results and scheduled sex: trying for a baby can be a stressful experience and the strain it puts on anyone struggling with infertility can affect the likelihood of conceiving. Putting wellbeing at the heart of fertility, this supportive, easy-to-follow guide offers an alternative to formal counselling.

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  1. Fertile: Nourish and balance your body ready for baby making by Emma Cannon

Beautifully illustrated and packed full of practical ways to improve your health and wellbeing ready for conception and pregnancy, this book contains over 50 recipes with key nutrients to nourish your body, cleansing plans to optimise your health, advice for women undertaking IVF and a holistic approach to fertility problems such as PCOS and endometriosis.

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  1. Get A Life: His & Hers Survival Guide to IVF by Richard Mackney and Rosie Bray

The authors, Richard and Rosie, have been through IVF themselves and have written this down-to-earth guide for anyone thinking of starting out on fertility treatment. Funny and informative, this is essentially two books in one, offering advice for women and a survival guide for men, with each chapter reflecting the different gender roles and experiences.

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  1. How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup: A Guy's Guide to the World of Infertility by Greg Wolfe

Laugh-out-loud funny, this book tackles the sensitive subject of infertility from a male perspective. For men who don’t know what to expect when embarking on treatment, it provides loads of information in plain English and de-mystifies IVF treatment as it takes a light-hearted look at the journey couples take as they pursue the goal of becoming parents. 

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  1. The Pursuit of Motherhoodby Jessica Hepburn

Described as “a cross between Bridget Jones Diary and Eat Pray Love for the infertile generation,” this memoir of one woman’s IVF journey is honest, funny, intimate and, at times, heart-wrenching. Anyone who has experienced the feelings of isolation that infertility can bring will relate to the author as she goes through the highs and lows of treatment. 

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Andrew Drakeley

Mr Andrew Drakeley is the Clinical Director at the Hewitt Fertility Centre, working principally at the Liverpool Women’s site but with managerial responsibility for Knutsford.

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