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Descriptive, Concise, and Hopeful, July 23, 2000
Good on 'structural' problems, lacking in other areas, January 12,
1. Some of the information, or lack thereof, is outdated (it was fully updated in the most recent edition - 1996).
2. The focus of the book is somewhat narrow, although there is no indication of this fact until you read other books and understand Dr. Franklin's clinical and research interests.
That having been said, there is a wealth of excellent information regarding structural infertility causes in both women and men. Dr. Larry Lipschultz, a leader in his field, authors the best and most comprehensive chapter I have seen on male-factor infertility - this alone makes purchasing the book worthwhile!
Dr. Franklin provides detailed information regarding endometriosis, uterine abnormalities and tubal abnormalities in addition to other issues. Where this book is lacking is on matters of hormonal causes of female infertility. For example, it lacks FULL information regarding the treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Disease, instead focusing on telling women to 'just lose weight.' Many treatment options for hormonal-based infertility are not covered. Other books are much better for this purpose. (This stands to reason since Dr. Frankin is not a reproductive endocrinologist. This is a key point.)
The bottom line is this book has a lot of good information, but is best used in conjunction with other books on infertility.
Be an active participant in your case management, December 9,
Also, my husband and I were able to make informed decisions about what procedures we would be willing to go through, and those that we did not feel were right for us.
If you are looking for facts, and a way to determine if the odds for a particular course of treatment are favorable, read this book.
Avoid this book if you're looking for comfort, December 2, 1999
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"...a world-renowned fertility specialist examines all infertility treatments, providing reassuring, sensitive advice on how to handle the emotional stress accompanying infertility, and also covers alternative solutions."
From the Publisher
This new and completely revised edition of a classic book covers all the latest medical breakthroughs that can help you have a baby. Dr. Robert R. Franklin, a world-renowned fertility specialist, offers the most comprehensive, up-to-date information you need about the complex process of overcoming infertility. This authoritative and reassuring book offers a thorough analysis of the causes of both female and male infertility, an evaluation of all the latest research and treatment techniques, and an empowering approach to the emotions and stresses unique to this issue. The book also sensitively discusses alternatives, such as adoption and surrogacy.
Table of Contents
1 The Miracle of Fertilization 1
Pt. I Female Infertility: Evaluation and Treatment
2 Endometriosis 23
3 Diseases of the Fallopian Tubes 88
4 Hormonal Imbalances 111
Pt. II Male Infertility: Evaluation and Treatment
5 Repair of an Obstruction of the Duct System and a Varicose Vein of the Testicle 153
6 "Low" Sperm Count - Cause Unknown 179
Pt. III Important Issues in Infertility
7 Unexplained Infertility 191
8 Repeated Spontaneous Abortion 199
9 Breakthroughs in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) 222
10 The Emotions of Infertility 252
Pt. IV Alternative Solutions
11 Artificial Insemination by Donor (AID) 279
12 Surrogate Motherhood 287
13 The Challenge of Adoption 298
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