This is a short list of some of the best books that we and our patients have found helpful.
“The Infertility Cure” by Randine Lewis
This book is written by an acupuncturist for infertility patients. She explains acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in a format that is easy to read and understand. Randine also gives case studies and stories about her experience treating infertility patients and the great success she has had over the years.
“Inconceivable” by Julia Indichova
This book is one woman’s personal journey with secondary infertility, acupuncture and conception. She was labeled unable to get pregnant based on her FSH levels and dismissed by all doctors. She revamped her outlook on health care and living and took up yoga, healthy diet and lifestyle and acupuncture— and in the end was able to conceive and have a baby against all odds.
“The Infertility Survival Handbook” by Elizabeth Swire Falker
This is one of the best basic books explaining the ins and outs of fertility treatments. It is like having a conversation with a close friend. A really really educated friend! She goes into detail all the different tests and procedures as well as the emotional aspect. She explains the pros and cons of all choices made such as IVF, surrogacy, donor eggs, adoption, etc. She mentions and is supportive of acupuncture throughout the text as well. Most of my patients agree that this was the best book for them. What is also great is that she discusses male infertility and how to deal with your husband and his emotions and how to be supportive of him through his journey.
“Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler, MPH
Always noted as the number one resource for a general overview of fertility, infertility treatments and contraception. It presents the patient with knowledge and understanding so she can know how to make educated decisions about her health care and her fertility.
“The Web That Has No Weaver” by Ted Kaptchuk
This is a basic acupuncture text that goes into great detail to explain Traditional Chinese Medical theory. This is for really serious learning.