- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 25, 2001

Books

• "Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control and Pregnancy Achievement," by Toni Weschler, HarperPerennial, 1995. This book encourages women to understand their body's fertility signals when trying to conceive.

• "The Couple's Guide to Fertility," by Dr. Gary S. Berger, Dr. Marc Goldstein and Mark Fuerst, Main Street Books, 1995. This book is a good guide to the tests and treatment of infertility.

• "Resolving Infertility," by Diane Aronson, Diane Clap and Margaret R. Hollister, Quill Publishing, 2001. This book for patients includes medical information along with a guide to coping with diagnoses and treatment.

• "How to Be a Successful Fertility Patient: Your Guide to Getting the Best Possible Medical Help to Have a Baby," by Peggy Robin, Quill Publishing, 1993. This book, written by a Washington author, guides patients through treatment, emotional issues and insurance problems.

• "The Complete Fertility Organizer: A Guidebook and Record Keeper for Women," by Manya Deleon Miller with Ronald Clisham, John Wiley and Sons, 1999. This book provides a place for medical records.

Associations

• Resolve: The National Infertility Association, 1310 Broadway, Somerville, Mass. 02144. Phone: 617/623-0744. Web site: www.resolve.org. Locally: Resolve of Metropolitan Washington, PO Box 3423, Merrifield, Va. 22116. Phone: 202/362-5555. This support group provides fact sheets, research information, support services, guides to doctors, success rates of fertility clinics and publications.

• American Society of Reproductive Medicine, 1209 Montgomery Highway, Birmingham, Ala. 35216. Phone: 205/978-5000. Web site: www.asrm.org. This professional organization can guide patients toward board-certified fertility specialists. It also provides testing and treatment information and statistics.

On line

• At the International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination's Web site (www.inciid.org), visitors can chat with doctors and other patients, post questions to bulletin boards and read about various infertility conditions and treatments. The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination is a nonprofit group.

• Fertile Thoughts Inc. has a Web site (www.fertile-thoughts.com) where visitors can visit bulletin boards and get information about infertility, pregnancy, surrogacy issues and adoption.

• At IVF.com, the Web site of the Georgia Reproductive Specialists of Atlanta, visitors can learn how to find a specialist and get information about the various tests and what is involved in assisted reproductive technology.


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