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Mayo Clinic Guide to Fertility and Conception

Jani R. Jensen M.D. and Elizabeth A. Stewart M.D.

  • According to the CDC, 10% of overall women in the U.S. experience infertility. In the 15- to 44-year-old range, the number increases to 12%
  • A third of couples experience infertility due to complications in the female; for another third, it is due to complications in the male partner.
  • The general fertility rate in the United States is about 60 live births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 years.



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of men aged 25 to 44 years in the United States reported that they or their partner saw a doctor for advice, testing, or treatment for infertility during their lifetime.

After deciding to start a family, many questions may arise: how can I increase the chances of becoming pregnant? What health and lifestyle changes should be made for a healthy pregnancy? What medical treatments are available if conception is difficult? Where can I find emotional support?

In Mayo Clinic Guide to Fertility and Conception, the fertility experts at Mayo Clinic offer the answers to these questions and more. This book acts as a guide through the process
of trying for — and achieving — a successful pregnancy, covering a variety of topics from getting ready for pregnancy and fertility preservation, to common fertility problems and deciding when pregnancy isn’t obtainable.

In addition to expert discussions on solutions to difficult conception and maintaining a pregnancy, this book is also filled with stories from couples and individuals who have struggled to have a family for a variety of reasons, such as health concerns, unexplained infertility or life circumstances.

2015 • 288 pages • World English: Da Capo Press until 3/27/2020

Jani JensenJani R. Jensen M.D.

Dr. Jensen is a specialist in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and is the co-director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Jensen is an assistant professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and directs the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship for medical students.

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Elizabeth StewartElizabeth A. Stewart M.D.

Dr. Stewart, medical editor of Mayo Clinic Guide to Fertility and Conception, is the chair of the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. A noted researcher, author and clinician, Dr. Stewart’s research interests focus on the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of uterine fibroids.

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