Dr. Richard Marrs' Fertility Book: Infertility Expert - Getting Pregnant, by Richard Marrs, Lisa Friedman Bloch, Kathy Kirtland Silverman

Dr. Richard Marrs' Fertility Book: America's Leading Infertility Expert Tells You Everything You Need to Know about Getting Pregnant

by Richard Marrs, Lisa Friedman Bloch, Kathy Kirtland Silverman

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Format: Paperback, 1st ed., 510pp. 
ISBN: 0440508037
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company, Incorporated 
Pub. Date: February 1998

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Contains new information on the latest advances not available in the hardcover edition!

Cutting-edge information and compassionate advice from the head of one of America's most prominent fertility institutes

"Comprehensive...a virtual encyclopedia of infertility." --Publishers Weekly

"Couples struggling with fertility problems will find comfort in Dr. Marrs' book." --Newsday (N.Y.)

"A necessary primer for any couple faced with infertility." --Library Journal

The author, Richard Marrs, Lisa Friedman Bloch, Kathy Kirtland Silverman , September 30, 1997
Authors' reply to reader's comment

Having seen a reader's comments regarding our book's explanation of the role DES exposure plays in infertility problems, we would like to clarify several issues.

First, the reader is not correct in saying that the FDA officially removed DES from the market in 1971. In fact, the FDA has never removed DES from the market. However, it did review the use of DES in pregnancy in 1969. This review was initiated because reproductive abnormalities were being seen in the 1960's in women whose mothers had been given DES while pregnant during the 1940's and 1950's. Following their review, the FDA formally concluded in 1971 that DES was directly related to female fetus reproductive tract abnormalities. From a practical standpoint, that conclusion merely formalized information which had already become common knowledge in the medical community. True, DES has remained available up through the present. But doctors were clearly aware of the problems it caused when used as a treatment for the prevention of miscarriage as early as the late 1950's and certainly by the 1960's, and most had stopped prescribing it during pregnancy. Thus, though it is not impossible that an individual born in 1965 would have had in utero DES exposure, it is extremely unlikely.

Second, the reader's remarks imply that our book minimizes the role of DES in causing reproductive problems. This is not correct. The pages of the book which the reader refers to state that "abnormalities related to DES exposure are probably the most common type of congenital cervical problems found in women today." The book then details the types of problems which can be caused by in utero DES exposure. Having detailed these problems, the book goes on to warn readers of the possibility that other drugs, which have not yet been pinpointed, may be causing DES type abnormalities. The point of the clinical example discussed in our book is not to review in depth the issues of DES, but rather to inform the reader that abnormalities similar to those we saw from DES are still being seen today! These are not related to DES and thus need to be investigated to determine if there is another similar etiology.

Unfortunately, the reader's reaction is negating the extensive, valuable information which the book provides. We strongly disagree that our book "is spreading inaccurate, potentially harmful information". In fact, the contrary is true. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author 

Richard Marrs, M.D., was the second doctor in the United States to achieve the birth of a baby from in vitro fertilization; the birth of the first frozen-embryo baby in the country, as well as the world's first pregnancy using a combination of ZIFT and surrogate gestational carriers. He founded and was the first president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. He was a member of the National Ethics Committee, which produced the first document in the United States on the morals and ethics of human reproduction. And more recently he headed Advocates for Fertility Treatment, which lobbied both the White House and Congress to increase health insurance coverage so that all infertile couples would have the chance to have a child.

Kathy Kirtland Silverman and Lisa Friedman Bloch are a television writing and producing team with numerous television movies to their credit. Lisa Bloch, the mother of twins, is also a former patient of Dr. Marrs'.

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A pioneer in the field of assisted reproduction, Dr. Richard Marrs has spent his life counseling couples who struggle with the pain of infertility, developing new treatments, and helping thousands to experience the wonder of birth. Now Dr. Marrs shares his knowledge and expertise in a groundbreaking book that answers all your questions, understands your concerns, and covers every aspect of fertility problems, including infertility's emotional price as well as its financial one. Based on the latest research and technologies—and the real-life experiences of thousands of couples—Dr. Marrs tells you everything you need to know about getting pregnant, including:

  • Which cutting-edge advances in reproductive technology—including in vitro, gift, zift, sperm manipulation, and immunological therapy—are right for you
  • Is it your nerves? How emotions can delay or stop ovulation
  • The biggest mistake doctors make when a man's sperm count is borderline or subnormal
  • Which fertility drugs work best...and the side effects you should expect
  • Your chances of multiple births...twins, triplets, or more
  • When to change doctors or see a specialist
  • The good news about using a partner's sperm and not a donor's...even if your partner's count is very low
  • Your insurance coverage—what you can and cannot do
  • And much more

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