The Essentials of the Fertility Toolkit

February 25th, 2010 by DCPatient Leave a reply »

In the “I wish I knew then what I know now” category are a laptop hard drive and full bookcase of information on fertility that I have amassed in the past 2 ½ years. Fertility challenges are something that few women envision encountering (although 1 in 7 couples may experience) and I, like so many, went straight to What to Expect When You’re Expecting.  After 6 months (I’m over 35) and a few blood tests I realized what I needed was more like What to Expect When You’re Expecting Expecting and Expecting, But Never Seem To Get Pregnant.  Through trial and error I have amassed some essential resources that I would like to share with any woman experiencing difficult conception.  This pared-down collection of must-haves reflects my belief that understanding your cycle in detail, creating a mind-body connection capable of withstanding the inherent stresses in the challenged fertility process, and optimizing your nutrition are the key elements to a successful fertility journey whether you get pregnant or not.

The DCPatient Fertility Toolkit


  • Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, MPH
  • Navigating the Land of If: Understanding Infertility & Exploring Your Options by Melissa Ford
  • The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis, MD
  • Conquering Infertility by Alice Domar, PhD
  • The Fertility Diet by Jorge Chavarro, MD Walter Willett, MD, Patrick Skerret

Meditation/Mind-Body Connection:

Body/Mind-Body Connection:



That’s it!

Although it wouldn’t be fair to leave out my personal go-to fertility coach and meditation workshop instructor/acupuncturist – Connie Barrow and Lisa Eaves

Let me know if you find this helpful and feel free to recommend the essential elements of your fertility toolkit.

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