The Conception Chronicles

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Conception Chronicles
Sometimes the sisterhood is great at sharing & other times they totally let you down. As I mentioned in this post, I never imagined that it would take more than a month or two to get pregnant, yet here we are. Infertility is not often the topic of conversation. Just the word sounds a little scary! After hearing about my miscarriage, my friend sent me this book, The Conception Chronicles. It's the story of three friends who are trying to get pregnant, their emails back & forth & an in depth look at fertility treatment. 

The friends share little known truths such as "the average couple has a 10 to 20 percent chance of conceiving each month" (p7) and "the success rate for couples in their twenties is only about 20 percent for each month's attempts" (p7). You start to wonder how these couples fell pregnant when 'they weren't even trying' and why did we bother so much with contraception when there is only a twenty percent chance of falling pregnant? 

"Like bees to begonia, so too are overnight guests drawn to an ovulatory house" (p92).

The book handles what is a fairly serious, emotional topic with a little bit of humor. The friends draw you in and make you feel like there is someone who knows how you feel & what you're going through. Once they get into the fertility treatments and IVF the information becomes mind boggling. Where you could get lost in technical jargon the friends continue to bring it back to their story, personalising the process. If you or a friend is trying to get pregnant I would recommend picking up a copy of the Conception Chronicles

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