However, being an infertile myrtle does NOT mean I have a good memory. And as such, The Infertility Assistant has been sitting on my table for a month... with me THINKING I already reviewed it, and only realizing the JUST other day, that uh... I had NOT reviewed it. So with many apologies to the kind authors who sent it out to me, here's the lowdown.
Truth is, it's a pretty good book - even for a three year veteran like myself. While the content is definitely geared to an American audience (with regards to insurance, for example), and there's some overarching generalizations I'd disagree with ("After your medical evaluation, your doctor should have enough information to tell you why you haven't been getting pregnant"), I'd still consider buying this book. Not necessarily based on the content, because as I hinted above, some of it may not apply to ALL situations (ie. mine), but based on the LAYOUT. Cuz with THIS book, the strength is definitely in the layout.
Again, like the other infertility books I've reviewed here, the book is too big for MY particular purse, but it's smaller and lighter than the other two, so for that, The Infertility Assistant wins points. It also wins points for being spiral-bound, and having a TABBED breakdown, including tabs for Doctors, Tests, Treatment, Self-Care, IUI, IVF, and even Finances.
And WITHIN those tabs, for once, there's ACTUALLY enough space to record what's really going on. For example, in the Doctors tab, there's three columns to compare info between three different doctors, all side-by-side. Within the IUI tab, there's space available for 3 IUI's but also EIGHT weeks worth of info PER IUI. And within the all-important IVF tab, there's day-by-day space for 3 full IVF cycles, again up to 8 weeks per cycle. Just for the ability to record information in a SINGLE spot, this book wins hands down. While there's a lot of infertility books out there, many of them assume us infertiles will get LUCKY in a cycle or two, or they FORGET that this can be an 8-week long endurance race filled with overwhelming information that has no dumping ground.
So all in all, two thumbs up for The Infertility Assistant. Simple, easy-to-use, and ACTUALLY enough space to record all the COPIOUS amounts of data one gets during infertility treatments.
Want to win The Infertility Assistant? Leave a comment telling Lori and me why this book would work for YOU, and it might be ALL YOURS. All comments entered by October 17th will be put into a hat. The husband (mr chicklet) will be blind-folded, spun around 10x, shoved back and forth, and then spun around 10 more times the OTHER way, before being asked to pull a winner. The winner will be announced Monday October 20th 2008. Good luck!
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