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Book Review

Infertility, IVF and Miscarriage

The Simple Truth

First published in 2016 Reviewing this edition published in 2017 by Parthian Books

Dr Sean Watermeyer MBChB, MRCOG- Consultant Gynaecologist

Dr Watermeyer certainly has the credentials to make this book a concise, well informed, understandable and reliable guide to fertility.  He is a full time Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant. In addition to his Obstetrics and Gynaecology training, he has a First-Class honours degree in Genetics, is a qualified GP and has membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners as well as membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and also teaches junior doctors.

It is clear this book is written by someone who cares about this subject.  He has endeavoured to ensure that everybody who is experiencing a fertility issue is able to understand the journey they are on.  It gives the reader absorbable and understandable information and all terminology is broken down and made clear.

The book begins with an explanation of women’s bodies, the reproductive system in particular.  There follows a set by step exploration, not only the issues of fertility, but also the treatments and options available.  This clarity means that this book offers an excellent guide to Infertility, IVF and miscarriage

The set-up of the book is quite clear, with a very detailed index; each section you could read in isolation depending on what one needs. At the end of each chapter it gives you a clear precis of the subject matter, thus allowing the reader to recap on their understanding.  This is important if you are attending an appointment and you know there is a piece of information or an issue you want to address as you will be able to find the information quickly.

Dr Watermeyer’s approach is very honest and realistic about what is involved, the choices we must make and, also, the likely outcomes.

If you are looking for one book to explain fertility this is a very good and useful read.


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