CA (PRWEB) June 24, 2004
Two Southern California fertility pioneers who "wrote the book" on in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproduction techniques and published it under the title Conceptions and Misconceptions, have just released a second edition of this book that has helped thousands of infertile couples conceive.
The book contains many heartwarming stories that illustrate the technological advancements in fertility and the lengths couples will go to conceive, including that of Becky Ripley, who struggled for years to have a baby and underwent three IVF cycles before her sister, Beth, volunteered to act as a surrogate mother. When it came time for the embryo transfer procedure, Becky decided to have embryos transferred into her as well, not expecting a positive result. Miraculously, both sisters got pregnant, delivering the first set of twins from two different women.
There is also a section on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a new technology used to screen embryos for specific chromosomal and metabolic diseases. Although the technology will not improve couples’ fertility success rates, it will make IVF safer for those with a family history of some of the more common genetic diseases and for women of advanced age who wish to conceive.
Arthur L. Wisot, M.D., and David Meldrum, M.D. of Reproductive Partners Medical Group (RPMG),which has offices throughout Southern California, published the first edition of Conceptions and Misconceptions in 1997 after discovering from their patients the need for clear, understandable and unbiased information about the complex and rapidly growing world of assisted reproduction. "This updated and revised edition can help couples have a baby by empowering them with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions," explained Dr. Wisot. "It can help them maximize their chances for success as they embark on their hope-filled journey into parenthood."
The second edition of this book, published by Hartley and Marks Publishers, is a completely updated and revised version that provides clear, concise information on topics ranging from the latest assisted reproduction technologies to consumer issues.
In the latest edition, readers can accompany a patient on a 30-day journey through a cycle of IVF and discover both the physical and emotional impacts of fertility treatment. There is an all-new new chapter on the role of complementary and alternative methods in fertility treatment, including a balanced look at acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), nutrition, and the mind-body connection. The authors also delve into newer fertility issues such as surrogacy, and consumer issues helping the reader avoid pitfalls such as unethical advertising, misleading statistics and outright fraud.
Alan H. DeCherney, M.D., Division Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology at UCLA School of Medicine is impressed by the authors’ approach, style and content. "Wisot and Meldrum's book offers a unique and refreshing approach," he said. "It's readable and scientifically sound, and complex concepts are presented in a fashion that makes them easy to understand and remember. Theirs is a compassionate and hopeful method."
Dr. Wisot, who specializes exclusively in infertility, is Executive Director of RPMG and Dr. Meldrum, a reproductive endocrinologist, is Scientific Director of RPMG. Both doctors are clinical professors at UCLA School of Medicine.
For additional information about Conceptions and Misconceptions: The Informed Consumer's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization and Other Assisted Reproduction Techniques or to obtain a copy, please call (858) 453-9600. Couples can also visit online at http://www.reproductivepartners.com and submit questions to Dr. Wisot, who will provide responses by email.
Reproductive Partners Medical Group provides general infertility care, preparation for assisted reproductive technology (ART), in vitro fertilization and gamete intrafallopian transfer procedures. Widely recognized for its pioneering work in the treatment of infertility, RPMG has offices in Redondo Beach, Long Beach, Fountain Valley, Beverly Hills and San Diego. For additional information about RPMG's procedures and financing programs, please call them at 877-2-REPRODUCE, or visit http://www.reproductivepartners.com .
Contact: Beverly Beck Ellman or Vince Heald (858) 453-9600
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