Book:  It Starts With The Egg by Rebecca Fett

When my husband and I were going through our infertility struggles, we honestly didn’t read too much about it – whether it was doing research online or in books. We didn’t want to believe that that was going to be our reality. Now that we endured the struggles and experienced it ourselves, I love to read books and search online for any information that deals with fertility.


I came across this book It Starts With The Egg online and it just grabbed my attention. It had many reviews and high ratings. It’s considered #1 on Amazon’s reproductive medicine and technology category and #2 on fertility books category. I’m not a scientific gal but author Rebecca Fett made the science behind infertility really easy to read and understand. The info was not boring or complicated.

But what really got me so fascinated with the book was the author Rebecca Fett. After reading her biography, I just had to purchase the book and read it. Rebecca wrote this book because she went through IVF herself. She has a background in molecular biology and biochemistry and put her degree to work – to truly find out what the latest scientific research on fertility showed. All her analysis of the latest research culminated in the writing of this book to inform readers How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF.


But don’t just take my word for it, there are countless editorial reviews and reader reviews of the book.

Editorial Reviews

These are just some of the editorial reviews of this book found online:

Editorial Reviews from Amazon

“Rebecca Fett’s first edition of ‘It Starts with the Egg’ revolutionized the way the fertility community viewed supplements and the impact of environmental toxins on reproductive health. Through summarizing evidence-based research, she took the guess work out of recommendations. I’m thrilled to have a new edition to recommend to my patients.
– Dr. Lora Shahine, M.D., FACOG, Director of the Center for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss at Pacific NW Fertility, And Author of “Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss.”

“With detailed, up to date research Rebecca Fett provides a clear, cool-headed guide to both the science that determines IVF success, and the practical changes that patients can make to drastically increase their chances of IVF success.”
– Dr. Lindsay Wu, Laboratory for Ageing Research, University of New South Wales Medical Center, Australia.


Reader Reviews

And the 5 star ratings it got from other readers from Amazon:

“After two miscarriages, 4 failed fertility treatment cycles and being told by three separate fertility specialists that my husband and I had less than 5% chance of conceiving and carrying to term, we decided it was time to take a more proactive and informed approach to our infertility. Our search for solid information lead in many directions, including to this book. We bought it, devoured it, put as many of its suggestions into practice in our lives as we possibly could, and gave the program 4 months to work its magic while taking a break from fertility treatment. From it we learned that though women with high FSH like myself are often told its because we have “diminished ovarian reserve” and “poor egg quality”, the science of egg development and quality is a lot more complicated and there are ways you can intervene to encourage the eggs you do have remaining to be the best they can be. I’m science minded enough to know that I can’t draw any firm conclusions about whether the ideas in this book made the difference for us or we just got lucky, but after those four months we started trying to conceive again, did so right away, and I gave birth to our beautiful, healthy, miracle baby girl just a few days ago. My advice is, don’t let doctors dictate what is or isn’t possible based on their own repertoire of (limited) treatment options they make available to their patients. If you’ve struggled with infertility, and you’re determined to not go down without a fight like me after the doctors have told you you’re a lost cause and to start considering egg donors or adoption, this book simply MUST be one of the items in your arsenal of alternative approaches.” Review by Sherrie Tullsen on Amazon

“After being diagnosed unexplained infertility and multiple failed treatments, I lost all the faith on medical help and myself after 3 years of trying. Running out of budget, we cannot afford another fertility treatment in a near future. So I turned my hope to diet and supplement. This book is enlightening. I started taking ubiquonol, vitamin d and inositol. In addition, I cut off all the refined carb, candy and processed food. Eating nothing but nutritious lean meat, nuts and veggies. 4 cycles after I implement the plan instructed by the book, I first time ever saw a double line on my testing strip! This book is a life changer, telling the truth no fertility doctor will discuss with you.” Review by Yue Zhang on Amazon


Recommendation

Author Rebecca Fett also has an online site dedicated to this book. You can get a preview of the book by reading a couple of chapters online before you decide if this book is worth the purchase for you. It was for me and I highly recommend it. It had a no nonsense approach with her evidence based strategies to improve egg quality, supplement and dietary advice, as well as harmful toxins to avoid.

I always believed it took a bit of science, some faith, and a whole lot of love for our dream of parenthood to be a reality. In hindsight, I wish I read this book before I embarked on my IVF journey. The information presented in the book makes sense of improving your egg quality as well as your partner’s sperm quality to conceive. There is no guarantee that if you follow everything the book states that you’ll conceive naturally or be successful in your IVF treatments – how I wish it was that simple. But it takes two to make a baby, so why not optimize your chances by starting off with the very basics of life.

Hope this book review helped and happy reading!                                                         

 

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26 Comments

  1. Hello there dear friend, I am very happy that I come across your niche your Book reviews is very unique and I just loved the article you wrote so far I will definitely be coming back to read some more articles and the books you talk about. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us I’m sure everyone that visits your site they are excited as I am, from me Sherpard Vonani Cheers and keep up the good work. 

  2. What a fascinating book review. I will be recommending it to a friend. Sometimes, a new perspective is all that is needed to turn a situation around.
    I absolutely agree with you that an IVF journey takes a bit of science, faith and a lot of passion for success.

  3. Hi Dana. Thank you for sharing. Yes, this sound like a good book because author is writing out from her experience and the information provided do make sense. Most important with good reviews.

    I will let a friend of mine know about this book because she has gone through IVF before but unfortunely not successful. Maybe this book will help her.

  4. Hey nice review you have there, your thoughts are indeed invaluable. I commend your efforts in writing such a concise book. The thought behind this book is quite a unique one. Reading books about fertilization is indeed valuable to couples seeking to have kids. I will definitely do well to buy a copy of it and go through entire book to know more about fertilization and how to have an effective one

    1. Thank you! I didn’t write the book, just a book review on it. But I do hope this book helps others in their IVF journey. 

  5. Hi Dana

    Many women in our society going through IVF will find much help and understanding of the subject.

    It looks like a must read book for anyone going through IVF or just to really comprehend the latest advances and aspects of the process.

    Thank you for your review of “It Starts With The Egg” as this will assist couples, now and in the near future as well as anyone wanting information on this subject.

    Regards 

    Bernardo 

    1. Thank you Bernardo for reading! Yes, so many advances now compared to when I went through IVF more than ten years ago. 

  6. Thank you Dana for sharing.

    I bet this book will benefit hundreds and thousands of women whose desire is to become a Mom. I especially support the two factors of supplement and dietary because they are already very important regardless pregnancy planning. In addition, the author wrote the book not only from her background of molecular biology and biochemistry but also from her own experience of going through in vitro fertilization herself, which brought it closer to the readers.

    Regards,

    Tam.

    1. The author’s background and experience with IVF is what drew me to her book. She gave information that made sense and was easy to understand. Thanks for reading!

  7. this is indeed a fantastic book review book review. I will be recommending it to a friend. Sometimes, a new perspective is all that is needed to turn a situation around.
    I absolutely agree with you that an IVF journey takes a bit of science, faith and a lot of passion for success…

    thanks a lot for sharing I hope you have a great day….

  8. Hello there, This is an make article that you have got here. This books contains a lot of information that are very important and are probably the questions bothering a lot of people. She prescribed some supplements that maybe helpful. My favorite part in the book was the chapter she talked about dietary issues and advice to diet with vegetables.

  9. hellloo really nice post you have here, i was actually doing some research online when i saw these post it really has been helpfull to us all, and my parents mostly when i read these post at first it almost made me cry cause its really hard to live with the fact for years having the knownlegde you are not able to produce, i am really looking forward to seeing more of your works thanks alot.

  10. Thank you for this suggestion. I’m glad the book is written in a way that’s really easy to read and understand (nor I nor my wife are scientific folks either, LOL).

    We have time taking and planning this and we think we should go the next step and start researching about it. So books like this one will help us a lot. Thank you!

    1. Awesome! The author’s info and recommendations were easy to understand and implement. Good luck to you and your wife!

  11. This looks like an interesting book. If it is backed by science plus the author’s background, it seems very convincing.

    I have a teenage son, my only child, whom I conceived when I was 44, not by IVF but by natural means, and I firmly believe that God gave us this miracle.

    From the reviews of those who have read this book and conceived later, the  author recommends good diet and vitamins and it will not hurt if those moms follow her advice, especially since the author has experienced IVF herself and her work background backs up her claims.

    Have to read this book!

    Marita

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