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.
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.
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
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!