A Few Good Eggs Two Chicks Dish on
Overcoming the Insanity of Infertility
By Julie Vargo and Maureen Regan
“For the strictly medical details on infertility, talk to a doctor. For the down-and-dirty scoop, read this book.”
-- Julie Vargo and Maureen Regan
Personal instead of clinical, empowering instead of alarmist, A FEW GOOD EGGS: TWO CHICKS DISH ON OVERCOMING THE INSANITY OF INFERTILITY (ReganBooks; June 2005; ISBN: 0060776811) is the book about infertility women have been waiting for. Authors Julie Vargo, a journalist, and Maureen Regan, a literary agent, both overcame infertility in their mid 30s/early 40s. With A FEW GOOD EGGS, these two friends offer a smart, deeply intimate look at every aspect of struggling to have a baby. From avoiding the trap (and myth) of "you can always have a baby later" and overcoming the infertile couples’ agony of “why me?” to navigating the tricky quest for medical miracles, Regan and Vargo dish the dirt on the things your mother can’t -- and most doctors don't -- tell you.
Vargo and Regan know the pain and panic that comes with finding out you are among the one in six American couples that experience infertility. They also know the joys of birth, pregnancy, and motherhood. But what neither of them found during their long, difficult journeys was a book that spoke to them like a girlfriend, at a time when they needed a friend the most. Together, they created that book.
A FEW GOOD EGGS gets to the baby-making basics as these two chicks reveal things most women don’t know and wouldn’t think to ask. Things like "I feel young, so how could my eggs be old?" "Cervical mucous? Why is that important?" and "What do you mean my husband has to give me shots?" Vargo and Regan want readers to understand that their number-one tool is information -- and they show you how to get what you need to create the family you want. While A FEW GOOD EGGS is not a substitute for medical advice, it can (and should) boost the effectiveness of the doctor/patient relationship by increasing dialogue. The authors worked closely with two top medical professionals to make sure their information is correct, current, and understandable.
With A FEW GOOD EGGS, there’s no more guessing about when to seek medical help -- particularly if you are a women over thirty and not pregnant within six months of trying, or a woman who keeps having miscarriages (even if you already have a child). And equally as important as seeing a doctor in the first place is consulting the right doctor. Most women waste precious time with their OB/GYN who is not necessarily trained in infertility, when the go-to person is actually a reproductive endocrinologist.
A FEW GOOD EGGS de-mystifies infertility treatment, explaining what questions will be asked, what tests will be given (and which ones hurt), and the truth about the time and financial investment demanded of patients. It offers the wisdom of your best friend who has already been there, done that -- and is willing to talk and give you the scoop.
With advice on keeping a marriage intact, dealing with the questions (and comments!) from friends and family, information on support groups, and the pros and cons of Internet resources, A FEW GOOD EGGS will keep women in the game instead of sitting on the sidelines feeling sorry for themselves.
Vargo and Regan know it’s easy to get caught up in the “why me” mentality, especially with all of the media attention given to older celebrity moms. A FEW GOOD EGGS is an important reminder that magazines and tabloids often don’t get the real scoop on who spent a fortune on fertility treatments or used donor eggs. Until more high-profile mothers come clean with the press (like Brooke Shields and Courteney Cox, who shared the truth about their infertility), regular women have to remind themselves that they are not alone in their pain -- regardless of how things appear in Hollywood.
Witty and warm, honest and insightful, A FEW GOOD EGGS is like having your best girlfriend sitting beside you. It's the pep talk in the waiting room before the doctor sees you. It's the suggestion that it's okay to take charge of your fertility when everyone else wants to give up. It’s the whisper in your ear that you will become a parent -- although not necessarily to a biological child or through traditional means. But most of all, A FEW GOOD EGGS is a roadmap to motherhood, full of hard-earned wisdom that will give women the tools and the courage they need to play the game of infertility and win.
About the Authors
Julie Vargo is an award-winning lifestyle journalist. Her articles have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, The Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Women’s Wear Daily, and Beautiful Kitchens and Beautiful Baths magazines. She lives with her husband and two children in McKinney, Texas.
Maureen Regan has owned The Regan Agency, a literary agency, since 1995. She has been in the entertainment industry for over twenty years and has been involved in everything from publishing to editing to talent-relations and negotiations. She lives with her husband and two children in Northport, New York.
A FEW GOOD EGGS:
TWO CHICKS DISH ON THE INSANITY OF INFERTILITY
By Julie Vargo and Maureen Regan
On-sale June 2005
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