Zita West - a British acupuncturist, midwife and fertility specialist - has done an excellent job of putting together a beautifully illustrated primer on fertility and conception. She covers all the essential fertility basics in detail - both male and female - and really emphasizes the importance of all the things that you can do to prepare your body to conceive.
Zita places a huge emphasis on healthy eating and the importance of specific nutrients and vitamins for hormone balance and optimal fertility. The book is full of great recommendations for vitamins - and how to combine them successfully - to address many different aspects of fertility and reproductive wellness in both men and women.
Fertility and conception covers issues such as: improving cervical secretions, herbs and alternative medicines for hormonal imbalances, and contains a wealth of very detailed guidance on detoxifying the liver with specific recommendations for a liver detox program and detox diet.
All through the book are valuable sections of 'Zita's tips' which are a gold-mine of uncommon fertility wisdom, especially regarding nutritional supplements and vitamins for fertility. There are also many case histories of Zita's clients throughout all the sections highlighting the miracles that can happen when a natural fertility program is used, either alone of alongside conventional reproductive medicine.
Ample attention is given also to immunological aspects of fertility and miscarriage with lots of help for getting tested and understanding what can go wrong. Full and very detailed coverage is given even for off-the-beaten-track tests like NK cell testing and immunological tests for pregnancy loss.
The enormous impact of the mind and emotions on fertility is covered in depth too with a great tool box of techniques to help.
I love the full color photographs in this book covering amazing events such as a blastocyst embryo nestling into the uterus lining, pictures of different grads of embryos. The pictures are astounding awakening you to the miracle of conception and early gestation in full color.
Zita West runs an integrative infertility clinic in England and has also written another excellent book called Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth which is an invaluable resource in my practice. I highly recommend Fertility and conception it is a wonderful book.
This review was from my personal copy of Fertility and Conception by Zita West.