Fertility Walk: A Fertility Nurse's Guide Along Your Journey

Tamara Tobias, ARNP

Rest stop and regroup

This journey may reach different levels for everyone. It's okay to stop and take a breath. We've included a journal section at the end of each chapter for you to pause and see how far you've come. Take notes along the way and be sure to bring this book to your next office visit with your provider to share what you've learned and get answers to your questions. 

Other chapters include:

  • A Look at Cysts, Polyps, Fibroids, and Other Abnormalities
  • Treatment Options
  • When Your Pregnancy Test is Positive
  • Taking One Day at a Time

Take the first step . . .

The infertility walk is not a new one; many have blazed the path before you and broken the trail. Whether you are freezing your eggs for fertility preservation or you have been trying to get pregnant for the last several months, or even years, you have taken a step in their tracks by making your initial appointment or reading this book.

Use this fertility guide as your compass

The fertility journey is not easy, especially when the path isn't clearly marked. The stress of disappointment, worry, and confusion can render us immobile if we let them. Although your intended path to parenthood may not be what you had envisioned, you CAN achieve the family or resolution you desire.
Understanding the Menstrual Cycle
The pelvic structures undergo cyclic, physiologic changes that can be observed and followed on ultrasound.

The menstrual cycle is divided into four stages:
  • Menses
  • ​Follicular or proliferative phase
  • ​Ovulation
  • Luteal or secretory phase
Female Anatomy
Instead of a map and a compass, we'll use physiology to find our way through the unfamiliar territory of the female anatomy through ultrasound. Ultrasound images and descriptions will include:
  • Normal cervix, uterus, fundus, fallopian tubes, and more
  • Abnormal variations of the above and how they may be affecting your fertility
  • Treatment options in response to these abnormalities
What to Expect at Your Fertility Consultation
Understanding the process and knowing what to expect will help you feel more prepared and ready to start your journey with confidence.

First steps include: 
  • Initial consultation with your provider
  • Fertility evaluation , blood work and ultrasounds 
  • Follow-up to review results and develop your individualized treatment plan

About the book

Fertility Walk A Fertility Nurse's Guide Along Your Journey

Let's go take a walk . . .
Tamara Tobias

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