Monday, January 6, 2020

Book Nook: The Fertility Doctor’s Guide to Overcoming Infertility

On January 7, 2020, The Fertility Doctor’s Guide to Overcoming Infertility: Discovering Your Reproductive Potential and Maximizing Your Odds of Having a Baby, by Dr. Mark P. Trolice, M.D., FACOG, FACS, FACE, Director of Fertility CARE: The IVF Center, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, will be published by Harvard Common Press. In his new book, Dr. Trolice, one of the leading practitioners in his field, offers patients and their families a guide to the struggles and realities of the infertility treatment process, along with no holds barred advice about misinformation, exaggerated claims, and unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.

The Fertility Doctor’s Guide to Overcoming Infertility begins with an overview of the possible causes of infertility, both in couples who have never been pregnant and those who have suffered multiple uncompleted pregnancies. Unlike prior fertility publications, Dr. Trolice’s book equally deals with infertility stemming from men’s issues—the underlying cause of about 40 percent of all infertility cases1—as well as female issues. Written in clear and understandable language for the layperson, this resource describes and explains the significance of endometriosis, fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome, tubal factor, male factor, and other possible causes of infertility.

The book then unfolds with a wealth of detailed information on treatment options, both in terms of medical interventions and of lifestyle changes such as sleep, diet and exercise. In discussing and evaluating treatment options, Dr. Trolice—who has battled with infertility in his own life as well as in those of thousands of patients—maintains a steady focus on the fact that infertility is an emotionally exhausting and frustrating condition, and that the desperate desire for a solution can make patients open to offers of highly costly treatments of questionable—or no—value.2

This is particularly true, he notes, in the case of recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), a devastating condition that leaves patients craving for an answer and for treatment. To help patients avoid the risk of exploitation with excessive testing and unsubstantiated therapy, The Fertility Doctor’s Guide takes the reader through the different causes of RPL, appropriate treatments, and the corresponding percentages of likelihood of attaining the long-sought happy ending: a full-term pregnancy and a healthy baby.

“Infertility,” says Dr. Trolice, “is a painful, heart-wrenching diagnosis that brings with it both emotional and financial risk. On the financial side, it can expose patients to the sometimes-exaggerated offerings of what has become a sizeable IVF industry. On the emotional side, too often it makes patients feel guilty—as though they have failed in some fundamental way and are being punished for it. One of my reasons for writing this book was to help the reader, as I do every day with my patients, understand that this is not true. I counsel all to be proactive, be your own advocate and seek a Board-certified infertility specialist early in the process.”

About Fertility CARE: The IVF Center 
Fertility CARE (Center of Assisted Reproduction and Endocrinology): The IVF Center provides patient-centered, evidence-based, and individually customized reproductive care in a comfortable and compassionate setting. This Central Florida IVF clinic is a comprehensive infertility center in the Orlando/Winter Park area, and consistently earns 5-star patient ratings in online reviews. Established in 2003 by founder and director Dr. Mark P. Trolice, it is one of the only fertility clinics in the country to offer both male and female testing, evaluation, and treatment. Today, the practice encompasses the Center for Male Infertility, headed by a fellowship-trained male reproductive specialist; the Mind/Body Institute, overseen by a licensed clinical reproductive psychologist; and the IVF Laboratory of Central Florida, led by a Board-certified bioanalyst. Fertility CARE: The IVF Center offers a full range of infertility tests and treatment options as well as genetic testing, egg freezing, surrogacy, and all advanced reproductive services. For full details, visit

About Dr. Mark P. Trolice 
Mark P. Trolice, M.D., is the founder and Director of Fertility CARE - The IVF Center. He also serves as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando and Medical Director of the Egg Donor Program at Cryos International, the world’s largest sperm donor bank. Dr. Trolice is Board-certified in OB/GYN and reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI), and he is a Fellow of the American Colleges of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG), Surgeons (FACS), and Endocrinology (FACE). Nationally known, Dr. Trolice and his wife battled infertility for over 10 years before adopting their children. This journey gave him unique insights into patients’ struggles and is included in his forthcoming book, “The Fertility Doctor's Guide to Overcoming Infertility—Discovering Your Reproductive Potential and Maximizing Your Odds of Having a Baby” from Harvard Common Press. Dr. Trolice is a sought-after expert with hundreds of broadcast and print appearances in addition to annual acclaim as one of America’s Top Doctors® and repeat recipient of the American Medical Association’s “Physician’s Recognition Award”. In January 2019, he launched his "Fertility Health" podcast interviewing nationally renowned experts on vital topics in reproductive medicine. Learn why he has earned the trust of patients and physicians alike:
  1. Kumar, Naina, and Singh, Amit Kant, “Trends of male factor infertility, an important cause of infertility: A review of literature,” Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences, October-December 2015.
  2. Matthews-King, Alex, “IVF add-on sold to desperate couples may lower chances of having a baby by a third, study says,” The Independent, June 26, 2019.

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