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Infertility, IVF and Miscarriage – The Simple Truth

A book review by Andrew Coutts 

March 2nd, 2018


Ask the average lay person about the prospect of reading a book regarding infertility, IVF and miscarriage and no doubt it wouldn’t be top of their Christmas list. If, however, you are one of the increasing numbers of people affected by infertility it is very likely that you will want to consume as much information, advice and sign posting as you can possibly grab hold of.

Many people who find themselves in the fertility wilderness wonder where to turn first. There are a mountain of online and hard copy resources, guides, podcasts, vlogs and blogs to access but at a time of vulnerability, confusion and even panic it is difficult to know where to start.

‘Infertility, IVF and Miscarriage – The Simple Truth’ by Dr Sean Watermeyer successfully opens the debate for those struggling to conceive and offers a step by step guide to IVF and examines the causes of infertility, investigations, treatment and miscarriage. As a Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, Watermeyer combines his extensive knowledge, practical application and quite obvious clinical success in this short, snappy, jargon free and sometimes light hearted guide – and before you say anything, why can’t we laugh in the face of infertility sometimes?!

The guide is extremely comprehensive and Watermeyer discusses every point of the fertility journey from when to seek advice; the female and male physiological perspective; investigations and treatments including ‘add ons’; miscarriage through to the consideration of lifestyle, complementary and medical interventions to improve the chances of a successful pregnancy.

In the world of fertility information which is so diverse and fragmented Watermeyer offers bite sized chapters each with a clear aim and a very useful, ’So the message is..’ section which summarises the main elements of each chapter.

Using anonymous case studies of real patients’ Dr Watermeyer achieves his goal of delivering a refreshing, insightful and clear guide for the general public.

For anyone who is starting or at the early stages of their fertility journey this guide is a must. It will equip you with the information and knowledge to enable you to take an active and empowered role in your own journey. In Dr Watermeyer’s own words, “Don’t be fobbed off”- use this guide to learn more about your particular situation, options and choices and use it to direct your own journey.

‘The Simple Truth’ is much more than a guide – it is a blueprint for your future and I would wholeheartedly recommend it.


Infertility, IVF and Miscarriage - The Simple Truth, A guide for the General Public by Dr Sean Watermeyer is available from; price £8.99

Dr Sean Watermeyer, BSc (Hons). MBBCH. MRCGP. FRCOG. MD

Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 

ANDREW COUTTS,  MA (Ed), BA (Law),BSc (Econ) Hons

Andrew Coutts is a regular speaker, writer and commentator on fertility issues and has been involved in developing numerous patient engagement events throughout Europe.


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