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Liberties Press is delighted to announce the publication of a brand new unique book TTC Trying
to Conceive: The Irish Couple’s Guide by Fiona McPhillips. An easy-to-read guide for couples
who are trying to conceive, providing both medical information and a personal perspective on the
entire range of fertility issues. The book features an introduction by Dr John Waterstone, one of
Ireland's leading fertility doctors.
About the book:
As Ireland’s baby boom reaches childbearing age, one couple in six seeks help to have a baby,
and it is estimated that this figure will rise to one in four over the next twenty years.
While the increase in the average age at which couples are having children has certainly had an
impact, fertility issues can affect any couple of any age.
In TTC: The Irish Couple’s Guide, Fiona McPhillips offers advice to all those who are planning a
family or who are experiencing difficulties in relation to fertility. The book, which features clear
illustrations and tables and a wealth of information specific to the medical services and current
medical practice in relation to fertility in Ireland, makes sense of the sometimes-bewildering array
of options available to those who are seeking help with conception. It also provides advice on how
couples can increase their chances of conceiving a child. While there are several overseas titles
in this area, TTC is the only Irish authored and published book in this area. It will prove to be an
indispensable companion for all those seeking to navigate the maze of options relating to fertility.
Available nationwide and at, the book retails at €16.99. Fiona is
available for interview in connection with the book and the issues it raises.
About the author:
Fiona McPhillips is a freelance journalist and academic researcher, working in Trinity College
Dublin. She has previously worked as a web designer and multimedia producer. She is also the
author of the award-winning blog, The Waiting Game:, which
details her struggles to conceive and carry a child over the last three years. Fiona’s blog and a
wealth of fertility related information can be found at her website It may
surprise some that Fiona already has a four year old son, conceived without any problems. She
lives in Dublin with her husband and son.

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                  TTC Trying to Conceive: The Irish Couple’s Guide
                                By Fiona McPhillips
On getting your timing right: “Many couples are surprised to learn that there is only a short window of
opportunity for pregnancy each month. There are approximately three to five days each month when sex can
result in pregnancy.”

Not fun exactly: “No matter how much you are looking forward to endless, contraception -free sex, I can
guarantee you that a few months into your every-night-for-two-weeks routine, you will be ready to throw a
heavy object at the next person who tells you: “At least you’ll have fun trying!”

The “two-week wait”: “The two week wait (aka 2ww)can seem like an unending cycle of conflicting signs and
symptoms, of emotional highs and lows, where the mind can focus on nothing but the predetermined (yet
unknown) outcome. In my experience, it is no use telling women to stop obsessing: it is impossible for them to
do so.”

On relationship strain: "There will be tim es when one of you is up and the other is down – try to be the
supportive one when it is your turn. And when you are down, try to remember that being the supportive one
can sometimes be just as hard."
Not being fobbed off by your doctor: “I hear regular reports of couples being told at a first appointment that
they have plenty of time and they should go off and keep trying on their own for another six months or a year.
If you have psyched yourself up for tests and are prepared to move forward with treatme nt if necessary, then
don’t let yourself be fobbed off, no matter how young you are. Young people suffer the monthly
disappointment just as much as older ones! And you can go off and keep trying on your own forever, but if you
have a problem such as blocked tubes, then you are never going to get pregnant.

Don’t be afraid to change: If your GP or gynaecologist is reluctant to help you, then find another one. Ask on
Internet message boards for GPs in your area that have a good understanding of fertility i ssues. There is no
reason why a couple in search of help shouldn’t be given some basic tests. The cost and stress of such tests
is negligible in comparison to the emotional cost of having to keep trying for another six months or a year when
you are already desperate enough to contact a medical professional.”

On miscarriage: “When you lose a child, you lose your future. It doesn’t matter how long your baby has been
with you, you will feel the gap that their death has left behind. From the moment we know about our babies,
we plan their future, our future together. We work out our due dates, pick names, imagine who they will look
like. When these hopes and dreams are taken away from us, it often seems like we are expected to forget we
ever had them.
Advice for men:"It is normal not to feel as devastated as your partner at the end of each cycle. Don't feel
inadequate because your tears are no match for hers. Don't forget that, apart from the disappointment and
pain of not being pregnant yet again, she has probably worked herself up into a frenzy, monitoring every ache
and twinge for signs of pregnancy – the stress of that alone can cause some hangover at the start of a new

Fertility treatment: “It doesn’t always work. It might never work – that is the scariest part. However, the more
you learn about each treatment, the more you will realise the extent of the options that are open to you. It is
up to you how far you want to go, how much you are prepared to endure.”

IVF: “IVF is often viewed as a last resort treatment and many clinics will only advise it when other treatments
(ovulation induction, IUI) have failed. However, there are many couples for whom any other treatment is likely
to be a waste of time and who should be advised to proceed straight to IVF.

On recurrent miscarriage: “Pregnancy after miscarriage is a very scary place. Every ache, twinge, trip to the
bathroom can leave you in a state of terror. If you have suffered more than one miscarriage, then these
feelings can be amplified to the point where it’s hard to relax at all. Then, when your worst fears are realised,
the shock can be even more overwhelming than if you’d never anticipated it in the first place.”

Advice for family and friends: “The worst thing of all that you can say is “just relax and it will happen”. I
repeat, this is the very worst thing you can say to an infertile couple. Do not say this to your loved one. It is a
widely believed myth that relaxing cures infertility. Infertility is a medical condition and c an no more be cured
by a bit of rest and relaxation than can diabetes.”

Not as simple as starting again: “Miscarriage is a devastating blow for any couple, but if you have had
serious problems conceiving, it can seem like the world has ended. Many people will tell you “at least you
know you can get pregnant”, “you can always try again”, but those people will probably have no idea what
“trying again” means. Whether you have suffered endless months of disappointment before seeing those two
lines, or whether you have endured one painful and expensive fertility treatment after another, thinking about
trying again may prove to be as difficult as coming to terms with your baby’s death.”

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