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Seeds of discontent

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39246.670428.59 (Published 21 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1323
  1. Abi Berger, associate editor, BMJ, and general practitioner, London
  1. aberger{at}bmj.com

    A chronicle of a couple's epic attempt to have children questions whether modern reproductive technology is more trouble than it's worth, finds Abi Berger

    Caroline Gallup went through almost four years of unsuccessful infertility treatment before finally stopping. It's clear from her book that reaching the decision to stop was a long and painful process and that her persistent hope of becoming a mother has never quite died.

    Gallup tells the story of her initial desire to become a mother and the desperate gnawing that grows inside her as achieving her dream seems to slip away. It's a story that makes essential reading for couples hell bent on producing a family and for doctors trying to support them. It's also a useful eye opener for those who are not sure whether they are ready for the robust demands that infertility …

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