The ultimate science-backed approach to understanding fertility.
Bringing a baby into the world isn’t always easy, and the challenge often starts with the decision to conceive. Leslie Schrock’s Fertility Rules is your practical guide through that process, drawing on cutting-edge science to provide advice every step along the way, from the complexities of pre-conception planning to the nuances of conception itself and what to do if you run into challenges. Fertility Rules is the first preconception guide for both male and female fertility, and includes advice tailored to help protect the mental health of prospective parents from the stress, anxiety, and disappointment that often accompany the journey.
Fertility Rules answers every question you’ve ever had (and others you didn’t know to ask) about fertility, including: -How to understand your cycle, identify your fertile window with period tracking, and when to stop birth control when you’re ready to conceive -Understanding how to improve sperm count and other key aspects of male fertility -Fertility diets and the true impact of nutrition and supplements -How endocrine-disrupting chemicals and climate change influence fertility -Navigating in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other fertility treatments including egg freezing and sperm cryopreservation -Finding the right clinic and doctor and questions to ask in appointments
Bringing her trademark humor and candor, Schrock proves once again that she is an invaluable companion for women and men who want a modern approach to understanding their health. Fertility Rules leaves you prepared to face the joys and challenges of making a baby and excited to get started.
About the Author
Leslie Schrock is an entrepreneur and investor working at the convergence of health and technology and is the author of Bumpin’: The Modern Guide to Pregnancy. She was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, and her work has been featured on The Economist,CNBC, NPR, Time, GQ, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Wired, and the New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons. Connect with Leslie at LeslieSchrock.com.
"Leslie Schrock has authored an important resource on reproductive health in a warm and inviting way. Written with humanity and compassion, it also centers the very important message that "asking for help doesn't make you weak—it makes you human." —Kathryn J. Go, PhD Director of the IVF Laboratory, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Teaching Associate, Harvard Medical School
"This is a much-needed book...Schrock's coverage lives up to the promise of the subtitle. This is a definitive and highly useful guide to reproductive health." —Bookliststarred review
Leslie Schrock has created a practical, deeply-researched guide that combines published clinical data with practical advice, using food as the framework to help everyone prepare for conception and pregnancy. Fertility Rules proves once again that food truly is medicine, especially when it comes to maximizing fertility." –Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Pegan Diet
"From basics of the menstrual cycle to detailed guide on fertility optimization - this book has it all. Whether you just want to learn more about reproductive health or you’re looking for ways to advocate for your fertility care - you’ve got it in Fertility Rules." —Lora Shahine, MD, FACOG, Reproductive endocrinologist at Pacific NW Fertility, host of Baby or Bust podcast
"Air pollution and plastics are warming our planet. Who knew it was harming our fertility too? Fertility Rules is the trusted companion everyone should have. Leslie Schrock weaves science with real talk. This book gives you the confidence to navigate your fertility journey." —Ryan Panchadsaram, Co-author ofSpeed and Scale
"Fertility Rules provides an excellent education in reproductive physiology, conception, and infertility for anyone on the fertility journey or will be one day. Personal vignettes and a friendly tone help make the topics approachable and provide meaningful suggestions for men or women about achieving reproductive health." –Michael L. Eisenberg, M.D. Director, Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
"So much more than the birds and the bees! Leslie Schrock demystifies human reproduction in her meticulously researched Fertility Rules. Written in a way readers can understand, she breaks down the latest data behind fertility, infertility and miscarriage. Essential reading for those wanting to understand how their body works, improve chances of conception and take a deep dive into the facts." - Dana McQueen, MD, MAS, Reproductive Endocrinologist