Conceivability: What I Learned Exploring the Frontiers of Fertility

Elizabeth Katkin

  A gripping account of one woman’s journey through the global fertility industry, Conceivability exposes eye-opening information about the medical, financial, legal, scientific, emotional and ethical issues at stake. 
   Elizabeth Katkin never imagined her quest for children would ultimately involve seven miscarriages, eight fresh IVF cycles, two frozen IVF attempts, five natural pregnancies, four IVF pregnancies, ten doctors, six countries, two potential surrogates, nine years, and roughly $200,000. Despite her three Ivy League degrees and wealth of resources, Katkin found she was woefully undereducated when it came to understanding and confronting her own difficulties having children. After being told by four doctors she should give up, but without an explanation as to what exactly was going wrong, Katkin decided to look for answers herself. The global investigation that followed revealed the wildly divergent approaches to-- and governance of—fertility approaches around the world. 
   Armed with a wealth of knowledge from her years-long fertility struggle, Katkin, now a mother of two, shares her fertility journey. Part memoir, part practical guide, Conceivability sheds light on the often murky and baffling world of conception science, offering a look into one of the most difficult, painful, rewarding, and loving journeys a woman can take.