I thought it would be helpful to create a page you can refer to for all your TTC product and information needs. I’ll add to this page as I discover new products and resources, and I encourage you to bookmark this page so you can easily find it again.
I’ve used and/or read each of the items on this page, and they’ve all helped me navigate my infertility journey. They’re my favorites and I hope they can help you, too. For a complete list of all the books I recommend, check out my list of favorite Bible studies and devotionals.
Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility: This was the book that introduced me to acupuncture and for fertility. I highly recommend it if you’re interested in pursuing any sort of alternative treatment.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility, The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health: This classic book by Toni Weschler should be on every woman’s bookshelf. I buy it as a wedding gift for all my newly-engaged or married friends. Check out the full review I wrote for my personal blog.
Spiritual & Emotional Issues
31 Days of Prayer During Infertility: This is a collection of 31 short devotionals and prayer journal pages I created to help readers pray through infertility.
31 Days of Scripture During Infertility: A follow-up to my other “31 Days” book, this devotional features a month’s worth of longer Scripture passages that were carefully selected to encourage you, challenge you, and get you submerged in God’s Word during infertility.
- Hannah’s Hope: Seeking God’s Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Loss. This honest and compassionate book by Jennifer Saake includes helpful chapters for women suffering from infertility and for loved ones who want to support them. If you want to find out more about why I highly recommend this book, you can read my full review here.
The Infertility Companion: Hope and Help for Couples Facing Infertility: Sandra Glahn and William Cutrer do a great job of helping Christian readers think through the moral and ethical questions they may not realize they need to ask themselves when considering assisted reproduction. I don’t necessarily agree with all of their conclusions, but it does provide a helpful introduction.
- Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for Those Confronted With Infertility & Miscarriage. I contributed an essay to this book. It was edited by Jessica Snell and published by Kalos Press in 2015. It features stories from other women who have been through infertility and miscarriage.
- When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden: This second book by Glahn and Cutrer focuses more on the emotional and spiritual aspects of infertility. It includes questions for couples to consider and thoughts on keeping your faith intact.
Dancing Upon Barren Land: Prayer, Scripture Reflections, and Hope for Infertility. This is a wonderful book of encouraging Scripture and prayers by Lesli Westfall. I’ve had the privilege of spending some time with Lesli and she is the real deal. Highly recommended.
1,000 Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. This is not a book about infertility, but it’s about choosing to find joy and thankfulness in the middle of a messy life. And infertility is messy! Written by Ann Voskamp, this has become one of the best-selling Christian books in the past few years and once you read it, you’ll know why.
Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling With Infertility. Written by author and speaker Marlo Schalesky (you can read my interview with her here), this book provides Christian comfort and encouragement in the midst of infertility and loss.
Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timeline. This is another book from Marlo Schalesky (check out my interview with her here) that will help you wait with Scripture-based hope.
Write the Word Journals. These gorgeous journals from Lara Casey help you get immersed in Scripture (which is one of the most important things you can do during infertility). Each one centers around a specific topic and features specially-chosen verses for you to write out. There’s also room for you to journal your thoughts, prayers, or whatever is on your heart.
Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things. This is one of my favorite books of
2014 of all time. Sara Hagerty’s gorgeous writing takes readers through her journey of infertility and adoption and how it led her to fully discover who God is. A must read for anyone who feels dry and hopeless.
Birthed: Finding Grace Through Infertility by Elizabeth Hagan. When infertility painfully interrupted Elizabeth Hagan’s plan to start a family, the path of grace offered her another way. Instead of giving birth to a child, she birthed herself instead. Along the way, she learned you can’t control how fast your dreams come true, if they come true at all, but you can find grace for embracing your life in the present tense, grief and all.
Products I Used
Wondfo Ovulation Tests & Pregnancy Tests. I found the Wondfo tests to be the most accurate and affordable option for testing while TTC on our own. I often purchased the combo packs. I also suggest buying small, disposable paper cups to test without mess.
Proxeed Plus Male Fertility Supplement. My husband took this supplement for several months before our successful IVF cycle. (As always, don’t take any supplement without talking to your doctor first).
Digital Basal Body Temperature Thermometer. I used a digital basal body temperature thermometer similar to this one.
Fertility and Ovulation Monitors. If you’re interested in a fertility monitor or ovulation monitor, check out my post on the Top 5 Best Fertility Monitors.
Naula Fertility Treatment Tracker. This is a great app for tracking your IVF, IUI, or medicated cycle. I can’t wait to use it when we do a FET later this year.
Other Helpful Sites
- Fertility IQ. Read reviews of fertility doctors from VERIFIED patients. I had the privilege of spending a few days with the founders of Fertility IQ in the Fall of 2016, and I can tell you this is an excellent site. They make sure the reviews are legit, and they care deeply about helping you find the right doctor for you. Be sure to head over to read reviews or help others out by rating your own doctor!