There’s something in the air during summer – maybe it’s the rising heat index or the momentary feeling of needing to slow down – that makes many of us want to reach for a good summer book. If you’re trying to conceive whether on your own or with help from fertility treatments, summer is a great time to pick up a book that can help you on your journey to building your family. The SIRM St. Louis fertility team is passionate about the subject, so it’s no surprise that we have a lot of fertility-centered books on our favorites list. We’ve rounded up our top picks and there is something for everyone. Happy reading!

A Classic:

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Toni Weschler

From learning how to time intercourse for increased chances of conception to better understanding the hormonal and physical changes that occur during your monthly cycle, Toni Weschler’s book provides thorough information on how to increase your likelihood of conception and lead a healthier life.

For Self-described Science Geeks:

It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF, Rebecca Fett

Based on a vast amount of scientific research, Rebecca Fett provides easy to follow tips for improving your fertility health such as avoiding certain toxins. This read is great for those who want to understand the science and research behind egg quality.

For the Cook:

One Part Plant, Jessica Murnane

This is one fertility book you can literally devour – it is filled with yummy and thoughtful recipes. Determined to avoid a full hysterectomy before her thirties, she found healing (and ultimately conceived!) by following a plant-based diet.

For the Guys:

How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup, Greg Wolfe

Light-hearted and full of laughs, this is a great read for guys but also relevant for women wanting to better understand infertility.

Best for Couples:

Unsung Lullabies by Janet Jaffee, Ph.D., Martha Diamond, Ph.D., and David Diamond, PhD

Understanding your partner’s coping style and together mourning the loss associated with infertility is extremely helpful and cathartic. Full of compassion, the three authors are specialists in the field of Reproductive Psychology and have each struggled with infertility themselves.

For a Good Laugh:

Every Drunken Cheerleader: Why Not Me?, Kristine Ireland Waits

As the name suggests, writer Kristine Waits shares her personal struggle with infertility. Laugh, cry and share this fertility book for TTC!

For Those Looking for Compassion and Empathy:

On Fertile Ground: Healing Infertility, Helen Adrienne

To know that you are not alone in your infertility struggles and that others understand your pain can bring you solace. Author and psychotherapist Helen Adrienne helps couples gain perspective on infertility and gain coping skills. The kind words from others who have experienced infertility are very soothing.

Whether you decide to dive into a fertility book this summer or choose to reach for another good beach read, taking time for yourself can help reduce stress & anxiety while you are trying to conceive. Summer is synonymous with relaxation, so kick back, try cooking a new healthy recipe to eat al fresco and enjoy one of SIRM St. Louis’ recommended fertility books.