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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
I Hear Some People Just Have Sex: An Infertility Memoir with an Ambiguous Ending by Sandra Vasher is the autobiography of the author's journey through the long and narrow alternate avenues to conception and live birth when the simple act of intercourse is not quite so simple. The book is broken down into seven parts and, over the course of eighteen chapters, Vasher uses a wonderfully conversational first-person narrative and lathers on the wit as she discloses a profoundly honest journey. Through the use of her own experience and, particularly in the beginning, a huge amount of scientific data, Vasher covers expectation versus reality, timing, the hamster wheel of testing that drags on and on and on, uncomfortable doctors and prodding, not killing your partner, the infertility treatments themselves, grief, hardship, and all things fertility related.
Sandra Vasher has written the book that I needed ten years ago but I am grateful to find now, even if only to know that I Hear Some People Just Have Sex will be there for those who are further away from a geriatric gestation (thanks for that one, Bridget Jones). For many, this will be a moment of wishing you knew then what Vasher knows now, and for others, it will be an encyclopedic wealth of knowledge and also a weapon for when someone says something like, “You just need to relax, and it will happen. Stop stressing!” The humor definitely adds a little levity to a topic that hurts absolutely everywhere, taking some of the sting off as we commiserate with our author-comrade. The truth is that no book is going to make us feel better and, no, misery definitely does not like company...but sometimes having someone who talks to you like a friend, shows you the ropes, and makes sure you know that you're not alone is exactly what we need. Very highly recommended.