If you are trying to conceive, there are many books on the market to help you. They contain similar information about the biology and the chemistry of conception, but what makes The Fertility Code stand out from the crowd is its perspective.

The claims this book makes are bold: up to 300% better chance of conceiving if you adopt the recommended practices; diet and exercise changes alone can get you pregnant four times faster. These claims are difficult to measure, but are indicative of the tone of confidence persists throughout the book. In fact, The Fertility Code is a self-help book rather than a textbook. Accordingly, while there is less scientific research here than other texts you may be considering, the author seeks to empower his reader to make the lifestyle and psychological changes needed to improve their chance of conception.

The text is punchy, positive and easy to read. Where some books almost seem to criticise their readers’ lifestyle choices, O’Connor takes the view that whatever shape you are in, you can take steps that you can take to make you healthier and more fertile.

The Fertility Code is O’Connor’s third self-help health book. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the late 1990s, his resolute refusal to accept the degeneration of his mind and body led him to develop his own approach to healing himself, which he has later applied to others. The Healing Code was the result of his own journey back to health, and The Immortality Code builds on this with a view to achieving a healthy, longer life. It was only when he realised that most of the clients who visited his clinic were seeking help for infertility that he put together a specific programme for couples who are trying to get pregnant.

So what are O’Connor’s secrets? This may essentially be a self-help book, but it is not psychobabble. The first chapter sets out the basics of fertility. He speaks about what happens in a man and a woman’s body and the optimum conditions for conception are. When he says basic, O’Connor means basic but as he points out: if you are trying for a baby he assumes that you know a little bit about reproductive health.

The programme itself is made up of mind, cognitive, nutrition, detox and exercise elements. It is interesting to note that nutrition is only one fifth of this approach, and that O’Connor gives equal billing to your mental state and your weight.

A key message in the mind phase is that readers should learn to monitor and control their thoughts, and that there is serious medical evidence that supports O’Connor’s assertion that mind set and fertility are linked. The cognitive behavioural section is guest written by a psychotherapist called Ann Bracken. This short section provides a number of practical exercises that you can do to relax and become more positive. These exercises are excellent, but the section should have been bigger to give a more solid foundation to readers who are looking to change the way they think about fertility.

Over all, The Fertility Code offers the usual diet and fitness advice for would be parents, but it also brings a fresh voice and will inspire a positive attitude in its readers.

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