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Our First Sonogram

Pia Artesona | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents
Pia Artesona

Oh my gosh! I could see a teeny little light flickering away. It was like the first scene in the movie It's a Wonderful Life when the angels are talking to God up in the galaxy. Every time an angel spoke the stars would glimmer and shine.

Hedging My Baby Bets: Should I Freeze My Eggs?

Shannon Deep | Posted 04.02.2015 | Women
Shannon Deep

Turning 27 last month has put me in a weird headspace. It's a headspace where I'm thinking about things like 5-year plans and IRAs and making monthly budgets and getting a credit card with relevant airline miles. It's also a headspace where I'm looking at said credit card and thinking about how it would feel to put a cycle of egg freezing on it.

Everything Butt

Renee Fisher | Posted 04.01.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Once again, we have an intelligent, highly educated researcher using his big vocabulary as a way of making butt-obsession both socially acceptable and a vital part of research costing big bucks.

An Open Letter to My Egg Donor

Wendy Burch | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Wendy Burch

I've always been a big believer in thank you notes -- not the ones you email or text, but the ones that include handwriting and postage. Now that I just had a baby, I estimate I owe close to 200 of them. I'm hoping to have them all done before my kid starts preschool.

On That Tiny Spot of Blood That Created Huge Headlines

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 03.31.2015 | Women
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

I can't begin to put into words exactly how this situation has made me feel, not only about my own womanhood, but about our freedom of expression, discrimination and censorship.

My Pregnancy: 5 Weeks and Counting

Pia Artesona | Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents
Pia Artesona

During these last five weeks, I ebbed and flowed between feeling excited, happy, and positive to dark, heavy, and morbid. I didn't trust the process or my body. What if things changed for the worst? What if the universe was just playing a trick on me?

Since Apple Couldn't Be Bothered, Here Are Some Free Period And Fertility Tracking Apps

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.15.2015 | Healthy Living

In case you haven't heard, Apple has a lot going on right now. There's the Apple Watch, for one, and a lot of new updates and features on top of that....

The Face Of Infertility

Robyn N. Cohen | Posted 02.20.2015 | Women
Robyn N. Cohen

I'm sharing the details of my story, because I am one of millions of women that have fertility issues. It is a horribly devastating feeling to not be able to reproduce.

How the Top 3 New Year's Resolutions Can Help You Have a Baby in 2015

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

If you'd like to eat healthy and eat for fertility at the same time, there are fertility nutrition counselors that can prescribe a custom diet that can work for you. They can also help with diet accountability and answer questions you may have as you work towards your goal.

We're Pregnant!

Pia Artesona | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Pia Artesona

We met in the parking lot and grabbed hands. We walked down the long family planning isle. It felt like I was doing this for the first time. I wasn't sure what test to get even though I'd done this at least a dozen times before. My husband picked one.

Catherine Pearson

The App That Could Be A 99 Percent Effective Form Of Birth Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.16.2015 | Women

In many ways, family planning based on keeping track of one's fertility is about as old-school as it gets. By paying attention to fluctuations in body...

Breast Cancer and Menopause

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 03.17.2015 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Think back to your PRE-menopause days. If someone told you they could trigger menopause for you, you'd hardly have jumped at the chance, right? But that's exactly what many cancer survivors younger than 50 -- or even younger than 40 -- experience.

Acceptance in Infertility: 9 Untruths in the 'Never Give Up' Message

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I am beyond thankful that infertility education is continuing to be in the spotlight. However, I believe, some of the messages being delivered by some are contributing to the loss of ourselves to this painful, difficult, long and oftentimes heartbreaking journey of infertility.

How to Love Yourself in the Midst of Fertility Curveballs

Tamar Henry | Posted 03.01.2015 | Women
Tamar Henry

When it comes to taking full responsibility for your own experiences or taking none, there's a continuum. Some of us blame our circumstances and our feelings on the external world and other people. Some of us actually take too much responsibility for our "stuff." Despite my anecdotes above, I have realized I'm on the too much responsibility side of the continuum.

17 Things Not To Say To People With Infertility -- And What To Do Instead

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

People can be insensitive when it comes to painful topics like infertility, and many make hurtful comments, even when they don't mean to. Over the years, patients have shared some of those hurtful comments with me and my colleagues.

Why An Aging Population Is NOT A Burden On The Economy

Michael Hodin | Posted 02.24.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As one of their year-end announcements, The Centers For Disease Control reported the U.S. birth rate at 1.86, below the replacement level of 2.1. There have already been grumblings about how a lowered fertility rate nationally will have an adverse impact on American economic growth.

10 Things You Need to Know About Your Thyroid

Aviva Romm | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Aviva Romm

Sometimes thyroid function can be recovered and restored with natural methods using stress reduction, diet, herbs, and supplements. Sometimes medications are needed long-term. But either way, it is important to identify whether you have a thyroid problem so you can get the help you need.

How to Manage This Holiday Season When It Seems Everyone Else Is Pregnant Except You

Aimee Raupp | Posted 02.16.2015 | Women
Aimee Raupp

For a woman who has been trying to conceive, without success, this type of reflection and comparison can be devastating. Of course, it is always difficult for women dealing with fertility challenges, but this time of year seems to be the worst.

After Failed IVF And A Cancer Diagnosis, This Couple Hasn't Lost Hope

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents

David and Alicia Petrucci have been together since they were just 19 years old, but they've faced a number of roadblocks on their path to creating a f...

9 Survival Tips: How to Navigate the Holidays When You Have Infertility

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 02.08.2015 | Women
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

While the holidays can be a special time of year filled with joy and celebration with loved ones, it can prove especially difficult for those who long for a child. Since the holidays are often centered on family, it can be difficult to avoid the painful reminders that can surface during this time of year.

What I Really Want for Christmas: How to Tell Your Family You're Having Kids!

Dr. Guy Ringler | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Guy Ringler

There are many treatment options today for gay and lesbian family building, and sharing your plans with loved ones during the holidays can help muster their support and engage them in the process. Whatever your situation, here are some suggestions for those first conversations.

The Gift of Omission

Tamar Henry | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Tamar Henry

I am all for celebrating the phenomenal beauty of a healthy pregnancy. After losing three pregnancies, I'm likely more appreciative than the average person of what a remarkable miracle a full-term pregnancy and healthy baby is.

An Apology and Thank You to Bobbie Thomas

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Thank you for your realism that this doesn't always work. Without even knowing it, you had my back in that interview. Thank you for supporting what needs to be the message.

Our Infertility Rap Sheets

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 01.24.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

As men and women suffering through infertility treatments we are identifying ourselves, sometimes completely, through how many treatments we have endured. We are so much more than this.

A New Lens on Infertility (and the Art of Healing)

Lee Daniel Kravetz | Posted 01.18.2015 | Women
Lee Daniel Kravetz

Artists expressing suffering through their work is nothing new. Some would say it's one of the art world's oldest traditions. Art therapy is also nothing new. But, recent years have seen an uptick in the number of exhibits combining the two in innovative and meaningful ways.