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Why An Aging Population Is NOT A Burden On The Economy

Michael Hodin | Posted 12.25.2014 | 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 12.22.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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.

Are You Going to the Egg Freezing Party?

Aimee Raupp | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Aimee Raupp

Yes, egg freezing provides a sort-of insurance policy for successful pregnancy later in life -- but it is not the solution to our current state of fertility. Rather, the solution is to educate and empower women and remind them to not give up hope on their body and its ability to conceive naturally.

Ann Lewis Hamilton's Debut Novel Expecting Is Fertile and Funny

Elan Barnehama | Posted 11.14.2014 | Books
Elan Barnehama

It wasn't inevitable that Hamilton became a writer, but she does claim to have been raised in a house filled with typewriters in a town where her grandfather was the editor of the local newspaper, her father a reporter, and her mother the society page writer.

Your Fertility, Health and Mindset

Kerry Tepedino | Posted 11.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Kerry Tepedino

It's a MIRACLE... Last Thursday I returned from the doctor's and I was the happiest girl alive, ready to announce to the world that I'm five MONTHS P...

Where Have All The 'Marriageable' Men Gone?

Tristan Bridges | Posted 11.04.2014 | Women
Tristan Bridges

Both Apple and Facebook recently announced that they will cover egg freezing for their employees. The policies at both companies provoked a series of smart analyses of why they are simultaneously something to celebrate and challenge.

Changing Fertility Conversation: Less Fear, More Power

Aimee Raupp | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Aimee Raupp

Of course, being conscious of our fertility is a good thing, especially for women who want children one day. But being conscious is quite different than being panicked. The current conversation around fertility is telling women they should fear their declining fertility.

How Breast Cancer Can Affect Fertility

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in 2014. Of those diagnoses, the majorit...

Why Would a Woman Want to Freeze Her Eggs?

Stephanie Beall, MD, PhD | Posted 10.29.2014 | Women
Stephanie Beall, MD, PhD

Supporters touted egg freezing as the most important advancement in women's reproductive freedom since the oral contraceptive pill. Critics claimed that companies offering egg freezing were pressuring female employees to not have children while pursuing a career.

To Freeze or Not to Freeze: Eggs and Fallen Dominoes

Sandra Shpilberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Sandra Shpilberg

Being a working mother is possible. It is even good. Yes, there is a lot more that our nation and companies can do to support working mothers (equal pay, childcare and flexibility), but do you think that progress will happen without working mothers actually working? It won't.

Infertility 101: What NOT To Say When Your Friends Are Trying

Camille Preston, Ph.D., PCC | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Camille Preston, Ph.D., PCC

Generally speaking, I am a driven, overachieving, type-A person. I get things done! Not so with conception.

5 Things Every Woman Should Know About Egg Freezing

LiveScience | Rachael Rettner | Posted 10.24.2014 | Women

By: Rachael Rettner LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 10/23/2014 08:19 AM EDT on LiveScience The announcement that Apple and Facebook will cove...

Apple and Facebook Cover Egg Freezing Costs: Why Is This a Controversy?

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.20.2014 | Women
MeiMei Fox

In my humble opinion, this condemnation of the egg freezing benefit is cynical and ridiculous. Why can't we just be grateful for companies wanting to offer coverage of an expensive out-of-pocket healthcare procedure and, even more importantly, provide women with more options about what to do with their bodies?

Global Study: Low Birth Rates Can Bring Surprising Economic Benefits

East-West Center | Posted 12.09.2014 | Science
East-West Center

While low fertility rates and aging populations can challenge government social safety nets, a new global study published in Science suggests that mod...

Women and Their Bodies: What Nobody Tells Us

Nicola Jane | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Nicola Jane

When I was 27, a guy I'd been seeing told me he'd noticed a lump inside me. The word lump has an instant and visceral connection -- you might as well just say "cancer." I figured he had far more knowledge of vaginas than I did. Terrified, I went to the doctor. It turned out to be my cervix.

5 Myths Women Are Told About The Workplace

Dee Poku-Spalding | Posted 12.06.2014 | Women
Dee Poku-Spalding

I got to a really good place in my career. And then, reality set in. I plateaued, I had no personal life and I was exhausted by the late hours and the daily grind of navigating corporate culture.

I Donated My Eggs So I Could Travel The World

xoJANE | Posted 11.28.2014 | Women
xoJANE

My files were being judged. Women were looking at them and deciding whether or not they wanted my eggs to make a baby with. It was a little surreal.