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The Harsh Reality About Fertility And Age

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

Knowledge, as they say, is power, and even if you're not seeing anyone special, staying on top of your fertility can only serve you in the long run.

How My Fifth-Grade Self Helped Me on My Fertility Quest

Jolie Jenkins | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Jolie Jenkins

I've always imagined having kids. And I always thought that when I was ready to be a mother, it would happen in a snap. A decade into our marriage, we felt ready. We excitedly began trying and nothing happened. Well, something happened: I couldn't get pregnant.

Mom Confidential: Elisabeth Rohm on Kid Negotiations, Fertility Truths and the Power of High Heels

Stacie Krajchir | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Stacie Krajchir

Parenting is complicated; we all know how painful and difficult it can be at times. We all measure ourselves by comparing our situation with what others are doing -- we might tell ourselves, "I'm choosing this job, so it's OK, I am a good mom."

12 Things I Loved About My C-Section

Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg

C-sections are often hailed as unnecessary, agonizing and overused. On this topic, I can speak only for myself. That said, strange as it sounds, there were things I actually loved about my surgical birth.

Is PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) 'Playing God'?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

PGD is by now a well-established procedure in reproductive medicine. Although its use may continue to give rise to some ethical controversy, the benefits to couples and the children they produce outweigh the potential negative consequences feared by some.

3-Parent In Vitro Fertilization Is Debated By Experts

Reuters | Posted 02.27.2014 | Parents

(Updates with comment from panel chairman at end of hearing) By Sharon Begley NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) - U.S. medical ...

The Financial Side of Infertility: 4 Things I Learned During IVF

LearnVest | Posted 04.15.2014 | Women

Unraveling the seemingly foreign language of clinical terminology and insurance verbiage can be a heavy added stress on a patient struggling with infertility. Here are four things I learned in our journey thus far.

Woman's IVF Prevented Fatal Brain Disorder In Her Children

Posted 02.05.2014 | Parents

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 02/04/2014 08:13 AM EST on LiveScience A woman whose genes put her at high risk for a rare brain di...

6 Fertility Myths and Misconceptions Revealed

Stephanie Beall, MD, PhD | Posted 04.01.2014 | Women
Stephanie Beall, MD, PhD

These are many preconceived notions passed around about fertility. It's normal to have questions, even if you aren't actively starting to grow your family. Here is a list of some of the most widespread myths about fertility.

On Being a Mother

Sheryl Kraft | Posted 04.01.2014 | Fifty
Sheryl Kraft

After yearning to be a mother for so long, suddenly, the word was strangely alien to me: weighty with responsibility, emotion and most of all, the unknown.

Why Fewer Women Are Seeking Help For Infertility

Posted 01.25.2014 | Women

By: By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 01/22/2014 07:29 AM EST on LiveScience Among women who are having trouble becoming pregnant, a s...

My Daughter's Birth Story Involves a Canister and Dry Ice

Sarah Gilbert | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Sarah Gilbert

I'm gay, married to a woman and my two children were conceived using an anonymous sperm donor and in vitro fertilization (IVF). So yes, we're probably doing this the hard way. On the bright side, however, after spending so much money and working so hard to get pregnant, parenting my kids somehow seems relatively cheap and easy.

A Twin Mom's Post-Infertility Survivor Guilt

Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg | Posted 03.05.2014 | Parents
Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg

Strange as it sounds, I feel more changed by the trials of infertility than by the transition to parenting -- and that's saying something, with my toddler twin boys turning 2 this month.

I Finally Understand Why I Don't Want Another Baby

Andrea Meyer | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Andrea Meyer

I do still wish, more than anything, that I had two children: Aidan and Nina. But now I know that longing for the daughter I lost does not mean I want a replacement.

Fear of Injection

Betsy Boyd | Posted 02.17.2014 | Women
Betsy Boyd

On the way home, I remind myself how all of this endless drug-taking and clinical prodding are my privileged choice, my elected First World problem. This thought is mature.

Sperm Donor #4282: A Love Story

Betsy Boyd | Posted 02.15.2014 | Women
Betsy Boyd

In the last year, over the course of four IUIs (intrauterine inseminations) and one IVF (in-vitro fertilization) procedure, I have purchased millions of sperm "donated" by men whose names, ages and places of birth remain unknown to me.

The New Goal Fertility Experts Are Pushing

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

BOSTON (AP) — Doctors are reporting an epidemic — of twins. Nearly half of all babies born with advanced fertility help are multiple births, new f...

Are Men Useless? New Study Shows Dwindling Need For Y Chromosome

Posted 11.22.2013 | Science

A new study has promising results for those battling male infertility. Researchers at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii h...

The Personal Pain Of Secondary Infertility

Amy Wruble | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Amy Wruble

In my case, the glitch is declining egg quality, but I know other, younger mamas who can't seem to make a second baby either. It's wildly frustrating. And it hurts not to be able to create the family you envisioned.

Menopause at 70? Freeze Ovary at 35

Mache Seibel, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mache Seibel, MD

For women in perimenopause or menopause, whether or not to take estrogen is one of the biggest challenges faced. Is it safe? Which one? What route? Ho...

And Baby Makes Four

Margaret Klaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Margaret Klaw

A person who is feeding, clothing and nurturing a child, a person with whom a child has bonded, a person who is -- let's use the verb -- parenting a child, can now stand on a level playing field in the halls of the family court with those who birthed or adopted her.

A Former IVF Baby on "Three-Parent IVF"

Jessica Cussins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

There are large social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?

Not Often and Early, But Rarely and Late

Alison Wolf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Alison Wolf

The idea that it would be "normal" to have one's first child after the age of 30 would have seemed completely extraordinary to any past generation.

7 Ways You Can Support Someone Who Has Lost a Baby

Candace Wohl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Candace Wohl

If you know someone that has recently had a miscarriage or infant loss, we have compiled a list of ways you can support them during their struggle to right themselves in a world turned up-side-down.

10 Questions for a Fertility Specialist

LearnVest | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Walking into your specialist's office empowered with questions to ask is my first piece of advice -- and not necessary questions culled from random blogs or chat rooms that can sometimes heighten the hysteria surrounding infertility.