Au Revoir Captain America
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Au Revoir Captain America

Goodbye. Au Revoir. Auf Wiedersehn. This time it really is Sayonara to a long held hope (when hope is all you have) for love. Captain America was his name. The imaginary man I had envisioned. Sometimes I had a face in mind. Other times he was just a concept. Most of all, he was my hope. Unfortunately, what was my hope was really just a dream or better said, a mirage. Now that I am out of the desert and see clearly once more ... I've written off Captain America. The idea of him kept me company many a night believing we'd meet in person someday.

Maybe Baby I'll Have You
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Maybe Baby I'll Have You

Every time I see a birth control commercial I want to cry. When I was 19 I was placed on the pill and it was awful. Even the low dose pill didn't work for me. I'd feel nausea and bloating and simply not myself. Eventually I stopped taking the pill and opted for other methods. The thought of a baby equaled a life ruined for me. While I have always wanted children the prospect of motherhood frightened me.

Fertile Thoughts: The Tennessee Twins Effect
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Fertile Thoughts: The Tennessee Twins Effect

My grandfather was a twin so perhaps I've always been fascinated with them. He had a twin sister but lost her to a tropical illness at age 9. Twins are the subject of studies and interest, whether they are identical or fraternal, because of the bond they seem to share. Stories abound on how twins seem to have their own language and a strong intuitive connection. Whatever the case, twins are still rare, so when they are born it's the subject of much interest.

I’m Having A Baby. Now Go Back to Your Wife
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I’m Having A Baby. Now Go Back to Your Wife

Divorced men with children are in the “do not touch” category of dating.  I wish I read Jonathon Ashlay's in-depth article on the dangers of dating divorced men before I said yes to a date with one. Sure it sounds limiting but divorced single parents should just stick with each other. They are in the same boat and are dealing with the same complexities inherent in their situation. I came to that conclusion in 2008 when my engagement ended.

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Love Bytes: Holy Sperm Bank! More Men Are Fathering 100s Of Kids

Ten percent of Brits have had sex on an airplane. When is the right time to sleep with someone? If you're starting over in dating, you may need a waxing. What does "cougar" really mean? It turns out that a handful of young sperm donors are fathering ALL the babies in California. Science can't come up with an explanation for the female orgasm.

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Dating Site Spawns Sperm Bank For Beautiful People

BeautifulPeople.com, a dating site for good-looking people, has decided to branch out into the sperm donor and egg donor business. That's right, even if you're not good enough for online dating with attractive folks, your children don't have to go through life as either homely, plain or kinda cute.

Robert Pattinson's Sperm Can Finally Be Yours
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Robert Pattinson's Sperm Can Finally Be Yours

So you've always wanted to have a baby with Brad Pitt, but didn't know how to ask Angelina Jolie to release his scrotum from her bony fist for half an hour. Rest assured, you're not alone. A lot of people want Brad Pitt's sperm. And Robert Pattinson's. And Johnny Depp's. And now, thanks to Cryobank sperm bank, they can — sort of.

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Adoption Or IVF: Do We Have To Decide?

We had been married for eight years. We had been trying to get pregnant for six of those years and between IVF and ICSI had gone through five fertility cycles. We knew we could get pregnant but we didn't know if we could stay pregnant. We had spent over $200,000, and all we had to show for it was a glossy photo of four egg cells. That photo still sits in the drawer of the night table besides out bed, buried there. We're unable to look at it—or dispose of it. Other friends who were on the IVF merry-go-round and got pregnant, had their children. Some had their second child while we waited and tried again. Every couple who had a child swore by their doctor, their method, their technique—success was its own affirmation.

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Desperate To Have A Baby, We Tried Everything

Amy had been referred to a Beverly Hills fertility doctor, who was so reassuring that I took him to calling him Dr. Mellow. His office had a wall of photos of smiling babies, as if to say, "This will be you." We sat in his waiting room holding hands. We believed. We didn't know we had just taken our seats inside the Hope Factory. Once inside, the possibility of getting pregnant never ended. If one technique failed, you tried another, and kept trying. There seemed to be an infinite supply of hope.

Fixing My Male Infertility
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Fixing My Male Infertility

Without referring you to the many, many, medical sites, books and journals I immediately consulted on the subject, there is some belief that a certain vein that traverses one or both testicles can, in one way or another, affect the quality of sperm production. Operating on it may, or may not, improve sperm quality. In my case, a double varocelectomy was recommended.

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My Wife Was Fertile—I Wasn't

I suppose everyone remembers their first time. I certainly do. I put on some mood music, dimmed the lights and proceeded to romance myself. Eager to please the laboratory (and myself), I marshaled my forces to climax, and then promptly fumbled the collection. Most of my contribution missed the container.

I Knocked Myself Up: Pregnancy On My Own
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I Knocked Myself Up: Pregnancy On My Own

What’s it really like to have a baby all by your lonesome? Not so lonesome after all, says Louise Sloan. "I was ready for kids at age 28—and well aware that women's fertility starts to plummet at 35. When I saw my doctor that fateful year, she asked me if I wanted children. "Yes," I replied. "Definitely." With a stern look, she snapped, "Well, you're not getting any younger!" Thanks for the news flash, I thought. What kind of idiot does she think I am? I was a romantic, procrastinating idiot, to be exact. Despite my clear intellectual understanding of the issues involved, it took me until age 38 before I seriously started thinking about single motherhood, and even then, I had to be dragged into it kicking and screaming by my biological clock, which was starting to sound more like a car alarm."