According to a recent study by the Guttmacher Institute, young women underestimate their ability to get pregnant, while women in their 30s and 40s overestimate, and continue to wait. Whichever side of the fertility divide you fall on, there are way too many myths floating around that have nothing to do with age.
It is simple to have kids. It really is. Man and woman go out on romantic date. Man and woman get lost in each others eyes while drinking a nice Merlot and they forgo the movie after dinner for some private sexy time. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Nine months later you both have a mini-me. A little bundle. A little ‘un. A baby. There is nothing to it right? That use to be what I thought. I never once in my life considering having a baby would be hard.
You have discovered that you have a fertility issue and suddenly you may feel you are on a desert island and no one can get to you or has ever even heard of the island you now live on. What to do? You could collapse in your own fears and blame yourself or God or the flat Mountain Dew you drank 11 years ago and have since discovered that some random study in Switzerland says flat Mountain Dews cause infertility in mice. You have a tough road ahead of you if you pursue fertility treatments but nothing is impossible and you may be stronger than you know.
The majority of kiddos are conceived during the winter holiday season. If we break this down, we'll find that one part holiday spirit, one part New Year’s Eve hilarity, and one part chilly weather, equals several reasons to strip down to nothing and get it on.
The doctor examined me and found no venereal disease but told me that I was pregnant. Sitting in the doctor’s office, listening to what he had said, connecting this now with what had happened, I felt sick to my stomach I felt my bottom drop out. My husband was a tight-fisted, mean man and without a little bit of sex even now and then between us, what chance did I have for a happy life with him? At 21, my marriage had become like my parents’.
We live in a world where women conceiving older and older is becoming the norm. Salma Hayek had a baby girl at 41 and Holly Hunter had twin boys at 47 years old — a trend that is giving women in their 30's who have put having children off a sigh of relief. However, a recent study shows that women do not truly understand just how slippery the fertility slope really is.
No muu-muus for Hilary Duff! The 24-year-old actress, who is 5 months pregnant with her first child, recently stepped out in Hollywood wearing a skin-hugging, lime green mini-dress and told reporters that mothers-to-be shouldn't be afraid to wear body-flaunting clothes.
This morning on the Today show, Giuliana Rancic, 37, made a big announcement. Only it wasn't the happy pregnancy news we've all been waiting for as she and her husband, Bill Rancic, have struggled with infertility for years. Rather she revealed that she has breast cancer, which was discovered because of her IVF treatments.
More proof that birth control pills can be evil: Women who are on the drug tend to choose partners who are less attractive and worse in bed.
xoJane's "Health Editor," a term we're going to use very loosely, wrote a piece about why she prefers the Plan B method of birth control to all others. Why? Well, in her words, the Pill will make her "fat," make her "spot," and according to her, will not prevent her from getting preggers because she's in that teeny-tiny minority who got knocked up on it.
Both men and women like the pleasure that orgasms bring — but only male orgasms are actually "necessary." At least that's what science says — because only male orgasms are needed to make a baby. Ah, science. Science has clearly never had sex.
The pop superstar sparked conspiracy theories this week after her baby bump appeared to deflate on TV. Doctors Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, and Alane Park offer their expert take on 'bump-gate.'