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Stress Also Affects Male Fertility


Researchers from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health and Rutgers School of Public Health in Piscataway, NJ, recently published findings in the journal Fertility and Sterility indicating that stress has a negative impact on...

6 Ways to Reduce Stress When TTC


It should be a happy time, trying to start or add to your family, but if things don't go according to plan, it can be the most stressful of times. When people know you are trying to get pregnant, the unsolicited advice only wors...

Population Bust? What’s Behind the U.S. Falling Fertility Rates?


Researchers and analysts are scratching their heads after recent numbers were released regarding the birth rate in the US. The rate began dropping back in 2007, with the economic woes. It has continued to fall, despite recovery in...

Is Pregnancy Contagious? A New Study Says Yes, Sort Of


According to an article published in the June issue of American Sociological Review, women are more likely to have a baby within two years of their high school friends having their first child. Sound farfetched? Researchers looke...

Conceive on Valentine's Day: 10 Ways to Make it Special


Babymaking should never be routine or automatic. When a couple is trying to conceive, sometimes the destination overtakes the journey. You lose sight of one of the biggest reasons you want to make a baby; the love you have for you...

Getting Pregnant After a Miscarriage


Losing a pregnancy, whether an early first trimester miscarriage, or a late term stillbirth, is a profound loss. It is the loss of a child, a dream and an experience that seems so natural and easy. If you struggled with infertilit...

How to Conceive a Baby Girl


Do you live in a household where roughhousing and bodily noises dominate the house? Are you surrounded by males and feel outnumbered? Are you dreaming of pink blankets and sweet dresses? Parents can have a variety of reasons for...

New Hope for Infertile Couples: Assisted Natural Conception


While everyone's heard of IVF and other assistive reproductive procedures, a new UK company has come up with a lower tech method for assisting couples attempting to conceive and call it "assisted natural conception." The company,...

IVF Explained


Over 35 years ago the first in-vitro fertilization was done. Now over 5 million babies have been born worldwide from this most common assisted reproductive technology. IVF is when eggs are removed from a woman's ovaries and placed...

Not in the Mood When TTC: Ways to Help


You have the day circled in red on the calendar and you know what that means. But instead of excitement or any sense of looking forward, you sigh and shrug. "Again?" That is not the reaction your spouse is hoping for. Or maybe wor...

New Trend: First Comes Baby, Then Comes Marriage


A unique moment has happened in American society. The average age of a woman's first marriage is now 27. The average age to become a mother is 28. This is referred to as the Great Crossover. The baby before marriage trend is the f...

Trying to Conceive: Coping During the Two Week Wait


The anxious time between ovulation and the first day of your expected cycle can be quite frustrating. If you are trying to conceive those 14 days of waiting can seem like an eternity. If you have been presently undergoing fertilit...

12 Ways to Keep the Spice in Your Relationship While TTC


Sounds like a great problem to have; needing to have lots of sex. But when weeks slip into months and still no baby, something that started as a joyous and fun experience may wind up feeling like a chore on the level of folding la...

Best Tips and Myths about Baby Making


Birds do it, bees do it -- but sometimes the most normal things do not occur easily. Consider the fact that for even fertile couples, sex will result in pregnancy only 20 percent of the time. So knowing the lowdown on timing, posi...

Is Your Husband Ready for a Baby?


Baby-fever is highly contagious and can spread quickly from woman to woman at the mention of little layettes, powder scented babies, and cuddles and coos. Men, on the other hand, are typically not swayed as easily as women, since...

The Pros and Cons of Having Babies Close in Age


Everyone has a different idea of what makes for a perfectly planned family. For some it's getting through the tough early years in one bold wave, while for others it may be spacing out children so they are almost like only chil...

Tips for Having the Baby Talk


It's one of those key shifts in a relationship; talking about having a baby. Nothing says family, future and forever like starting a family together. Of course, not everyone is always on the same page about when or even if to g...

Men Can Now Test for Low Sperm Count at Home


According to a report by WebMD, "up to half of all cases of infertility involve problems with the man." Yet, many times, a man may be reluctant to seek medical advice or intervention, and doctors typically do not test for infer...

The Stress-Infertility Connection


It's the chicken or the egg question of the fertility world; does infertility cause stress or does stress cause infertility? The answer is, yes. Both are true to some extent. Chronic Stress Versus Acute Stress in Fertility Lif...

Does ovulation only happen on Day 14?


Ovulation happens for most women about two weeks before their monthly period, but that doesn't mean it will happen exactly on Day 14. Typically, a woman will ovulate anywhere between 10 and 16 days before her next period. If your...

The Best Fertility Books to Own


When you are ready to start a family, or add to yours, fertility advice can be gathered from the most diverse places. However, solid advice that will yield results and are grounded in true research can be hard to find. Books tha...

The Right Age to Become Pregnant?


Choosing to start a family is the biggest decision a couple will make together. Besides feeling emotionally ready and strong enough in your relationship, there are other factors. Finances, job situations, living in the desired pla...

Baby Making Tips: The Best Positions and Other Tips


While it may seem distinctly unromantic, when you are trying to conceive sex can become a plotted and planned encounter in order to give a couple the best odds of success. However, so many myths and partial truths are circulated a...

Conceive With a Babymoon


Trying to conceive isn't always all fun and romance, although it should be. Those who are trying to conceive in the midst of busy schedules, perhaps raising other children, and maybe with some fertility challenges soon realize bab...

What is Ovulation Spotting?


For someone pursuing pregnancy, understanding the fertility process is vital. Knowing when ovulation occurs is key in timing intercourse and hopefully achieving fertilization. There are different ways to determine when ovulation o...

High Tech Gender Selection


Pink or blue? For most parents, finding out the baby's gender is part of the excitement of expecting a new baby. Will it be a girl or boy? However, for some parents the gender of their child is a concern. Perhaps they have had fou...

Natural Gender Selection


Gender selection methods are almost as old as sex itself. However, while most medical experts insist any natural gender selection method as unsubstantiated and unlikely to be reliable many individuals insist one method or another...

Fertility Clinics - Top 20 Questions to Ask


Visiting a fertility clinic for the first time can be a daunting experience. You have just come to terms with the fact that having a baby may be more difficult than you initially thought and now you have to find the right...

Feng Shui Fertility: Six Ways to Create More "Baby Chi"


Today, feng shui is used for everything from arranging office cubicles to gaining more recognition at work to helping aspiring writers become more prolific. But what if what you want is a baby? When you are trying to conceive,...

Baby Making vs Love Making


If you were to ask a woman who just began the journey of trying to conceive if there are any differences between "baby making" and "love making", she'd say no. But for the veteran couples in the conception game the answer would...

Getting Pregnant: How Long Does it Take?


The amount of time it takes to become pregnant depends on each individual woman. Many factors influence conception including age, health, and weight to name just a few, but the main fact is that age plays a major role in pregnancy...

The Road To Pregnancy


The road to pregnancy, for me, was a rocky one. From the beginning, my husband and I had planned for the birth of our child, and expected it to happen without complications. I don't know if I would call it optimism or naivety now,...

Love Making While Tying to Conceive


Trying to conceive a baby can be very trying to a relationship. Often times, if the journey to conception has taken on epic lengths, the relationship with the one we love the most will suffer. Balancing the chore of conception w...

One Mom's Trying to Conceive Success Story


While on the journey of trying to get pregnant with my third child, I read everything I could get my hands on regarding preconception and pregnancy. And one of the things I thoroughly enjoy reading is the success details from othe...

Before You Begin Trying to Conceive


Are you ready to start trying to conceive? Should you just hop in bed and hope for the best? Well, you could - and you could end up pregnant right away and have a healthy pregnancy. Or you could go months and months with nothing h...

Two-Week Wait Activity List


Two Week Wait Activity List 14 Things To Do When 14 Days Seem Like Forever As any woman who is trying to get pregnant can tell you, the two weeks from ovulation to the due date for your next period are pure torture. You promis...

The Paradox of Giving Up TTC


To many women (myself included, at times) becoming pregnant takes on the main focus of their life. Everything else fades into the background, and a whole new level of obsession is discovered. With it comes strife and discord, espe...

The Basics of Trying To Conceive


When is the best time to get pregnant? This is the million dollar question for women trying to conceive. Age old advice says to have intercourse on day 13, 14 and 15 and you're sure to hit it. Right? Wrong. The truth is, each woma...

Abbreviation Definitions


AF ... Aunt Flo (menstruation) AFNW ... Aunt Flo Not Wanted or Not Welcomed ART ... Assisted Reproductive Technology ASA ... Anti-sperm Antibody ASRM ... American Society of Reproductive Medicine BBT ... Basal Body Tem...

Implantation of a Fertilized Egg


When trying to conceive, it's sometimes hard not to scrutinize every sign and symptom you feel for possible signs of pregnancy. One of the most tell tale signs of pregnancy for many women is implantation, or when a fertilize...