The “Angelina Jolie” BRCA Gene and Your Fertility

The “Angelina Jolie” BRCA Gene and Your Fertility

Women who carry the gene that increases their risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer may also have a higher risk for infertility. “Women in their mid-30s who carry the BRCA1 mutation have, on average, ovarian reserves similar to those of non-carriers who are two years older.” ...

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The Science of Single, Same Sex, and “Multiplex” Parenting: Could this Be Our Reproductive Future?

The Science of Single, Same Sex, and “Multiplex” Parenting: Could this Be Our Reproductive Future?

A new Advanced Reproductive Technology called In vitro gametogenesis (IVG) is giving the phrase “it takes a village” new meaning. It was developed out of the discovery that scientists can now use stems cells to create gametes, which can then be made into either sperm cells or egg cells. IVG ...

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The Age of the Open Source Family

The Age of the Open Source Family

When I was researching In Her Own Sweet Time: Egg Freezing and the New Frontiers of Family, which is about the rising age of motherhood and all the new choices women and men are making when it comes to building family, I came across a surprising fact via the American Census. The nuclear family, ...

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Turn Panic into Peace: A New Edition of In Her Own Sweet Time: Egg Freezing and the New Frontiers of Family

Turn Panic into Peace: A New Edition of In Her Own Sweet Time: Egg Freezing and the New Frontiers of Family

Turn Panic into Peace: A new edition with updated medical, technological, and social science research In the six years that have passed since I published  the first edition of my memoir about the new choices that women face as they are having children older and are trying to balance career, ...

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The Scoop on Fertility Tests

The Scoop on Fertility Tests

An increasing number of women want to test their fertility, and it’s definitely a smart choice to make, even in your 20s. The market has responded by offering home fertility tests that make it much easier than going to the doctor’s office. First Response, for example, now makes a home ...

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Trying to Get Pregnant? Natural Fertility Enhancing Options

Trying to Get Pregnant? Natural Fertility Enhancing Options

When I was trying to get pregnant with my son at age 40, I knew I was facing a challenge. So I decided to get my body in the best shape I could through some natural fertility enhancing choices. I dramatically cut down drinking alcohol and coffee and went on a fertility diet, following the […]

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Are Sperm Donors Really Anonymous Anymore?

Are Sperm Donors Really Anonymous Anymore?

DNA Testing Makes them Easier to Trace When Donor 3066 signed up with the California Cryobank, he offered some basic information about himself on a piece of paper: he had a BA in theater; his mother was a nurse and his father was in the Baseball Hall of Fame; his birthday was Sept. 18, 1968. ...

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DIY Motherhood: For Some Millennials, It’s No Longer Plan B

DIY Motherhood: For Some Millennials, It’s No Longer Plan B

The Millennial Generation no longer views single mothers as desperate and desolate women, financially and socially marginalized, according to Lake Research. Today, 41% of the nations mothers are single women, either by choice or circumstance, and both men and women are becoming more accepting ...

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Minimally Viable Dad 

Minimally Viable Dad 

The rights of sperm donors—who deserves to be called “daddy”? I began thinking about having a child on my own after a very serious relationship broke up when I was 37, a critical time for my fertility. I considered every option. I talked to a friend about donating his sperm and I considered ...

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Using Donor Eggs? Your Body Is Still Influencing Your Baby’s Genes

Using Donor Eggs? Your Body Is Still Influencing Your Baby’s Genes

Over the years Dr. Carlos Simon’s fertility patients, the hundreds of women who conceived using donors eggs, have told him over and over how much their babies looked like them or someone in their family. How could this be, they asked him, when the reality is that these children had completely ...

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