The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently conducted a survey of thousands of young Americans, aged 18 to 29, about their thoughts and perceptions about pregnancy, including how they would feel about an unplanned pregnancy. Of the men surveyed, 43 percent said they would be “very pleased” or “a little pleased” by the news of a surprise bun in the oven, while only 20 percent of women said the same. My response to this disparity? DUH. While we often think of women as the ones who so so so badly want to have babies (um, like I do), we’re also the ones whose bodies and, well, lives are far more impacted by a pregnancy, especially one that is unplanned. We have to wrestle with deciding whether to carry the baby to term, have an abortion, or give the child up for adoption; our bodies go through massive hormonal changes, etc. While I’m surprised that such a large percentage of men felt so positively about knocking someone up on accident, I am not the slightest bit shocked that women aren’t too stoked on suddenly have a surprise fetus growing in their womb. [The Sexist] Keep reading »
Many of you Frisky readers have read the post “I’m Live-Tweeting My Abortion” about a Florida woman named Angie Jackson who has taken to Twitter, YouTube, and her personal blog to, as she put it, “demystify” abortion. After discovering her IUD birth control had failed them, Jackson and her boyfriend went to Planned Parenthood last Thursday to get a prescription of RU-486, the abortion pill, as well as Vicodin to deal with the pain. Since she began tweeting about the abortion last Thursday, Jackson said hundreds more people began to follow her on Twitter, and she created the YouTube video over the weekend to address them.
I tracked down Jackson over Facebook for an interview. After she put “The Backyardigans” on TV for her 4-year-old son, we settled down for a chat … Keep reading »
I think about babies a lot. Big, fat tears rolled down my cheeks while watching Kourtney Kardashian give birth on Sunday’s episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” I secretly and selfishly hope my pregnant friend’s baby daddy will chicken out of being in the delivery room and I’ll get to be there with her. I’ve already offered to babysit, oh, constantly. I’ll be deep in conversation with someone and a baby will cross my path and it’s like I’ve suddenly found myself in high altitude because my hearing is muted — I’ve got baby tunnel vision. Needless to say, I am a terrible date at a family-friendly restaurant.
So every time I see a headline like this one, I get a little … discouraged: “Ovaries have not adjusted to many women’s decision to delay having children.” According to the article in yesterday’s Washington Post, a study conducted by the University of St. Andrews and Edinburgh University shows that women lose 90 percent of their eggs by age 30. I turned 30 in November. Researchers studied the “human ovarian reserve from conception through menopause” and using the data of 325 women, they did some math and concluded that the average woman is born with approximately 300,000 eggs and “steadily loses them as she ages, with just 12 percent of those eggs remaining at the age of 30, and only 3 percent left by 40.” Keep reading »
Is there anything in the world cuter than a baby in a little doofy winter hat? If you answered yes, your biological clock is ticking louder than Marisa Tomei’s in “My Cousin Vinny.” And I’m right there with you, girl! But just because Mother Nature is ready for us to spawn, doesn’t mean we are. (Typical pushy mother issues, huh?) So what’s a girl to do? Get scared!
Yes, we all know birth and motherhood are beautiful, natural things to be revered. But it’s not all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows when you’re talking about pushing an eight-pound person out of your vag! So, hit the snooze button on your biological alarm clock with these ugly truths about what it takes to get one of those adorable bundles of joy.
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This week, Kendra Wilkinson appeared on the cover of OK! Magazine in a tiny blue bikini, holding sweet baby Hank alongside a coverline designed specifically to taunt mothers everywhere: “My Body After Baby. How I Lost 25 Lbs In 8 Weeks.” Meanwhile, Gisele Bundchen, who gave birth to an adorable little boy in early December, has already done her first post-baby photo shoot and will be posting the images on her website any day now. According to New York magazine, she looks exactly the way she did before pregnancy. Which reminds us of Heidi Klum, who appeared in the Victoria’s Secret fashion show just weeks after giving birth. What is this ladies—a race? Keep reading »
We’ve all heard about emergency contraception — also called “the morning after pill” — which is most effective when a woman takes it up to 72 hours (five) after unprotected sex to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Chances are, you or someone you know has taken EC after the condom broke, a sexual assault, or some other emergency. Recently, medical experts have been talking about Ellaone, a morning after pill available in the UK, which also very effective up to five days after unprotected sex. In one study, Ellaone prevented two-thirds of pregnancies within three days of unprotected sex and 50 percent of pregnancies within five days.
Ellaone currently isn’t available in the United States, but it could be eventually. Problem is, though, anti-abortion activists both here and in the UK are railing against Ellaone, calling it an “abortion pill.” Keep reading »
OK, so I am not even going to slightly pretend to understand the medical complexity of this case. But suffice it to say it is craaaazy. Here are the basics: A 15-year-old girl in South Africa was born with no vagina—she’d never had a period, etc. But she did have a boyfriend and was having oral sex with him since intercourse wasn’t happening. While giving him a blowie, an ex caught them mid-act. The three of them got in a knife fight and the girl was stabbed twice in the abdomen. She went to a hospital, where docs stitched her up. But over the course of the next few months, her stomach began to expand. 278 days after her first trip to the hospital, she was admitted again. Surgeons did an emergency C-section to see what was up—and lo and behold, they pulled out a baby boy who was very much alive. Experts think that the girl’s boyfriend’s sperm must have been in her stomach when she was stabbed, and since she just happened to be ovulating at the time, it was able to fertilize an egg. Geez, it’s like those things have a homing device or something. [Discover Magazine] Keep reading »
In China, an unnamed 9-year-old schoolgirl became one of the youngest mothers in the world this week when she gave birth to a 6-pound baby boy by C-section. Even though her family is refusing to speak publicly about the incident, they claim to have reported the pregnancy to authorities, who are still trying to discover the identity of the father so they can arrest him. Keep reading »