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The Fear Of Infertility

I was lying there on the cold, hard examining table. A stranger came in and before I knew it, I was uncomfortably spreading my legs. He told me it wouldn’t hurt and proceeded to stick a strange contraption up into my body. I was there to find out “if all my parts were as they should be.” Keep reading »

A Tweet From The Womb

An NYU grad student has found a unique way to way to use Twitter. Corey Menscher, whose wife Ellen is eight months pregnant with the couple’s first baby, figured out a novel way to have Twitter notify him every time the baby kicks. For a class project, he invented a pregnancy belt he dubbed the Kickbee, made of a “stretchable band with embedded electronics and sensors” that “transmit small but detectable voltages when they are triggered by movement underneath.” The signals are then wirelessly transmitted to an accompanying Java application via Bluetooth. Keep reading »

Quickies!: The “Gossip Girl” Spin-Off Already Sucks

  • The “Gossip Girl” spin-off is supposedly going to surround the early romance between Rufus and Lily and will be very, very, very boring. [Just Jared]
  • Some women experience orgasms instead of contractions during childbirth. If this was a guarantee (and I was married), I would have had a child a long time ago. [Dear Sugar]
  • You don’t have to worry about going raw because if used consistently (taking a pill every day, not skipping any), your birth control pill will protect you against pregnancy everyday. [Daily Bedpost]
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    Has The Business Of Making Babies Gone Too Far?

    In last weekend’s edition of the New York Times Magazine, Alex Kuczynski, the author of Beauty Junkies, writes about having a baby by surrogate in “Her Body, My Baby.” In her late 30s, Kuczynski couldn’t get pregnant. Over the course of several years, she tried in vitro fertilization and miscarried multiple times. Finally, she found a surrogate mother who would carry, as she puts it, “the product of my egg and my husband’s sperm.” It’s a story about the lengths a woman will go to have a baby — but it’s also a story only a wealthy woman could tell, as Kuczynksi and her financier husband spent over $100,000 to make her baby dreams come true. (The surrogate was paid $25,000 for the use of her womb.) In the article’s comments, readers are tearing Kuczynski apart, deeming her a “disgusting… spoiled brat” and a “rich, self-obsessed snob,” while far fewer others are commending her for telling her story at all. So, what do you think? Has the high-tech business of baby-making gone too far? Or is having a baby by any means necessary a 21st century fertility reality? Keep reading »

    Dating Drama: No Glove, No Love? Not Always.

    2006 was a year of unprotected sex for me. No, not every time, but I started off the year with a fling with a slightly older man I was besotted with, who didn’t speak a word about condoms, and, in response, I didn’t either. I wanted to trust that he had some magical knowledge that somehow I was missing, that maybe the world had overturned itself and they were no longer necessary. I was wrong, and after a pregnancy panic as I searched for Plan B — this was right before it was so readily available — I escaped unscathed. Then later that year I met a guy I fell absolutely head over heels with, sure that we were destined to be together. Keep reading »

    The Daily Squeeze: My So-Called Life, M.I.A., And Bad Wedding Food

  • Can you wait the 10-or-so hours until tonight’s “Gossip Girl”?
  • ABC is streaming four full episodes of “My So-Called Life.” Relive the ’90s by clicking here, going to “full episodes,” then clicking on “My So-Called Life.” [ABC via BuzzSugar]
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    Quote Of The Day: Brad Pitt Makes Angelina Jolie Feel Sexy, Blah, Blah, Blah

    “I’m with a man who’s evolved enough to look at my body and see it as more beautiful because of the journey it has taken and what it has created. He genuinely sees it that way. So I genuinely feel sexier.” — Angelina Jolie in W Keep reading »

    Poll: Does The Pill Affect Your Sex Drive?

    This Pill, which started the sexual revolution by preventing pregnancy, has also been accused of casting a curse on libido. A couple of the women interviewed for Time Out New York’s Sex Issue made it sound like the pill is damaging to their sexual desire and ruined their physical need to be ravaged. It’s ironic that the thing that makes women able to engage in slightly more carefree sex is also conversely making them chaste, eh? One of the women, referred to as “Ditched The Pill,”, who had been struggling with her lack of interest in having sex with her boyfriend, noted, “When I went off it, my libido skyrocketed; suddenly it was easy again.” Is the pill that powerful? Keep reading »

    Having A Baby With Your Gay Best Friend: What’s In It For The Ladies?

    For more than a decade, my best friend has been a gay guy. I don’t really even like qualifying him as a “gay guy,” since his gayness is such a non-issue in our relationship and in my perception of him. Part of that may be the type of gay he is, or more accurately, the type of gay he isn’t. He never knows, for example, when it’s Pride weekend, and he doesn’t own anything rainbow, and he doesn’t even like Madonna. He does, however, love “Project Runway” as much as I do and his home is so beautifully designed, it would give Martha Stewart an inferiority complex. Sometimes after we’ve had a few bottles of wine — as we’re known to do — and we’re good and lubricated, he’ll slide in a comment about the possibility of us making a kid together. Usually, it’ll be a remark about what great hair it would have or how it would surely inherit the same square Flintstone feet we both share. I’ll chuckle and reply with some quip about it also inheriting the same flightiness we both have, too, and then I’ll change the subject. Keep reading »

    The Daily Squeeze: Porn On TV, Pregnancy, And Dr. Drew

  • One of Sweden’s state-run TV channels will be airing a trio of porn-tastic documentaries next week: “Inside Deep Throat,” “Ron Jeremy, Porn Star,” and “PopWhore.” A very educational evening, indeed. [Variety]
  • Women who are obese tend to miscarry more than normal weight women. [Medical News Today]
  • Speaking of pregnancy, 20 percent of first time mothers took six months after giving birth to feel physically comfortable having sex. [Times of India]
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