A natural birth control method that involves keeping track of your cycle with a set of beads and abstaining from sex from day 8 to 19 was shown to be nearly as effective (when used properly) as the Pill and more effective than the diaphragm or condoms, according to a study of 1,646 women in six different countries. We’re kind of skeptical though, because there were 14.1 pregnancies for every 100 women per year in the study. The main reason the women got pregnant, the researchers found, was that couples knowingly took a risk and had sex on fertile days. Ya think? Being forbidden from having sex 11 days out of every month is probably one of the best aphrodisiacs out there. [Reuters] Keep reading »
Speaking of babies, here’s a story far more amazing than J.Lo finally giving birth to twins. As Elle mentioned in The Frisky Forums, The Advocate has a first person essay by the first transgender man to carry a child. Thomas Beatie was born a woman and is married to Nancy. Though he went through sexual reassignment surgery, Thomas didn’t opt to be sterilized and kept his reproductive rights. Together for ten years, the couple had always wanted to have children, but Nancy is unable to conceive after a hysterectomy 20 years ago, so Thomas decided to carry the child himself. He hadn’t had a menstrual cycle in nearly eight years, however (due to testosterone therapy), so getting pregnant required fertility treatments — his first pregnancy resulted in an ectopic pregnancy with triplets, a life-threatening condition that required surgery and all three embryos were lost. Thomas successfully got pregnant again, and this time everything seems healthy — he and Nancy are expecting their baby girl this summer.
The story is an interesting one for many reasons, particularly because it describes the experience of a man experiencing pregnancy. While Thomas’ ability to get pregnant is possible because he was born a woman, he identifies as a male and therefore, “Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire, but a human desire.” It’s a great essay — check it out and then chime in about the story in the forums. [The Advocate] Keep reading »
You’d think that all of the studies about the effects of drinking, smoking, and doing drugs while pregnant would make women cease partying for nine months at the very least. Who wants their child to be born with fetal alcohol syndrome or a heroin addiction? Well, apparently some women are okay with taking the risk. A University of Washington study found that 77 percent of women cigarette smokers and 50 percent of women marijuana smokers used those substances at some time during their pregnancy. Part of the problem is that men’s levels of drinking, smoking, and marijuana use remain stable before, during, and after pregnancy. So, when the aromatic smell of pot is in the air, you forget that you’re with child? [Newswise] Keep reading »
“Can you really not get preggers if you have sex on the last days of your period?” — Hating Condoms, Cleveland, OH
How many times have you heard an “Oops” story? Every Christmas there’s always that relative that drinks too much eggnog and says something like, “You know, Larry was a mistake. We were done having kids. We wanted to go to Bermuda.” I’m sure if Larry was a lawyer and not still living with his mother, she wouldn’t say that. But you get my drift.
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Gaining weight often makes women better dancers because they have something to shake, if you know what we mean. Case in point: Belly dancers — and a London ballet company couldnâ€™t agree more. Balletlorent is looking for 12 pregnant women to join the cast of their next production â€œMaEternal.â€ The Artistic Director, Liv Lorent, who is pregnant herself, says, â€œYou can’t get a 25-year-old size 8 ballet dancer type body to move with the weight, the gravitas or the sheer cheerful spirit a pregnant woman.â€ So although no dance experience is necessary, you better bring it to the audition because there might be a lot of celeb competition with everyone, from Jessica Alba to Minnie Driver, being knocked up. [Reuters] Keep reading »
When youâ€™re Elvisâ€™ daughter, fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches are in your genes, but such a tasty lineage means that you’re, unfortunately, going to be made fun for the way you look in your jeans. Lisa Marie Presley has been blasted in the press for her recent weight gain, with headlines like “Lisa Marie Presley Has Become A Fat Slob Just Like Her Dad” splattered across the tabloids. But it turns out sheâ€™s pregnant, not fat! Sources close to the R&B royalty say although sheâ€™s not one to blab about such things, sheâ€™s going to have her third child with her fourth husband, rocker Michael Lockwood. Chew on that, paparazzi! Keep reading »
Birth nowadays is usually a sweaty, messy, drug-addled experience. But now a group of doctors and midwives promise that if you go au natural, the baby will come the same way you did at its conception — with an oh-so-pleasurable orgasmic birth! World renowned midwife Ina May Gaskin says, “It is possible to have an ecstatic birth — in fact, that is the best natural high that I know of.” Experts believe that in an unassisted, drug-free birth scenario, the woman can be left to experience the contractions often misidentified as pain and, with the help of, um, stimulation, even enjoy them. If you’re eager to find out more, the docs are hard at work finishing a documentary to promote this new handy technique. While the experts claim the process will save you money on medical expenses, you may have to spend a lot more on doctors when your kid finds their homemade child birth porno video. [Nerve] Keep reading »