fertility

Unplanned Pregnancies Are on the Decline

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Unintended pregnancy rates are falling across the US, according to a new study from the Guttmacher Institute. While the rates aren't consistent across the board, 28 states did see a drop in unintended pregnancies of 5 percent or more since 2006. This decline coincides with the introduction of new, more effective birth control methods... read more

Fertility Treatment Babies Are Getting Healthier

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Fertility technology improves by leaps and bounds every year. In 2014 alone, we saw the introduction of three-parent IVF and the first successful birth from a womb transplant. The bottom line? More people are able to become parents. And a new study found that over the last two decades, more and more of them are able... read more

What is MRKH? A Pageant Queen Opens Up

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Infertility isn't exactly an uncommon problem; one in six couples will struggle with it while trying to conceive. But Jaclyn Schultz -- you may know her as Miss Michigan (2013) -- has a much rarer condition, Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome. It affects one in 5,000 women worldwide. And this beauty queen is proudly lending her name to the syndrome... read more

Why the Least Effective Birth Control Is Gaining Popularity

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When it comes to birth control, the majority of American women are on the pill. And the second most popular method is actually sterilization. But even with technology introducing a new slew of IUDs and variations of pills, a more old-school form of birth control is on the rise: fertility awareness methods... read more

You Don't Want SNL's CNN Pregnancy Test (Watch!)

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When you choose your pregnancy test, there's a lot of variables to consider. Do you want the test touted as the most accurate? The easiest to use? The one that promises the earliest detection? If you want constant updates and vague information, SNL's created the CNN pregnancy test just for you. Just like the CNN app,... read more

Amazing Mom and Baby Health Advancements in 2014

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We're always amazed by what technology can do, and this year's pregnancy and fertility innovations mean more parents and healthier babies. Here's to an even more innovative 2015. 1. Three-Parent IVF Do you have a genetic mutation you’re afraid of passing on to your child? In as little as two years, you may be... read more

Exclusive: Bobbie Thomas Opens Up About Her IVF Journey

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If you haven’t already heard, the Today show’s style editor Bobbie Thomas finally got her BFP. But it wasn’t an easy or quick road. Dealing with the emotional ups and downs of IVF gave Thomas newfound perspective on the process and inspired her to speak out about her journey on Today as well as her... read more

Why the Holidays Ruin Babymaking

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You've been charting and temping and diligently doing the deed, and the holidays are about to ruin everything. While sleeping on a pullout couch and dodging nosy questions from aunts and uncles, TTC is downright impossible. That's why we've created a workaround guide. Problem No. 1: You’re in your old bedroom Let’s see, what’s the opposite of romantic?... read more

From Fertilization to Birth: Watch It Happen (GIF)

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It's time we had the talk. Sure, you know about where babies come from, but do you know how the whole thing actually works? We finally have a great visual to show you the ins and outs of embryogenesis -- the process of of egg fertilization and fetal development. Seattle-based designer Eleanor Lutz created... read more

Neil Patrick Harris: The Paternity of My Twins Doesn't Matter

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While the public may be wondering which one of their dads Gideon and Harper takes after, Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka aren't concerned. "I have no interest in [finding out]. We are their parents and I love them implicitly," the actor told Barbara Walters in her 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2014 special. The now four-year-old twins... read more