- Sue DiMatteo and her husband Pat, of Wallingford, Connecticut, began trying to get pregnant in May 2004, not long after their wedding. The very next month, Sue, then 33, was pregnant. Everything was fine until her 20th week, when a technician performing an ultrasound suddenly left the room and returned with a doctor. Sue was told that she had no amniotic fluid. Her water had broken, and the obstetrician held out little hope that the baby would survive. Rather than terminate the pregnancy, Sue chose to be induced. “My daughter passed away during labor,” she says. “It was an experience I don’t wish on my worst enemy.” READ MORE»
- If you’re planning to adopt a child, you can focus on the United States, or you can set your sights farther. There’s a whole wide world to consider when choosing your child’s native country. (And no, you don’t have to be able to spell “Kazakhstan!) READ MORE»
- By now you’ve probably heard of Clomid, the most commonly-used fertility drug in the United States. But do you really know how it works and what the possible side effects can be? If fertility drugs are your next step in the attempt to get pregnant, then here is a quick rundown of the seven medications your doctor is most likely to prescribe. READ MORE»
- For fertilization (and pregnancy) to occur, sperm must travel from Point A—the male reproductive system—to Point B—the female fallopian tube, where an egg is waiting. Simple, right? Not quite.
First, think about the math. The distance a sperm must travel to meet an egg is only about 6 inches/15 centimeters long. But that journey is 3,750 times the length of a sperm cell. It’s as if a person had to swim 40 miles to reach a destination. And the journey isn’t exactly a friendly and welcoming one; the course is filled with obstacles to be overcome. In other words, of the 50 to 250 million sperm (an accepted range for fertility) that start the journey toward the egg, the one that successfully fertilizes it is a true champion. And by the time this champion completes its mission, it is very different from the sperm cell that began it. READ MORE»
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