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Kim Kardashian Opens Up (Again!) About Her Fertility Struggle

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Kim Kardashian fertility struggleIt has been an unusual past few days, during which Kim Kardashian has only been the second most famous member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. (I’m referring, of course, to last Friday’s much-discussed interview in which Bruce Jenner publicly talked about his gender transition.) But Kim nevertheless made some of her own news this morning, when she discussed her ongoing fertility struggles on Today.

She said that she’s been TTC baby number two with husband Kanye West for months, but hasn’t had success yet. She’s 34 now, and said she’s been visiting fertility doctors to, in her words, “figure out what’s going on” with her body and her chances for another baby.

She told Matt Lauer, “They say if you’ve been trying [to have a baby] for a year, then you usually need a little bit of help. I had a tough delivery, so I understand what my challenges are,” referring to her preeclampsia and the resultant early delivery of daughter North West.

While she tries to conceive, she said that she’s “doing everything she can,” and seeing “the best doctors,” which should come as no surprise.

It’s not the first time that the reality star has spoken about her fertility struggles, even speaking publicly about her sex life in terms some might find a little too plain for a public figure.

Related: 11 Celebs Who Have Struggled With Infertility

In the Today interview, she also said that surrogacy and adoption aren’t on the table yet as she continues to hope for another pregnancy.

To complete my family, I had hoped for two kids. When I had boy-girl twins, it turned out I got both of those kids at one time! But I can certainly sympathize with any mother who hopes to grow her family and encounters fertility difficulty at any stage in the game. Good luck, Kim!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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What Does Your Body Clock Have to Do With Miscarriage?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Body clock pregnancyA new study offers some surprising new ideas on how body clock genes could affect our fertility and proneness to miscarriage.

The research, which comes out of Warwick Medical School and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and was published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, shows the way in which those genes turn off for a period of time to allow an embryo to implant in the uterus, a key piece of the timing puzzle for conception.

Looking at endometrial cells from the linings of both healthy women as well as those who had experienced miscarriage multiple times, the researchers found that women who experienced those losses might be less capable of regulating the clock genes in their uterine lining.

The study also offers insights about how fertility may be affected in women with atypical work hours—like night shifts.

Most importantly, of course, the researchers hope that identifying this cause of multiple miscarriages might be able to help more people conceive—huge news for anxious couples who are TTC. And it could have significant implications related to IVF, if doctors were able to use knowledge about bio-rhythms to have more success with implanting embryos.

Professor Siobhan Quenby, a consultant obstetrician at Warwick Medical School and UHCW NHS Trust said in a statement, “We hope that [the study] will increase worldwide knowledge about possible reasons for infertility and recurrent miscarriages, so that we are able to help families achieve their dream of having children.”

Related: Miscarriage: Causes, Signs & What to Expect

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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The Real Reason Women Should Be Wary of Egg-Freezing Job Perks

Monday, October 27th, 2014

When Apple and Facebook announced recently that they would pay for their employees to freeze their eggs should they choose the procedure — to the tune of $20,000 — the news was met with plenty of conflict.

Some heralded the move as a positive step for women in the workplace, who’d now be able to have more control over their fertility, especially as it related to their professional trajectories. Others, however, called it just a way to manipulate women into working insane hours indefinitely, with no work-life balance in the cards. Ever.

But diverse philosophies on the matter aside, there’s another issue women considering their eggs should consider,  one that often gets lost in discussions like this — and that’s whether or not it actually works. A Wired piece points to what may be some pretty dismal math for women interested in pursuing this route.

The article points to the fact that neither the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists nor the American Society for Reproductive Medicine endorse the practice of egg freezing to put off childbearing. And more staggeringly, it calls out data showing that 77 percent of egg implantations for 30-year-old women fail. And for 40-year-old women, that figure soars to a bleak 91 percent.

If those stats are to be believed, egg freezing’s long-shot effectiveness ought to play a much bigger role in women’s decision-making than a buzzy new employer benefit.

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The Easiest Way to Tell When You’re Fertile: Your Spit!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

If you’ve tried to chart your fertility, or pee on sticks looking for smiley faces, you know it can be a frustrating task. It’s hard to feel you really know when your body is ready to make a baby. Or at least, that’s typically been the case.

There’s a new product out now that claims it can help TTC women clearly understand their ovulation cycles — even seeing unequivocal answers for ourselves. The FDA-approved product is called Knowhen Saliva Fertility Monitor, and it uses your spit and a five-minute daily routine to give answers.

Here’s how it works: When you wake up in the morning, your saliva contains salts, which contain the info about where you are in your cycle when viewed under a microscope. So you place a dab of spit on the product’s lens in the morning, let it dry, and look through the mini microscope. You’ll see either dots, dots and fernlike patterns, or the fernlike patterns with no dots. That last one is the one that indicates ovulation, so you’ll know you’re at your peak time to conceive if you see it.

Science is neat!

Tell us: Would you try this new product?

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TTC? The Surprising Habit That Could Hurt Your Fertility

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Trying to conceive can be a stressful time. Maybe it leads to sleepless nights, and maybe that insomnia leads to late-night TV benders, or endless scrolling through a phone or tablet for Internet guidance. Does that sound like you? If so, you might have developed a coping habit that’s actually detrimental to your chances of making a baby.

According to a new report, women who are trying to become pregnant, and those who are already expecting, should avoid staying up late, or other exposure to light during the nighttime hours. The study, published in Fertility and Sterility and cited by LiveScience, suggests that sleeping in a completely dark room—that means no light from inside or outside, and no screens—is the most conducive environment for reproductive health, and for protection of a fetus in utero.

“If women are trying to get pregnant, maintain at least eight hours of a dark period at night,” said cellular biology professor Russel J. Reiter of the University of Texas Health Science Center in the study. “The light-dark cycle should be regular from one day to the next; otherwise, a woman’s biological clock is confused.”

Primarily, this is because turning on the light signals the body to turn down the production of melatonin, which is useful in protecting eggs, as well as maintaining healthy cycles for incubating babies. The researcher points out that evolutionarily speaking, humans’ sleep schedules were determined by the rising and setting of the sun, with the natural light-dark cycles regulating our circadian rhythms–and in short, modern conveniences can kinda mess us all up.

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So what can you do? If you wish, consider springing for a set of blackout shades. And if possible, avoid turning on the lights at night, even if you’re struggling to sleep. You might even find you can soothe yourself back to sleep more easily this way—and that’s the best thing for you for all sorts of reasons!

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