Many women over 35 find themselves single and childless not by choice. Sharon offers some points to consider when facing the daunting decision of forgoing parenthood or becoming a single parent. Read More
Emma used to have the inaccurate idea that sperm donors were largely anonymous and made a one-time contribution to their offspring’s lives. Also: what does the research say about the likelihood of getting pregnant with donor sperm? Read More
Men, like women, experience a decline in fertility as they age. Most men are able to father children throughout their lifespan, however. We explore the data and give you some tips on talking to your husband about this. Read More
About 1-5% of women will experience more than one miscarriage for unknown cause. Although this is often a painful experience, two recent studies affirm that most of these women will go on to conceive healthy babies. Read More
Older pregnant women are practically encouraged to worry about all sorts of potential negative outcomes. It’s important to remember that these events are unlikely, no matter what your age. Let’s take Down Syndrome as an example. Read More
Researchers found that 30-40% of women believe that “laying on one’s back with hips raised can increase the change of getting pregnant” or “certain sexual positions can increase the chance of getting pregnant.” Emma investigates whether this a myth, or if there is some basis for it. Read More
In terms of baby making, some of us are tortoises and some of us are hares, but more than 90% of us between age 35 and 39 can conceive without medical interventions. So how long should you wait to seek help to find out if something is wrong? Read More
The actual research about humor and health is quite mixed. One thing we know for sure is that trying to have a baby often invites hilarious scenarios and recognizing them can be helpful during the more stressful periods. Read More
Women trying to conceive as well as their mothers and mother-in-laws often find themselves having to justify why there is no baby, yet. A dose of confidence and a smile can help shift the conversation to a more comfortable place.
We wondered if busyness and work stress led to less frequent sex, which led to perceived infertility problems. We found that most researchers have looked at it another way: does the stress of trying to conceive reduce sexual desire and satisfaction? Read More
Geneen Roth says that people have exquisitely good reasons for doing what they do. Timing of motherhood is no exception. Depending on where you live and how much time you spent in school, having a child after age 35 may seem like the new normal. Read More
More and more women are trying to become a mother for the first time in their mid-thirties and older ages. This blog is a forum for women to clarify statistics, share experiences, and to offer practical coping advice to manage stress and to navigate social situations. Read More
Sharon I. Praissman is an adult (medical) and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Emma Williams is a public health researcher and writer.