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7 Things to Say to a Woman With Infertilty

When you're spending every waking moment trying to conceive, it seems like life is all downs and hardly any ups: Everyone around you is pregnant. Mother's Day sucks. A 50-something celeb is on the cover of your fave gossip rag, holding her new daughter. Baby shower invitations go in the trash unopened. And you know what doesn't help with infertility?

Pesticides in Fruit Could Lower Sperm Count

Could infertility be linked to a certain aisle of the grocery store? Surprisingly, yes.

Did Acupuncture Help Me Get Pregnant?

I spent 10 years dating my now-husband trying desperately not to get pregnant. All through college, his law school and our young professional lives, we doubled up on birth control: I was always on the pill and he used condoms. We were that cautious. Finally, almost three years into marriage, we felt ready to try for a baby.

Prenatal Vitimans and Insomnia

Nope, says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., an OB-GYN in New Haven, Conn. Despite rumors you may have read on mom-to-be message boards, it's highly unlikely that your prenatals are costing you those precious zzz's. Most formulations include some B vitamins, which contribute to overall energy, but they shouldn't affect your sleep. Still, Minkin recommends her patients try taking their vitamins at different hours of the day to see how they feel. "Experimenting allows you to understand how your body responds, so you can avoid discomfort," she says.

TTC? A New Fertility Treatment Is Cheaper Than IVF

Couples looking for assistance in the baby-making department but wary of hormone injections are exploring in vitro maturation (IVM), a procedure pioneered in the U.S. by fertility specialists Jin-Ho Lim, M.D., and Jesse Hade, M.D., medical director at Neway Fertility in New York City. Here, Hade explains the process.

"Am I Pregnant?" 6 Things You Should Know About the Two-Week Wait

Any couple trying to conceive knows how nerve-wracking the two-week wait—the time between ovulation and when you can take a pregnancy test (or your period shows up)—can be.

Here's what you can expect during this stressful time, courtesy of Helen Kim, M.D., associate professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program at the University of Chicago.

Infertility Frustrations: Why "Trying" to Conceive is So Darn Hard

There are few conversations about sex that actually make me want to punch a wall—even three years later. But one conversation in particular has had that effect.

Steamed Tilapia with Fresh Ginger & Lime

At the start of my pregnancy, I craved straightforward, flavorful food like this. The fish is low in mercury, which makes it a great choice for expectant women, and the en papillote technique looks dramatic, but anyone can do it.

Trouble Getting Pregnant? Blame Stress!

You ditched your birth control pills, tracked your cycles using our ovulation calculator, and did the deed (many, many times). So why aren’t you pregnant? Ohio State University researchers may have your answer: You’re too stressed.

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