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  • When Your Birth Control Implant Doesn’t Stay In Your Arm: The Truth about Nexplanon

    01/13/2019 4:24:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Natural Womanhood ^ | January 12, 2019 | Grace Stark
    You know the one, with all of the stylishly dressed young women killing it in the workplace, telling you that they’ve “armored up” against an unplanned pregnancy? It’s clever enough, as the Nexplanon implant goes into one’s arm. Unfortunately, Merck (the makers of Nexplanon) may have to come up with another clever slogan for their device, as reports have surfaced that the matchstick-sized implant has a nasty habit of migrating elsewhere in a woman’s body, instead of staying put in her arm. Like other methods of long-acting reversible contraception (or, “LARCs”), the Nexplanon implant is increasingly favored by patients and...
  • Another decline in American exceptionalism: The falling fertility rate

    01/11/2019 7:10:22 AM PST · by Monrose72 · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2019-01-11 21:00 | Tim Worstall
    As people and places become richer, women tend to have fewer children. The most obvious reason being that poverty, as in the past, means seeing a quarter of your babies die before their fifth year. So, as wealth increases, this happens less, and it is necessary to have fewer births in order to still ensure that only meaningful result of life, the production of grandchildren. It is also true that a richer place provides more for people to do other than just pump out more babies, and so, people do more of those other things.
  • No, The World Would NOT Be Better Off With Fewer African Children

    10/20/2018 6:55:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/20/2018 | By Joy Pullmann
    A Gates Foundation report warning that Africans are having too many kids prefaced more pointed anti-fertility remarks this week from France's president, Emmanuel Macron. The poorest people tend to have the highest birth rates, which threatens to reverse historic progress in reducing world poverty, says the world’s largest philanthropy in a recent report.“[D]ecades of stunning progress in the fight against poverty and disease may be on the verge of stalling,” write Bill and Melinda Gates in their foundation’s latest “Goalkeepers” report. “This is because the poorest parts of the world are growing faster than everywhere else; more babies are being...
  • As U.S. fertility rates collapse, finger-pointing and blame follow

    10/20/2018 9:33:40 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 19, 2018 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    As 2017 drew to a close, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) urged Americans to have more children. To keep the country great, he said, we’re “going to need more people.” “I did my part,” the father of three declared. Ryan’s remarks drew some eye rolls at the time, but as new data about the country’s collapsing fertility rates has emerged, concern has deepened over what’s causing the changes, whether it constitutes a crisis that will fundamentally change the demographic trajectory of the country — and what should be done about it. Women are now having fewer babies and at...
  • Israelis Make a Lot of Babies: What's Behind Their High Fertility Rate?

    10/11/2018 7:58:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/11/2018 | John Stonestreet And Roberto Rivera
    The state of Israel is bucking the trend: It has a very high fertility rate for a developed nation. What's behind it? In addition to things like a high per capita income and high levels of literacy, one of the defining characteristics of a "developed" country is a low fertility rate. We've often spoken of the demographic crisis facing industrialized countries. No member of the European Union has a "replacement level" fertility rate. Even with high levels of immigration, most members' populations are on a downward trajectory. In East Asia, the outlook is even bleaker. In Japan, more adult diapers...
  • Baby Boom or Bust? Media Gets it Wrong – Again

    08/11/2018 11:49:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    According to recent media accounts, America is in a population death spiral. Open-borders activists have seized on the narrative to promote ever-looser immigration policies.But the narrative is wrong.In fact, women in the U.S. are more likely to be mothers than in the past, and they are having more children, reports the Pew Research Center.The Pew study found that women have 2.07 children during their lives on average – up from 1.86 in 2006, the lowest on record. Family size is also up. In 2016, mothers at the end of their childbearing years had had about 2.42 children, compared with 2.31...
  • Study: Men Who Wear Boxers More Fertile Than Men Who Wear Briefs

    08/09/2018 6:18:38 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 69 replies
    CBS 3 Philly ^ | August 9, 2018
    Appearance aside, boxers may be the optimal underwear for men aiming to be fathers. Men who wear looser-fit boxer shorts have higher sperm concentration than men squeezed into tight underwear, a new study published Wednesday in the journal Human Reproduction found. Sperm concentration, which is the number of sperm per milliliter of semen, is one of a few standard metrics of male fertility. However, men who preferred “bikinis,” better known as briefs, and other tight-fitting underwear had higher levels of follicle-stimulating hormone compared to the men in boxers. Because this hormone stimulates sperm production, the researchers speculate these higher levels,...
  • Nuts may boost male fertility: study

    07/04/2018 7:28:10 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 4, 2018
    Eating nuts "significantly" boosted the number and health of sperm in young men in a scientific trial, researchers said Wednesday. The findings "support a beneficial role for chronic nut consumption in sperm quality," they said, but stressed the study participants were all healthy, apparently fertile men. The potential benefits of nuts for men struggling with fertility have yet to be probed. For the study, researchers recruited 119 men aged 18-35, who they divided into two groups. One group ate 60 grammes of almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts daily on top of their usual "western-style" diet, while the second group got no...
  • A new capital built from scratch is an unlikely utopia for Korean families

    06/20/2018 11:45:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Quartz | June 20, 2018 | Isabella Steger & Sookyoung Lee
    Link only due to copyright issues: https://qz.com/1275754/a-new-capital-built-from-scratch-is-an-unlikely-utopia-for-korean-families/
  • Women who refuse to have babies — to save the planet! Meet the Britons who claim [tr]

    06/08/2018 9:42:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 7, 2018 | Antonia Hoyle
    Oonagh Dalgliesh is the first to admit she feels broody. She is enchanted by the idea of watching a baby grow up, of marvelling at that first crooked smile, those tentative first steps and the fledgling attempts at independence that melt most mothers’ hearts. Even so, she has decided she will never experience the joy of discovering she is pregnant. At 32, Oonagh is certainly of child-bearing age. With a well-paid job as an events manager, she is financially solvent. And for the past year, she has been in a serious relationship with a man who is longing to become...
  • Birth rates keep falling for U.S. women

    05/18/2018 4:50:02 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 17, 2018 | MIKE STOBBE
    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — their 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released Thursday. Experts said several factors may be combining to drive the declines, including shifting attitudes about motherhood and changing immigration patterns. The provisional report, based on a review of more than 99 percent of the birth certificates filed nationwide, counted 3.853 million births last year. That's the lowest tally since 1987. Births have been declining since 2014, but 2017 saw the greatest year-to-year drop...
  • Chemicals In Yoga Mats And Sofas Can Cause Infertility, Study Claims

    08/28/2017 12:51:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    CBS Tampa Bay ^ | August 25, 2017
    Flame retardant chemicals used in products like yoga mats, sofas, car seats, and even phone cases are being linked to infertility, according to a new study. Researchers at Harvard University say organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) found in a patient’s body lowered their chances of a successful pregnancy. PFRs are used in polyurethane foam found in many products used by both adults and children. “These findings suggest that exposure to PFRs may be one of many risk factors for lower reproductive success,” lead author Courtney Carignan said. The researchers looked at 211 women undergoing in-vitro fertilization treatment and discovered over 80...
  • Sperm counts among western men have halved in last 40 years – study

    07/26/2017 10:07:37 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 76 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | 25 July 2017 | Nicola Davis
    Reasons for the ‘shocking’ drop are unclear, say researchers, and represent a huge and neglected area of public health __ Nicola Davis @NicolaKSDavis Tuesday 25 July 2017 13.00 EDT Last modified on Tuesday 25 July 2017 20.10 EDT Sperm counts among men have more than halved in the last 40 years, research suggests, although the drivers behind the decline remain unclear. The latest findings reveal that between 1973 and 2011, the concentration of sperm in the ejaculate of men in western countries has fallen by an average of 1.4% a year, leading to an overall drop of just over 52%....
  • Doctor urges single women to FREEZE their eggs as they dive into dating , saying it takes [tr]

    09/22/2016 7:25:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 21, 2016 | Steven Trask
    Single women worried about finding Mr Right before getting too old should freeze their eggs as they dive into dating, a prominent sexologist has said. Dr Nikki Goldstein, 30, froze her eggs nearly a year ago and said the procedure had given a new lease on her love life. With an admitted preference for older men, Dr Goldstein said being frank with her dates about having her eggs frozen took a lot of pressure off budding romances.
  • Dad demands abortion after surrogate learns she’s having triplets

    11/25/2015 6:36:05 PM PST · by Daffynition · 26 replies
    NYP ^ | November 25, 2015 | Carl Campanile
    A man who paid a surrogate to have his baby became overwhelmed when he learned she was having triplets ~ and demanded the woman abort one of the fetuses while threatening her with financial ruin, she claims. *They are human beings. I bonded with these kids. This is just not right,* mom-to-be Melissa Cook told The Post on Tuesday.
  • Women in Okinawa have Japan’s best recipe for liberty, fertility and longevity

    06/30/2015 4:48:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 06/24/2015 | BY YOSHIAKI NOHARA
    Women in Okinawa have more babies and live longer than women from almost anywhere else in Japan. If data from the statistics bureau and labor ministry are any guide, it has as much to do with work-life balance as the prefecture’s sun-drenched beaches and crystal-clear waters. According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare statistics on average number of children per woman, of which the most recent data is from 2013, women in Okinawa give birth to an average 1.94 children over their lifetime, the highest rate in Japan. Tokyo comes in last, with women in the capital on...
  • First Comes the ‘Marriage Gap,’ Then Comes the ‘Baby Gap’

    01/15/2015 10:25:30 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 15, 2015 | NEIL SHAH
    There’s a widening gap between the baby-having of married women, who tend to be more educated and more affluent, and their less-educated, less-financially-secure, unmarried peers. A growing body of research, including work by Johns Hopkins University sociologist Andrew Cherlin, raises the possibility that because people like to feel financially secure before taking the marriage plunge, the rise of income inequality has divided Americans into those who marry and those who don’t. Now this could be playing out with childbearing, too. America’s recessionary “baby bust” has clearly leveled off now, but we’ve yet to see the birth recovery one would expect...
  • Egg Freezing and the Indentured Woman

    12/06/2014 11:18:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2014 | Arina Grossu
    Egg freezing is being marketed as the new and hip thing to do among New York and Silicon Valley socialites. Freezing one’s eggs is touted as a means of delaying motherhood for the sake of one’s career. Yet this is anything but empowering to the modern woman. The Washington Post tells of women who freeze their eggs after painful divorces so they can bear children at a later date. Then there’s Aimee Eyvazzadeh, a self-proclaimed “egg whisperer,” whose mission it is to promote and host high-end "egg-freezing parties" at expensive bars. Some companies are even providing egg-freezing “benefits” to encourage...
  • The World's First Genetically Modified Babies Will Graduate High School This Year

    09/28/2014 1:27:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | September 28, 2014 | Sarah Buhr
    Remember the sci-fi thriller GATTACA? For those who never saw the film and/or eschewed all pop culture in the late 90's for some reason, it was a popular movie that came out in 1997 about genetically modified human beings. Now some literally genetically modified human babies born that same year are entering their senior year of high school.
  • Latin lessons: What a great Roman historian can teach us about IVF and egg freezing.

    09/08/2014 7:16:40 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 8 September 2014 | Michael Cook
    My Latin is not what it once was and it was never much. So lately I have been making amends for schoolboy sloth by reading a few of the classics. I have just finished (in translation) and highly recommend The Annals of Imperial Rome, by Tacitus, which chronicles the years of Tiberius, Claudius, Caligula and Nero, (an) analysis of palace politics. Whoa! Excuse me: just where is all this going? Is this relevant to anything at all or is it just self-indulgent bloviation? Well, sort of. Be patient. Let me press on. It was a bit dismaying to read how...