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Last week, I attended an event whose proverbial goody bag was an egg discount. No, not the chocolate kind Cadbury makes or the ones you scramble. Rather, I was gifted with a discount to help me afford insuring my fertility. A mixture of talks, open Q and A and mingling, the event was hosted by Dreamers//Doers, an online community of women with a strong member base in NYC. The group boasts founders of venture-backed companies, women who fill senior roles at start-ups, and many change-makers/influencers (nearly half of the 2014 Forbes 30u30 women are represented). Read More
There’s a fancy new discotheque coming your way, and it's called an Egg Freezing Party! And by eggs, I mean the ones you have stored in your ovaries. And by egg freezing party, I mean an informational event to learn about freezing your eggs. An egg freezing party is like speed dating for a fertility doctor. At the event, local fertility doctors provide information on fertility basics, advances in the field and the trends and concerns they’re seeing from young women in their own clinic. Read More
In a message posted on (where else) Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl. Zuckerberg opened up about the couple’s previous difficulty with pregnancy: “We’ve been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way… it’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you—as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own. Read More
As if you didn’t know. But there's a new campaign in town, and she really wants to remind you. A recent study surveyed 1000 women and showed that 70% of us want to start having babies when we're in our early 30s. First Response, a global pregnancy test company, isn't down with that. The company claims that women aren’t aware of how fickle fertility can be, so it's taking action - launching a ‘Get Britain Fertile’ campaign. Read More
Chinese couples that need a little help making a baby can now rely on the least sexy place on the planet—their local hospital—for passion (at a price).  The Songziniao Hospital in Wuhan city, Hubei province, hopes to encourage couples to procreate in their decked out sex rooms, which go for 880 Yuan (about $140 US) a night.   The rooms look like the kind of “love nests” you’d find in by-the-hour hotels, with dim red lighting, round beds, and plenty of sexually explicit artworks (to encourage the patrons to get busy, of course. Read More
Moms are awesome. Case in point: the first uterus transplants from two mothers to two daughters have been completed in Sweden, in hopes that the two younger women will now be able to have children.  A team of more than ten surgeons from the University of Gothenburg carried out the experimental procedures. One woman was born without a uterus and the other lost hers to cervical cancer, so their moms stepped up and donated theirs.  Surrogacy wasn’t an option for these women, as it is illegal in Sweden. Read More
Alicia Silverstone is already a successful writer with her book The Kind Diet, a guide to staying healthy and going vegan. Now she is writing two new books, The Kind Mama and The Kind Diet Cookbook. The Kind Mama will be about fertility, pregnancy, and post-pregnancy complete with info from doctors, friends, and other women, as well as her own personal parenting story. The Kind Diet Cookbook will be a companion to her first book, filled with easy, family- friendly recipes. Read More
  You’ve undoubtedly heard that women are born with all the eggs they’ll ever produce—once they’re gone, you’re SOL if you want to have kids. (Unlike men, who can theoretically reproduce until, and possibly after, their last breath.) Well, you and I were misinformed. Back in 2004, scientists found egg-producing stem cells in the ovaries of adult mice. But new research from Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital has shown that human ladies are capable of generating similar stem cells. Read More
If you've ever looked for a job on Craigslist or scanned the bulletin boards on your college campus, you’ve come across ads promising thousands of dollars for your tall, intelligent Jewish/Asian/Russian/etc. eggs. Have you ever wondered what happens to the young women who answer these ads? Are you one of the women who wanted to answer an ad but didn’t go through with the job? You might want to see Eggsploitation, a new documentary by Jennifer Lahl and The Center for Bioethics and Culture bent on exposing the abuses of the fertility industry. Read More
Over the past five years, doctor’s have made many breakthroughs in the battle to preserve and prolong women’s fertility.   And while I think we’re all familiar with invitro at this point, you may not know much about ovarian transplantation.  The first successful ovarian tissue transplant was performed back in 2004 between two sisters. Only a handful have been performed around the world since then, mainly due to the high cost and perceived experimental nature of the procedure. Read More