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Naturally Trying to Conceive a Specific Gender

Babies

There are a lot of fun old wives tales about how to tell the gender of your baby. If you're carrying down low, you're having a boy. If you're expanding horizontally and getting a few extra visits from the pimple fairy, you're growing a little princess who is gleefully stealing some of your beauty.

There are also countless fun old wives tales about how to naturally conceive a specific gender. Certain sexual positions will give you the results you're looking for. All you have to do is look up the Chinese gender predictor, type in your age and the month you want to conceive in and BAM - answers. Before you do the deed, cross your eyes and sing the lyrics to yellow submarine backwards (okay that's not a real one - stop the eye-crossing). Of course for every wives tale, there are women for whom it is an inarguable truth... Just not for all the women who tried them. So are there natural ways to try and conceive a specific gender that may be more than just fairy tales? Yes.

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The Questions that Come with Adoption

Adoption

I was adopted, day 1 minute 1 after being born - my Mother, not my biological Mother, was actually the first one to hold me. Many people have asked me about when I was told I was adopted. The truth is, I don't remember. There was no 'big reveal', it was something I always knew - I was told about it in a positive light for as long as I can remember. As a matter of fact, it was always told to me in such a positive light that the only 'big adoption moment' I remember is finding out that my Mom wasn't adopted herself.

(...and thinking - what?! Poor her - does she feel less special?!)

As a lifelong proud adoptee, and now as a woman going through fertility treatments, I'm always riveted to hear the stories of adoptive parents, current or prospective. How they reached the conclusion that adoption was for them, how they feel about it, the looming questions they have about the emotional sides of the process. It's impossible for me not to have feelings on the subject - those feelings and opinions have naturally always been from the prospective of the adoptee. Now that I'm contemplating my future and building my own family, I'm starting to look at it from the other side. What are the things that an adoptive parent should think about? What are some of the emotions that they have to deal with? I'm delighted to have known my story from the very beginning - is that the general consensus on how to go about telling a child their story?

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When to Consider Egg Freezing

Dozen Eggs

At what age, if a woman knows she wants to have children but isn't quite ready, should she consider egg freezing? To get some answers to some basic questions about egg freezing, I spoke to Dr. Shahin Ghadir.

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What Chemical Pregnancies Indicate

Chemical Pregnancy

Prior to suffering a loss or just hitting roadblocks in conceiving, most people may blessedly think that all conception leads to pregnancy. Unless a woman has gone through fertility treatments or suffered an early loss herself, it's likely she may be unfamiliar with the terms 'clinical pregnancy' or 'chemical pregnancy'. As a matter of fact, unless she has been closely monitored following conception, it's entirely possible a woman could have had a chemical pregnancy herself without being aware of it - it is such an early loss that it happens before or around the expected period.

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Dr. Internet

Internet and Fertility

Rare is the woman who will say she is thankful for having some form of infertility. As a matter of fact, 'rare' may be a pretty liberal word choice. A woman who is thankful - not for her resulting children, not for her doctor, not for the things she's learned along the way, but just for the infertility in the first place - may be more difficult to find than Bigfoot. One thing we can definitely be grateful for? If you're going to have issues trying to conceive, thank God it's in 2013 and not 1913. Or 1813. Or 13.

Not just because of advances in medicine or because recovering from a failed cycle would have been all the more difficult to do in a corset, but because of that one, bottomless resource that's available to you 24 hours a day: The Internet.

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Finding a Doctor When You're LGBT

LGBT Family-Building

Realizing you need a Fertility Doctor, much less finding one, can feel like a tricky and overwhelming concept. For the average heterosexual couple, needing ART usually comes as a surprise (half the surprise being that ART means Assisted Reproductive Technology, and not just something that one hangs on their walls). You can arrive at your first appointment with little to no ideas, information or predictions on what your treatment course will be. The idea is generally to arrive with questions and receive some options and answers.

With a gay or lesbian couple, when the desire is to pursue having biological children, chances are they have at least some vague ideas about ART and the possibilities involved with conceiving long before they make their first appointment. Should the process of finding a Doctor differ? Does a gay couple need to be anymore armed with information for that first appointment than a straight couple does? What would be the first step for a gay or lesbian couple who are thinking about starting a family? What decisions, if any, need to be made/discussed before going into a fertility specialist?

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Fertility Yoga

Fertility Yoga

There are a plethora of natural, alternative things to try in tandem with traditional medical treatment trying to conceive. One of the great things about the gorgeous area of Southern California is that we don't have to go looking too far to find them.

If you are living in Los Angeles, chances are you have at one point been to a yoga class. If you haven't, chances are you know at least one person who goes religiously and has been changed for the better because of it. So whether you're a person who does not feel the day has officially started without a downward dog, or a person who has just been casually flirting with the idea of yoga for awhile, here's something you may not know about: Fertility Yoga.

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Finding Others Going Through Infertility

Infertility Support

Even though statistics say that 1 in 6 couples are going through some form of infertility, it doesn't always feel like that. Los Angeles in particular can make struggling to conceive seem especially isolating because in the family building arena, adults tend to, at least publicly, fall into one of three groups.

Group one has a gaggle of particularly well-dressed children who were made easily. Group two only has a vague interest in creating themselves a family, sometime in the distant, distant future, you know, when they finally finish working on that screenplay. Group three, which at times seems to be the most predominant, regards children much in the same way one would an uninvited houseguest vomiting in the middle of your bed.

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Are You Infertile?

woman with pregnancy test

Let's be honest, 'infertility' is a scary word - it's not a word that anyone wants to use to describe themselves.

Even when a woman becomes aware that the word may be an accurate description of her situation, her first instinct may be to resist it. The word itself seems to imply an absolute incapability to accomplish something, and a modern woman may not be quick to embrace the concept of not being able to instantly achieve something - even if it's in the reproductive arena.

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Fertility and Intelligence

Baby and book

As a writer, I make the habit when I go out into the world of listening in on other people's conversations. That sounds creepy, let me rephrase. I make the habit of paying attention to how people interact with one another. For example, when I go to a movie theatre, as I'm inevitably wolfing down a tub of popcorn waiting for the previews to start, I like to listen to the conversations going on around me. On more than one occasion I've thought to myself "Is it just me, or are people getting dumber?"

Turns out I'm not crazy.

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