Want to Get Pregnant? Have Sex All Month Long, Not Just During Ovulation

Heterosexual couples trying to start a family have tools to tell them when it’s time for baby-making sex: apps can track a woman’s cycle; over-the-counter tests can pinpoint ovulation. But it turns out the sex they’re having the rest of the month could be just as important for starting that bundle of joy. »10/08/15 3:20pm10/08/15 3:20pm

A Man Who Makes Babies–Lots of Babies–But Lives Alone

People who want to start a family but have, for whatever reason, a problem with the sperm half of the equation have options. There are in-vitro methods that get sperm right next to or injected directly inside an egg. There are sperm banks. Some people have friends who are willing to be sperm donors. And the internet… »10/06/15 3:30pm10/06/15 3:30pm

Getting Treated For Depression Is Even Harder When You're Pregnant

Getting pregnant changes a woman’s hormonal state: there’s a normal chemical interplay between mother and fetus. Hormones affect the brain, and their effects can differ in people. So if no one is surprised when a pregnant woman feels elated, why are they surprised when some pregnant women are clinically depressed? »5/28/15 6:05pm5/28/15 6:05pm

These Thermometers Make an Unreliable Birth Control Method Less Sketchy

Women have been manually tracking their cycles for centuries. You've likely heard the terms "rhythm method" or "natural family planning" from older generations; today, it's the more scientifically informed "fertility awareness." But as far as birth control options go, monitoring certain health cues to help women… »10/08/14 10:04am10/08/14 10:04am

How An App Helped Me (And 20,000 Other Women) Get Pregnant

Last summer I sat in the bathroom of an Irish pub, trying desperately to solve a math equation. I had abandoned my friends at the bar, where I’d been pretending to drink an IPA, to tend to this pressing arithmetic in private. If I solved correctly for ‘x,’ the answer would provide me with some crucial… »8/28/14 12:00pm8/28/14 12:00pm

Watch Men Cringe and Cry in Pain As They Go Through a Simulation of Giving Birth

Women have the ultimate trump card when it comes to dealing with pain: they give birth. And since men have no idea what giving birth even feels like, we really don't know how painful it really is. Maybe it's all a big conspiracy (kidding!). Maybe it's not that bad (of course it is!). Well, two men attached… »1/21/13 11:00pm1/21/13 11:00pm

Pregnant Doll With Pregnant Fetus Confirms the Apocalypse Is Nigh

Sex education is an important tool for minimizing the spread of certain diseases and unwanted pregnancies, but how far is too far? If you've ever asked yourself that question, here's the answer. This Baby's First Baby doll comes with a tiny fetus it's apparently just given birth to. And the doll's packaging boasts… »10/12/12 10:40am10/12/12 10:40am

Bar Installs Pregnancy Test Dispenser, Makes Blind Dates Even More Awkward

In an attempt to reduce alcohol-related learning disabilities and birth defects, Pub 500—a bar in Minnesota—has installed a pregnancy test vending machine so patrons can make sure they're not expecting before they get completely wasted. Think of it as a logical extension of the more traditional condom dispensers found… »9/17/12 12:00pm9/17/12 12:00pm

Spicy Food, Oils, and Sex: The Myth and Science of WHERE THE HELL IS MY BABY

My wife and I were expecting our first baby to be born on Sunday. Kid, you're late! In the past few days, we've received numerous suggestions on ways to jump start the contractions. The tips haven't worked for us—yet—and a closer look at the methods has revealed a mix of valid science and old wives' tales. »5/01/12 12:20pm5/01/12 12:20pm