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What Percent of A Woman’s Cycle is Fertile?

You would think that this would be a fairly straightforward question, right? In reality, it’s not that simple. And to add more intrigue, the answer depends on whether you are trying to get pregnant or avoid pregnancy. What? While it’s true that the basic answer is that most women are fertile for only a few days per cycle, there [...]

By | 2017-04-11T15:30:28+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|0 Comments

A Menstrual Puzzle Finally Clarified!

Can a woman get pregnant if she isn’t menstruating? Or another way of putting it is: Can a woman assume she doesn’t need to use birth control because she isn’t having periods? Actually, the answer is not as intuitive as you’d think. On the surface, any self-respecting educated person might think “Of course she can’t get pregnant if [...]

By | 2017-03-28T15:09:39+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|0 Comments

A Suspicious Russian Tale of a Different Kind

When my book was first released in 1995, email was barely a blip on the horizon, so the only feedback I initially got came in the form of handwritten letters overflowing my stuffed PO Box at the local post office. One of the letters I received had a Russian return address. It was from one of my readers [...]

By | 2017-03-16T21:43:49+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Front Page, Tangents|1 Comment

The Elephant in the Womb: A Woman’s Aging Eggs (Part 2)

It would be fabulous if there were an easy way to count the remaining eggs in your ovary, in much the same way that you could open a carton of eggs from the refrigerator and count how many good ones remain. Alas, there isn’t, but there are several tests that, along with your age, offer the best tools [...]

By | 2017-02-28T16:17:45+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|0 Comments

The Elephant in the Womb: A Woman’s Aging Eggs (Part 1)

OK, to be geographically correct, the ovaries containing a woman’s eggs are outside of her uterus, but for purposes of the title, are we kumbaya with me taking some slight artistic liberties? At any rate, one of the first questions a fertility doctor inevitably asks is your age. This is because it’s still one of the best indicators [...]

By | 2017-02-21T16:54:08+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|0 Comments

One of My Greatest Regrets

It’s only natural that once people pass over the 50-year milestone, they start the requisite soul-searching that accompanies such a birthday. I must be a little delayed in that department, because here I am, in my late 50’s — OK, 61 to be exact — and it’s only now that I’ve started the process. Do I regret all [...]

By | 2017-01-31T18:20:38+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Front Page, Tangents|1 Comment

Crazymaking Anovulatory Cycles

For women who don’t chart, they may have no clue that occasionally they don’t release an egg, assuming that if they are bleeding, they must have periods, right? Wrong. Not all bleeding is created equally. Of course, most of the time, it is due to a true period, but it can also be a symptom of [...]

By | 2017-01-12T00:06:57+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|1 Comment

Celebrating the first period with ethnic food — the last with a hand-off

When my niece got her first period 10 years ago, I decided that this date was worthy of celebrating every year moving forward. So every single August 28th , I take her to lunch at an ethnic restaurant, figuring that this way, not only do we commemorate that life- changing day, but I share with her a love [...]

By | 2016-12-20T16:45:20+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Blog, Front Page|0 Comments

What Do Baths Have To Do With Orgasms?

One of the hardest things for some women to admit is that they’ve never had an orgasm, and they often assume that they are the only ones. Actually, a woman’s ability to achieve an orgasm is much more complex than a man’s, and often requires just the right ambience, to say nothing of technique. One of the best [...]

By | 2016-11-29T17:59:13+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Blog, Front Page|0 Comments

A Little Chuckle to Divert You After the Election

A few weeks ago, after a grueling meeting working on TCOYF fertility app updates with my partners in Bellingham, Washington, I was looking forward to the relaxing train ride back to my home in Seattle. But a minute before it was supposed to arrive in the station, they announced that boulders had crashed onto the tracks between the two cities, [...]

By | 2016-11-16T16:12:24+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Blog, Front Page|0 Comments