fertility

When America Sterilized Women of Color

Forcible sterilizations of black women in the South were so frequent in the 1960s, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer nicknamed them Mississippi appendectomies. Cristen and Caroline chart the disturbing American practice of nonconsensually sterilizing women of color and the eugenics movement that started it.

Why is it harder to get pregnant after 35?

Women are waiting longer to have children, but when does fertility take a nosedive? Caroline and Cristen explore the science of female fertility and why 35 isn't necessarily the beginning of the end for natural conception.

Are Cell Phone Bills the New Fertility Calendars?

We've heard about the forthcoming STD testing app for smartphones. Just yesterday, HowStuffWorks premiered a super fantastic app that is guaranteed to change your life. And as if life couldn't get any more amazing thanks to cell phones, psychologists have discovered yet another functionality for these gadgets. Cell phones might be able to track a woman's fertility.

Presumably as more women elect to postpone building families in favor of building careers, the age of childbearing women continues to rise, the Guardian reports. While the average maternal age has only climbed about a year from 28.4 years old to 29.4 years old over the past decade, the number of women having kids in their 40s has shown dramatic growth in England and Wales.