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    1. Boxers vs. Briefs: Increasing Sperm Count

      For about one-half of couples with fertility problems, experts say low sperm count is the cause. But maybe something as simple as changing the kind of underwear a man wears can make a difference. The temperature of the testes is at issue: In order for testes to produce sufficient quality and quantit

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    2. Protect Your Pregnancy Before You Conceive

      Thinking about getting pregnant? If so, then you're probably already knee-deep in ovulation predictor kits, temperature charts, and maybe even pregnancy test kits. But while most women are concerned about what happens after they conceive, doctors say more should be thinking about what to do before t

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    3. Getting Pregnant Faster

      So you've made the big decision -- you're going to start a family! But while you were certain that getting pregnant would be fast and easy, after six months of trying it's just not happening. Could something be wrong? Of course that's always a possibility. But if you are young (between 18 and 34) an

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    4. The Ancient Art of Infertility Treatment

      If headlines are any indication of what's hot and what's not, it's easy to believe that infertility treatment is strictly a modern day science, made possible solely through the courtesy of high-tech medicine. But as good as modern science is, many couples trying to get pregnant find themselves turni

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    5. Getting Started With Adoption

      Adam Pertman, a father of two in Boston, adopted because he and his wife couldn't conceive. Kathryn Creedy, a single mom in Vermont, chose adoption because she wanted kids, but didn't want to be pregnant. Just as there are a multitude of reasons for adopting, there are also many ways to go about it.

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    6. Are You Ready for Pregnancy

      The night before I went into labor, I came down with a severe case of jitters. My husband held me close as I sniveled my fears into his shoulder. Would I be a good mother? Did I know how? Would I learn before doing irreparable harm to my helpless baby? My trepidations followed into the hospital. At

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    7. Infertility Tests Every Aspect of a Couple's Life

      Patti Gellman rode a physical and emotional roller coaster for two years trying to get pregnant for the first time. What she and her husband, Alex, thought would be a simple act of love to produce a child turned into a highly medicalized journey of poking, prodding, discomfort and -- perhaps the har

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    8. Getting Pregnant Can Be Harder Than It Looks

      Nancy Karabaic and her husband Chris LaChat of Wheaton, Md., are self-professed "late bloomers." They courted for five years before deciding to tie the knot, but they never expected the pattern to follow them into parenthood. It did. They tried to conceive a baby for a full three years before Karaba

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    9. Boxers or Briefs: Myths and Facts about Men's Infertility

      When a couple is diagnosed infertile, first thoughts often run to the woman. She's barren. She can't conceive. She's not a "complete" woman because she can't get pregnant. As nature would have it, problems with infertility are equally due to male and female conditions. Infertility is the inability t

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