Given that one in six couples experience infertility and that 7.4 million reproductive age women have sought fertility advice, it is no surprise that there are a number of myths circling the biosphere about the process of improving one’s chance to get pregnant.
And believe me, we have heard a lot of them.
So, let’s address some of the more popular myths swirling around and replace some of the fiction with fact– courtesy of Robert Colver, M.D., Midwest Fertility Specialists.
Requiring a slightly cooler than core body temperature, the vital processes of sperm creation and storage drove Mother Nature to an inelegant solution: Hanging the primate testes between the legs, just outside the body.
When Marilyn Monroe sang Happy Birthday, Mr. President to President John F. Kennedy in 1962, surely her voice sent his skin tingling. The sound of a woman’s voice as she sings has that power — it’s sensuous, sultry, powerful, and soft. But a woman doesn’t need to be singing to have that effect on men, according to a new study. All they have to do is speak to a guy at the right time of the month.
As a major snow blizzard is hitting the Northeast, millions prepare for the worst by piling up on grocery staples, backup supplies, and “quality time” with each other that could lead to a baby boom. Winter Storm Juno is predicted to bring more than 2 feet of snow and increase NYC’s fertility by putting couples in the mood to make blizzard babies.
As you probably know, the female praying mantis will sometimes bite her mate’s head off. It’s not something that the insects make a habit of, exactly — they probably only do it when a male is particularly aggressive, or when the female really needs a nutrient boost in order to successfully lay her eggs.
The 80s were an awesome decade. I can speak from experience. I wore jelly sandals, pegged jeans, and LOTS of neon. I watched the Gummi Bears on Saturday mornings, ate Count Choculafor breakfast, and jumped on my Pogo Ball during recess.
And when my three friends also named Lindsay and I got together we played Atari, My Little Pony, and Transformers. So what else did we do when we weren’t baking our Shrinky Dinks or slapping Colorforms onto pieces of cardboard? We thought up names for our future children, of course. Here are the top 10 baby names we considered in the 80s:
Talk about fireworks in the bedroom.
When a sperm cell fuses with an egg, it triggers the sudden release of zinc atoms from the egg’s surface. That’s been known since 2011. Now, for the first time ever, scientists have observed these “sparks” in action and figured out where they come from.
As a kid, I was a big James Bond fan. Saw all the movies and read all the books. One thing I noticed about the book version of James Bond was that every time he took a shower, he would start off with the water nice and hot, and then turn it down to cold for the last few minutes. Perhaps this little detail of Bond’s personal bathing regimen was a subtle way for Ian Fleming to illustrate Bond’s Scottish ancestry, as this type of shower is commonly known as a “Scottish Shower.” Who knows.
Being an impressionable kid, I started doing it too. I didn’t know the proper name for this type of shower, so I just called it the “James Bond Shower.” Taking a shower that started hot and ended cold proved to be quite invigorating. It woke me up and added a bit of pep to my step throughout the day. I’ve continued the practice of the James Bond Shower into adulthood. Along the way, I’ve discovered that cold water baths have been used for centuries as a way to treat various ailments and that modern studies lend credence to the health claims associated with this age old treatment.
Below we give a brief rundown on the benefits of the James Bond Shower.
Ambrose Paré was a surgeon and battlefield doctor to four French kings. He was a pioneer in the fields of pathology and battlefield medicine, but he also gave really terrible advice to pregnant women. Here are 10 tips for pregnant women from Ambrose Pare’s 16th century work, “On Monsters and Marvels.”