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Family planning has always been a hot topic, but in today’s world it is one of the most raging political debates.  From organizations like Planned Parenthood pushing pro-choice agendas to the evangelical right insisting on total rights for the unborn, there is a lot of arguing happening on the news.  At Emerj.org, you will get all of the latest information related to family planning.  From birth control to family planning, we are highlighting all of the news and giving you an objective perspective on this hot topic.

Can Acupuncture Help with Infertility Issues?

When it comes to infertility, it seems like everyone has an opinion. It’s worthwhile to check out each option, and to even give many of them a try. Sometimes what works for one couple isn’t the right solution for another. Some couples have had a great deal of success using ancient Chinese methods to treat their infertility issues. One of the things they say helped them to eventually conceive a baby is acupuncture.

The reason that acupuncture has been successfully used to treat a variety of medical treatments, including infertility, is because it encourages a positive flow of energy. When done by a highly trained expert, acupuncture will give you a sense of wellbeing. In cases where doctors are unable to determine a medical reason for a couples infertility, the sense of peace and good health the couple feels after a bout of acupuncture seems to relax and conceive a child in a natural manner. Others have found that the acupuncture has made their mind and body more receptive to fertility treatments.

There are different types of acupuncture which are used to assist with different types of health concerns and each person responds differently to the process. If you’re considering using acupuncture to help with infertility issues, it’s in your best interest to consult with your doctor first. They’ll help determine the best type of acupuncture as well as what time you should have the acupuncture treatment done.

As long as the acupuncture treatment is administered by an experienced individual, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

A Man’s View of Infertility

As a man there are several things that I am not used to dealing with. I do not have to worry about being yelled at and whistled at by other people. I am not fearful of being raped. I am not dealing with a monthly visitor. I do not have major mood swings due to hormone issues. However there is something that I must admit. I have been a husband for 12 years. Over that time I would like to think that I have learned a few things about women and that I understand them a little bit more now as opposed to when I was first married. In our marriage there have been some major issues that we have had to deal with but the hardest and highest hurdle that we have ever jumped was infertility. This is not just something that affects women. Sure, my wife had to deal with this awful issue but I did too. We went through the issues together because that is what a loving partner does. So what can I say about infertility?

I can only offer you the view that a man has. As a man there is nothing more that I like to do than to fix problems. I am a natural born fixer. When the glass is broken I fix it. When the car breaks down I fix it. The only issue here is that I couldn’t fix the infertility issue. I would try to fix the problem by amusing her or taking her mind off of it but all that did was make it worse. So men allow me to say this to you directly. Do not try to fix her. She will only feel like you think she is broken. She is already dealing with that feeling and emotion and she does not need that coming from you. Instead, just be there. Love her unconditionally. Hold her. Listen to her. Let her cry and let her be ticked off. That is the way to handle the issue.

Honest Discussions on Gender Equality

Men and women are different, that is the truth. This is no reason why however that they shouldn’t be treated the same in the workplace and other places in the world. It is also true that God made men and women different for a reason and those differences need to remain. There are times lately that I cannot tell whether a person is a male or a female by the way they dress and carry themselves. There should be differences in our clothing so that others will know whether or not we are male or female.

I do however believe in equality for men and women in the workplace. I am about to head back into the working world and I wonder what it will be like for men in the real estate business versus the women. I hope that things have changed a great deal since I was in the workforce. Back in the day when I worked full time outside of the home, men still had the upper hand in the work place. They were always paid more and more was expected of them. Like I said, I hope this has changed since then and that things have become a little bit more equal.

As much as I think men and women should be given equal chances in the work place, I don’t think they need to try to look like one another and don’t get me started on the topic of gender confusion. I do not agree with people who try to be something they are not and most times I think that is all done for attention. Gender equality in the work place is good, gender equality for any other reason is not good in my personal opinion.

Using E-Cigarettes In Office Parties to Fit In With the Guys

One of the things I firmly believe in is that if the guys get to do something, women should be able to do as well. This recently led to an interesting post-work office mixer. I work with a truly great group of guys. They’re the kind of guys who would beat up any guy who did anything to hurt one of the girls who works in the office and also give us the shirt off our backs, but they also like to have a good time. Sometimes their idea of a good time is thinking up ways to aggravate their female co-workers.

Every two or three months we try to have a big, non-work get together where we can just hang out and be friends. A few months ago the guys decided to plan the event. Apparently they decided to see just how far they could push the gender equality issue because they planned an entire day hanging out at the lake. This sounded like a great idea until I got a list of the activities they had planned. The list included fishing, beer brewing, and sampling cigars and cigarettes.

I can’t speak for the rest of my female co-workers but the list wasn’t full of activities I would normally enjoy. I’d never gone fishing, so at least that would be a new experience. I don’t mind the occasional beer so that part of the list I could handle. But smoking? I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life and wasn’t in a hurry to start.

I got together with a group of girls from the office who shared my concerns and we sat down and discussed how we would handle the list. One of the girls happened to mention how she knew someone who had just gotten a rule passed that permitted e-cigarettes in office meetings and was now allowed to smoke indoors during working hours. She said that the reason the e-cigarettes in office policy was allowed stemmed from the fact that the electronic cigarettes weren’t considered dangerous, that using them wouldn’t compromise the health of the non-smokers.

I was intrigued by the whole e-cigarettes in office concept and did some research. Although there is some concern about what the long term impact of inhaling vapor juice might be, nothing I read made me think I would be compromising my health if I vaped for during a fun day at the lake, and since I could get nicotine free vapor juice, I didn’t have to worry about the possibility of becoming addicted. I talked it over with the girls, and we all agreed that during the lake outing, we’d try electronic cigarettes. We pooled some money together and bought a starter kit and several different vapor juice flavors. Since we used a discount code, the expense was actually quite minimal.

While our electronic cigarettes might not have been exactly like the stinky cigars and cigarettes that the guys tried out that day, we still felt like we were participating in the same events and ended up having a fantastic weekend.

Gender Equality in Today’s Modern Culture

It’s a sad fact in the world in which we live that gender equality is not alive and well. Women these days suffer from many of the same issues that they once did in the olden days. It is a true fact that women are paid less in the work force than that of their male counterparts. It doesn’t even matter what the job is, if there is a woman doing the job and a man doing the same job, the woman will be paid less. This is true even if the job that is being done is larger for the woman; the male is still going to be paid more for the job. This kind of discrimination also happens when women are looking for a job. Typically however these days a woman will get the job over the white male, because the companies are trying their best to be correct and not to be sued. Once the woman is hired however, the story is the same as it has always been.

Another way that gender inequality rears its ugly head is in the home. Many women love to get outside and do yard work but their husbands may have been raised that the women is to stay inside and do dishes and take care of the family. There are some husbands out there that were not raised by the typical mom however but those are few and far between. If you marry a man that thinks it’s your job to stay home and take care of the family and you were not raised that way, I am sure there is going to be some strife in your household. Check these kinds of things out before you marry and you will be less likely to have future problems.

Which Infertility Treatment Options Are Right for You?

It is never easy to hear from the doctor that you are infertile. Whether it is due to female or male infertility, there are a few options that you may want to consider before giving up on trying to conceive a biological child. Some couples feel overwhelmed after they learn they cannot have a child naturally. And others want to jump right into treatments so that they can become parents as soon as possible. But the reality is that you must take some time to research your options to find out which one is the best choice for you and your family.

The first option that many people try when it is determined to be female factor infertility is medication. Many couples have gotten pregnant simply by adding fertility drugs and good timing into the equation. The next step would be to try IUI, or Intrauterine Insemination. Many times doctors will do both of these treatments together depending on the reason for the infertility. If male factor is an issue, an IUI can also be done with donor sperm.

And then there is the most well known infertility treatment, IVF, In Vitro Fertilization. This is the most invasive fertility treatment, as it actually requires the eggs to taken from the woman and joined with the sperm in a lab rather than in the uterus. Obviously, this is a very expensive route to take if you are just starting out with fertility treatments, and it is not always successful. Depending on your situation this is often a last resort because it is so invasive and not as cost effective as the other options in treating infertility. If you are considering any fertility treatments, make sure that you are seeing a reproductive endocrinologist for said treatments as other physicians may not have the experience or expertise you are looking for when it comes to infertility.

Dealing With Infertility

The subject of infertility has been discussed for many years. There have been numerous books written on the subject and there have been numerous interviews done with doctors and the women that have had to deal with this issue. And while there is rarely an issue that touches a woman more deeply than infertility, there is also another side to this subject matter. There has been very little information offered in the way of men when it comes to infertility. While many men deal with low sperm count or a lack of testosterone, there is little information given for men that live with a woman who deals with infertility. This is the object of this article. I wanted to take a moment and express a point of view from the man.

Infertility is hard for women. As a man, as a husband, infertility is crippling. Allow me to explain. As a man it is my job to love and care for my wife. It is my default setting to want to fix whatever is broken. This is why so many marriages fall apart. Men are fixers and women simply desire someone to listen. When my wife learned of her infertility, I wanted to fix it. But that was not the answer. I couldn’t fix it. What I could do is be a good husband and listen to her. If your wife is dealing with this horrible issue then I would encourage you to listen. Do not shrug it off and do not try to “fix” it. Be a good, supportive husband and listen to your wife. Go with her to her doctor. Be a part of the dialogue and make sure that she knows how much you care.

Understanding Family Planning

The United States is currently in the 40th year of arguing and bickering over the issue of abortion and proper family planning. The major points of the issues are as follows. Those that agree with the practice of abortion are called pro-choice individuals. They will argue that a woman has the right to determine what happens with her body. The crux of this argument hinges on the ability to disassociate the baby and the mother as well as minimizing the life of the fetus. Those that disagree with this position are said to be pro-life. Regardless of your position on this issue the following guide will highlight some key facts in the debate.

The first question is whether or not the fetus, or baby, is actually a human life. The reality is that when a male sperm fertilizes a female egg, life begins. A multiplication process takes place and the egg quickly begins to grow and materialize. If this process where discovered on a different planet, science would claim to have found life. Is abortion a proper planning technique? Some would argue that abortion is not a family planning tool but rather a way to end an unwanted pregnancy. Another option to consider when planning your family is birth control. Birth control comes in many different forms but the most common type is a pill. The pill will stop a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. If you are interested in family planning then you should seek the council of your doctor. Make an appointment and discuss your questions with him or her.

New Studies On Plan B

Teva Women’s Health recently announced some of the topics of the abstracts that will be presented at the 60th Annual clinical Meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Included among the many subjects that will be discussed is the ability of adolescents to understand the concepts necessary to safely and effectively use over-the-counter emergency contraceptives. Contraception and family planning are important issues that are being raised in the political sphere these days as it relates to whether health insurance providers can deny paying for certain forms of birth control for women on moral or religious grounds.

There has long been debate on the kinds of birth control that should be available to women in a certain age bracket. This latest issue as to whether health insurance providers should have to pay for birth control or not is likely to remain an important topic on the political agenda with women voter now officially outnumbering male voters. Each candidate needs women voters to come out and vote, so each candidate will likely try to spend this issue to play to the concerns of the women voters who are most likely to vote for each candidate.

The debate here is less about science and more about what decisions the government has a right to dictate to the public. Many feel that the issue at stake here has more to do with religious freedom, while other feel that the bigger issue at stake is a woman’s right to choose what she wants to do with her body. As both candidates shape their viewpoint on the issue throughout the campaign it will be interesting to see how it all plays out in November.

Debate Continues In Colorado Senate Over Birth Control

A debate is currently raging in the Colorado Senate over whether insurance plans should be allowed to deny women birth control on religious and moral grounds. During the debate tempers began to flare, and the strong feelings that this particular topic has brought to the fore are likely a precursor of an issue that is likely to be a hot topic for the duration of the presidential election campaign. This issue has served as a call to action for many women voters, both Republican and Democrat. During the debate Democrats unfurled a banner that listed the many instances where birth control would be denied if the bill was passed.

Many Democrats claim that the Amendment is a war on women. This kind of rhetoric has been used to fuel political debate over the issue. A Democratic female member of the Senate pointed out that to women this is more than just a policy issue, it is a personal issue about what a woman ha a right to do with her body. A Republican member of the Senate, also a woman, said that the issue boils down to the right of religious freedom and that the issue has been twisted by politicians to come across as a war against women.

While tempers flared in Colorado the issue of birth control and how it relates to the recent health care reforms that have been made will likely be a debate that rages on throughout the presidential elections. With both candidates trying to court women voters, it is important that the candidates carefully craft their responses on this sensitive issue in order to reach their constituents and get their votes.

Women and the Birth Control War

The battle over whether women should have to pay for birth control or if it should be covered by health care insurance continues to rage on. These issues will likely remain a hot-button topic right up to the presidential elections in November. The problem is that many women feel like the debate over birth control is being treated more like a sideshow and less like a relevant and serious policy issue. Since women voters now outnumber male voters, winning the vote from women has become a big concern for political candidates. The issue is that women voters are not an actual voting block that votes a certain way.

Many women feel that to have issues related to women taking more seriously in the political arena there is a need to have more women in the highest political offices. This means more women in the Senate and the Congress. Statistics have shown that over recent years when women have failed to gain any seats in congress it has correlated with an inability to make any gains in closing the wage gap between men and women.

Some women feel that to a lesser degree this is what is going to continue to take place with the birth control issue. Since the birth control issues is tied up with the larger issue of health care reform it is sure to stay in the public eye right up until the elections in November, but whether the issue will be given the serious consideration that is deserves as a matter of policy remains to be seen. How the political candidates address this issue may determine how many women vote in the November elections.

Republicans Relish Political Discussion on Birth Control

The discussion over birth control has grown much louder during this political thinking.  Many individuals feel that Republicans are walking a slippery slope as they question whether certain forms of birth control should be paid for with tax dollars.  Research has shown that the vast majority of women in the United States have used birth control at some point in their lives, so there is a feeling that speaking out so strongly against birth control can actually serve to alienate many women voters.  Many popular Republican figures claim that the fact that many women have used birth control at some point in their lives is actually besides the point.

Republicans are hoping to leverage the birth control issue as a way to prove that Democrats in favor of big government are attempting to govern every aspect of individuals lives, including what happens in their bedrooms.  Many feel that the current issues being raised about birth control are less about whether birth control should be paid for by insurance and more about whether the government has the right to dictate to individuals the extent to which their religious liberties reach.

In a year where there is a presidential election an issue like this one quickly becomes a hot button topic which will likely be raised numerous times over the course of the campaign.  How each side is able to spin the topic in the minds of the public will likely determine the side that some voters choose, especially women, when the election rolls around in November.  The bigger issues that have stemmed from efforts to reform the healthcare system in recent years have raised numerous other issues that will be debated and bandies about through the election season.

Gender and the Debate Over Contraception

The debate over contraception is not a topic that is going to disappear during the presidential election this year.  The gender gap in opinion on this topic is marked, and many women want to know exactly how the candidates feel about the issue and what their feelings on the issue are going to motivate them to do.  While many individuals feel that there are issues that deserve more time, we can all rest assured that the topic of contraception is going to be raised at least once in the official political debates before the actual election.

The biggest issues regarding birth control right now stem from a move by the current administration to require religious institutions to provide birth control for employees as part of the health care coverage.  Many Republicans feel that this move was an attack on religious freedom and religious conscience and for this reason it will likely come back as a talking point later on during the presidential campaigns.  Now that the Republican presidential candidate is apparent it is time for that campaign to start preparing for how they will address the issue when it comes up.

How the presidential candidates choose to address this issue will likely determine where they stand with many women voters.  Women now make up over half of the voting public, so that means that issues that are important to women must be given priority for the presidential candidates if they expect to win the election.  The Republican party has long been perceived as being strongly socially conservative as a party, so the response of the Republican candidate on this issue will either win him votes or alienate him from his own party.