Tag: Reproduction (Biological)

It Looks Like a Shell, but an Octopus and 40,000 Eggs Live Inside

Argonauta Argo is not a typical octopus. When a female mates, first she keeps her partner’s detachable, sperm-filled limb inside of her. Then she begins making something like a handbag. She uses the tips of two of her blue-sheened arms to secrete a mineral formula, crafting it into a paper-thin basket shaped like a shell. […]

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They May Have Love on Their Lizard Brains

Even without our cultural biases, reptiles can be difficult to study. “A lot of them are pretty shy,” said Allison Alberts, a conservation scientist and co-founder of the Iguana Specialist Group at the International Union for Conservation of Nature. She added that “They’re so sensitive to when a person’s there. They just freeze — they […]

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Can Antidepressants Treat Severe PMS?

Lifestyle changes. Prioritizing exercise, sticking with a consistent sleep schedule and reducing stress as much as possible during the weeks before your period can also help, Dr. Lanza di Scalea said. “I’ve found these lifestyle changes, which do take effort, can feel very empowering for women.” As with C.B.T., lifestyle changes can only go so […]

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Post-Roe Decision, Abortion Pill Providers Work to Broaden Access

That company, and others serving patients at 11 or 12 weeks’ gestation, can legally use medical discretion to do so because studies suggest that abortion pills are safe and effective at that stage. The World Health Organization supports medication abortion through 12 weeks’ gestation. Dr. Daniel Grossman, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences […]

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IUD Insertion: What to Know and Expect

Ten percent of women in the United States between the ages of 15 and 49 currently use some form of long-acting reversible contraception, a category that includes intrauterine devices, or IUDs. Research has found the vast majority of people with IUDs are satisfied with their contraceptive method, but some women find the insertion process much […]

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Feeling Ambivalent About Motherhood Is Normal

​​I’m not someone who dreamed of motherhood as a girl. Quite the opposite. In my early 30s, I had a recurring nightmare in which I was unknowingly pregnant and the fetus felt like a parasite invading my body. Growing up in South Asian culture, which valorizes women’s childbearing and mothering responsibilities above all else, was […]

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