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Recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics has shown that women are now more likely to postpone motherhood than ever before. The research shows that the number of women having children in their teens and 20s has dropped, while the number of women having children in their 30s and 40s has increased. What can account for this? Most women report that they choose to delay childbirth due to their career or busy lifestyles. Some say they haven’t yet found Mr. Right, while others say they are simply occupied pursuing their passions and enjoying a childfree life. These are … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:27:23 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/26902608-452/consider-egg-freezing-options-earlier-rather-than-later.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/26902608-452/consider-egg-freezing-options-earlier-rather-than-later.html <![CDATA[ Monogamy is tough, but rewarding ]]> Lead story image

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin recently made headlines when they announced their plans to divorce (or, in their now-infamous words, “consciously uncouple”). However, many people have said that the split was a long time coming. In fact, rumors are that the pair had an open marriage for years, and that Gwyneth was more than OK with her husband stepping out with other women, and vice versa. Open marriages might sound like another Hollywood trend, but the truth is that many modern couples have “arrangements” that allow them to explore other options while still staying married. Monogamy is hard work, and … ]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:24:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/26644497-452/monogamy-is-tough-but-rewarding.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/26644497-452/monogamy-is-tough-but-rewarding.html <![CDATA[ Males can be victims of sexual assault too ]]> Lead story image

A new study published in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity found that 43 percent of high school and college-age men report they have experienced “unwanted sexual contact.” ]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:53:07 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/26479348-452/males-can-be-victims-of-sexual-assault-too.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/26479348-452/males-can-be-victims-of-sexual-assault-too.html <![CDATA[ Don’t let technology mess up your love life ]]> Lead story image

Sex might appear to be everywhere, but a new study has found that people actually are having less of it than ever before. ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:06:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/26453966-452/dont-let-technology-mess-up-your-love-life.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/26453966-452/dont-let-technology-mess-up-your-love-life.html <![CDATA[ Work on timing so your arrivals are at same time ]]> Lead story image

Sexual pleasure is not created equal. Think of it this way: If men are like microwaves, women are more like slow cookers. ]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:24:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/26178450-452/work-on-timing-so-your-arrivals-are-at-same-time.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/26178450-452/work-on-timing-so-your-arrivals-are-at-same-time.html <![CDATA[ Don’t make boys ashamed of their masculine side ]]> Lead story image

In creating a society that is more empathetic and gender-neutral, it’s crucial that we still allow children to express traits typically associated with masculinity. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:37:18 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/25848247-452/dont-make-boys-ashamed-of-their-masculine-side.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/25848247-452/dont-make-boys-ashamed-of-their-masculine-side.html <![CDATA[ Another positive change for same-sex couples ]]> Lead story image

Attorney General Eric Holder made headlines across the country when he applied the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling to the Justice Department. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:37:38 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/25694822-452/another-positive-change-for-same-sex-couples.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/25694822-452/another-positive-change-for-same-sex-couples.html <![CDATA[ Let boys know it’s OK to show their softer side ]]> Lead story image

While we have made recent strides towards gender equality in recent years, we still have a way to go when it comes to allowing men to embrace the full spectrum of their personality. While we are now OK with girls being tomboys and playing sports, we still aren’t OK with boys playing dolls or crying. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:37:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/25526432-452/let-boys-know-its-ok-to-show-their-softer-side.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/25526432-452/let-boys-know-its-ok-to-show-their-softer-side.html <![CDATA[ Things to consider before heading to divorce court ]]> Lead story image

Just as it happened during the Great Depression, divorces declined from 2009 to 2011, and many people believe that the poor economy was the reason why fewer couples than usual were opting to split. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:38:40 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/25379065-452/things-to-consider-before-heading-to-divorce-court.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/25379065-452/things-to-consider-before-heading-to-divorce-court.html <![CDATA[ Don’t let meds lower your libido ]]> Lead story image

Good news! There are many things you can do to combat low libido symptoms if you are taking anti-depressants. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:46:34 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/24477384-452/dont-let-meds-lower-your-libido.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/24477384-452/dont-let-meds-lower-your-libido.html <![CDATA[ Too many pounds can impact effectiveness of some forms of contraception ]]> Lead story image

DR. LAURA BERMAN: Did you know that your weight might increase your chance of unwanted pregnancy? ]]> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:21:09 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/24129838-452/too-many-pounds-can-impact-effectiveness-of-some-forms-of-contraception.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/24129838-452/too-many-pounds-can-impact-effectiveness-of-some-forms-of-contraception.html <![CDATA[ Wedding pressure for straight and gay couples now? ]]> Lead story image

DR. LAURA BERMAN: The passage of same-sex marriage in Illinois is not only a time of celebration, but one of transition for many same-sex couples across the state. Gay and lesbian couples might find themselves confronted with some of the same wedding pressure that traditionally has faced heterosexual couples. ]]> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:48:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/23726702-452/wedding-pressure-for-straight-and-gay-couples-now.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/23726702-452/wedding-pressure-for-straight-and-gay-couples-now.html <![CDATA[ Sex after 40? For sure, Miley Cyrus ]]> Lead story image

DR. LAURA BERMAN: I can’t believe I’m actually writing about Miley Cyrus AGAIN. But after she made headlines when she told Matt Lauer that people over 40 don’t have sex, I just can’t help myself. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:49:36 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/23163392-452/sex-after-40-for-sure-miley-cyrus.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/23163392-452/sex-after-40-for-sure-miley-cyrus.html <![CDATA[ Some pluses among negatives of Hormone Replacement Therapy ]]> Lead story image

DR. LAURA BERMAN: The Women’s Health Initiative has released more findings from another long-term study on HRT and while the findings again showed that hormone replacement therapy often poses more risks than benefits, there were some positives. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:49:39 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/23014925-452/some-pluses-among-negatives-of-hormone-replacement-therapy.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/23014925-452/some-pluses-among-negatives-of-hormone-replacement-therapy.html <![CDATA[ Focus on the positive instead of the negative ]]> Lead story image

DR. BERMAN: The principles of Thanksgiving (gratitude, an appreciative spirit and generosity) can be life-changing when applied to your own relationships, particularly with that of your significant other. ]]> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 07:12:02 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/23931582-452/focus-on-the-positive-instead-of-the-negative.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/23931582-452/focus-on-the-positive-instead-of-the-negative.html <![CDATA[ Should you tell your mate to drop some pounds? ]]> Lead story image

DR. LAURA BERMAN: Is there anything wrong with encouraging your partner to live a healthy lifestyle or lose weight for a special occasion? ]]> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:17:43 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/22913275-452/should-you-tell-your-mate-to-drop-some-pounds.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/22913275-452/should-you-tell-your-mate-to-drop-some-pounds.html <![CDATA[ Bringing sexy to condoms can be done ]]> Lead story image

DR. LAURA BERMAN: We need to address why safer sex itself isn’t sexy. Why can’t we rewrite the script when it comes to healthy sex? ]]> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:34:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/22692426-452/bringing-sexy-to-condoms-can-be-done.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/22692426-452/bringing-sexy-to-condoms-can-be-done.html <![CDATA[ The pluses and minuses of being ‘nearlyweds’ ]]> Lead story image

DR. LAURA BERMAN: Nearlyweds are the latest relationship trend popular in Hollywood and beyond. They are couples who have been engaged for a long time without any clear plan of when they will get married (think Brad and Angelina or Jennifer and Justin.) ]]> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:04:17 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/22119711-452/the-pluses-and-minuses-of-being-nearlyweds.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/22119711-452/the-pluses-and-minuses-of-being-nearlyweds.html