How Did I Get to Thirty-Five Without Really Understanding My Reproductive System?
I wanted to know more about my fertility because I thought it might help me prepare for a someday I wasn’t willing to give up on.
This is My Future, My Fertility, a monthly column in which Karissa Chen wrestles with her questions about fertility, motherhood, and future-planning after thirty-five.
no white pants todayis this bad stretch hormonal or environmental or chemical?stop legislating my womb
Taking Charge of Your Fertility
. Here’s to taking control of the life you want, in more ways than one
Why didn’t I know any of this before?
I can’t wait to implement all of this.
Karissa Chen's fiction and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Gulf Coast, PEN America, Guernica, and Longreads. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan in 2015-16 and received a 2019 Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and is a proud Fellow of both Kundiman and VONA/Voices. She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief at Hyphen, Fiction Editor at the Rumpus, and a Contributing Fiction Editor at Catapult. She is working on a novel.
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