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Thanks to higher education and women having the freedom when to start their families among other reasons, the rate of pregnancy has been on the decline. Women want to finish college and establish their careers before they come a parent, and with birth control being readily available and reliable, women and their partners have extra time to decide if parenthood is right for them.

There are many steps partners must take before choosing to become parents. The accompanying guide details a succinct list of questions asking “is this the right time to have a baby?”

Women have the most success conceiving when they are in their 20s. Despite this, women across America are holding off becoming pregnant until later in life. Other reasons include being too young for children or not being in a committed relationship. The median marriage age in 1970 was 23 for men and 20 for women. In 2018, the U.S. Census Bureau released the updated ages of 29 for men and 27 for women. A steady partner is a main determinant in deciding to get pregnant.

In addition to a long-term partner, it’s important to be content with your personal and professional goals and achievements. Also consider taking another look at your budget; the infographic discusses many well-known as well as hidden costs of beginning a family.

Also, a strong support system of family and friends is something that parents can often overlook. If this is not an option, one alternative would be to join other parents that are in the same situation. Living in a child-friendly neighborhood or community is also something to think about.

Finally, conception, pregnancy, and parenthood are easier if both parents are in good health. You may think you are healthy, but still have trouble conceiving due to age, weight, or other genetic factors. It is recommended to be open to genetic testing of you, your partner and the baby’s health in utero if you wish to continue. If you have a history of miscarriages, consider in vitro fertilization (IVF) to inquire about your chances of a healthy conception and birth.

For more information on the topic, please see the guide below.


Visit Natera’s website for more information and resources, such as genetic testing for kidney disease

Founded in 2016, Dante Labs went from a small startup to generating over $100M in revenue in just six short years. CEO and co-founder Andrea Riposati was recently interviewed about the company’s journey to success.

According to Riposati, Dante Labs has been profitable since 2018, just two years after its founding. The two founders still own over 90 percent of the company, a feat almost unheard of among startups eager to obtain as much investment funds as possible during their early years. Andrea Riposati has some wise advice for other startups looking to succeed and battle the hurdles of lean years, where investors are not as abundant on the horizon.

Investment In Software First

One of the pertinent points that Logan Plaster brings to the forefront is the decision that Andrea Riposati and his partner manage to own 90 percent of Dante Labs still and still have revenues in the range of $100M. Andrea Riposati has advice for new startups regarding that strategy. “First, we decided to grow Dante Labs and pay more attention to revenue than to bring in investors. We felt that diluting our shares would not benefit the company as much as simply focusing on scaling the business with the resources available to us. Riposati’s other advice to startups is to focus on the audience. He says, “Focus on building a product people will buy.” The other side of the coin is to limit investments until revenues increase. “Then you can take on investments without diluting share ownership,” he says.

An example that Riposati offers is how, in the beginning, they had no lab to run the sequencing. “If we had invested in building a lab at that stage, we would have had an empty lab with very few tests to run. But by waiting, by outsourcing the sequencing in the early stages, it allowed us to grow the business and do A/B testing to ensure that our tests were the best they could be.” Only when they reached the sample volume to run a lab at total capacity, did they take on an investor to build out the lab. “This is the only way to run a lab profitably,” says Riposati.

Examining Marketing Results

Andrea Riposati’s other advice to startups is to measure the return on certain investments. “In today’s digital world,” says Riposati, “it’s easy to measure the return of a marketing campaign or the ROI of a new technology.”

Finally, Riposati emphasizes that working with investors who share the same beliefs is important. “Because,” says Riposati, “they will be like a partner with your company, and then you will not have to fight with them to try to convince them to do something that they don’t want to do.”

Aging is considered an inevitable part of life and getting wrinkles are also deemed part of the aging process. However, if you are one of the many who don’t like having wrinkles, it is reassuring to know that you have many wrinkle removal options available at your disposal.

Creases that form in the skin are called wrinkles and they can be caused by several factors including sun damage and aging. Wrinkles become more pronounced when the skin starts to lose elasticity. Wrinkles also appear in areas that are most exposed to the sun like the back of the hands, neck, and face.

How Wrinkles Form

As one ages, the skin becomes drier and loses its elasticity. This makes it more difficult for the skin to ward off any damage. Another factor is when fat loss occurs as one matures and ages. In most instances, the wrinkles in the face can also become more pronounced.

Other factors that can cause wrinkles include frowning, squinting, smiling, and other repetitive movements. Wrinkles can also appear as glabellar or lip lines. They are also referred to as elevens. Laugh lines can also contribute to the formation of facial wrinkles.

Lifestyles can also help in the development of wrinkles. For instance, heavy drinking and smoking has been known to have a direct impact on the body and on the skin. Unhealthy habits including heavy smoking and drinking can also hasten the aging process and results in more pronounced wrinkles.

Constant or severe sun exposure won’t do your skin any favors. The rays of the sun can break down the elastin and collagen that are found in the skin’s deeper layers. If you need to be exposed to the sun’s rays, it would be best to wear sunscreen daily. If you have wrinkles, you’d be happy to know there are wrinkle removal treatments available.

Non Surgical Wrinkle Removal Options

Below are some of the noninvasive ways to remove wrinkles without surgery:

 Botox

Botox is an effective option for those who would like to get rid of dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles can be attributed to various causes including repetitive movements such as frowning, squinting, and smiling. Botox is also used to smoothen smile lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.

Dermal Fillers

The substances that are gel-like and are injected into the skin are called dermal fillers. They are used to smooth out wrinkles that are secondary to losing volume in the face. Dermal fillers can also help plump up and face aside from restoring moisture that is lost. This results in a more rejuvenated and youthful appearance.

Dermal filler is also a great option for those who want to get rid of static wrinkles that are caused by loss of fat, sun damage, elasticity, and collagen.  The most popular dermal filler is hyaluronic acid fillers. They are considered great for all types of skin. It is also known to provide fast results.

Microneedling

This treatment option is also referred to as collagen induction therapy. This makes use of small needles that are used to prick the skin. The primary purpose of microneedling is to boost the production of collagen, improve the overall texture of the skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

To ensure the process is comfortable and painless, a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin. A tool with small needles will be used to create very small punctures in the skin. The micro punctures will trigger the production of elastin and collagen. When the skin bleeds, a serum will be applied to the skin to stop it.