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This is Infertility is a bi-weekly podcast where we fuse narrative storytelling with experience and science to give you a new perspective on what it’s really like to go through a family building journey. Each episode dives into the emotional, physical, and financial burdens carried by those who experience infertility on their path to parenthood. Be it IVF, IUI, egg freezing, surrogacy, adoption, etc., the path is never the same and it can be long, painful, and lonely. It’s our mission to giv ...
 
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On this episode of the book review we are talking with Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein, who is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, a lecturer at Yale University and writer in residence at Yale Medical School. Her writing often appears in the New York times, her latest book which we are going to get into today is Aroused: the History of Hormones a…
 
The challenges of life and building a family can bring the best or the worst out of people, but in this case, it was both. This episode follows the story of Keia Jones-Baldwin, a woman who showed substantial amounts of physical and emotional strength during tough times. After going through countless miscarriages, empty conversations with fertility …
 
Today on the show we will recap and recommend ASRM news and programming for November 2021 to keep you up to date and in the know on ASRM. ASRM 2021 Postgraduate Course Information ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo – The premier education and research meeting for Reproductive Medicine Congress On Demand Schedule - ASRM 2021 Scientific Congress & Expo …
 
Today on the show we are talking about the law concerning gestational carrier arrangements. Our guest is Rachel Loftspring. Rachel is an attorney with Essig & Evans LLP, working exclusively in Fertility Law. She counsels intended parents and gestational carriers on the legal aspects of their collaborative reproduction journey so they can focus on w…
 
A family building journey may not always be straight forward and easy. And most times those feelings of hope and positivity may fade into confusion and gut-wrenching disappointment. This is what it was like for Claire and Patrick Gibson. As time passed and fertility treatments failed, Claire continued to struggle to find the right answers. However,…
 
It is National Adoption Awareness Month and joining us today is Rita Soronen who is the President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. More information on these topics is at www.asrm.org Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Tell us your thoughts on the show by e-mailing asrm@asrm.org Please subscribe and rate the show on Apple podcast…
 
COVID-19 and its aftermath has changed everything, leaving us with more questions on how to navigate this new normal. When it comes to the vaccine and fertility, pregnancy, and trying to conceive, new concerns have come to light about how to proceed. Progyny’s Lissa Kline, Senior Vice President of Provider and Member Services, and Dr. Alan Copperma…
 
Today on the show we will recap and recommend ASRM news and programming to keep you up to date and in the know on ASRM. Postgraduate Course Information from the ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo – the premier education and research meeting for Reproductive Medicine Fertility and Sterility On Air ASRM Research Institute Mullerian Anomalies Tool (MAC20…
 
Molly Ryman was nearing her due date with her second daughter, who she and her husband, Matt, had named Mabel, when suddenly, the baby stopped moving. An ultrasound revealed Mabel’s heart had stopped beating. Molly, Matt and their daughter were left to pick up the pieces. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month so this week, Molly sat …
 
"I'm not seeing a patient who is Asian. I'm not seeing a patient who is Hispanic. I'm not seeing a patient who is of African descent. And it may not necessarily hit you [that] a lot of times you aren't seeing them because of the fact that they can't get to the door - either because they can't afford your services or because there is a stigma in the…
 
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss and Awareness Month, and we want to shed light on the painful reality that is Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, sometimes shortened to RPL. RPL is a diagnosis when a patient experiences two or more miscarriages. And while this reality can be overwhelming, it’s crucial to understand how common miscarriages are and not se…
 
It is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. To help guide us in a discussion on this is Dr. Steven Spandorfer. He is Associate Professor at The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at Cornell University Medical Center and is also the chair of the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Special Interest Group of ASRM. More information o…
 
It's National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and my guest today on the program is Megan Hanson of the Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Association. More information on these topics is at www.asrm.org More on RPLA - Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Association Tell us your thoughts on the show by e-mailing asrm@asrm.org Please subscribe and rate the show…
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we’re shedding light on oncofertility, the intersection of cancer, cancer treatment, and fertility. A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying, and often decisions need to be made quickly. One of those decisions may be around whether or not to pursue fertility preservation before cancer treatment starts since …
 
Today on the show we will recap and recommend ASRM news and programming to keep you up to date and in the know on ASRM. More information on these topics is at www.asrm.org Tell us your thoughts on the show by e-mailing asrm@asrm.org Please subscribe and rate the show on Apple podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. ASRM Today Seri…
 
Sometimes trying to have a child using your own eggs can be dangerous or impossible – this is where an egg donor comes in. We hear a lot about egg donation from the clinical perspective or from the intended parents, but what is the process like for the egg donor? Holly Smith has donated her eggs to six different families. In today’s episode, she sh…
 
Today on the show we are honored to have Dr. Alan Penzias, chair of the ASRM Practice Committee, to give us insight into how the committee works. Did you know that ASRM has different kinds of documents, each with it’s own purpose and methodology? Click here to find out more More information on these topics is available at www.asrm.org Tell us your …
 
There are a multitude of challenges that people face on their family building journey -- whether it’s being misdiagnosed, not having enough information about your health, or facing a global pandemic. Angela Vega experienced all three, among others. Angela, a Progyny member through Expedia, was initially misdiagnosed with endometriosis at an early a…
 
It's Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and today on the program our guest is Dr. Terri Woodard, who is an associate professor in the Department of Gynecological Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She holds a joint appointment in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Baylor College of Medicine and T…
 
On this episode of the ASRM Today Book Review, our guest is Valena Wright, M.D., a women’s wellness expert and board-certified gynecologic oncologist at Beth Israel Lahey Health and Hospital in Boston, MA with over 25 years of experience. She has been recognized numerous times by Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors List, Boston Magazine, North Sho…
 
September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) awareness month, and we are here to do exactly that: spread awareness about PCOS and break down some common misconceptions about it. PCOS can be a confusing health condition that is difficult to diagnose and complicated to manage. However, with the help of Dr. Todd Deutch, we are here to deliver as much…
 
It is PCOS Awareness month, and here to talk about it with us is Dr. Anuja Dokras. Dr. Dokras is Director, Penn Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Center; Medical Director, Reproductive Surgical Facility; Director, Penn Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Program; Chair, Gynecology Team, Women's Health Service Line; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at t…
 
Today on the show we are discussing Fibroids in the Latina/Latinx community. Joining me is Dr. Ruben Alvero, who is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford Medical School and is the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecolog…
 
One thing always leads to another, and in Eloise’s case, her actions illuminated a path of happiness and health for one family after another. Eloise Drain, founder of Family Inceptions and Reproductive Association of Minority Professionals (RAMP), started by donating her kidney to her cousin, and eventually Eloise found herself as a gestational car…
 
In this book review we are talking with Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein, who is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, a lecturer at Yale University and writer in residence at Yale Medical School. Her writing often appears in the New York times. Her latest book, which we are discussing today is Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control J…
 
On the show today we are discussing the recently updated "Guidance on Gamete and Embryo Donation" that was published by the ASRM Practice Committee. View the document: Guidance regarding gamete andembryo donation More information on these topics is at www.asrm.org Tell us your thoughts on the show by e-mailing asrm@asrm.org Please subscribe and rat…
 
We’ve said often on this podcast that sharing a journey can be very cathartic for both the person sharing as well as for the audience. This was certainly the case for author Amy Klein, author and fertility advocate who chronicled her four-year journey with IVF and recurrent pregnancy loss through a column in the New York Times and eventually, a boo…
 
On this episode we are talking about the upcoming SRS/SREI Surgical Bootcamp with Dr. John Petrozza, division chief of Reproductive Medicine and IVF and director of MGH Integrated Fibroid Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, faculty at Harvard Medical School, and President for the Society of Reproductive Surgeons. Visit the affiliated society…
 
Society has come a long wayin finally providing fertility and family building benefits for same-sex male couples and single fathers by choice. But this journey can be complex and confusing. Which is why, for our third installment of our Journey to Fatherhood series, we pulled a panel of experts to give an overview on how to build family with a surr…
 
It is reproductive rights and freedoms month and on the show today we have a discussion about donor anonymity. Joining us to talk about donor anonymity is Gina Davis, founder of advocate genetics, who is a multi-state licensed, board-certified genetic counselor who specializes in the field of reproductive medicine. EMPOWER website: https://empowerd…
 
When it comes to a family building journey, there are a lot of decisions to make along the way. ART has transformed family building options for the LGBTQ+ community, but there aren’t a ton of data points and studies chronicling their experiences. Same-sex male couples have many options when it comes to family building, some of which could include f…
 
On this episode we discuss the document on vitrification released earlier this year. Our guest today is Dr. Sangita Jindal, the IVF Lab Director and associate professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore’s Institute for Reproductive Medicine. Link to document: A review of best practices of rapid-cooling vitrification for oocy…
 
Did you know that one in three infertility cases is due to male factor? Which is actually just as common as female factor infertility. Male factor infertility has always been a taboo topic, but it’s time to start talking about male reproductive health and prioritizing a man’s journey on his path to parenthood. It can be hard to figure out where to …
 
On this episode we speak with the ASRM Office of Public Affairs to dive into and reflect on the progress and impact to date on ASRM’s public policy priorities within the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress. More information on these topics is at www.asrm.org Tell us your thoughts on the show by e-mailing asrm@asrm.org Please subscribe and r…
 
A lot of pressure is placed on women to start thinking about family building early in their lives due to the “fertility window” or “biological clock”. Katie Becker, a Progyny member through Hearst (she works at Elle Magazine), felt the weight of having to pick between starting a family or focusing on her career. Katie’s journey led her to fertility…
 
This month we are celebrating what it is to be ASRM. For today’s episode we are discussing resident education in REI with Dr. Molly Quinn who is in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Ronald Reagan, UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, and Dr. Kathleen Devine, Director of Research, Obstet…
 
Due to advancements in assisted reproductive technology (ART) and more inclusive employer-sponsored family building coverage, the LGBTQ+ community has more options on their paths to parenthood than ever before. One of the most utilized technologies for LGBTQ+ singles or couples is donor tissue – the use of donor egg and/or sperm. Tissue donation ca…
 
In this episode Dr. Akanksha Mehta and Dr. Michael Eisenberg have a discussion about Male Infertility. More information on theses topics can be found at www.asrm.org Tell us your thoughts on the show by emailing asrm@asrm.org ASRM Today Series Podcasts are supported in part by the ASRM Corporate Member Council. Please subscribe and rate the show on…
 
Family building comes with its ups and downs, but as the old saying goes, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. That was the case for Matt Walters and his wife, Corinne. The couple went through IUI, IVF, and even a miscarriage, on their journey to create a family, but the difficult times gave way to a strengthened relationship and an appreciation…
 
It's Pride Month and today we are discussing LGBTQ+ issues in reproductive medicine. Joining us today is Dr. Mark Leondires, who is Medical Director and Founder RMA of Connecticut, and Founder of Gay Parents To Be, and Dr. Molly Moravek an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and…
 
One of the largest misconceptions we hear is that infertility is a women’s issue when in fact, female-factor infertility is only the cause a third of the time. One third is attributed to male-factor reasons, and a third of the time it is either unexplained or a combination. That is why we at Progyny are launching a three-part webinar series on men …
 
The Fertility 101 Series, because there’s no shortage of daunting terms to keep your mind running, is a quick and dirty breakdown on a specific topic with insights from a fertility expert. In today’s episode, we explain some of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to fertility, male-factor infertility, and how lifestyle choices impact fertility…
 
It is Men's Health Month, and on the show we have Dr. Stanton Honig, Dr. Jay Sandlow, and Dr. Mark Sigman here to discuss the recent update to the AUA/ASRM Male Infertility Guidelines. More information on these topics is at www.asrm.org Guidelines Featured in the Show: https://www.auanet.org/guidelines/guidelines/male-infertility AUA Website: https…
 
June 17th is ASRM and RESOLVE's Virtual Advocacy Day. Here to discuss Advocacy Day is Becca Connor, Director of Government Affairs for ASRM andTracie Sullivan who is Grassroots Outreach Senior Manager for RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association. More information on these topics is at www.asrm.org ASRM Congress site is www.asrmcongress.org Adv…
 
June is Pride Month, and this year we have an update from a couple we featured previously: Samantha and Jessica Pace. They shared their journey in this episode: Episode 75: LGBTQ+ Family Building: 10 IUIs Before IVF Success. When we left off, Jessica and Samantha were expecting their first child through IVF, after going through 10 failed IUIs first…
 
ASRM recognizes that the journey to being a parent can be difficult and painful, especially when dealing with infertility. To contribute to the conversation of familial sacrifices and the reproductive journey, we have invited on the show today Jake Anderson, co-founder with his wife Deborah, of the website, Fertility IQ. More information on these t…
 
Mental health awareness and prioritization are certainly on the rise. As May was Mental Health Awareness Month, we at Progyny wanted to shed light on the serious intersection of mental health and fertility. Family building and fertility treatment can be incredibly stressful. In fact, 55% of people feel infertility is more stressful than unemploymen…
 
Today on the program we are going to catch up on recent news and events from ASRM. ASRM Congress site is www.asrmcongress.org Journal Club Global Registration https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5563214790960305680 ASRM Webinar Registration https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5517992977547197708 Tell us your thoughts on the show by emai…
 
It's Mental Health Awareness Month and today on the show we talk about the intersections of reproductive health and psychological. MHPG Website: https://connect.asrm.org/mhpg/home?ssopc=1 More information on these topics is at www.asrm.org Tell us your thoughts by emailing us at asrm@asrm.org Please subscribe and rate the show on Apple Podcaasts an…
 
For some, infertility is a complete surprise, but for others, they know going into it that they might have trouble conceiving down the line. The latter situation is common for those who are diagnosed with endometriosis, PCOS, and other conditions that may lead to infertility. These diagnoses absolutely don’t guarantee a negative impact, and each co…
 
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