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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 ...
 
If you’ve found your route to parenthood hasn’t been straight forward, this podcast is for you. From how to optimise your fertility to get pregnant naturally, navigating IVF, understanding donor conception or surrogacy to how to prepare for a life without children. Whatever your situation, you are not alone. Join me, Natalie Silverman, as I open up about my own fertility treatment, Kate Davies an independent fertility nurse consultant, experts from around the world as well as shared experien ...
 
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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…
 
This week we are discussing Surrogacy, both in the UK and abroad. Our first guest is Anna Buxton, mum of three children through two different surrogates. Anna talks us through her decision of how they reached surrogacy after a long and painful gynecological history and was told Surrogacy was her only hope as she would never carry. Not carrying your…
 
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 Deutsh, we are here to deliver as much…
 
In this episode, we’re talking about donor sperm and treatment abroad. We have discussed donor conception on the podcast before and refer throughout the episode to previous chats we’re had as we’ve spoken to egg donors, as well as organizations that help match you with donors both in the UK and abroad and we’ve heard your stories about having treat…
 
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…
 
In this episode, Natalie and Kate are working with Access Fertility to explain what is involved when it comes to self-funding your fertility treatment. Speaking with Professor Scott Nelson who is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Glasgow, consultant for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as well as the visiting Professor at the …
 
Kate and Natalie discuss the Frozen Embryo Transfer, explaining what it means when it happens and how it feels when cycles don’t work. The pair discuss how there is research to show that the success of the frozen cycle is as high as a fresh, so do not worry if you do have to freeze your embryos. With a frozen transfer, your body isn’t full of all 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…
 
This week we’re talking about the TWW which is that period of time from embryo transfer to when you can do a pregnancy test. Natalie has been through it once, having had success on her first attempt at IVF however we know, for many of you it can be something of a Groundhog Day experience and we wanted your thoughts on how to cope with it. Kate talk…
 
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…
 
This week we’re talking about egg collection and embryo transfer with former podcast guest Alpesh Doshi. We discuss how it all works and how the hormones are used to stimulate the ovary to produce follicles. Do numbers matter? We discuss the importance of managing your expectation in terms of what it all means, what size means, what % of follicles …
 
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…
 
This week we’re talking about the drugs teach, which in normal terms means - how the hell do you do your injections when going through IVF, especially if you’re scared of needles. We’re joined by Kate Pleace who is a lovely lady and part of Kate’s team of nurses at Your Fertility Journey. Kate talks us through how it all works when it comes to taki…
 
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…
 
In this episode, we’re talking about what to expect in IVF which we hope you take as an overview as everyone’s experience is different. Of course, there will be some commonalities in terms of treatment plans, which is what our expert Dr. James Nicopollus will be explaining. First up we discuss a conversation from social media that has been front of…
 
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…
 
So what is the Postcode lottery? Well we’ve been talking about it here on the podcast for years ( since we started to be honest ) and if you’d like to hear previous episodes on it here is Susan Seenan the former CEO of Fertility Network in 2015 Then we spoke about it in 2017 when Fertility Network launched its Right to Try campaign. So you can see,…
 
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…
 
Hope.. and what it means to you This week’s podcast episode is a little different as it’s Kate and I sharing our thoughts on what we’re doing for the rest of the year. We relaunched this podcast in February as we were really keen to try and map out what we thought you would want to know if you were just starting to try for a baby. I felt quite stro…
 
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…
 
In this week’s episode, we talk to fertility consultant Rami Wakim. Rami, among other areas of expertise, specializes in Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). We wanted to chat with Rami to find out if these days IUI is really worth it or should you go straight to IVF. Kate mentioned that, in her opinion, she has seen fewer and fewer IUI procedures perf…
 
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…
 
Earlier in June, a hugely important review by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was published. This review produced guidance to help fertility clinics comply with their consumer law obligations but also provides guidance for you when considering purchasing IVF treatment. The word ‘purchasing’ there is massively significant because as well…
 
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…
 
Dr. Zeynep Gurtin, a Lecturer in Women’s Health at the Institute for Women’s Health at UCL, and holds an Affiliate Lectureship at the University of Cambridge Sociology Department. In 2020 - spoke to a sample of 457 women to find out their experience of fertility treatment whose treatment has been delayed due to clinic closures. The questionnaire wa…
 
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…
 
This week we have a bumper episode and have not one guest, but three! Our episode is all about the fact that infertility knows no colour, meaning that infertility doesn’t care about the colour of your skin – it impacts us all regardless but there are very unique challenges, and some similarities faced by differing communities. First up we chat to V…
 
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…
 
Unexplained Infertility In this episode, we’re together, in person and in the same room!! What a novelty. We’re talking unexplained infertility and whilst together we had a quick chat with the lovely Jen who is @jens_endlesshappydays on Instagram Jen has been diagnosed with unexplained infertility and is struggling with PCOS, however, her doctors d…
 
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…
 
This week we’re joined by Alice Rose who you may know on Instagram as @thisisalicerose. Alice is a former fertility patient, mum of two, campaigner and a mindset mentor. Alice’s ‘Think not What to Say’ campaign has been a trailblazer within the community, helping to bridge the disconnect between patients and their doctors and help friends and famil…
 
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…
 
This week we are talking about Solo Motherhood with Mel Johnson and Genevieve Roberts, both former guests of the podcast so check out the links to those conversations at the end. Travelling as a solo mum. We last spoke to Gen - in Barbados as she’d gone to review a single mum package. Mel travels with Daisy and has been to Bali, Budapest, done lots…
 
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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