100 episodes

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 give those struggling a platform to be heard, a community connection, and an opportunity to raise awareness of the 1 in 8 who, for many reasons, struggle with infertility.

This is Infertility A Podcast by Progyny

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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 give those struggling a platform to be heard, a community connection, and an opportunity to raise awareness of the 1 in 8 who, for many reasons, struggle with infertility.

    CoFertility: Fertility Uncomplicated

    CoFertility: Fertility Uncomplicated

    No one ever expects conception to be difficult, so when your pregnancy tests are frequently negative, you're left with several questions. And what do you do when you have questions? You Google them. However, the internet is not always your best friend when it comes to medical advice. How is anyone supposed to find reliable information on a topic not discussed widely enough, like infertility? 

    Arielle Spiegel found herself lost among unsuccessful doctor’s appointments and bogged down by research that didn’t provide clear solutions. So, she decided to change that.  

    Over the course of three chemical pregnancies, a Uterine Septum removal, three Intrauterine Insemination cycles, two In Vitro Fertilization cycles, and a crushing miscarriage before Mother's Day (among many other challenges), Arielle felt there must be some way in which she could use her knowledge and Type-A organization skills to help others who are looking for answers too. Thus, began CoFertility, a resource for anyone to learn about treatment scenarios, cost breakdown, and funding opportunities for fertility treatment.  

    Tune in to hear Arielle’s story as she walks us through every up and down that led her to help others while also finding some success for herself.  

    Guests: Arielle Spiegel, founder and CEO of CoFertility  

    Host: Dan Bulger 

    Got fertility questions? Click here to browse CoFertility for more resources and education. 

    For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Progyny’s Education page for more resources.  

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast and use the #ThisisInfertility.     

    Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com.  

    • 24 min
    The Broken Brown Egg

    The Broken Brown Egg

    Infertility and family building can be scary and isolating at times, especially when it seems like no one else around you are experiencing the same barriers to conception. Even as more people come forward to talk about their struggles, there is still a lack of race representation fueling these conversations.  

    Regina Townsend is the voice behind The Broken Brown Egg; a blog, resource, and community surrounding her experiences with infertility as a black woman. 

    Regina was frustrated with society’s outdated health education scaring kids about teen pregnancy and overshadowing important topics like fibroids, endometriosis, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which disproportionally affects black women. Beyond education, she struggled to find black representation for simple things like wedding planning, let alone infertility.  

    This episode covers Regina’s family building journey from the beginning. Whether it’s PCOS, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), or foster care, Regina has been through it all. She reflects on how each struggle has made her stronger, teaching her how to speak up at the doctor’s office, connect with others, and create community through an open dialogue.  
    Guests: Regina Townsend, The Broken Brown Egg  

    Host: Dan Bulger 

    If you’d like to explore The Broken Brown Egg further and get involved with Regina, click here to access her website and resources.  

    For more information visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Progyny’s Education page for more resources.  

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast and use the #ThisisInfertility.     

    Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com.  

    • 28 min
    Bonus - Progyny Oncofertility Webinar

    Bonus - Progyny Oncofertility Webinar

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which means today’s bonus episode is all about fertility preservation for cancer, otherwise known as oncofertility. Receiving a cancer diagnosis can turn your world upside down but understanding your fertility options from day one can make all the difference. Thanks to earlier detection and improved treatments, survival rates among cancer patients have increased steadily, and as a result, focus has shifted from immediate treatment to life after cancer too, including your future fertility. 

    This episode comes from a recent webinar featuring Meghan Curci, Progyny Patient Care Advocate, Jaime Knopman, M.D., Director of Fertility Preservation at CCRM New York and part of Progyny’s Provider Network; Emily Rich, VP of Strategic Planning and Operations at UJA and Progyny member; Joyce Reinecke, J.D., Executive Director at Alliance for Fertility Preservation. 

     Host: Meghan Curci, Progyny Patient Care Advocate  

    Experts:  Jaime Knopman, M.D., CCRM New York,  Emily Rich, Progyny member, Joyce Reinecke, Alliance for Fertility Preservation.  

    For more episodes of This is Infertility on Oncofertility: 

    Episode 19: Oncofertility: Making Fertility Preservation a Priority  Episode 20: Oncofertility: Fighting for Fertility Preservation Coverage 

    Episode 21: Oncofertility: The Hope Fertility Preservation Can Bring  Episode 22: Oncofertility: Helping Patients Navigate Between Oncology and Fertility  Episode 54: Oncofertility: Having a Fertility Benefit that Covers Fertility Preservation  Episode 84: Oncofertility: Donor Eggs, Surrogacy, and Embracing a New Plan 

    For more information visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Progyny’s Education page for more resources. 

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast and use the #ThisisInfertility.    

    Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com.   

    • 48 min
    Miscarriage Awareness: From RPL to Podcasting, The Story Behind Infertile AF

    Miscarriage Awareness: From RPL to Podcasting, The Story Behind Infertile AF

    Miscarriage is something that, no matter how many times we discuss it on this podcast, never gets easier to talk about. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and we think it’s important to share these stories, just as other podcasters and advocates in the space do. 

    You may know Ali Prato by her podcast name, “Infertile AF”, and by the open yet relatable way they address fertility and family building. But on today’s episode, Ali walks us through all she did to get there. 

    After an easy pregnancy, Ali and her husband were confused and devastated when they experienced multiple pregnancy losses trying to conceive their second child. As Ali approached her 40s, she and her husband finally made the expensive decision to pursue IVF. As a podcaster and infertility advocate, Ali is no stranger to talking about her experience with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), secondary infertility, and IVF, but the trauma and emotion from those dark days are still very much with her. 

    We also hear from Dr. Monica Best from Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, on the most common reasons for pregnancy loss and how age dramatically impacts the quantity and quality of a woman’s eggs. 

    Guests: Ali Prato, host of “Infertile AF” and Dr. Monica Best, Reproductive Biology Associates (RBA) 

    Host: Dan Bulger 

    If you’re interested in learning more about Ali or tuning into Infertile AF, you can find it here or search for the show wherever you listen to podcasts.  

    More info on Fertility Rally and updates on how to join the community can be found here.  

    For more information visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Progyny’s Education page for more resources.  

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast and use the #ThisisInfertility.     

    Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com.  

     

    • 27 min
    Oncofertility: Donor Eggs, Surrogacy, and Embracing a New Plan

    Oncofertility: Donor Eggs, Surrogacy, and Embracing a New Plan

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and when you hear the word cancer, your mind doesn’t automatically go to fertility preservation. But when 30-year-old Tricia Russo learned she would have to go through chemotherapy, radiation, a mastectomy, reconstruction, and begin taking medications that could prompt menopause for her breast cancer diagnosis, her team quickly floated the idea of freezing embryos. 

    It’s been nine years since Tricia’s breast cancer diagnosis, and her world looks a lot different. Not only is she a breast cancer survivor, she has endured a brain cancer diagnosis and surgery, became a mother through a surrogate and using donor eggs, and detailed her experience through a documentary film. 

    In today’s episode, we hear from Tricia on her experience, and get further insight from her fertility doctor, Dr. Natalie Cekleniak of IRMS. 

    Guests: Tricia Russo, Filmmaker, Dr. Natalie Cekleniak, IRMS 

    Host: Dan Bulger 

    You can watch ‘Love Always, Mom’, on Amazon Prime here. 

    For more episodes of This is Infertility on Oncofertility: 

    Episode 19: Oncofertility: Making Fertility Preservation a Priority  Episode 20: Oncofertility: Fighting for Fertility Preservation Coverage  Episode 21: Oncofertility: The Hope Fertility Preservation Can Bring  Episode 22: Oncofertility: Helping Patients Navigate Between Oncology and Fertility  Episode 54: Oncofertility: Having a Fertility Benefit that Covers Fertility Preservation 

    Progyny is hosting a free webinar, Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients: Focusing on Survival and Your Life After Cancer, with experts from the oncofertility industry (many of which are previous podcast guests!). You can find more information about it here.  

    For more information visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Progyny’s Education page for more resources.  

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast and use the #ThisisInfertility.     

    Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com.  

    • 31 min
    Eggs Over Easy Film: Advocacy and Change for Fertility in the Black Community

    Eggs Over Easy Film: Advocacy and Change for Fertility in the Black Community

    In the wake of the recent Black Lives Matter movement, companies, individuals, and institutions are taking a long, reflective look at their biases, policies, and inequalities, in an effort to stand together against systematic racism. The fertility industry is no different. 

    Enter Chiquita Lockley who realized that none of her friends were ever talking about fertility, infertility, and fibroids, so she decided to make a documentary, Eggs Over Easy. Her upcoming film features interviews with black women and physicians who discuss the jarring racial disparity in healthcare, the stigma of infertility, and need for advocacy and change.  

    In today’s episode, Chiquita shares some of her findings, like how black women have a 243% maternal mortality rate, and how doctors are quicker to dismiss black women’s concerns, sometimes fatally. 

    Guests: Chiquita Lockley, filmmaker, Dr Alan Copperman, Medical Director at Progyny 

    Host: Dan Bulger 

    You can watch the trailer for Eggs Over Easy here, and keep an eye on the website for upcoming screening dates.  

    For more information visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Progyny’s Education page for more resources.  

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast and use the #ThisisInfertility.     

    Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com.  

     

    • 20 min

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