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And a disclaimer, because you never know...the information presented here is not intended for diagnosis or treatment, but rather as general medical information purposes only. Now, let's get some answers!
Episode 13: Understanding Fertility Preservation Options in the Face of a Cancer Diagnosis
Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis, especially in younger women with a full life ahead of them. But in many cases, the conversation of fertility preservation can get missed or overlooked in a patient's consultations with oncologists in the rush to begin cancer treatment. In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, join Dr. Neil Chappell as he discusses fertility preservation before cancer treatment with Baton Rouge breast surgeon Dr. Mindy Bowie. In this timely discussion, learn about what conversations you should be having with your oncology team in terms of fertility preservation options, when preservation treatment should be done and the amount of time needed to freeze eggs, embryos or tissue prior to treatment.
Episode 12: A Primer on PCOS
September is PCOS awareness month, so we decided to take a very ambitious leap and present an overview of this extremely complex disorder. Join host Dr. Neil Chappell as he provides some thoughts on what goes awry in PCOS and what we can do about it. We take you through the basic mechanics of the menstrual cycle and how PCOS changes the game. With a focus on what symptoms to look for and what questions to ask to make sure you have control over PCOS, we hope this latest episode helps you out on your journey!
Episode 11: A Carrier Conversation
In this episode, Dr. Neil Chappell sits down with Hillary Janani, RN, MS, CGC, a licensed genetics counselor, to discuss carrier screening. Carrier screens are increasingly being discussed at routine doctor visits, and are a really important consideration for anyone in their reproductive years. So, we thought it worth a short discussion with an expert to arm patients with a few good facts to be prepared with! What is carrier screening, and what is it not? Who should consider carrier screening and when? Why does this matter for fertility treatments? How should I interpret positive or negative results? Enjoy this great conversation as Hillary guides us through what you need to know!
Episode 10: Let's Talk About IUI
Intrauterine insemination, or IUI for short, is one of the most commonly used infertility treatments. As an infertility patient, this is sometimes one of the first type of treatment protocols your doctor may prescribe for you, depending on your specific diagnosis. In this episode, join Dr. Neil Chappell and Fertility Answers IVF nurse Caroline Porter as they discuss the details of an IUI treatment cycle and what to expect throughout the process.
Episode 9: Eggs, Sperm and Embryos: An Insider's Look Into the Embryology Lab
In this episode, Dr. Neil Chappell is joined by Fertility Answers's own Dr. Chelsey Leisinger, PhD. As our chief embryologist and lab director, Dr. Leisinger answers some of the more commonly asked questions about what goes on after the egg retrieval, taking our listeners through the humble beginnings of the egg, its fertilization, and on to the early stages of an embryo's life. Is it best to freeze eggs or embryos? What does maturity mean? What is ICSI, really? Day 3 versus Day 5 transfers? From embryo grading to embryo glue, this episode was so fun to make, we will be sure to bring her back for part 2 and maybe even part 3!
Episode 8: Diet & Fertility
Ever wonder about food and fertility? Calories and conception? Protein and pregnancy? Join host Dr. Neil Chappell as we tackle the questions of what to eat when trying to conceive. We will discuss macros, diet fads, and supplements to tailor your meal planning for a healthy and happy “bun in the oven.” Enjoy!