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Big Fat Negative is the podcast about IVF, infertility and the trials of TTC - aka trying for a baby. Co-hosted by journalists and friends Emma Forsyth Haslett and Gabriella Griffith, the show follows their stories on the not-so-simple journey to motherhood, while also interviewing a range of experts on all things infertility.
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Big Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF Big Fat Negative

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 792 Ratings

Big Fat Negative is the podcast about IVF, infertility and the trials of TTC - aka trying for a baby. Co-hosted by journalists and friends Emma Forsyth Haslett and Gabriella Griffith, the show follows their stories on the not-so-simple journey to motherhood, while also interviewing a range of experts on all things infertility.
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    Claire Lynch on the significance of Small

    Claire Lynch on the significance of Small

    Author Claire Lynch joins us to talk about her book Small: On Motherhoods, same-sex TTC, and what it's like to have premature twins.
    Meanwhile, Emma has Some News and Professor Tim addresses our second-silliest question so far.
    Swears throughout.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Knackered Knackers on male factor infertility and using a sperm donor

    Knackered Knackers on male factor infertility and using a sperm donor

    What is wrong with Emma's mic today? We don't know, but we're sorry. Normal service will resume next week.
    We're joined by Shaun Greenaway, aka Knackered Knackers, who talks about what it's like to find out you have azoospermia and how he came to the decision to use a sperm donor.
    Meanwhile, Professor Tim explains why you can't breastfeed and go through IVF treatment at the same time.
    Swears throughtout.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Bonus: Paying for IVF and fertility treatment

    Bonus: Paying for IVF and fertility treatment

    IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GAIA: We're here on a Monday for a special episode to discuss funding IVF and fertility treatment. We've got an amazing panel including campaigners Wegan, journalist Alex Holder and Nader AlSalim, the founder and CEO of Gaia, to talk about the ups and downs (mainly downs) of financing your fertility treatment.
    To find out more about Gaia, visit https://gaiafamily.com/.

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    • 49 min
    Interior Design Masters' Amy Davies on multiple miscarriage

    Interior Design Masters' Amy Davies on multiple miscarriage

    Amy Davies moved thousands of viewers to tears (and dozens of you to message us) when she shared her experiences of infertility on the show Interior Design Masters. Today she joins us to talk about the multiple miscarriages she has suffered, and how she used her time on the show to pull herself out of the IVF trench.
    Elsewhere, we are speaking to Wegan about their triumph after the Women's Health Strategy, announced last week, included free IUIs for same-sex couples, and Professor Tim addresses hair dye during IVF.
    Swears throughout.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Emma Barnett on infertility, IVF and endometriosis

    Emma Barnett on infertility, IVF and endometriosis

    Emma Barnett is the host of Woman's Hour and Newsnight - and she's also struggling to conceive her second child. In May this year she wrote a tell-all piece for the Times, in which she described her six (now seven) rounds of IVF and the miscarriage she suffered. Here, she tells Emma and Gabby what she's been through, how she holds down her career with debilitating endometriosis, and why she keeps going. Also - a drinking game!
    Meanwhile, Prof T stages his glorious return, and Emma has Some News.
    Swears throughout.
    To read Emma Barnett's Times piece, click here (or go to https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/emma-barnett-five-rounds-of-ivf-one-miscarriage-and-no-baby-257tkztct). You can sign up for her newsletter, Trying, at emmabarnett.substack.com.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Fertility Show special

    Fertility Show special

    Gabby and Emma speak to Sophie Sulehria and Laura Biggs from the Fertility Show ahead of their appearance at the show next month, and in IVF WTF, Gabby asks Dr Wael Saab, fertility consultant and Deputy Clinical Director at the CRGH, about some of the basics of IVF.
    If you want tickets to the show, use the code BFN20 to get 20% off at checkout, valid until midnight on 7 May. Book tickets at fertilityshow.co.uk.


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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
792 Ratings

792 Ratings

Nelly2404 ,

The infertility podcast for everyone!

BFN is such an amazing resource for anyone who knows someone on a journey, facing their own infertility or already on their infertility journey.
Emma and Gabby are relatable and ask the questions everyone wants to ask. Following their own journeys is an emotional rollercoaster but gives a true insight into IVF.
With a range of guests covering all areas of infertility and a wide range of professionals it is a must for all those on this journey.
The community that has come together using social media becomes the family you didn’t know you needed.
So much advice and easy to access content which has changed my own infertility journey. Because of this podcast I have felt confident asking for tests and talking about options that I did not know about before.
Thank you Emma and Gabby for all you have done.

belrage ,

Game changer of a podcast

I started my “journey” back in 2013/14.. and I wish this had been around then. After feeling alone going through operations, ivf cycles and miscarriage I was exhausted so took a break.. in 2020 I started looking into using my remaining embryos and during lockdown found these ladies. They kept me going and filled me with hope and ideas. I have now finally used my final embryo and alas it didn’t work. That’s the end of the road. Yes I’m a mess but coming back to this podcast and their book makes me feel less alone and the episodes re accepting childlessness not by choice are a lifeline. Keep up the good work. Oh and start from the beginning if you haven’t listened yet!!

Aga mama ,

Highly recommended

This podcast is wonderful. It’s like your close friends having a supportive and informative chat with you- they have a lovely dynamic with each other and are always thoughtful, gentle, tactful and REAL. I’ve found it a real support - the episode descriptions give you an outline if you have anything you need to avoid… topic wise.
It’s really made me feel a lot better on this rather horrible, testing and unknown journeeeey - I dont know anyone IRL experiencing IVF or infertility so the us has been a sanity saver.
These women are Gold.

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