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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.

Big Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF Big Fat Negative

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    • 4.9 • 692 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.

    Doing IVF abroad: Everything you need to know

    Doing IVF abroad: Everything you need to know

    Do you have questions about doing IVF abroad? Emma Haslam from Your IVF Abroad (yourivfabroad.co.uk) is here to answer them all - from what to do about language barriers to how to find a decent clinic.


    Meanwhile, Sophie has some exciting (but 100% non-triggering) news, and Professor Tim is tackling blood groups - do they affect fertility?


    Here is a link to a video of a watermelon with a lot of elastic bands around it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azA_zYYYy7I


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Meet Lui, our acupuncturist

    Meet Lui, our acupuncturist

    They've been going on about her for long enough - today, Emma and Gabby have finally dragged their acupuncturist, Lui Yeung, onto the podcast. She explains the principles of acupuncture and why it's helpful for fertility (also: which one of the girls is better at it. It's a bit tense). Meanwhile, Liz and special guest Nick are talking about performance anxiety and Prof Tim is talking linings again - can they ever be too thick?


    You can find out more about Lui at https://www.luiacupuncture.com/ or on her Instagram account at @luiyeungacupuncture.


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    • 56 min
    What's more gruelling - TTC or skiing solo to the South pole?

    What's more gruelling - TTC or skiing solo to the South pole?

    ... clue: you won't get frostbite from the difficult one. Emma and Gabby are joined by polar explorer Jenny Wordsworth, who tells them about the parallels between extreme endurance expeditions and infertility (because there sure as hell aren't many differences), while Sophie is talking furry friends and Professor Tim is tackling thin linings: what can you do about them?
     
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Notafictionalmum on adoption

    Notafictionalmum on adoption

    This week the girls are talking to Notafictionalmum, aka NFM, about adoption. Tears are shed by everyone except Emma, who is surprisingly heartless, it turns out. Meanwhile, Agony Aunt Liz tackles how to tell explain 'no news', while Prof T is talking transfer cycles - how close together can they be?


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    'Coming out' - and the PCOS Dr

    'Coming out' - and the PCOS Dr

    We're talking 'coming out' this week: how to tell people what you're going through. Plus, we're talking to The PCOS Dr, aka Dr Amina Hersi, and Professor Tim tackles retrograde ejaculation.


    Find Dr Amina's Instagram profile here.


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Ruth Corden and an embryo dilemma

    Ruth Corden and an embryo dilemma

    It's Liz's first turn as BFN's agony aunt - this week she's addressing an embryo dilemma: to fork out or not to fork out? Meanwhile, we're speaking Ruth Corden (you can find her podcast here or by searching 'Finding the Funny' on your podcast app) about childlessness not by choice, and Prof Tim is talking thyroids.


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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
692 Ratings

692 Ratings

Panda99246 ,

Perfect for the Joooouuurnneeyy

Love this podcast. Have listed to it throughout my ‘jooouuuuurrrney’. Keep up the great work x

Charlotte487 ,

Brilliant, just brilliant

I’ve found out so much from this podcast that is not readily available elsewhere, especially from doctors. It’s a must for anyone facing infertility or anyone who wants to know more. Not sure how i’d have got through the last few years of fertility treatments without it. Thank you.

katymackaybegley ,

Absolutely loved it until...

So I recently discovered this podcast while struggling to conceive our second child. I was working my way through the back catalogue and really loving it...until they get pregnant. I don’t know why they don’t keep the pregnancy updates for the end of the episode and acknowledge that most people listening probably don’t want to hear you self indulgently moan about your pregnancy so people can just easily skip the rest. They do mostly give trigger warnings but you would have to just skip through the episode and listen out for when they aren’t still talking about it. I’m so confused about why they think the people listening to this who are surely mostly struggling to conceive would want to hear this. I wish they would have started a separate pregnancy podcast and kept the two separate as for me it totally spoils it.

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