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Infertility affects an estimated one in eight couples, and about one in five known pregnancies ends in miscarriage. These experiences can be lonely and isolating for people going through them, and bewildering for those who want to offer support but don’t know how. Join health reporter Anna Almendrala and comedy writer Simon Ganz as they share their journey toward parenthood with frank, humorous discussions on the humiliations and hilarity of infertility, miscarriage, and IVF.

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Infertility affects an estimated one in eight couples, and about one in five known pregnancies ends in miscarriage. These experiences can be lonely and isolating for people going through them, and bewildering for those who want to offer support but don’t know how. Join health reporter Anna Almendrala and comedy writer Simon Ganz as they share their journey toward parenthood with frank, humorous discussions on the humiliations and hilarity of infertility, miscarriage, and IVF.

    Surviving Pregnancy In America

    Surviving Pregnancy In America

    Some women can get pregnant all they want, but being able to carry it to term is another story entirely. On this episode, Simon and Anna go beyond miscarriage to talk about when a pregnancy becomes a physical health risk for the mother. Along with one woman’s personal story, experts weigh in on why more women die in America during or after childbirth than in any other industrialized country, and how racial prejudice plays a role.
     
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    • 42 min
    Going From Childless To Childfree

    Going From Childless To Childfree

    After years of infertility, people can be tapped out both financially and emotionally. On this episode, Anna and Simon speak to a couple that decided enough was enough after one of them almost died from a fertility-related procedure.
     
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    All By Myself

    All By Myself

    Not every infertility story is about a couple fighting their biology. People who want to have children take for granted that those children are going to be the fruit of a loving relationship. What if you haven’t met the right person but you still want kids? On this episode, we hear from a comedian who is using her podcast to find a sperm donor, and a woman who found strength and independence through her choice to become a single mother.
     
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    • 33 min
    Is Egg And Sperm Donation 'Worth It'?

    Is Egg And Sperm Donation 'Worth It'?

    Normally on this show we focus on people who struggle to have a baby, but this week we want to look at infertility from the donor’s perspective. What motivates people to donate eggs and sperm? Is it just about the money? Is the money even worth it? And how do they feel years later about the experience?


    On this episode we talk to a couple who donated sperm and eggs to pay their bills, a woman who deeply regrets donating her eggs, and a medical anthropologist who is tracking the impact of egg donation on donors.
     
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    • 45 min
    Surrogacy Is An Out-Of-Body Experience

    Surrogacy Is An Out-Of-Body Experience

    Infertility can sometimes feel like waging a battle against your own body. And for a dedicated few, the only solution is to change the battlefield itself. On this episode, we follow one family’s journey through gestational surrogacy, one of the most expensive and difficult fertility treatments out there.
     
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    • 32 min
    A Very Special Thanksgiving Episode

    A Very Special Thanksgiving Episode

    On this ~very special~ Thanksgiving bonus episode, Anna and Simon take a look at some of the latest infertility headlines, including Michelle Obama’s IVF history, and Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s birth via a surrogate. Later, they read emails and tweets from listeners.
     
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Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Zobiioh ,

Thank you

Thank you so much. Me and my husband needed this so much. ♥️

NobutIhaveadog ,

Great podcast

Heart breaking but optimistic. I have really enjoyed this podcast despite it being a difficult subject. It is interesting, varied and sensitively done.

Jemima Sassypants ,

Hilarious, Heart Felt, and Honest

As someone dealing with the emotional roller coaster of infertility, I reached out to the podcast universe to listen, learn and connect with others out there who know what it is like to be in this head and heart space. I really loved this! I cried, laughed and learnt. Big ups to you two!

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