Jamie and Ellie aka 'Jellie' team up to bring you a podcast about infertility, TTC, IVF and ICSI. A show focused around their third and final IVF cycle, as well as regular interviews with guests who share their own stories and experts who can offer advice.
#12. Expert Ep: Top UK Embryologist Answers ALL Of Our Questions... Even The Weird Ones
Embryologist Emma Whitney joins The JelliePod to answer our questions on eggs, sperm and embryos.
After 13 years at The Lister Fertility Clinic, Emma is now Laboratory Manager at The Evewell Fertility Clinic in London. With nearly 20 years of practical IVF lab experience, Emma specialises in pre-implantation genetic testing of embryos with a passion to prevent the transmission of inherited genetic disease and to enhance the capabilities of embryo testing.
We quiz Emma on exactly what goes on behind the scenes; how to choose sperm for ICSI, what makes a good egg, what it's like to give daily updates to patients, and whether they ever get a gut feel on how things are going to pan out. Emma explains embryo grading and the process of freezing and thawing embryos. We discuss genetic testing, and exactly what can be done in terms of screening for abnormalities and why.
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#11. Guest Ep: The End Of The Road? When IVF Doesn't Work... What Then?
What happens when IVF doesn't work, and you've reached the end of the road?
We welcome one of the bravest women we've ever met, 37-year-old Anya to the show to talk about her journey, which she describes as 'every infertile girl's nightmare'.
After a long journey trying to conceive with a diagnosis of a uterine fibroid and autoimmune disease Hashitmoto's and adenomyosis, Anya and her partner underwent two unsuccessful rounds of IVF. At 37, Anya got pregnant naturally, but her dreams were crushed when she discovered it was ectopic. She went on to have a hysterectomy as her uterus was left with no muscle tissue having been fully infected by adenomyosis.
Five years after they started trying for a baby, in December 2020 they had to suddenly and cruelly come to terms with the fact that their journey to become biological parents was over. Anya is still processing what's happened but is learning to accept herself and her body. She's determined to turn her experience into a positive thing, to be a voice of support for others, please give her a follow, @i-m-calm-just-infertile
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#10. The Girls: 4 Women, 4 Different IVF Journeys, All From One NCT Group...
The JelliePod's first all-girl line-up come together for their first episode of The Girls. Jellie's Ellie is joined by Helena, Lucy and Janine, her pals from NCT - all of whom went through individual fertility issues and IVF journeys. They chat about their experiences of fertility treatment and the stigma attached to infertility.
#9. Expert Ep: IVF v ICSI, Frozen v Fresh With The Lister Fertility Clinic
Mr James Nicopoullos is a Consultant Gynaecologist, sub-specialist in reproductive medicine and Clinical Director of The Lister Fertility Clinic and he joins this latest expert episode of The Jelliepod to debunk a few IVF myths, as well as discussing embryo grading, day 5, 6 and 7 embryos as well as what to do with the ones leftover.
A really great episode for everybody going through fertility treatment, especially those who are just getting started. A huge thanks to The Lister Fertility Clinic and James for starring on the pod.
The Lister Fertility Clinic
#8. Guest Ep: 5 IVF Cycles, SERC, Egg Donors, And A Devastating Miscarriage
We welcome 30-year-old Natalie who joins the show to talk about her IVF/TTC journey.
Natalie and her partner went through five rounds of IVF, three NHS journies and two private rounds with an egg donor. Natalie was also diagnosed with SERC (a little-known condition called smooth endoplasmic reticulum clusters).
Natalie talks about how she struggled with the prospect of not having children as IVF cycles continue to fail, and how she came to terms with using an egg donor, and their decision to have egg donor treatment within the UK. Natalie talks about how she found counselling helpful ahead of treatment.
Trigger warning: the journey involves a devastating miscarriage that lasted months, involving two lots of surgeries as well as some personal advice on how to come to terms with the loss of a baby.
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#7. Expert Ep: Covid, Vaccines And Your AMH: What Does This Mean For Fertility Treatment?
We're joined by Medical Director of IVI London Dr. Cesar Diaz-Garcia MD PhD Assoc Prof to talk about the impact of Covid-19 on fertility, the AMH and menstrual cycles.
We quiz Dr. Diaz-Garcia on the AMH test and why there's often a discrepancy in results between clinics that confuses us all, to how you can improve your AMH and what you might be doing to damage it.
We cover Covid and its impact on the AMH, as well as the vaccine and what it's doing to menstrual cycles and fertility in general.
We ask about fertility treatment in relation to having a vaccine and when it might be best to wait.
Dr Cesar Diaz-Garcia is an award-winning fertility specialist and surgeon, Medical Director of leading fertility clinic IVI London and an Honorary Associate Professor at University College London.
His research is focused on improving IVF success rates, uterus transplantation and ovarian rejuvenation and in 2012, he was part of the team to obtain the first live birth from a uterus transplantation.
Dr Diaz led the Valencian Program for Fertility Preservation, which is one of the most internationally recognised fertility programs for cancer patients. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters and is currently the Associate Editor of Human Reproduction Update.
IVI / IVI London Clinic description:
IVI London is the flagship UK clinic of IVI-RMA, the world's largest medical group dedicated to assisted reproduction, founded in 1990 in Spain. IVI London is one of 65 IVI clinics in nine countries worldwide, offering a complete range of fertility treatments including IVF, IUI and ICSI. The clinic is located on Wimpole Street in Marylebone, West London.
About Jellie Diary
Jamie and Ellie began documenting their IVF journey in 2016. You can access videos of every step of the way on their YouTube channel and Facebook page.
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Informative & entertaining fertility podcast
Really enjoying this podcast series and I discovered at a perfect time as I’m about to start my IVF journey. Some really useful information and perspectives. Looking forward to the next episodes!
Perfect podcast for fertility support!
Such a great podcast for those who about to embark on or are going through fertility treatment. Hearing people chat about their fertility stories helps you feel less alone and helps you to consider other options. Well done Ellie & Jamie!
Keeping IVF real
Followed them from the start and LOVE how they keep it real and light hearted despite it being such a tough subject. Looking forward to hearing more stories and seeing how they shine a light on the struggles and success from Infertility.