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Episode 23: Overcoming the Stress of Infertility
The level of stress experienced by individuals and couples diagnosed with infertility is nothing to dismiss. Experts equate the distress and trauma one gets with being diagnosed as infertile the same as getting a cancer diagnosis. Join us in this special conversation with Samantha Rauber, LPC, a licensed counselor certified in perinatal mental health in the Baton Rouge area, who discusses how a diagnosis of infertility can become a real emotional crisis for many. Learn about the ways she counsels patients to deal with the stress infertility creates, tried and true coping mechanisms, how partners and others can support you, and how to deal with those who just don't get it.
Episode 22: Mosaic Embryos - What They Are and How They Affect Your IVF Journey
If you’re an IVF patient you’ve maybe heard your fertility specialist or embryologist use the term “mosaic” to describe your embryo after genetic testing. As embryo genetic testing has advanced over the last few years, geneticists are learning that not all embryos fall neatly into the classification of either normal or abnormal, but some can fall into a spectrum in between called mosaicism. Listen as our host Dr. Neil Chappell welcomes Caroline Stites, a genetics counselor at Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA, who helps us explain what a mosaic embryo is and what it means to you and your fertility journey.
Episode 21: A Septum Story of Uterine Anomalies
Uterine anomalies and structural problems with the female reproductive organs, such as uterine septums, are often associated with increased miscarriage. In this episode, Dr. Neil Chappell discusses uterine anomalies with Fertility Answers patient Emma who came to our center with a history of miscarriages and a uterine septum. Find out more about what that means, what to do about it, and what the journey can look like in this all encompassing conversation about uterine anomalies.
Episode 20: Acupuncture and Fertility - What are the Benefits?
East meets West in this special episode featuring Dr. Jan Morello, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician in Baton Rouge. Her strong interest in holistic approaches and combining Eastern and Western medicine led her to become a licensed acupuncturist through Harvard Medical School. Based on thousands of years of practice in Eastern medicine, acupuncture uses tiny needles to restore the energy flow throughout the body. While the scientific jury is still out on whether acupuncture actually does help with fertility, research has noted that it can increase production of endorphins, the body's natural "feel good" brain chemical that also plays a role in regulating hormones. Take a listen to Dr. Neil Chappell's chat with practicing acupuncturist Dr. Morello as she explains how it works and what benefits you can possibly get during fertility treatment.
Episode 19: An Update on COVID-19 and the Vaccines - Searching for the Truth
It's been over eight months since the vaccines have come out and we've learned quite a bit in that time. With close to 170 million fully-vaccinated people in the U.S., the preliminary research shows that the vaccines are doing their job of saving lives. But there is a lot of varied information and opinions about the vaccines, and we know you want truthful answers from people you trust. In this episode, Dr. Neil Chappell updates you on the status of the more contagious delta variant, what research has revealed in relation to the vaccines on pregnancy and fertility, and debunks some of the myths about the vaccines. Our mission is to bring you the most up-to-date facts and help you make the best decisions while building your family!
Episode 18: LGBTQ+ Family Building - What Are the Options for Lesbian Women?
It's Pride Month and we've got a special podcast for our LGBTQ+ listeners who have been curious as to their options for family building. In this episode, Dr. Neil Chappell talks with patient Kaitlyn to take an in-depth look into the options she and her wife Alana considered, tried, and were successful at during their family building journey. Our discussion explores the pros and cons of home inseminations versus clinic-monitored inseminations, how to buy and handle donor sperm, and reciprocal IVF for lesbian women which allows both partners to be a part of the journey.
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This podcast has been so great for helping me understand different aspects of fertility treatment. We are starting at a fertility clinic soon and being able to have more information and our options has definitely helped ease stress about the process. Thank you so much for making the information digestible and easy to understand. Looking forward to more episodes!
My names Lauren! My husband and I have been trying for atleast 5 years! We just found out he has varicocele! Pretty severe case he’s going to have surgery but the doctor which is a local doctor from southern urology is going to perform the surgery! We were told that even after the surgery we would probably need to do IVF or IUI! We have an appointment with Dr Storment after his surgery! I am so confused about everything should we see Dr Storment before his surgery? I feel like I don’t want to waste another penny on doing things that won’t get us to our goal of a baby if at the end of the day we have to do IVF! We’re just ready to get this going! We’re scared! This first episode on the podcast is pushing me to want to come in before the surgery! This podcast is the best thing that’s hit the podcast nation!