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Real-life uncut stories of infertility that validate, educate, & create a community where no one is left silently suffering. Your host is Monique Farook, an IVF-mom to one, entrepreneur, and women’s health advocate.

Monique chats with guests about reproductive justice, how infertility affects relationships and marriage, pregnancy loss, miscarriage, male-factor infertility, rare conditions such as MRKH, endometriosis, LGBTQ+ paths to parenthood, single parents by choice, and what happens when fertility friends walk away childless.

Email Monique at info@moniquefarook.com to share your Fertility Friend Check-In. FFCI is a segment on the podcast to share an area of your journey that you're struggling with, wins, questions, or comments. Monique will respond & share on FF Check-In episodes.

Infertility And Me: Infertility, TTC, Fertility Monique Farook

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Real-life uncut stories of infertility that validate, educate, & create a community where no one is left silently suffering. Your host is Monique Farook, an IVF-mom to one, entrepreneur, and women’s health advocate.

Monique chats with guests about reproductive justice, how infertility affects relationships and marriage, pregnancy loss, miscarriage, male-factor infertility, rare conditions such as MRKH, endometriosis, LGBTQ+ paths to parenthood, single parents by choice, and what happens when fertility friends walk away childless.

Email Monique at info@moniquefarook.com to share your Fertility Friend Check-In. FFCI is a segment on the podcast to share an area of your journey that you're struggling with, wins, questions, or comments. Monique will respond & share on FF Check-In episodes.

    Infertility & Ovarian Cancer w/Jenny Lowe (BFP)

    Infertility & Ovarian Cancer w/Jenny Lowe (BFP)

    Imagine your doctor discovers signs of ovarian cancer during a routine ultrasound to prepare for an IVF embryo transfer, what would you do, how would you respond? In 2019, Jenny Lowe was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer in the midst of her first round of IVF after four unsuccessful IUI cycles; she was 34 years old. 
    Jenny also shares with us the day she tested positive for BRCA Gene Mutation, also known as BReast CAncer gene. Every human carries these genes. For a small percentage, their BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 genes mutate. As a result of her illness, she lost the ability to carry a baby and have genetic ties to future children.
    Jenny shares what it was like to overcome ovarian cancer, the process of finding a surrogate, and the surprising volunteer surrogates. Just when the storm begins to clear, surrogacy would prove to be tumultuous too. 
    To raise awareness Jenny wrote a memoir called Saved By Hope-affectionately named after her daughter. Snag your copy of Jenny's book, here! Follow Jenny on Instagram
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    • 51 min
    Infertility is Emotionally Traumatizing w/Megan Whiting (BFP)

    Infertility is Emotionally Traumatizing w/Megan Whiting (BFP)

    In this episode, Monique chats with Megan Whiting. Megan and her husband were diagnosed with unexplained infertility in 2016, after several years of marriage. Meghan describes her experience through infertility as deeply traumatizing and life long. 
    Megan Whiting is the Founder of the Pursuit of Rainbows Foundation and an advocate for Resolve. It is Megan's mission to spread infertility awareness, educate, and use her title as Mrs. Ohio International 2022 to give voice to the silent sufferers everywhere.
    Key Moments: 
    00:00:00- Intro
    00:03:21- Meet Megan
    00:09:24-Unexplained infertility & the emotional impact.
    00:13:55- What does a life without children look like?
    00:15:39- There's value in the pause & rest.
    00:19:34- Miscarriage.
    00:21:11- Pregnancy after infertility.
    0:27:47- The right to family building. 
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    • 32 min
    Accessible Egg Freezing & Egg Donation w/Lauren Makler

    Accessible Egg Freezing & Egg Donation w/Lauren Makler

    Diagnosed with a rare abdominal disease that caused large masses in her abdomen, Lauren was told she may never have biological children. After exploring all of her options, she embarked on the path to motherhood with her husband. While on maternity leave, Lauren Makler, CEO, Co-Fertility Founder decided and felt a new passion for reproductive health care, which led to the creation of CoFertility. 
    *Lauren states: "At its core, egg donation is someone doing something good and providing a life-altering opportunity for a family." "This stigma is a problem on multiple fronts. It discourages women from helping a family grow when that might be something they want to do. It leaves intended parents without options, and it especially hurts the LGBTQ community that needs to rely on egg donation for family planning."-Lauren Mackler on fastcompany.com
    We'll be discussing: 
    The stigma of donor conceived persons and donors.How CoFertility is A more thoughtful, human-centered matching, education, and communication platform for families in need of egg donation.How Freeze by Co Empowers women to take control of their fertility timelines by making egg freezing more accessible. Our Split program enables them to freeze for free when they donate half of the eggs retrieved to a family who can't conceive. Family by Co: A more thoughtful, human-centered matching, education, and communication platform for families in need of egg donation.Laurens's Fertility Struggles.What inspired parent company CoFertility?A more human approach leads to better egg donor and intended family match success, was this discovered during your research to build the new initiatives?00:25:00- Article written By Amber Ferguson, reporter/video editor of The Washington Post: Shortage of Black sperm donors in America. *If you enjoyed this episode, consider leaving a "Rating & Review" on Apple iTunes or Spotify. Just one sentence helps the show's exposure tremendously!


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    • 31 min
    Single mom by choice w/Julia Karol (BFP)

    Single mom by choice w/Julia Karol (BFP)

    Have you considered being a single parent by choice or know someone who has? Whether man, woman, or non-binary, the decision to pursue parenthood without a mate is tough.
    Will family support you, can you handle the judgement of outsiders, are you emotionally, and financially prepared? Monique chats with Julia Karol about how she realized her dreams of motherhood & took matters into her own hands. Julia shares with us her unique and unconventional social-infertility story to motherhood.
    Julia Karol is the president and COO of the Watermill Group. She has several different philanthropic engagements and was named the Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A by Mergers and Acquisitions Magazine for three consecutive years. Julia started her podcast Stork'd during her family-building journey. She started asking questions to anyone and everyone as she was exploring her options and gaining comfort in her decision to become a solo parent she's now the mother to a beautiful 10-month-old boy conceived by a sperm donor. 
    Key Moments:
    00:01:44- Meet Julia
    00:05-23- Social infertility
    00:08:18- My Eat, Pray, Love
    00:12:18- Support.
    00:16:32- I felt empowered by fertility preservation.
    00:18:54- Embryo freezing.
    00:20:40- COVID & at home Insemination with my obGYN bestie.
    00:26:17- Success in modern family building looks different for everyone.
    00:27:33- Supporting others when I needed support too.
    00:30:55- Do what feels right to you. 
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    • 32 min
    Infertility Is A B*tch: Anonymous Story w/Jade Barrett (BFP)

    Infertility Is A B*tch: Anonymous Story w/Jade Barrett (BFP)

    Jade Barrett spent two years TTC before getting the diagnosis of endometriosis, despite Doctors telling her she didn't have it. In this episode, Jade shares her uncensored opinions and the leaps and bounds she had to get through to be properly diagnosed. Her spouse had male factor issues as well. Connect with Jade on IG!
    Key Moments:
    00:02:24- Meet Jade.
    00:07:56- Disastrous fertilty clinic consult.
    00:14:58- Fighting for medical care.
    00:17:46- All of it is crazy and a bitch.
    00:20:14- The Doctor offered us fertility meds from Mexico.
    00:25:06- The TWW (two week wait)
    00:26:39- Good news is, it's not endometriosis.
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    • 30 min
    Infertility & TTC As A Nomad: Low AMH w/Rianna Hijlkema

    Infertility & TTC As A Nomad: Low AMH w/Rianna Hijlkema

    Monique chats with Rianna Hijlkema, who like most of us spent years TTC. Rianna has low AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) and has been a nomad for 12 years while dealing with infertility for 6 years. She has completed 6 IUI's and 3 IVF cycles in 3 different countries: Indonesia, Nepal, Bulgaria, and Belgium. At the time of this recording in May 2022, she was told by her clinic in Colombia that they could not move forward with IVF because her AMH was too low. 
    Rianna and her husband are currently in limbo with how they will move forward in their path to parenthood. For now, they are living life childless. You can find Rianna on IG and through her coaching services supporting others in the throes of infertility.
    Childless after Infertility accounts mentioned in this episode: @chasing.creation @tanyahubbardcounselling @bloomingwithcare @childlessnessintheroom @livechildfree @mindbodyrevival_coach
    00:01:34- Meet Rianna.
    00:02:30- Finding Love.
    00:08:45- TTC
    00:13:22- Childless after fertility treatments.
    00:20:12- The disappointment of unsuccessful IVF cycles. 
    00:22:56- How do I take my power back.
    24:34- Childless after infertility accounts.
    25:48- A last word.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Dashdoodle ,

Monique has such a special voice!

Monique is warm, grounded, living, supportive- this is an incredible podcast that warmly welcomes all corners of the infertility world. She’s incredible

Karen The Therapist ,

Relatable and insightful

Monique has a way of making both guest and listeners feel comfortable in their vulnerability. I love how each show feels as if you are in your living room talking to your girlfriend. This is a great podcast for anyone who feels alone on the TTC journey. A must listen!!!

Freebeck's Itunes ,

Infertility & Me & ALL OF US

This podcast is so helpful to hear from others going through what I am going through, to know we are not alone in any of our feelings and that the bad feelings are okay. I love how comfortable Monique is talking about even the more difficult aspects of fertility including loss, and how comfortable she is sharing her own story.

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