250 episodes

In this unfiltered podcast about infertility, Brooklyn-based journalist and mom-of-two Ali Prato, who went through secondary infertility and IVF herself, talks to women—and some men—about the messy, frustrating, painful, heartbreaking, absurd and sometimes hilarious journey to have a baby. Or in some cases, to not have a baby. Each episode tells a different story about family building, getting real about miscarriages, egg freezing, sperm and egg donation, IUIs, endometriosis, male factor infertility, adoption, surrogacy, genetic testing, single parenting by choice, LGBTQ+ fertility, living childless not by choice, depression, relationship issues, money issues, jealousy, PTSD, and so much more. Ali covers all of the outcomes in this safe, non-judgement zone: the happy endings, the soul-crushingly sad ones, and the ones still in limbo.

Infertile AF Alison Prato

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 442 Ratings

In this unfiltered podcast about infertility, Brooklyn-based journalist and mom-of-two Ali Prato, who went through secondary infertility and IVF herself, talks to women—and some men—about the messy, frustrating, painful, heartbreaking, absurd and sometimes hilarious journey to have a baby. Or in some cases, to not have a baby. Each episode tells a different story about family building, getting real about miscarriages, egg freezing, sperm and egg donation, IUIs, endometriosis, male factor infertility, adoption, surrogacy, genetic testing, single parenting by choice, LGBTQ+ fertility, living childless not by choice, depression, relationship issues, money issues, jealousy, PTSD, and so much more. Ali covers all of the outcomes in this safe, non-judgement zone: the happy endings, the soul-crushingly sad ones, and the ones still in limbo.

    IVF mama and LIttle Words Project founder Adriana Carrig

    IVF mama and LIttle Words Project founder Adriana Carrig

    It's our 250th Episode! Wooooot! Today, Ali is talking to a very special guest: Adriana Carrig, the brilliant IVF mama behind Little Words Project, the jewelry line featuring inspiring and empowering words and promoting kindness and support. Adriana tells Ali all about her family building journey, including what kind of sex education (or lack thereof) she got while growing up; her two year trial period of having sex but not getting pregnant; and what happened when she and her husband, Bill, went to a fertility specialist. She talks about having her first son through IVF; going "clean" in terms of her diet and beauty products; having her second son -- including a long and difficult NICU stay; and why she believes so strongly in the "power of the mind." She also talks how she took LIttle Words Project from something she did in her parents' basement to the behemoth it is today. 

    For more, check out www.littlewordsproject.com 

    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
    IVF; bullying; sex education; infertility; REI; power of the mind; NICU life; Little Words Project; being an entrepreneur 

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    FERTILITY RALLY @fertilityrally www.fertilityrally.com
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at fertilityrally.com. We offer 4 to 5 support groups per week, 4 private Facebook groups, tons of curated IRL and virtual events, and an entire community of more than 500 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey.

    Join now at link in bio on IG @fertilityrally or at www.fertilityrally.com

    RECEPTIVA DX
    ReceptivaDx is the only test that can identify endometriosis, progesterone resistance and endometritis in a single sample, all causes for unexplained infertility and thus success rates of IVF treatments. ReceptivaDx includes BCL6, a marker that identifies uterine inflammation most often associated with asymptomatic (silent) endometriosis. BCL6 is found in more than 50% of women with unexplained infertility and over 65% of women with two or more IVF failures. If positive for the ReceptivaDx test, treatment options can improve the chances for a successful live birth 5 fold! Learn more at receptivadx.com or download our app “Receptivadx" -- and USE CODE INFERTILEAF23 for $75 off the test

    BERRY
    Introducing the Berry Fertility app, a free way to manage your fertility treatments like Egg Freezing, IVF, and embryo transfer all in one place. The Berry app can help you understand the stages of your treatment, look up information about your medications, and set reminders for your doses and appointments. You’ll also find simple to follow injection videos, tutorials, as well as articles with pro tips on how to manage your injections.The Berry team is always available to provide support and answer your questions. It’s 100% free to use, and you can find it in the Apple app store. Try Berry Fertility, the trusted partner for every fertility journey.
    Go to https://www.berryfertility.com/

    S'MOO
    S’moo’s best-selling hormone balance powder is formulated with 7 essential vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are all highly recommended for Hormone Balance, Fertility, and PCOS. Now is the perfect time to give it a try, with an exclusive early Black Friday offer just for Infertile AF podcast listeners. 
    Go to thesmooco.com enjoy a generous 20% off sitewide using code 'InfertileAF' at checkout

    Support this podcast at: https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations
    Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
    Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy


    Our Sponsors:
    * Check out Mosie Baby and use my code INFERTILEAF for a great deal: https://mosiebaby.com/


    Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations

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    • 50 min
    Part Two: Kristyn Hodgdon, co-founder of Rescripted

    Part Two: Kristyn Hodgdon, co-founder of Rescripted

    When we last talked to Kristyn, in January 2020, she shared how "nothing on the road to motherhood was easy" for her, from the "Clomid crazies" to her first failed frozen embryo transfer. At the time, her IVF twins were toddlers. Today, her twins are five years old, and Kristyn fills us in on what's happened since our last podcast episode, including two more years of fertility treatments. "In total, I did five embryo transfers over two years," she says. "Two losses and three that didn't implant at all. I just can't believe I'm here. I was so sure two years ago that we were gonna have three kids. Now I'm in this limbo period where I don't know what to do next." In addition to her family building journey, Kristyn shares how she pivoted from founding The Fertility Tribe to co-founding Rescripted, which covers women's health and wellness from first period to last period. 

    For more, go to www.rescripted.com/

    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Twin pregnancy; Asherman's Syndrome; PCOS; embryo transfers; IVF; miscarriage; blighted ovum

    For podcast sponsorship or partnership inquiries, please email infertileafstories@gmail.com

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    FERTILITY RALLY @fertilityrally www.fertilityrally.com
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at fertilityrally.com. We offer 4 to 5 support groups per week, 4 private Facebook groups, tons of curated IRL and virtual events, and an entire community of more than 500 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey.

    Join now at link in bio on IG @fertilityrally or at www.fertilityrally.com

    RECEPTIVA DX
    ReceptivaDx is the only test that can identify endometriosis, progesterone resistance and endometritis in a single sample, all causes for unexplained infertility and thus success rates of IVF treatments. ReceptivaDx includes BCL6, a marker that identifies uterine inflammation most often associated with asymptomatic (silent) endometriosis. BCL6 is found in more than 50% of women with unexplained infertility and over 65% of women with two or more IVF failures. If positive for the ReceptivaDx test, treatment options can improve the chances for a successful live birth 5 fold! Learn more at receptivadx.com or download our app “Receptivadx" -- and USE CODE INFERTILEAF23 for $75 off the test

    BINTO
    Today, Binto gets you your supplements in individual daily packets with your name on them. Binto makes it easy to stick to your supplement routine and enjoy taking them every day. Along with your supplements, Binto’s health providers offer online chat support and telehealth appointments to make sure you feel supported, informed, and empowered when it comes to your health. Take the quiz and get started on your prenatal supplement routine! Head to mybinto.com, take the quiz and enter promo code INFERTILEAF for 20% off your first month.

    For more, go to mybinto.com

    S'MOO
     S’moo’s  best-selling hormone balance powder is formulated with 7 essential vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are all highly recommended for Hormone Balance, Fertility, and PCOS. Now is the perfect time to give it a try, with an exclusive early Black Friday offer just for Infertile AF podcast listeners. Go to thesmooco.com enjoy a generous 20% off sitewide using code 'InfertileAF' at checkout

    Support this podcast at: https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations
    Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
    Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Our Sponsors:
    Check out Mosie Baby and use my code INFERTILEAF for a great deal: https://mosiebaby.com/


    Our Sponsors:
    * Check out Mosie Baby and use my code INFERTILEAF for a great deal: https://mosiebaby.com/


    Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations

    Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    • 41 min
    Inspiro Tequila Founder and IVF mama Mara Smith

    Inspiro Tequila Founder and IVF mama Mara Smith

    Today, Mara Smith joins Ali on the show to talk about her family building journey, which includes her diagnosis of PCOS, and what it was like to do IVF 20-plus years ago. (Her IVF twins are now in college.) Mara shares how it was a very lonely experience more than two decades ago, since not really anyone was talking about it. She also talks about PPROM (Preterm premature rupture of the membranes -- a pregnancy complication she faced), NICU life with her newborn twins, and what happened when she and her husband decided that after their twins were born, they were not yet finished building their family.

    For more, check out www.inspirotequila.com

    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
    IVF; PCOS: IVF twin pregnancy; PPROM; TTC; ART; NICU life; premature babies

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    FERTILITY RALLY @fertilityrally www.fertilityrally.com
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at fertilityrally.com. We offer 4 to 5 support groups per week, 4 private Facebook groups, tons of curated IRL and virtual events, and an entire community of more than 500 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey.

    Join now at link in bio on IG @fertilityrally or at www.fertilityrally.com

    RECEPTIVA DX
    ReceptivaDx is the only test that can identify endometriosis, progesterone resistance and endometritis in a single sample, all causes for unexplained infertility and thus success rates of IVF treatments. ReceptivaDx includes BCL6, a marker that identifies uterine inflammation most often associated with asymptomatic (silent) endometriosis. BCL6 is found in more than 50% of women with unexplained infertility and over 65% of women with two or more IVF failures. If positive for the ReceptivaDx test, treatment options can improve the chances for a successful live birth 5 fold! Learn more at receptivadx.com or download our app “Receptivadx" -- and USE CODE INFERTILEAF23 for $75 off the test

    BERRY
    Introducing the Berry Fertility app, a free way to manage your fertility treatments like Egg Freezing, IVF, and embryo transfer all in one place. The Berry app can help you understand the stages of your treatment, look up information about your medications, and set reminders for your doses and appointments. You’ll also find simple to follow injection videos, tutorials, as well as articles with pro tips on how to manage your injections.The Berry team is always available to provide support and answer your questions. It’s 100% free to use, and you can find it in the Apple app store. Try Berry Fertility, the trusted partner for every fertility journey.

    Go to https://www.berryfertility.com/

    Our Sponsors:
    Check out Mosie Baby and use my code INFERTILEAF for a great deal: https://mosiebaby.com/

    Support this podcast at: https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations
    Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
    Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy


    Our Sponsors:
    * Check out Mosie Baby and use my code INFERTILEAF for a great deal: https://mosiebaby.com/


    Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations

    Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    • 40 min
    Jessie Jaskulsky of Surrogacy Simplified

    Jessie Jaskulsky of Surrogacy Simplified

    The road to parenthood has been challenging for Ali's guest today, Jessie Jaskulsky. In 2016, Jessie lost her son, Luke, at 22 weeks gestation. After their unimaginable loss, Jessie went through a series of surgeries and treatments, until she was diagnosed with Asherman's Syndrome (a rare complication from her early delivery). On this episode, she tells Ali all about her journey, including how, after lots of ups and downs, they eventually decided to pursue surrogacy. Jessie tells Ali how they navigated the surrogacy road, how she had her two daughters, Lily and Luna, and why she started Surrogacy Simplified, which is passionate about helping Intended Parents navigate the complexities of surrogacy with compassion, expertise, and personalized care.

    For more, go to https://surrogacysimplified.com/

    Follow her on IG: @surrogacysimplified

    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Pregnancy; still birth; surrogacy; gestational carrier; Asherman's Syndrome; retained placenta; emergency D&C; secondary infertility; pregnancy and motherhood after loss

    For podcast sponsorship or partnership inquiries, please email infertileafstories@gmail.com

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    FERTILITY RALLY @fertilityrally www.fertilityrally.com
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at fertilityrally.com. We offer 4 to 5 support groups per week, 4 private Facebook groups, tons of curated IRL and virtual events, and an entire community of more than 500 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey.

    Join now at link in bio on IG @fertilityrally or at www.fertilityrally.com

    RECEPTIVA DX
    ReceptivaDx is the only test that can identify endometriosis, progesterone resistance and endometritis in a single sample, all causes for unexplained infertility and thus success rates of IVF treatments. ReceptivaDx includes BCL6, a marker that identifies uterine inflammation most often associated with asymptomatic (silent) endometriosis. BCL6 is found in more than 50% of women with unexplained infertility and over 65% of women with two or more IVF failures. If positive for the ReceptivaDx test, treatment options can improve the chances for a successful live birth 5 fold! Learn more at receptivadx.com or download our app “Receptivadx" -- and USE CODE INFERTILEAF23 for $75 off the test

    BINTO 
    Today, Binto gets you your supplements in individual daily packets with your name on them. Binto makes it easy to stick to your supplement routine and enjoy taking them every day. Along with your supplements, Binto’s health providers offer online chat support and telehealth appointments to make sure you feel supported, informed, and empowered when it comes to your health. Take the quiz and get started on your prenatal supplement routine! Head to mybinto.com, take the quiz and enter promo code INFERTILEAF for 20% off your first month.

    For more, go to mybinto.com

    RITUAL
    Daily essentials with good intentions — for living life or creating it. Ritual is offering my listeners 30% off during your first month. Visit ritual.com/INFERTILEAF to start Ritual or add Essential for Women 18+ or Prenatal to your subscription today.

    Our Sponsors:
    * Check out Mosie Baby and use my code INFERTILEAF for a great deal: https://mosiebaby.com/

    Support this podcast at: https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations
    Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
    Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy


    Our Sponsors:
    * Check out Mosie Baby and use my code INFERTILEAF for a great deal: https://mosiebaby.com/


    Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations

    Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    • 39 min
    Lucky Sekhon

    Lucky Sekhon

    Dr. Lucky Sekhon is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist. infertility specialist and obstetrician and gynecologist who works at  RMA of New York. Lucky is also a friend of Ali's and you might know her from social media, where she is a big voice with super smart, super important information about all things infertility and ART. Today, she tells Ali her family building story, including why she created embryos and went through IVF when it came time to have her family. She also talks about why she loves her job, what it's like to be such a strong presence on social media, and all the amazing things she's doing as part of Doctors for Fertility, which works towards creating a world in which every person who wants a family has access to fertility and reproductive care.

    COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
    IVF; embryos; embryo transfers; doctors going through infertility; TTC; ART

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    FERTILITY RALLY @fertilityrally www.fertilityrally.com
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at fertilityrally.com. We offer 4 to 5 support groups per week, 4 private Facebook groups, tons of curated IRL and virtual events, and an entire community of more than 500 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey.

    Join now at link in bio on IG @fertilityrally or at www.fertilityrally.com

    RECEPTIVA DX
    ReceptivaDx is the only test that can identify endometriosis, progesterone resistance and endometritis in a single sample, all causes for unexplained infertility and thus success rates of IVF treatments. ReceptivaDx includes BCL6, a marker that identifies uterine inflammation most often associated with asymptomatic (silent) endometriosis. BCL6 is found in more than 50% of women with unexplained infertility and over 65% of women with two or more IVF failures. If positive for the ReceptivaDx test, treatment options can improve the chances for a successful live birth 5 fold! Learn more at receptivadx.com or download our app “Receptivadx" -- and USE CODE INFERTILEAF23 for $75 off the test

    BERRY
    Introducing the Berry Fertility app, a free way to manage your fertility treatments like Egg Freezing, IVF, and embryo transfer all in one place. The Berry app can help you understand the stages of your treatment, look up information about your medications, and set reminders for your doses and appointments. You’ll also find simple to follow injection videos, tutorials, as well as articles with pro tips on how to manage your injections.The Berry team is always available to provide support and answer your questions. It’s 100% free to use, and you can find it in the Apple app store. Try Berry Fertility, the trusted partner for every fertility journey.

    Go to https://www.berryfertility.com/


    Our Sponsors:
    * Check out Mosie Baby and use my code INFERTILEAF for a great deal: https://mosiebaby.com/


    Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations

    Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    • 39 min
    Encore Presentation: Sarah and Cody

    Encore Presentation: Sarah and Cody

    Sarah and Cody met freshman year in high school and have been dating since they were 14. Today, they're telling us all about their family building journey, including how it started taking over their day to day lives, the five medicated cycles they did, and how Sarah was shocked by how much she didn't know about her own body before going through infertility. They also talk about experiencing a missed miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, and a chemical pregnancy, and how they all "hurt like hell." They are still in the midst of their story, so they tell us about their first round of IVF and where they are now--about to do their second round, and not sure what's going to happen next. 

    UPDATE: Since we aired this episode, Sarah and Cody welcomed their miracle baby girl, Kara, in July of 2022 -- and they are currently working to achieve their goal of taking Kara to 10 countries by her 2nd birthday.

    Follow them on IG at @sarahrogersjohnson for more.

    EPISODE SPONSORS:

    FERTILITY RALLY and FERTILITY RALLY LIVE
    Fertility Rally www.fertilityrally.com and on Instagram at @fertilityrally, offers 24/7 Community, Content and Curated Events. Give yourself or a fellow infertility warrior the gift of support while navigating your journey. EVERYONE is welcome. NO ONE should go through this alone. Come and join our family--you will be so happy you did.

    Get your FREE tickets for Rally Live #7, featuring Tara Lipinski, Deja Riley, Doctors for Fertility and more, here:
    https://www.accelevents.com/e/fertilityrallylivefall2023

    FIRST RESPONSE
    First Response knows that when testing for pregnancy, you want to be sure of your result. That’s why they created Comfort Check, a pregnancy test kit that helps you test confidently and conveniently. The First Response Comfort Check Pregnancy Test Kit is a value pack containing 8 total tests: 3 First Response Early Result Tests and 5 First Response Pregnancy Test Strips, allowing women to test early and often for added reassurance. First Response’s Early Result Test, included in the Comfort Check Kit, is their #1 best-selling pregnancy test. It detects all major forms of the pregnancy hormone commonly found in urine and is over 99% accurate from the day of your expected period, with results ready to be read in just three minutes. The First Response Comfort Check Pregnancy Test Kit is available for purchase in store and online. Be sure to pick one up today.

    See more at www.firstresponse.com

    RECEPTIVA DX
    ReceptivaDx is the only test that can identify endometriosis, progesterone resistance and endometritis in a single sample, all causes for unexplained infertility and thus success rates of IVF treatments. ReceptivaDx includes BCL6, a marker that identifies uterine inflammation most often associated with asymptomatic (silent) endometriosis. BCL6 is found in more than 50% of women with unexplained infertility and over 65% of women with two or more IVF failures. If positive for the ReceptivaDx test, treatment options can improve the chances for a successful live birth 5 fold! Learn more at receptivadx.com or download our app “Receptivadx" -- and USE CODE INFERTILEAF23 for $75 off the test

    Go to https://receptivadx.com/


    Our Sponsors:
    * Check out Mosie Baby and use my code INFERTILEAF for a great deal: https://mosiebaby.com/


    Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations

    Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
442 Ratings

442 Ratings

Badgers mom ,

OBSESSED WITH PODCAST.

I love this podcast so much. Very insightful and I can’t recommend to my clients.

helenLV1985 ,

Truly inspiring!

Ali’s podcast is where it’s at. IVF is such a tough topic in itself and it’s so refreshing and eye-opening to listen to her guests open up and share their struggles and successes along the way. If you’re looking to be inspired and get some reassurance and support during your IVF struggles, this podcast is a must!

K_1951 ,

Very informative

Thank you for doing this

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