125 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 • 357 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.

    Bailey

    Bailey

    Today, Ali talks to Bailey, who is in her mid-20s, and who says, "I don't see a lot of women out there who are going through exactly what I'm going through." A few years ago, Bailey was diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve and POI. And although she's not actively trying to conceive right now, she is going through fertility preservation. She and her husband want to have a family, and doctors have told her that she'll likely go through menopause when she's about 30, so she has so far gone through four rounds of IVF to try and freeze as many healthy embryos as possible. Bailey talks about night sweats, her hair falling out in clumps, feeling like her hormones were out of whack--and how it felt to get her rare diagnosis. She also talks about feeling isolated, how this has affected her relationship and her sex life, and what happened when she asked her twin sister if she would possibly donate her eggs. 

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    • 43 min
    Susan

    Susan

    Today, Ali talks to Susan Ruediger, Founder and CEO of The CMT Research Foundation, about her family building journey. Susan was diagnosed with CMT, a genetic nerve disease that affects the nerves outside the spinal cord and brain, when she was 2 years old. Today she tells us about how this progressive disease affected her family building journey--and ultimately lead to her decision to do IVF. She's also going to talk about the miscarriage she had, the effects of the disease on her body, which she says sometimes feels like "walking on hot broken glass," and the important work she's doing at the CMT Research Foundation. 

    SPONSORS:
    FERTILITY RALLY www.fertilityrally.com and @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.

    VIOS Fertility Institute, @viosfertility
    Vios is a different fertility clinic experience built on a foundation of patient-centered care, evidence-based medicine, and innovative technology. With clinic locations throughout Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis, the Vios Fertility Institute team understands the challenges of infertility. To learn more about Vios Fertility Institute and schedule your first appointment, visit ViosFertility.com.

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    • 40 min
    Amy R.

    Amy R.

    Ali talks today to fellow journalist and Brookyn mom Amy Gallo Ryan about her long and painful infertility journey, which includes IUIs, feeling brushed off by doctors because she was "too young," even though she knew there was a problem; unexplained infertility; a chemical pregnancy; a "pseudo sac;" and an ectopic pregnancy. Amy talks about the isolation she felt when she was navigating not being able to sustain a healthy pregnancy, how she couldn't find the right people to talk to, and how family building difficulties affected her relationship with her husband. She also discusses her seven rounds of IVF—and what her family looks like now.  

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    FERTILITY RALLY www.fertilityrally.com and @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.

    Medfertil BY ELAN HEALTHCARE
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    • 51 min
    Melissa and Erik

    Melissa and Erik

    Today, Ali is talking to Melissa and Erik, aka on IG @livechildfree. Four years after making the decision to live childless, Melissa and Erik tell Ali all about the infertility journey that led to this point. Included: Lots of negative pregnancy tests, IVF, and an operation for Erik that had so many complications that he nearly lost his life and was in the hospital for 25 days. Melissa talks about how at one point, she finally asked herself, "How many more years of my life do I want to give to this heartache and this roller coaster ride?" They explain how they grieved after making that decision--and how today, they are living a full, amazing life that they never imagined.

    EPISODE SPONSORS:

    FERTILITY RALLY www.fertilityrally.com ( https://www.fertilityrally.com/ ) and @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.

    Medfertil BY ELAN HEALTHCAR

    Medfertil is a once-a-day prenatal dietary supplement for couples planning to or struggling to conceive. This prenatal is enriched with vitamins and minerals scientifically proven to increase your chances of fertility. The Medfertil for men and women combo package is on sale now. If you are planning for a healthy pregnancy and want to start Medfertil today, go to elanhealthcare.ca ( https://elanhealthcare.ca/ ) and use code ALISON15 *for an extra 15% OFF*

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    • 52 min
    Arden

    Arden

    On today’s episode, Ali talks to her friend Arden Cartrette, bereavement doula & trauma support specialist, about everything she went through to have her baby son, Cameron. Arden, who you might know on IG as @themiscarriagedoula, works with women to get through miscarriage and grief--and she goes there—and tells it like it is—like no other.

    Arden talks about what she calls her “morbidly beautiful," miscarriages, how she still realy struggles with the PTSD of the blood and the miscarriage itself, and why she calls herself the most "fertile infertile" person ever. She also talks about how pregnancy after loss can be a scary and miserable time, and why, when Cameron was born, she refused to open her eyes.

    SPONSORS:

    FERTILITY RALLY www.fertilityrally.com ( http://www.fertilityrally.com/ ) and @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.

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    Beli is formulated with the right nutrients to help boost your fertility, increase egg quality and support IVF to increase your chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy. To get started with Beli, go to belibaby.com ( https://belibaby.com/ ) and use code ALI15 for 15% off your first month of either Beli Women or Beli Men. Again, that's code ALI15 at belibaby.com ( https://belibaby.com/ ).

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    • 57 min
    Hannah

    Hannah

    TODAY, Ali is talking to Hannah Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer at VIOS and mom of two, about her "reverse infertility journey," starting with the two egg retrievals she did as a volunteer, in the name of science. Hannah also discusses her diagnosis of PCOS, her first devastating miscarriage, how she and her partner handled the trauma differently, the shame and guilt she felt, the lack of education young women receive today when it comes to reproduction (and what she's doing to change that) and how she has become a better and more empathetic advocate for patients after experiencing loss herself.

    SPONSORS:

    FERTILITY RALLY www.fertilityrally.com ( https://www.fertilityrally.com/ ) and @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.

    VIOS Fertility Institute, @viosfertility ( https://www.instagram.com/viosfertility/ )

    Vios is a different fertility clinic experience built on a foundation of patient-centered care, evidence-based medicine, and innovative technology. With clinic locations throughout Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis, the Vios Fertility Institute team understands the challenges of infertility. To learn more about Vios Fertility Institute and schedule your first appointment, visit ViosFertility.com ( https://viosfertility.com/ ).

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
357 Ratings

357 Ratings

Ari Krzyzek ,

Thank you for advocating women’s health!

This podcast not only become a safe place to share women’s infertility stories but also the one podcast that advocate for women’s health! Thank you Ali for creating the space and giving us access to hear these stories so we can learn more about options are out there around fertility and women’s health.

twussow ,

Awesome concept

When TTC, community and a sense that you aren’t alone is so important. This is an awesome show and concept!

bsjsha skdb ,

Making a Difference in Women’s Health

I am not yet trying for kids, but after listening to the podcast and finding irregularities in my cycle, it became obvious that that might be an issue, so, I went to my GP and found that I have PCOS. Without the podcast, I never would have known and will be able to take that into consideration when family planning.

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