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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.

Infertility And Me: Infertility, TTC, Fertility Monique Farook

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 72 Ratings

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.

    Fertility Friend Check-Ins: Pregnancy Jealousy & Janky Doctor Update

    Fertility Friend Check-Ins: Pregnancy Jealousy & Janky Doctor Update

    For Fertility Friend Check-Ins, we have an update from CJ, who suffered terrible bedside care. To recap, the Doctor who performed her previous IUI maneuvered her cervix in a way during the procedure that caused extreme pain. We also hear from a friend dealing with both unexplained & secondary infertility. She is at the end of TTC for a sibling and is feeling intense jealousy for people getting pregnant successfully.
    "Knowing I'm going to have much more treatments, procedures and surgery, it makes it hard mentally to want to go back, but in the end, we will because we do anything to grow our family.”—CJ
    In this episode, you will learn:
    1. How do you deal with jealousy and loneliness when you see other people getting pregnant?
    2. What are some ways to cope with triggers related to grief?
    3. Being solution driven when you're feeling negative emotions.
    Resources:
    [00:19:26] - Book by Marisa Renee Lee mentioned in this episode: Grief Is Love Living with Loss
    In this episode Monique shares an excerpt from Marisa's book, Grief is Love Living with. Monique thanks you for tuning in to the episode and asks you to share it with your fertility friends.
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    *Tap here to share your Fertility Friend Check-In, submit your story for a chance to record with Monique, or say hey & introduce yourself;)
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    • 21 min
    Infertility does not make you a failure w/Mallory Mcgary (success)

    Infertility does not make you a failure w/Mallory Mcgary (success)

    Have there been times when TTC that you’ve felt like a failure? Our guest Mallory states, she often felt like a failure after her diagnosis, 8 unsuccessful IUI's, 3 rounds of IVF, and one miscarriage.
    Mallory describes herself as an optimist, which helped her move through the sadness, anger, and grief of infertility. It wasn't until she had a candid conversation with her Pastor about her unsuccessful fertility treatments and loss that a "light bulb" turned on for her. He helped her realize that infertility was happening to her and she was not at fault or to blame. Tune in as Mallory McGary shares her story of unexplained infertility and miscarriage.
    Time Stamps:
    00:02:11- Meet Mallory
    00:06:20- 8 unsuccessful IUI's & IVF.
    00:09:02- Infertility is like a constant mindset game.
    00:11:43- Miscarriage & IVF.
    00:17:00- Healing emotionally. 
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    • 24 min
    Fertility Friend Check-In: egg retrieval win, janky doctor, and anger

    Fertility Friend Check-In: egg retrieval win, janky doctor, and anger

    For Fertility Friend Check-In we celebrate with Kris who recently had her first egg retrieval. Another friend who we'll call A, is dealing with anger towards God, and the loss of her embryo after the first BETA came back positive. Lastly, our friend CJ suffered unethical care during an IUI procedure, which resulted in her having to report the performing Doctor.
    From there we move into the topic of shame and blame as the infertile spouse. Have you ever said to your spouse, you should go be with someone who isn't infertile... Too often, guilt drives our emotions when struggling to conceive, going through fertility treatments, adoption, etc. The challenges of being the infertile spouse as a hetero cis-gendered woman, the toxic ways shame manifests, and ways to get it under control. What should we do, and how do we feel secure in our relationship during tumultuous times?
    If nothing else, this episode serves as a reminder that you friend deserve the love of your partner, you deserve to be accepted, and you are worthy of peace of mind.
    *Tap here to submit your Fertility Friend Check-In, your story for a chance to record with Monique, or say hey & introduce yourself;)
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    Enjoying the show? Please leave a rating & review—just one sentence helps tremendously!
    Join the private Discord chat community, for FREE & connect with others who are still in the throes of infertility/loss.
    Tap here to take our yearly podcast and community survey!
    *Monique is not a licensed mental health therapist or counselor. Commentary and suggestions are life-experience based.


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    • 31 min
    Low AMH: Will this happen for me w/Amanda Monelli (success)

    Low AMH: Will this happen for me w/Amanda Monelli (success)

    Things move so quickly during fertility treatments that we often don’t realize just how much we’ve been through. After years of infertility, diminished ovarian reserve-also known as low AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone), and poor egg quality, Amanda Monelli and her spouse welcomed their first child.
    Amanda went through 3 unsuccessful IUI cycles, an IVF cycle with no chromosomally normal embryos, a successful cycle with one normal embryo, and her last-ditch effort for a sibling. Surprisingly, we learn something special about how Amanda was conceived.
    Connect with Amanda @the_elusive_egg 
    00:00:00- Intro
    00:02:15- Meet Amanda
    00:0:4-41- Unforseen struggles TTC. 
    00:07:14- Accepting the diagnosis.
    00:12:07- Surely IVF works on the first time.
    00:18:28- TTC for a sibling.
    00:21:05- Genetic links to possible fertility issues.
    00:22:02- Healing the trauma of infertility.
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    *Tap here to submit your Fertility Friend Check-In, your story for a chance to record with Monique, or say hey & introduce yourself;)
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    Join the private Discord chat community, for FREE & connect with others who are still in the throes of infertility/loss.


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    • 27 min
    The Mind F*ck: TTC for a sibling after IVF

    The Mind F*ck: TTC for a sibling after IVF

    You guuuyyyys, in this solo episode, I share why I decided to stop trying to conceive a sibling. New community friends have asked will I return for fertility treatments and how I mustered the strength to walk away from IVF for good! I also share that there will be more solo episodes and introduce a new segment called Fertility Friend Check-in. 
    Fertility Friend check-in is a new segment for you to share an area of your journey that you're struggling with, wins, questions, or comments. I will share on solo episodes of the podcast and offer my wisdom, advice, and hold space for you!
     Tap here to take our yearly podcast and community survey!
    *Tap here to submit your Fertility Friend Check-in, your story for a chance to record with Monique, or say hey & introduce yourself;)
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    *Joining the community chat could be the support you need to express & share these thoughts with community members who get it.


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    • 20 min
    Community Check-In

    Community Check-In

    You guuuuuys, how are you holding up? Where are you in your family-building efforts? What are your thoughts about the overturning of Roe V Wade? In this community check-in episode, I ask for YOUR input about the show and community we've built. How can I be of better support through the podcast? Guests you'd like to have featured, diagnoses, or topics you'd like me or guests who've experienced them to speak on? Let me know. I want to hear from YOU!
    00:08:06-  Tap here  to share your honest thoughts and opinions:)
    00:00:57- Roe V Wade thoughts (short and sweet)The Heart of Healthcare Infertile AF 
    00:07:10- Community check-in: Where are you in you're family-building efforts?What are you struggling with most right now?*Tap here to submit your Fertility Friend Check-In, your story for a chance to record with Monique, or say hey & introduce yourself;)
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    Enjoying the show? Please leave a rating & review—just one sentence helps tremendously!
    Join the private Discord chat community, for FREE & connect with others who are still in the throes of infertility/loss.
    Tap here to take our yearly podcast and community survey!


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    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Passion Board Shop ,

Meaningful 🙏

Thank you so much for making this show. Infertility is such a difficult challenge that no one should have to face. Openly having these conversations is like having a support group. You’re helping so many people 🙏

Ceire Nevins ,

Love this podcast!

I really enjoy listening to the conversations Monique has with other fertility warriors. Everyone’s story is so unique yet so connected. It makes me feel less alone and part of a community. Thank you Monique for providing this space and sharing with the world!

SrFreshko ,

Perfect.

You have no idea how important your podcast has been for my wife and I. We are definitely going through it emotionally in terms of becoming parents. I love your candor. Even though I've only listened to 5 episodes. I will continue to listen and use it as a way to educate myself, my wife, and begin to have those open discussions. I feel like you are speaking to our situation. And thank you for this!!!

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