18 episodes

Infertility affects an estimated one in eight couples, and about one in five known pregnancies ends in miscarriage. These experiences can be lonely and isolating for people going through them, and bewildering for those who want to offer support but don’t know how. Join health reporter Anna Almendrala and comedy writer Simon Ganz as they share their journey toward parenthood with frank, humorous discussions on the humiliations and hilarity of infertility, miscarriage, and IVF.
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    • 4.9 • 351 Ratings

Infertility affects an estimated one in eight couples, and about one in five known pregnancies ends in miscarriage. These experiences can be lonely and isolating for people going through them, and bewildering for those who want to offer support but don’t know how. Join health reporter Anna Almendrala and comedy writer Simon Ganz as they share their journey toward parenthood with frank, humorous discussions on the humiliations and hilarity of infertility, miscarriage, and IVF.
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    Are We Still Infertile?

    Are We Still Infertile?

    After hearing from fans of season one, Simon and Anna provide the long awaited conclusion to their pregnancy story and consider whether they should still identify as infertile.
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    • 32 min
    Maybe I'm Not Meant To Be A Mom

    Maybe I'm Not Meant To Be A Mom

    When people think about fertility preservation, they think of young women who freeze their eggs so they can focus on their career. But it's so much more. On this episode, Simon and Anna interview a woman whose sudden cancer diagnosis forced a race against the clock to freeze her eggs.
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    • 23 min
    We're Both Going To Be Moms

    We're Both Going To Be Moms

    In the third episode of IVFML Becoming Family, Shea and Sienna Gilliam tell the story of how they met, fell in love and decided to start building a family. When Shea comes out as transgender, Sienna has difficult choices to make about whether she should stay with her and whether to continue pursuing parenthood. Trystan Reese, Director of Family Formation at the Family Equality Council, joins the episode to talk about the barriers that LGBTQ people face when it comes to infertility treatments and acceptance of their families. 
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    • 37 min
    Why Don’t You Just Adopt?

    Why Don’t You Just Adopt?

    It's a suggestion infertile people hate receiving. And yet, fostering and adoption offer an alternative path for some people to form their families. On this episode, Anna and Simon break down the costs and timeline of a typical adoption, interview an adoptive mother, and talk to experts about the complexities of transracial adoption.
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    • 44 min
    Yes, We’re Still Infertile!

    Yes, We’re Still Infertile!

    Simon and Anna realize that having a child doesn’t cure infertility. To get advice, they catch up with the parents they interviewed last season and discuss what sucks about secondary infertility. Later in the episode, they argue over whether they should do another round of IVF or just implant their genetically abnormal embryos.
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    • 42 min
    A Very Special Thanksgiving Episode

    A Very Special Thanksgiving Episode

    On this ~very special~ Thanksgiving bonus episode, Anna and Simon take a look at some of the latest infertility headlines, including Michelle Obama’s IVF history, and Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s birth via a surrogate. Later, they read emails and tweets from listeners.
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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
351 Ratings

351 Ratings

EGH1001111 ,

Exactly what I needed

Anna, our stories are so similar. PCOS, 2 miscarriages (first one missed after hearing her heartbeat) and have just received our IVF recommendation. You two are so funny and easy to listen to. Thank you 🤍

Bbbbbb 2014 ,

Informative and fun

I have really enjoyed listening to this podcast. I have severe endometriosis, although I have not begun trying to conceive yet, I know that when I do the likelihood that I will be able to do so on my own is slim to none. I appreciate the honesty and wealth of information this couple has shared with us with good humor and real emotion. It’s helped me feel more prepared for what my future may hold. I know you guys have touched on endometriosis in a couple of episodes, but it would be nice to have a complete episode about it for those of us who have this struggle. There is A LOT of misinformation out there, and no real good treatment for its sufferers. Thanks for sharing your journey!

mdevo14 ,

Compelling podcast for all

I have not yet started my fertility journey, but I am so glad an OBGYN friend recommended this podcast (especially season 2). I think what this show does well is present many scenarios and stories in an open and honest way, helping all listeners learn a common dialogue. Empathy and togetherness - we need more of that in this world!

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