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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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.

    Surviving Pregnancy In America

    Surviving Pregnancy In America

    Some women can get pregnant all they want, but being able to carry it to term is another story entirely. On this episode, Simon and Anna go beyond miscarriage to talk about when a pregnancy becomes a physical health risk for the mother. Along with one woman’s personal story, experts weigh in on why more women die in America during or after childbirth than in any other industrialized country, and how racial prejudice plays a role.
     
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    • 42 min
    Going From Childless To Childfree

    Going From Childless To Childfree

    After years of infertility, people can be tapped out both financially and emotionally. On this episode, Anna and Simon speak to a couple that decided enough was enough after one of them almost died from a fertility-related procedure.
     
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    • 37 min
    All By Myself

    All By Myself

    Not every infertility story is about a couple fighting their biology. People who want to have children take for granted that those children are going to be the fruit of a loving relationship. What if you haven’t met the right person but you still want kids? On this episode, we hear from a comedian who is using her podcast to find a sperm donor, and a woman who found strength and independence through her choice to become a single mother.
     
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    • 33 min
    Is Egg And Sperm Donation 'Worth It'?

    Is Egg And Sperm Donation 'Worth It'?

    Normally on this show we focus on people who struggle to have a baby, but this week we want to look at infertility from the donor’s perspective. What motivates people to donate eggs and sperm? Is it just about the money? Is the money even worth it? And how do they feel years later about the experience?


    On this episode we talk to a couple who donated sperm and eggs to pay their bills, a woman who deeply regrets donating her eggs, and a medical anthropologist who is tracking the impact of egg donation on donors.
     
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    • 45 min
    Surrogacy Is An Out-Of-Body Experience

    Surrogacy Is An Out-Of-Body Experience

    Infertility can sometimes feel like waging a battle against your own body. And for a dedicated few, the only solution is to change the battlefield itself. On this episode, we follow one family’s journey through gestational surrogacy, one of the most expensive and difficult fertility treatments out there.
     
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    • 32 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
342 Ratings

342 Ratings

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!

crewof9 ,

Brilliantly beautiful brutal honesty

I am the least likely person to listen to this podcast. As a mom of 7, made the old fashioned way, children I am not the “normal” or even intended audience for this podcast. I actually heard of this podcast from a blogger mom of 10 children. This podcast is like being a fly on the wall of their marriage counseling sessions. I have hung on every word. I have been challenged at every opportunity about infertility, IVF & adoption. This podcast has given me greater knowledge & empathy for those around me who have dealt with these issues. Much love to you both & hoping against hope that you have all the children that you desire. It’s ok if that’s not 7.

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