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Expert guest interviews on all the things that can move the dial on our reproductive wellbeing and fertility: including lifestyle, science, technology, and relationships. Hosted by Brittany Hawkins and Catherine Hendy, founders of ELANZA Wellness.

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Expert guest interviews on all the things that can move the dial on our reproductive wellbeing and fertility: including lifestyle, science, technology, and relationships. Hosted by Brittany Hawkins and Catherine Hendy, founders of ELANZA Wellness.

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    Ovulation Testing Explained

    Ovulation Testing Explained

    Ep. 7 of the Optimizing Fertility podcast

    Ovulation tests aims to tell us when we are most likely to conceive and to help us get pregnant faster. But with many different options on the market, and some criticism from OGYNS and fertility doctors around at-home testing, how can we navigate what works and what doesn’t?

    In this episode we hear from OOVA founder and biologist Dr. Amy Divaraniya, whose startup has reinvented ovulation monitoring with the launch of its non-invasive, lab-quality "fertility translator" kit.

    Amy talks to ELANZA Wellness’s Catherine Hendy about how her own struggle to get pregnant left her frustrated with the one size fits all approach of traditional tracking, what we can learn by monitoring our hormone changes and patterns, and how she set about reinventing a test without the drawbacks of existing ovulation tests.

    You can also watch a video version of this interview or read the full transcript posted in the ELANZA Community by clicking here.

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    Dr. Aparna (Amy) Divaraniya has a PhD in genetics and genomics from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of OOVA, a hormone measurement tool used to help women understand their fertility on a deeper and more comprehensive level.

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    • 24 min
    Is Sperm Under Threat?

    Is Sperm Under Threat?

    Ep. 6 of the Optimizing Fertility podcast

    Sperm counts in Western nations have dropped by more than 50 percent in the last 40 years. And now scientists are warning that men may be less fertile in the aftermath of COVID-19. Are we facing a male fertility crisis?

    About this episode:

    We hear from Dr. Paul Turek, a world renowned urologist, men's reproductive health specialist and researcher who helps infertile men become fathers.

    He talks to ELANZA Wellness’s Catherine Hendy about the truth about falling sperm levels in Western countries, whether COVID-19 infection may impact male fertility and what individuals can do to make better sperm and maximize chances of conception.

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    Dr Paul J. Turek MD, FACS, FRSM is a board-certified urologist, an internationally renowned expert in men’s sexual health and reproductive urology and founder of The Turek Clinic. Dr. Turek graduated from Yale College with highest honors (summa cum laude), Phi Beta Kappa, and attended medical school at Stanford University, where he also took top research honors. He completed his residency in urology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Closing the Gender Data Gap in Health

    Closing the Gender Data Gap in Health

    Ep. 5 of the Optimizing Fertility podcast

    The "gender data gap" in medical research is now well documented. But what is being done to close it? Hear from one of the organizations at the forefront of pioneering research, whose discoveries are leading to new treatments, cures, and better quality of life for women of all ages around the world.

    About this episode:

    Wellbeing of Women's Laura Neale and Dr. Ed Coats, a fertility specialist, talk to ELANZA Wellness’s Catherine Hendy about what the gender data gap means when it comes to reproductive health and advancements on the horizon that will help close it.

    Many things we take for granted today emerged from research funded by UK-based charity Wellbeing of Women, including the use of ultrasound monitoring and the importance of taking folic acid in pregnancy, plus Sir Henry Kitchener’s ground-breaking discovery linking HPV to cervical cancer - all of which have positively impacted countless lives.

    In this episode, they discuss ongoing vital research, how funding into health issues like endometriosis and recurrent miscarriage is allocated, and what individuals and companies can do to help advance scientific understanding in reproductive health.

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    • 20 min
    Essential Advice From a Fertility Doctor Who Had IVF

    Essential Advice From a Fertility Doctor Who Had IVF

    Ep. 4 of the Optimizing Fertility podcast

    Dr. Diana Chavkin has helped thousands of individuals and couples through fertility treatment. Now, she shares what she learned when she found herself on the other side of the desk as a patient facing her own IVF journey.

    12% of American women have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. Infertility affects people from all walks of life - even fertility doctors. 

    Dr. Diana Chavkin knows that first hand. 

    The double board-certified reproductive endocrinologist, who has developed world-renowned fertility programs in New York and Los Angeles, found herself struggling to conceive when it came time to start her own family.

    In this episode, Dr Chavkin shares her personal fertility story with ELANZA’s Brittany Hawkins, explains how her experience has shaped her approach to treating patients now, and shares some tips, insights, and what she wished she'd known earlier.

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    Dr. Chavkin is a reproductive endocrinologist at HRC Fertility in Los Angeles. She earned her medical degree from New York University and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and her REI fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, after graduating from Barnard College, Columbia University with a degree in psychology and history.  Dr. Chavkin has authored many research papers in renowned medical journals as well as book chapters and is active in multiple professional organizations including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Chavkin is also a member of the ELANZA Wellness Community.

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    • 22 min
    Stress and Fertility: The Missing Link

    Stress and Fertility: The Missing Link

    Ep. 3 of the Optimizing Fertility Podcast

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    Who hasn’t heard stories of people “giving up” trying to conceive, and then falling pregnant? Despite anecdotal evidence, proving a causal relationship between stress and fertility has long proven enigmatic for doctors and scientists. That is, until now.

    About this episode

    A new study has uncovered a "missing link" between the brain and the reproductive system. In this episode ELANZA’s Catherine Hendy speaks to the study's lead author Professor Greg Anderson, from the Anderson Laboratory at the University of Otago's Centre for Neuroendocrinology.

    After over a decade of research into precisely how neurons in our brains could modulate reproductive function via the hormone system in response to stress, Professor Anderson’s team of researchers have some answers that could potentially lead to novel treatments for stress-related infertility.

    We hear what exactly the link is, and what it could mean for people trying to conceive or planning to in the future.

    You can read the full transcript of this interview here.

    Professor Greg Anderson leads The Anderson Research Group laboratory at the University of Otago's Centre for Neuroendocrinology. His research focuses on how hormones and brains cells regulate fertility.

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    • 21 min
    The Latest on Birth Control: Ep. 2 of the "Optimizing Fertility" Podcast

    The Latest on Birth Control: Ep. 2 of the "Optimizing Fertility" Podcast

    Listen now | A nurse practitioner demystifies contraception and reveals the new options in market. Molly Kenward, a nurse practitioner at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, talks to ELANZA’s Brittany Hawkins about the family planning devices and medications on the market today, including the ones she is most excited to share with her patients. She discusses potential impacts on fertility, how to choose the right option for you and the development and adoption challenges of the Male Pill.

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    • 22 min

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