85 episodes

This is Infertility is a bi-weekly podcast where we fuse narrative storytelling with experience and science to give you a new perspective on what it’s really like to go through a family building journey. Each episode dives into the emotional, physical, and financial burdens carried by those who experience infertility on their path to parenthood. Be it IVF, IUI, egg freezing, surrogacy, adoption, etc., the path is never the same and it can be long, painful, and lonely. It’s our mission to give those struggling a platform to be heard, a community connection, and an opportunity to raise awareness of the 1 in 8 who, for many reasons, struggle with infertility.

This is Infertility A Podcast by Progyny

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8, 72 Ratings

This is Infertility is a bi-weekly podcast where we fuse narrative storytelling with experience and science to give you a new perspective on what it’s really like to go through a family building journey. Each episode dives into the emotional, physical, and financial burdens carried by those who experience infertility on their path to parenthood. Be it IVF, IUI, egg freezing, surrogacy, adoption, etc., the path is never the same and it can be long, painful, and lonely. It’s our mission to give those struggling a platform to be heard, a community connection, and an opportunity to raise awareness of the 1 in 8 who, for many reasons, struggle with infertility.

    A Pause Due to COVID-19

    A Pause Due to COVID-19

    For some the road to parenthood may include things such as IUI, IVF, PGS, ICSI, and COVID-19. Those all sound familiar except for the last one.

    After years of trying to conceive naturally, Kim and Josh found themselves in the world of infertility. They soon realized the only thing they could control was their next step to parenthood. But what happens when pandemic hits? Josh and Kim share the impact of COVID-19 and where they are today. 

    • 32 min
    COVID-19 - Telehealth in Your Fertility Journey

    COVID-19 - Telehealth in Your Fertility Journey

    Just because most in-person fertility treatments are paused due to COVID-19, doesn’t mean you can’t chat with your doctor, discuss a protocol and get the ball moving forward while in quarantine.  

    In this bonus episode we are sharing a panel conversation that explains how telehealth can help you get started or continue moving along on your fertility journey during COVID-19. Learn what to expect, how telehealth differs from an in-person visit, and how treatment in the clinic will look with new social distancing and safety precautions in place.  

    We understand how difficult infertility is—and how frustrating interruptions to treatment can be—which is why we have put together this webinar with a panel of fertility experts to answer any questions you have. 

    For more information visit Progyny’s Podcast page , and Progyny’s Education page for more resources on emotional support and awareness.   

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast and use the #ThisisInfertility.    

    Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com.   

     

    Guests:  

    Featuring fertility experts from Progyny’s provider network: 

     Lissa Kline, LCSW, Vice President, Member and Provider Services, Progyny  

    Alan Copperman, MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, RMA New York, Medical Director, Progyny 

    Jonathan Kort, MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, RMA Northern California  

    Philip Chenette, MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Pacific Fertility Center 

    Gerard Letterie, MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Seattle Reproductive Medicine  

    Host:  Dan Bulger, Multimedia Producer at Progyny

     

    • 37 min
    I Still Want to Be A Mom

    I Still Want to Be A Mom

    Mother’s Day can be hard for so many – children who have lost mothers, mothers who have lost children, and women in pre-motherhood who are struggling with infertility or a pregnancy loss. These women are dedicated to a child they have not yet met. 

    This was the case for Shara Hutchinson who, after years of Clomid treatments, surgeries, failed IVF cycles, an ectopic pregnancy and a late-term pregnancy loss, still wanted to be a mom.  

    In today’s episode, Shara takes us through all she went through in order to make her dreams of motherhood come to fruition. She worked two jobs (while in school), created a side gig to make extra cash, borrowed from friends and family but above all, she had hope that if she continued to try, she would get pregnant. 

    Shara chronicled her experience in her book, “I Still Want to be a Mom: An Inspirational guide to Help Women Struggling with Infertility” and through a recent TEDx Talk. She became an inspiration to many as they navigate their own paths to parenthood. 

    Guest:  Shara Hutchinson, Author and Speaker 

    Host: Dan Bulger, Producer at Progyny 

    For more information visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Progyny’s Education page for more resources on emotional support and awareness.  

    Check out Shara’s Tedx Talk and her book, “I Still Want to be a Mom: An Inspirational guide to Help Women Struggling with Infertility”. 

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast and use the #ThisisInfertility.    

    Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com.   

    • 32 min
    #NIAW: Different Paths Can Lead to the Same Place

    #NIAW: Different Paths Can Lead to the Same Place

    In honor of this year’s National Infertility Awareness Week (4/19 – 4/25), we’re doing a five-part series that highlights Resolve’s theme of ‘Changing the Conversation’. Over the past two years we’ve had conversations with people still experiencing infertility, people who have reached their end goals, people who’ve dedicated their lives to helping others, and people who are just entering this ever-expanding world of infertility.  

    We’re focusing these episodes on change, how our guests have changed since we last visited them, how their priorities have changed, and how their situation has changed. We hope by doing so we can do our small part to help change the conversation and enhance public understanding that infertility needs attention and to ensure others they aren’t alone in this journey.  

    In today’s episode, we hear from two previous guests who took very different journeys but ultimately, made it to the same destination: motherhood.  

    Jenna Marinelli was diagnosed with premature menopause and told it would be unable to conceive using her eggs. After accepting this difficult news, Jenna and her husband moved forward with an anonymous donor, who made it possible for Jenna to give birth to three children.  

    Laura Perez unsure of her relationship but aware that she was getting older, used her Progyny benefit to freeze her eggs at 35. Since then, she’s gotten married and started to think about having a baby. So she decided to use her frozen eggs and was left with one healthy embryo.   

    Guests: Laura Perez, Senior Director, Claims and Provider Service at Progyny and Jenna Marinelli, Infertility Advocate   

    Host: Dan Bulger, Producer at Progyny 

    Be sure to check out Jenna’s previous episode here, and Laura’s previous episode here.  

    For more information visit Progyny’s Podcast page , and Progyny’s Education page for more resources on emotional support and awareness.   

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast and use the #ThisisInfertility.    

    Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com.   

     

    • 21 min
    #NIAW: The Callahans’ New Ohana

    #NIAW: The Callahans’ New Ohana

    In honor of this year’s National Infertility Awareness Week (4/19 – 4/25), we’re doing a five-part series that highlights Resolve’s theme of ‘Changing the Conversation’. Over the past two years we’ve had conversations with people still experiencing infertility, people who have reached their end goals, people who’ve dedicated their lives to helping others, and people who are just entering this ever-expanding world of infertility.  

    We’re focusing these episodes on change, how our guests have changed since we last visited them, how their priorities have changed, and how their situation has changed. We hope by doing so we can do our small part to help change the conversation and enhance public understanding that infertility needs attention and to ensure others they aren’t alone in this journey.  

    As a same-sex couple, Lindsey and Chrissy Callahan always knew they had to use reproductive technology to conceive a child that was genetically theirs. What they didn’t always know was they had fertility coverage from Progyny through their employer, Salesforce, which allowed them to pursue reciprocal IVF.  

    In today’s episode, we get an update from Lindsey and Chrissy on their family building journey and how their one embryo turned into one healthy baby, Charlie.  

    Guest: Lindsey and Chrissy Callahan, Progyny members and Salesforce employees 

    Host: Dan Bulger, Producer at Progyny 

    Be sure to check out Lindsey and Chrissy’s previous episode –Season 1, Episode 8.   

    For more information visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Progyny’s Education page for more resources on emotional support and awareness.   

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast and use the #ThisisInfertility.    

    Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com.   

    • 25 min
    #NIAW: Pregnantish to Mom: Andrea Syrtash

    #NIAW: Pregnantish to Mom: Andrea Syrtash

    In honor of this year’s National Infertility Awareness Week (4/19 – 4/25), we’re doing a five-part series that highlights Resolve’s theme of ‘Changing the Conversation’. Over the past two years we’ve had conversations with people still experiencing infertility, people who have reached their end goals, people who’ve dedicated their lives to helping others, and people who are just entering this ever-expanding world of infertility.  

    We’re focusing these episodes on change, how our guests have changed since we last visited them, how their priorities have changed, and how their situation has changed. We hope by doing so we can do our small part to help change the conversation and enhance public understanding that infertility needs attention and to ensure others they aren’t alone in this journey.  

    In today’s episode, we get an update from Andrea Syrtash, founder of Pregnantish and guest from season one, to hear about what has changed in her life since she started to explore surrogacy. We’ll also hear about how she’s using her platform to build an infertility community, how she handled (spoiler alert) her pregnancy announcement, and what’s next for Pregnantish. 

    Guest: Andrea Syrtash, Founder & Editor-in-chief of Pregnantish 

    Host: Dan Bulger, Producer at Progyny 

    Be sure to check out Andrea’s previous episode – Season 1, Episode 10 and to read the story in People mentioned in this episode, see here.  

    For more information visit Progyny’s Podcast page, Pregnantish, and Progyny’s Education page for more resources on emotional support and awareness.   

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast and use the #ThisisInfertility.    

    Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com.   

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Doodle bug a woogie ,

Not everyone can try IVF

It would be nice to find a podcast that focuses on people who can’t afford IVF, and/or even if they could, still have an extremely LOW chance of success, hence don’t try IVF. IVF is not an option for all, and it would nice to hear how to cope with the ongoing sadness of that once in a while.

Nataly G. 85 ,

Spade and Gretchen’s episode

Love their story. I used to watch them in RHOC, and have followed them since I’m social media. Love the way they tell their story and how relatable it is. As a person who suffers with Premature ovarian failure, there have been quite a bit of similarities of struggles. Losses and especially Doubt of the relationship. But in my case it was more of letting my husband know if he wanted to end our relationship to pursue a family, I understood. Luckily, he disagreed and he said this is OUR issue and whatever our fate is we’re going through it together. Here we are a couple years later and are happily 5 months pregnant!

Rsinikal ,

Enlightening

This is incredibly enlightening to hear the struggles so many experience.

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