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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.

    IVF in the ‘90s vs Today

    IVF in the ‘90s vs Today

    Infertility is already hard and complex, even with the advanced medicine and technology we have today, but imagine trying over 20 years ago, when commonplace protocols were still being developed. The first baby born via IVF is only 42 years old, and a lot has happened since then. 

    In today’s episode, we dive into the evolution of IVF over the last 42 years and hear how the challenges of the ‘80s and ‘90s led to technological advancements and the carefully curated protocols we see in fertility clinics today.  

    We also hear from Sue Johnston, an infertility advocate, who walks us through her fertility journey. Her story spanned during the ‘80s and ‘90’s and a lot different than one may experience today. Sue’s story, one filled with perseverance and a passion to keep fighting, is highlighted alongside a medical history of IVF, discussed by Dr. Alan Copperman.  

    • 25 min
    Genetic Testing: Preventing a Rare Blood Disorder Through PGT-M

    Genetic Testing: Preventing a Rare Blood Disorder Through PGT-M

    Growing up with a rare blood disorder can flip your world upside down, and make you question what to do when it comes to building a family and what options are even available. Luckily, science has progressed to a point where genetic testing before IVF can help increase the odds of a healthy singleton baby.

    Rachel Russell tells us her story on balancing Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA) while still wanting to have a child.

    Guests: Rachel Russell, Dr. Beth Plante, Fertility Centers of New England

    • 28 min
    COVID-19 – Update: How Fertility Clinics are Adapting

    COVID-19 – Update: How Fertility Clinics are Adapting

    In this bonus episode, we hear from Dr. Alan Copperman, Medical Director at Progyny, with insights on how fertility clinics have become safer and more efficient than ever before, how the field of reproductive medicine has faced the challenges of the pandemic, and ways in which the current practices can inform the future.

    Expert: Dr. Alan Copperman, Progyny and RMA of NY
    Host: Dan Bulger
    Follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast

    • 16 min
    Heart Shaped Uterus, Low Sperm, and a Successful Pregnancy

    Heart Shaped Uterus, Low Sperm, and a Successful Pregnancy

    Infertility is a long and stressful process, and while you may feel alone on your journey, 1 in 8 couples are going through the same exact thing. It can take a toll on you emotionally, financially and physically, but a support system and positive mindset can help along the way. 

    In this episode, we hear from Chrissy Hogie on her fertility story that the highs and lows, the feelings of isolation, and the amazing support system she had around her. Three years and many doctor visits later, Chrissy is now pregnant with her first child, and shedding light on the importance of talking about infertility to raise awareness, fight stigmas, and prove to those going through this – you’re never alone. 

    Guest: Chrissy Hogie, Infertility Advocate  

    Host: Dan Bulger, Producer at Progyny 

    For more information visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Progyny’s Education page for more resources. 

    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
    Joy of Fatherhood after Battling Male Infertility

    Joy of Fatherhood after Battling Male Infertility

    Infertility can be draining for many reasons – the financial burden, the emotional toll, the relationship friction, and so much more. Then add the extra layer of having a job that puts you in the spotlight where fans depend on your presence, despite what’s happening at home, and you have a recipe for severe emotional distress.   

     Then add the pressure of having a job that puts you in the spotlight where you’re having to show up for fans and followers, regardless of what’s going on at home. It can b   

    In today’s episode, co-founder of The Ainsworth and founder of HPLT: High Performance Lifestyle Training, Brian Mazza and his wife, CNN Entertainment Reporter, Chloe Melas share how they managed just that. With both male and female factor infertility, multiple rounds of failed IUI, a clinic change, and IVF, Brian and Chloe had to navigate their relationship and careers with thousands of eyes watching from behind the TV and smartphone screens. 

    Brian has spent the past few Father’s Days celebrating with his sons, but the road to fatherhood was a long one, paved with hardship and tension. Like all dads who celebrate after an infertility struggle (and those who are still on their journey!), this day is an emotional one.  

     

     

    Guests: Brian Mazza, entrepreneur, and Chloe Melas, CNN Entertainment Reporter  

    Host: Lissa Kline 

    For more information visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Progyny’s Education page for more resources. 

    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
    COVID-19 - Fertility Treatment in the COVID and Post-COVID Environment

    COVID-19 - Fertility Treatment in the COVID and Post-COVID Environment

    As cities across the US begin lifting restrictions for public facilities, fertility clinics are reopening their doors and seeing patients. But what can a patient expect from their clinics in this COVID and the post-COVID environment? 

    In this bonus episode, we are sharing a panel conversation that dives into what to expect regarding fertility treatment in the present and near future, how clinics are prioritizing safety measures, and how patients can prepare for their visits. Learn from three fertility specialists about the trends they’re seeing, questions they’re getting and commitments they’re making to ensure safe and healthy access to fertility care.  

    Host:  Dan Bulger 
    Experts:  
    Lissa Kline, LCSW, Vice President, Member and Provider Services at Progyny, Dr. Debra Minjarez, Spring Fertility, Dr. Brooke Hodes-Wertz of NYU Langone Fertility Center and Dr. Allison Rodgers from Fertility Centers of Illinois.  

    For additional resources, check out Progyny’s COVID-19 Resources, and to listen to other family building stories visit Progyny’s Podcast page.  

    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.   

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

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!

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.

Rsinikal ,

Enlightening

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

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