100 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 • 84 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.

    Egg Freezing: Love, Career, and Future Kids

    Egg Freezing: Love, Career, and Future Kids

    “Do you want to have kids?”
    For some people this question may come with ease, for others, it may raise more questions and emotions. Today’s guest is comfortable with not knowing whether or not she sees herself as a parent but most importantly she’s given the ability to pursue a treatment that can preserve her fertility if she decided to change her mind.
    In this episode, we hear from Sarah Fisher Lu on why she deferred her decision to have a child by freezing her eggs with Progyny. She explains what this experience was like, how Progyny’s Patient Care Advocates (PCA) made her feel comfortable and supported, and she will never regret this decision.
    Guest: Sarah Fisher Lu, Progyny Member
    Host: Lola Lorber, 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.

    • 12 min
    From "That's Not Good Enough" to Parenthood

    From "That's Not Good Enough" to Parenthood

    Going through IVF is challenging no matter what, but the difference between going through treatment without coverage and then again with coverage, can make a big difference.  
    Today’s guest shares her experiences with IVF before and after receiving the Progyny benefit through her employer. Caitlin Day expresses the overwhelming process of managing every aspect of her fertility treatment, and how much of a relief it was to find assistance and personalization through Progyny. 
    She emphasizes that fertility treatments are not a one size fits all solution. After receiving the benefit, Caitlin felt empowered – like her journey was unique to her – and not dictated by dollar maximums or “run of the mill” care.  
    Guest: Caitlin Day, Progyny Member 
    Host: Russ Freyman, 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. 

    • 18 min
    Fertility 101: Endometrial Receptivity Test

    Fertility 101: Endometrial Receptivity Test

    The Fertility 101 Series, because there’s no shortage of daunting terms to keep your mind running, is a quick and dirty breakdown on a specific topic with insights from a fertility expert. 
    In today’s episode, we explore Endometrial Receptivity Testing, a clinical aspect of embryo transfer and implantation. Mike Large, from CooperSurgical, walks us through the process and breaks down some of the complicated language and mechanics that go with it.  
    Mike explains the proper window of implantation, how it isn’t the same for everyone, and how a test called ERPeak can help determine this timing. He provides a step-by-step description of the process women go through to pinpoint the most valuable time to implant an embryo, shedding light on a process commonly discussed by doctors and embryologists, but not always talked about with patients. 
    Guest: Mike Large, Senior Director of Life Sciences Innovation at CooperSurgical 
    Host: Dan Bulger, 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. 

    • 20 min
    Episode 136: When IVF Seems Unattainable

    Episode 136: When IVF Seems Unattainable

    o two fertility journeys are the same, and with unique nuances of the emotional, physical, and financial strains on the parent(s), the path to parenthood is often long and strenuous. While immediate success with treatment like IUI or IVF is ideal, sometimes a happy ending takes time.
    In this episode, we hear from Hilary Patterson, a Progyny member with a diagnosis of diminished ovarian reserve, and hear how she persevered through her fertility challenges. Hilary’s experience includes trying to conceive for a year, attempting IUI for six months, and going through IVF as a last resort after learning she had the Progyny benefit. Her path to parenthood was surely not what she was expecting, but the journey was well worth the result.
    Guest: Hilary Patterson, Teacher, Infertility Advocate, and Progyny Member
    Host: Dan Bulger
    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.

    • 16 min
    Fertility 101: The 4Ts of Male Fertility

    Fertility 101: The 4Ts of Male Fertility

    The Fertility 101 Series, because there’s no shortage of daunting terms to keep your mind running, is a quick and dirty breakdown on a specific topic with insights from a fertility expert. 
    Dr. Lowell Ku from Dallas IVF will help break down what can lower sperm quality, thus impacting overall male fertility. Each of these causes start with the letter T and can serve as a good reminder to practice healthy habits.  
    To reference the episode around male infertility, check out Episode 108: Fertility 101: Male Factor Infertility 
    Guests: Dr. Lowell Ku, Dallas IVF 
    Host: Dan Bulger 
    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.  

    • 16 min
    LGBTQ+ Family Building: Two Moms Squad

    LGBTQ+ Family Building: Two Moms Squad

    June is Pride Month and with all the different paths to parenthood available for LGBTQ+ couples and individuals, it’s a great time to elevate these voices from the community.   In today’s episode, we meet Heather and Jess Camarillo, a same-sex couple from California who struggled to start their family and documented the process on their Instagram.  
    While the couple wasn’t surprised they needed to go through fertility treatment, a diagnosis of diminished ovarian reserve left them in shock. Hear how Heather and Jessica navigated multiple rounds of IVF, embryo adoption, and the impact of having Progyny through Heather’s employer, LinkedIn. The Camarillo’s are currently writing a book about their journey to parenthood and trying for baby number two.  
    Guests: Heather & Jess Camarillo, Progyny members 
    Host: Crystal Cid, 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.  

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 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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