BONUS 142: Endometrial Hyperplasia

BONUS 142: Endometrial Hyperplasia

Today’s Guest:

Dr. Allison Rodgers is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She currently practices at the Fertility Centers of Illinois. Dr. Rodgers’ personal experiences with both secondary infertility and pregnancy loss have given her a unique insight into reproductive medicine in order to help you BEAT INFERTILITY. (more…)

Premature Ovarian Aging: Michelle’s Story [SUCCESS]

113: Premature Ovarian Aging [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Michelle. She is a 37-year-old director of policy for a medical association in Washington, DC. She met her husband at a bar in 2010, and today, they complement each other well. Although they very much enjoy each other’s company, they both have independent sides. Becoming a mother was always a non-negotiable for her, but her husband wasn’t sure about parenthood at first. Once they began having trouble conceiving, she worried he’d change his mind back, although of course he never did. Join us to hear how she learned to advocate for herself, both with her treatment team and those in her personal life, throughout a journey that involved IUIs, IVF, PGS testing, multiple losses, and ultimately, success.
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BONUS 141: All About Your Period

BONUS 141: All About Your Period

Today’s Guest:

Today’s bonus episode guest is Kirsten Karchmer, a board-certified reproductive acupuncturist and founder of Viv Wellness. We discuss everything you always wanted to know about menstrual periods but didn’t know who to ask.
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Endometriosis & Ovarian Cysts: Elyse’s Story [SUCCESS]

112: Endometriosis & Ovarian Cysts [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Elyse. She’s a 34-year-old professional copywriter and co-founder of Fruitful Fertility. Before infertility, she was self-assured and goal-oriented. Because she had led a pretty uneventful life until that point, she was ready and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Sure enough, after a year and a half of trying to conceive, she and her husband found themselves at a fertility clinic — and the reproductive endocrinologist immediately diagnosed her with endometriosis and ovarian cysts. Join us to hear how after initially being against IVF and experiencing a few setbacks, she became pregnant following her first frozen embryo transfer.
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BONUS 140: Some Families Take ‘Extra’ [INFERTILITY AUTHOR]

BONUS 140: Some Families Take 'Extra' [INFERTILITY AUTHOR]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s bonus episode guest is Kaeleigh MacDonald, an infertility survivor and author of Extra!. She discusses her personal infertility story, her new children’s book, and what it’s like to be a writer and infertility advocate.
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Breast Cancer: Jennifer’s Story [SUCCESS]

111: Breast Cancer [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Jennifer. She’s 43 years old and loves cooking and Zumba. Just six weeks after marrying her husband in September 2008, her annual mammogram discovered an aggressive form of breast cancer. She was advised about how to preserve her fertility and quickly underwent an IVF retrieval cycle, which resulted in 9 embryos to freeze for later use. After a double mastectomy and 18 months of treatment, she was restricted from becoming pregnant for a number of years for medical and safety reasons. By mid-2015, she and her husband had divorced but remained good friends, so he supported her every step of the way when she decided it was time to transfer their embryos. Join us to hear how life threw her several more curveballs but she ultimately became pregnant with her daughter.
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BONUS 139: Eating Disorders & Infertility

Today’s Guest:

Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Maria Rothenburger, a psychotherapist who specializes in infertility. If you haven’t already listened to it, she shared her personal infertility story in Episode 18.
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Diminished Ovarian Reserve: Freda’s Story [SUCCESS]

110: Diminished Ovarian Reserve [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Freda. She is 31 years old and works as a licensing manager for an accessories company. Before infertility, she was fairly easy-going and carefree. Although she had some anxiety, it was a lot less intense than it is now. She married her husband when she was 26, but he wasn’t ready to become a father at the time because he was still in school. Once they started trying to conceive, she became pregnant after only a few months. Unfortunately, that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage at about 10 weeks. Shortly thereafter, she knew something was wrong. The first reproductive endocrinologist she saw diagnosed her with diminished ovarian reserve and suggested she immediately pursue IVF with donor eggs. Join us to hear how she found the right doctor for her and eventually became pregnant with her son during their third round of IVF with her own eggs.
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BONUS 138: Listener Question Extravaganza

BONUS 138: Listener Question Extravaganza

Today’s Guest:

Dr. Allison Rodgers is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She currently practices at the Fertility Centers of Illinois. Dr. Rodgers’ personal experiences with both secondary infertility and pregnancy loss have given her a unique insight into reproductive medicine in order to help you BEAT INFERTILITY. (more…)

Male Factor Infertility: Emily’s Story [SUCCESS]

109: Male Factor Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Emily. She is 33 years old and works for a hotel association in Toronto. Although she and her husband grew up in the same town, they didn’t meet until later in life at a party. Now six years later, Emily says they really grew up together as a couple. She was an only child who was envious of people with siblings and therefore always wanted a larger family. At around 6 months of trying to conceive, she started to suspect something was wrong and saw a RE a few months later. They underwent initial testing and headed abroad for vacation. After coming home, they learned her husband had no sperm. Join us to hear how he underwent testicular surgery to search for viable sperm, but ultimately they found success with a donor.
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