IVF

BONUS 107: How to Cope After a Failed Cycle

BONUS 107: How to Cope After a Failed Cycle

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. (more…)

BONUS 106: Tubal Factor Infertility 101

BONUS 106: Tubal Factor Infertility 101

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…)

BONUS 105: VEGAS BABY Documentary

BONUS 105: VEGAS BABY Documentary

Today’s Guest:

Today’s guest is Amanda Micheli. She is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and the director of VEGAS BABY, a documentary that follows aspiring parents on the gamble of infertility and shows the emotional, physical and financial toll it takes. As of this recording, the film is now available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play; it will broadcast on PBS on June 27; and will become available on Netflix around July 4. We discuss her personal infertility story, the VEGAS BABY film, and so much more.

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Empty Follicle Syndrome: Soleine’s Story [SUCCESS]

76: Empty Follicle Syndrome [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Soleine. Before infertility, she was a happy person who was fortunate in many ways. Her husband often jokes that, before infertility, there was a side of her personality he had never seen — a sad side. As someone with a big family that includes 56 first cousins, she always knew she wanted kids. However, because her mother had secondary infertility, she wondered if it would be a struggle for her. Let’s listen to how her journey spanned multiple continents, a rare diagnosis, timed intercourse, IUI, and IVF before she ultimately became pregnant on her own.
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Diminished Ovarian Reserve: Dan’s Story [SUCCESS]

73: Diminished Ovarian Reserve [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a man named Dan. Although his wife is an American, they met in London after connecting online while she was there on travel. At the age of 32, his wife was diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve and was deemed a “poor responder” to treatment. As a result, they were advised to immediately pursue IVF. Although he was initially excited about their first cycle, he understandably became quite discouraged when it didn’t work. Join us to how he and his wife went through three more IVF cycles through both the NHS and a private clinic before eventually becoming pregnant with twins.
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Blocked Fallopian Tubes: Tammy’s Story [SUCCESS]

72: Blocked Fallopian Tubes [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Tammy. As the sixth child in a family of seven children, she always knew she wanted to have kids. Tammy unfortunately had to see five REs before getting an official diagnosis — one that was caused by an appendectomy when she was 8 years old. Like so many others, she was devastated when her first IVF transfer didn’t work and struggled to regain a positive attitude. Join us to hear how Tammy eventually received three diagnoses, suffered two losses, had a hysterectomy, but still ended up with two beautiful children and donated her remaining embryos.
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Detours by Sue Johnston [AUTHOR]

BONUS 100: Detours by Sue Johnston [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s guest is Sue Johnston, the author of Detours: Unexpected Journeys of Hope Conceived from Infertility. Sue and Heather discuss her infertility journey, her book, and the importance of hope. You can find Detours for sale today on Amazon and other retailers.

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Living a Childfull Life After Failed Fertility Treatments: Justine’s Story [SUCCESS]

70: Living a Childfull Life After Failed Fertility Treatments [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Justine. Although her doctors never confirmed, she believes her infertility journey started with a broken back when she was younger. Until she met her husband, she wasn’t even sure she wanted kids, but it turns out that line of thinking was just a defense mechanism because she didn’t think having children was possible following her back injury. Unlike many infertility journeys, she fairly immediately pursued surrogacy because no one was sure how her body would respond to a pregnancy after spending a year of her life in a body cast. Join us to hear how she’s devoted herself to a ‘childfull’ life, despite the fact that her surrogate never became pregnant.
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BONUS 97: Navigating Infertility as a Member of the LGBT Community

BONUS 97: Navigating Infertility as a Member of the LGBT Community

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. (more…)

I’m Stronger Than Infertility, and It Will Not Silence Me

I'm Stronger Than Infertility, and It Will Not Silence Me

Today I am dedicating my blog to National Infertility Awareness Week and to the launch of Justine Brooks Froelker’s latest book The Mother of Second Chances, based on her blog Ever Upward, releasing on April 17th. (Check out my interview with Justine here! She’ll also be back on the show again soon.) (more…)