IVF

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…)

Antiphospholipid Syndrome: Desiree’s Story [SUCCESS]

68: Antiphospholipid Syndrome [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Desiree. Before infertility, she was carefree and relaxed, but of course infertility changed that. Because she and her husband were high school sweethearts and had been together for 7 years before they got married, they were used to being just the two of them, so she wasn’t sure at first she wanted to have kids. But as soon as having kids wasn’t an option, it was all she wanted. Let’s listen to how her journey spanned 3 different doctors, multiple states, and even more extended breaks before she finally became pregnant with twins.
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BONUS 96: Fertility Options for the LGBT Community

BONUS 96: Fertility Options for the LGBT Community

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…)

Ovulation Disorder: Rebecca’s Story [SUCCESS]

67: Ovulation Disorder [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Rebecca. She’s a nurse practitioner with a history of thyroid cancer, but when she and her husband started trying to conceive, she was surprised to learn she also had an ovulation disorder, elevated natural killer cells, possible endometriosis, and egg quality issues. When finally faced with IVF, she assumed it would work on the first try, and her world came crashing down when that didn’t happen. Join us to hear to how her journey and resources like this podcast transformed her into a self-advocate, which ultimately led to her success.
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BONUS 95: Shipping Frozen Eggs, Embryos & Sperm

BONUS 95: Shipping Frozen Eggs, Embryos & Sperm

Today’s Guest:

Today’s guest is Shannon Curiel, Director of Sales of Reproductive Medicine at Cryoport. We discuss everything you need to know about shipping frozen embryos, eggs, and sperm.

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