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Unexplained Infertility: Stephanie’s Story [SUCCESS]

78: Unexplained Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Stephanie. She and her husband have been together just short of forever, as they met in chemistry class way back in high school. After she felt something might be wrong, she underwent some basic testing with her OB, who diagnosed her with unexplained infertility. Just a few short weeks later, she found out she was pregnant. Unfortunately, that pregnancy tragically was an ectopic and lost a few weeks later. Join us to hear how she became healthier, learned a lot about her body, and finally became pregnant again with a holistic approach.
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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…)

Hypothalamic Amenorrhea: Priscilla’s Story [SUCCESS]

77: Hypothalamic Amenorrhea [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Priscilla. When she was younger, her image was very important to her, and over-exercising and under-eating eventually stopped her period. Even though she of course knew she didn’t have a period, she was in denial about the potential impact that might have on her fertility. Once she finally saw a doctor, she was labeled as unexplained, but years into her journey, she diagnosed herself with hypothalamic amenorrhea. Join us to hear what she describes as her recovery from HA and what ultimately led to her success twice over.
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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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PCOS: Abbey’s Story [SUCCESS]

75: PCOS [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Abbey. Her journey is slightly different than many of the women I talk to because she was diagnosed with PCOS when she was 15 and therefore knew getting pregnant might be difficult. However, after making an appointment with her doctor because she felt a bit off, she and her husband learned that she was not only unexpectedly pregnant, but also carrying twins. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter they learned the twins had Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, and she eventually lost them around 12 weeks. Join us to hear how she grieved by throwing herself into life and ultimately became pregnant again via a very simple fix.
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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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Antiphospholipid Syndrome & Adoption: Kara’s Story [SUCCESS]

Antiphospholipid Syndrome & Adoption [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Kara. She met her husband when they were kids and started trying to conceive shortly after getting married. After two years, they finally saw a reproductive endocrinologist, who couldn’t find anything wrong with Kara or her husband. Multiple doctors later, the diagnosis was still unexplained infertility. After taking a break for about a year, she and her husband conceived naturally, which sadly ended in a miscarriage. After two more miscarriages and a doctor pushing for IVF, they finally received a real diagnosis. Let’s listen to how Kara and her husband ultimately decided on an open adoption after trying to conceive for the better part of a decade. Grab your tissues, ladies, this one gets pretty emotional.
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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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