Male Factor Infertility

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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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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BONUS 94: Therapy vs. Coaching When You’ve Received a Devastating Infertility Diagnosis

BONUS 94: Therapy vs. Coaching When You've Received a Devastating Infertility Diagnosis

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…)

Hypothalamic Amenorrhea & Low Morphology: Lara’s Story [JOURNEY UPDATE]

61: Hypothalamic Amenorrhea & Low Morphology [JOURNEY UPDATE]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s journey update is from a woman named Lara, who you might remember from Episodes 18 and 29. Shortly after she and her husband started trying to conceive, she made her way to the doctor because she wasn’t getting a period. Three diagnoses later, including Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and low morphology, they decided to try IUI first since it was covered by insurance, even though their doctor recommended heading straight to IVF. When that didn’t work, they proceeded with a fresh IVF transfer. Join us to hear how she lost hope multiple times during her journey, but came back more hopeful than ever after a break and tackled infertility with everything she had.
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BONUS 86: The Role of a Urologist in Treating Male Factor Infertility

BONUS 86: The Role of a Urologist in Treating Male Factor Infertility

Today’s Guest:

Today’s guest is Dr. Craig Niederberger, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and board certified urologist specializing in male infertility. He and Heather discuss the role a reproductive urologist plays in treating male infertility, the latest research in the field, and so much more.

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BONUS 84: Klinefelter Syndrome 101

BONUS 84: Klinefelter Syndrome 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…)

Dual Factor Infertility: Meg’s Story [SUCCESS]

55: Dual Factor Infertility [SUCCESS STORY]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Meg. She didn’t know for sure she wanted to be a mom until she was 30 and suddenly felt tremendous pressure to move forward with that dream as quickly as possible. After only a couple months of trying to conceive, she had a feeling something was wrong and underwent testing with her GYN. Turns out she was in premature ovarian failure and her husband had low morphology. Join us to hear how she educated herself and advocated her way to success.
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BONUS 83: Legal Considerations for Egg/Sperm Donation, Adoption & Surrogacy

BONUS 83: Legal Considerations for Egg/Sperm Donation, Adoption & Surrogacy

Today’s Guest:

Today’s guests are Nicole Sodoma and Nadia Margherio, principals and attorneys at Sodoma Law. We discuss everything you need to know about the legal considerations surrounding egg and sperm donation, adoption, and surrogacy.

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Dual Factor Infertility: Janelle’s Story [SUCCESS]

52: Dual Factor Infertility [SUCCESS STORY]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Janelle. After trying to conceive for a year, she attended her first RE appointment alone and was overwhelmed by an immediate tubal factor diagnosis. And the bad news didn’t end there. A short time later, her husband was diagnosed with a pretty severe case of male factor infertility, and they were sent straight to IVF. Join us to hear how they found success anyway — and even have two healthy embryos remaining.
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Dual Factor Infertility: Rebecca’s Story [SUCCESS]

51: Dual Factor Infertility [SUCCESS STORY]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Rebecca. Although she always assumed she would be a mother, she approached trying to conceive by not taking anything for granted. Once she was faced with the fact that both she and her husband had fertility challenges, she still wasn’t anxious to jump onboard the IVF train because she worried about having leftover embryos. Join us to hear how she eventually found her way to IVF multiple times, had her daughter, and is now pregnant with baby #2.
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