Welcome to The Fertility Podcast, you’re probably here as you’ve found that having family isn’t going to be as straight forward as you’d imagined. You’re not alone. 1 in 6 couples in the UK are struggling to start a family naturally and over 50% of that is due to the ‘male factor’. So whatever situation you’ve found yourself in – this podcast and blog aims to be a safe place for you to hear other people share their stories.
I’ll never forget that moment whenI realised that having a baby was not going to happen naturally and I know how lucky we are to have had successful treatment. If my experience can help you, if this podcast makes you realise other people understand how it feels, then I have achieved my goal.
It might be that you already have a diagnosis on an infertility issue and are starting treatment, or you might have been trying for a while and are starting to ask questions about what could standing in your way. Maybe you’ve had a diagnosis of unexplained infertility and are hungry for more information on what you can do to start a family. Since I launched in September 2014, The Fertility Podcast has had over 38,000 downloads around the world with interviews from fertility experts including Zita West, Dr Allan Pacey and Susan Seenan, CEO of the newly rebranded Fertility Network UK. I’ve toured clinics all over the UK, with Access Fertility and spoken to a whole host of people working within the fertility field, as well as people like you and me who have been on a fertility journey.
The Fertility Podcast thrives on telling your story, whether you want to do it in person or anonymously. This is a safe place for you, where you won’t be judged. Your story won’t be exaggerated or sensationalised. Just told as it is.
If you’re experience in something you wish to share to help others and to be honest, sometimes it’s just good to talk about it to someone that ‘gets it’, then you’re welcomed into one big supportive podcast cuddle.
Some of my guests to date include Kate Brian and Jessica Hepburn who have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility to Wanna Be Dad, a male blogger dealing with make infertility and broadcaster Geoff Lloyd from Absolute Radio who shared his story of how him and his wife were expecting a child after fertility treatment and how he’d ‘cheated evolution’ as he was told it wouldn’t happen for him!
For the first time since I launched this podcast, I worked with a sponsor Access Fertility who offer finance plans for you if you are self funding your treatment. Make sure you’ve subscribed and listen to Season 4 and Season 6 to hear the numerous clinics around the UK I have visited.
The Fertility Podcast intends to focus on all the different ways infertility affects you starting a family, including male infertility and I want to give men a place to feel they can come and talk more. Of course there are other routes to parenthood as I am keen to embrace, such as another of the remarkable stories you’ll hear when infertility leads to surrogacy. There are many paths to follow and I hope to shed some light on topics that maybe you’d never even thought considered.
If you are keen to tell your story or know someone who would benefit from knowing about this podcast, please sign up and spread the word. You can subscribe to the podcast using the buttons to the right, which take you through to Itunes or Stitcher or Spreaker and rest assured you can listen to fascinating interviews on what is still a taboo subject – and no-one else will know.
So if you commute and don’t want to carry a book that might draw attention, just make sure you have a trusty pair of headphones and something to download this podcast onto. Podcasts are exploding – Americans listen to approximately 21,117,000 hours of podcasts every single day. That’s according to Edison Research’s new Fall 2014 “Share of Ear” study and the trend is growing here in the UK with over 4 million people listening to podcasts every month (RAJAR 2016)
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Natalie, aka the Fertility Poddy