The Fertility Podcast http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com For anyone trying to concieve, interviews with fertility experts and everyday people about fertility issues Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:16:09 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 A bi-weekly podcast aimed at men and women looking to start a family, to educate and dispel any myths about fertility they might come across when trying to start a family. Interviews with fertility experts, stories from couples and singles , straight and gay about their fertility. Information about diet and wellbeing to coping with IVF and other fertility treatment, along with alternative parenting options such as co-parenting, surrogacy and adoption. The podcast aims to be a compelling and engaging listen to help give a voice to infertility which continues to be a taboo subject. NATCHAT PRODUCTIONS clean NATCHAT PRODUCTIONS natalie@thefertilitypodcast.com natalie@thefertilitypodcast.com (NATCHAT PRODUCTIONS ) Copyright © NATCHAT PRODUCTIONS LTD 2014 Expert interviews with fertility specialists, honest and open tales of fertility treatment from men and women and tips on health and wellbeing to keep you sane The Fertility Podcast http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/tfp_finalAPPLE.jpg http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com TV-MA England Bi-Weekly 72237688 EP 90: Do you suffer with PCOS? http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/pcos/ http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/pcos/#respond Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:05:42 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=1991 Do you suffer from PCOS? Hear what these experts have to say. Professor Adam Balen is a full time Consultant in Reproductive Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.  For many years Adam has had a particular interest in the causes and management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). His experience covers the full spectrum of...

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Do you suffer from PCOS? Hear what these experts have to say.

Professor Adam Balen

Professor Adam Balen is a full time Consultant in Reproductive Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.  For many years Adam has had a particular interest in the causes and management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

His experience covers the full spectrum of the condition including; its effects during adolescence and adult life on the menstrual cycle, fertility, body weight, cosmetic effects, as well as the issues that PCOS may have on the quality of life and long-term health.

Professor Balen has been the only UK gynaecologist to sit on the international consensus groups on the definition and management of PCOS, which have written major guidelines since 2003. He is currently Chair of the World Health Organisation (WHO) expert working group on the management of PCOS for the Global Taskforce on Infertility.

He is also Chair of the British Fertility Society. Follow Professor Adam Balen on twitter

I also spoke with Kate Davies, who has spoken on my podcast before about her work with OvuSense and her own practice called Your Fertility journey.

Kate shares how she works with women dealing with PCOS, especially those who are struggling to lose weight.

Kate Davies Your Fertility Journey

She looks way back into early eating habit, and works with women helping them understand how they can change their behaviour, their cycle and how best to monitor their cycles.

Kate also offers  advises  on supplements which can help especially with PCOS. In this episode she talks about how she  recommends women to use Inositol and how impressed she has been with the changes it has made in their cycles.

To find out more about Kate follow her on twitter

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EP 89: An underachieving ovary, a heart shaped uterus and Endometriosis http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/ovary/ http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/ovary/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 21:43:29 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=1980 An Underachieving Ovary, a heart shaped uterus and Endometriosis. Sounds like the start of a bad joke! It also suggests a pretty complicated infertility diagnosis wouldn’t you say. You’d assume there would be no happy ending here.. which is where you would be wrong.  Meet Janita Lawrence, author of The Underachieving Ovary who shares her...

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An Underachieving Ovary, a heart shaped uterus and Endometriosis.

Sounds like the start of a bad joke! It also suggests a pretty complicated infertility diagnosis wouldn’t you say.

You’d assume there would be no happy ending here.. which is where you would be wrong.  Meet Janita Lawrence, author of The Underachieving Ovary who shares her fertility journey with all its many hurdles.

Janita Lawrence

I’m constantly learning about the numerous ways our bodies let us down from the many conversations I have to create this podcast. My aim is to cover them all, so if you’ve found me to try and get answers there might well be someone else who has been through what you are going through.
When we are trying to conceive I find it remarkable to learn just how many ways we have to deal with the blows, that we completely unaware of existing.
Janita is no exception and her brilliant and enlightening books shares her journey from the diagnosis of a ‘heart shaped uterus’ to diaphramatic endometriosos.
She was basically told by her doctor that it was going to be very difficult for her to get pregnant.
The Under Achieving Ovary is Janita’s story of her longing to be a mother, her frustrations and agony having to  deal with the pain from the Endometriosis and the strain it put on her relationship.
She had given her partner, Mike, the responsibility of her pain management, which put an incredible strain on their relationship.
Janita shared how she managed through the different stages of bad news, where she went to for support and how she managed to stay hopeful despite what was going on.
You’ll hear us mention and  online forum in South Africa called Fertilicare Support, which we think has since been dissolved as Janita has written to me since we spoke to say she can no longer find a link to it online.
She had described it as being such a valuable resource whilst on her journey, that Janita had said she was really sad to see if no longer exists so if you know anything about it do let me know. 
Janita also talked about supplements she used which were Pycnogenal and DHEA. She also tried IV intralipids with all my IVF cycles
To get your copy of ‘The Underachieving Ovary’ is currently an Amazon US bestseller in its category (Fertility) click here and it’s great to hear the book is doing so well.
You can also read a sample from the book here:
  1. The Angry Vaginas 
  2. The Fertility Cave

To find out more about Janita, you can visit her website  and follow her on facebook  and twitter

 

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EP 88: Looking for mild IVF treatment? Professor Geeta Nargund explains Create Fertility http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/geeta/ http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/geeta/#respond Mon, 03 Jul 2017 11:51:42 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=1967 Mild IVF treatment means a much shorter cycle. Less drugs, less risk of OHSS. You would hope that would be the standard offered to women needing fertility treatment. However it isn’t. In this fascinating chat with Professor Geeta Nargund founder of Create Fertility explains her mission to raise the awareness of fertility education around the world and encourage...

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Mild IVF treatment means a much shorter cycle. Less drugs, less risk of OHSS.

Professor Geeta Nargund

You would hope that would be the standard offered to women needing fertility treatment.

However it isn’t. In this fascinating chat with Professor Geeta Nargund founder of Create Fertility explains her mission to raise the awareness of fertility education around the world and encourage the use of a milder IVF cycle to prevent the cases of OHSS we still see today.

Create was founded with the ethos of carrying out IVF as naturally as possible, with no drugs or minimum, or as little intervention as possible. 

During our chat, Geeta explains how a mild cycle works, which you can see highlighted in the chat below.

 

OHSS is a preventable condition it shouldn’t be happening and Geeta explains how she feels so strongly about how if she can save one woman in the world from dying from OHSS she has done her job.

Geeta also explained how she felt that IVF clinics that produce complications where a women ends up in hospital with OHSS or has a multiple birth should be made to pay for those costs,  so the NHS can get that money back and  then use it to offer more treatment.

It will be interesting to see whether this happens. 

This is the article Geeta refers to in The Guardian about sperm health (June 2017)  and this is Geeta writing about fertility education in The Telegraph  ( September 2016 )

You can follow Geeta on twitter here 

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EP 87: Ant McPartlin & Infertility http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/ant/ http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/ant/#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:56:08 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=1956 When a household name such as Ant McPartlin speaks out about his infertility, people take note. Last week in the UK Media a story broke about how one half the UK’s much loved entertainment Ant and Dec, Ant McPartlin had gone into rehab to deal with an addiction to pain relief drugs which he was...

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When a household name such as Ant McPartlin speaks out about his infertility, people take note.

Ant McPartlin


Last week in the UK Media a story broke about how one half the UK’s much loved entertainment Ant and Dec, Ant McPartlin had gone into rehab to deal with an addiction to pain relief drugs which he was using after a knee operation went wrong.

Details also emerged of him and his wife’s infertility struggle and I spoke to IVF Counsellor Tracey Sainsbury about her  views on the importance of a high profile celeb speaking out and how the work she does encourages other men to do the same.

Firstly I must say that in our chat, I mentioned to Tracey how is was surprising the the papers stated Dec knew nothing of Ant’s issues which Tracey and I talked about being a problem with Men keeping so quiet about infertility.

This showbiz pair are best friends and live on the same road and this statement has since been rubbished, by Dec apparently, with the latest story being that Dec and his wife delayed their own attempts to start a family, such is his loyalty to his friend. As we know  – we take what we read when it comes to celebrity gossip with a pinch of salt.

The episode I’ve shared today, is more to highlight the issue regarding male infertility and the importance of counselling. Tracey shares vital tips on how to reconnect during what is such a difficult time.

You can follow Tracey on twitter here 

I also have re- shared a snippet from my chat with Gareth Down who has created a men only facebook group which you can access here . You hear the full chat with Gareth and I also, about his own infertility struggle and his reasons for setting up the group. You can also follow Gareth on twitter here 

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EP 86: Hope and infertility http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/sue/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:20:09 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=1950 Hope is essential. When dealing with infertility, it’s almost as vital as patience.  In my latest episode, author Sue Johnston talks about her book ‘Detours – Unexpected journey’s of hope conceived from infertility’ In Detours you will hear the stories of nine  friends who have collectively experienced practically every setback and form of reproductive technology available....

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Hope is essential.
When dealing with infertility, it’s almost as vital as patience.  In my latest episode, author Sue Johnston talks about her book ‘Detours – Unexpected journey’s of hope conceived from infertility’
In Detours you will hear the stories of nine  friends who have collectively experienced practically every setback and form of reproductive technology available.  They all met through RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and are planning to donate a potion of the proceeds from Detours to RESOLVE.  

The group share their lessons learned such as:

  • navigate the infertility maze
  • cope with the stress of treatment
  • balance your career and infertility
  • gain support when you need it most
  • view your challenges through a different lens
  • hold on to hope against all odds
  • find your resolution and regain happiness
In our chat Sue explains about her husband Robert and his struggle with his desire to be a Navy Captain and become a Dad. Her’s an exert from his chapter:  The Balancing Act: Career Versus Infertility by CAPT Robert E. Johnston, USN (Retired)
 

Captain Robert Johnston

“One of the most difficult parts of our journey was that my wife, Sue and I approached problems fundamentally differently. I am an engineer. I like to know how things work and I like to fix things. I think that many men, given a problem that affects their partners, want to fix it. As we went deeper down the infertility rabbit hole, I tried to learn the science behind all of the procedures and pharmaceuticals that were discussed by doctors and at our RESOLVE meetings. In many respects, I approached infertility like I’d approach a math problem or car troubles. I tried to tack the problem analytically. 
Sue, however, functions on a more emotional level. I struggled with knowing what to say or how to help. During these extremely difficult times, Sue needed more emotional support from me and less fixing. “
Sue is also working as the infertility advocate and you can follow her on twitter

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EP 85: What is it like to be a Surrogate ? http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/surrogate/ Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:36:59 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=1943 Surrogate life  – what is is really like? Can you imagine being a Surrogate? Do you have lots of questions about it? Introducing… a brand new podcast series I have produced for  Surrogacy UK, the leading UK not-for profit surrogacy organisation. It aims to give you an insight into how it’s organisation works and well...

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Surrogate life  – what is is really like?

Surrogacy UK

Can you imagine being a Surrogate? Do you have lots of questions about it?

Introducing… a brand new podcast series I have produced for  Surrogacy UK, the leading UK not-for profit surrogacy organisation.

It aims to give you an insight into how it’s organisation works and well as dispelling myths associated with the whole process.

To be honest, I didn’t know much at all about Surrogacy apart from talking about it a bit, with a friend who is considering it to complete their family .

This was all to change, when an old school friend Leyla got in touch having heard about my podcast.

Leyla wasn’t able to conceive due to being diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome ten years ago and you can read more about her journey here.

We talked about creating this podcast series which I have to say has been fascinating to put together.

 

Firstly I attended one of Surrogacy UK’s conference’s to chat to the four Surrogates you can hear in this episode I’ve shared with you.

It was very apparent from the outset that they were all extraordinary ladies and what was also clear was that the ‘Friendship First’ ethos which is what Surrogacy UK bases itself upon was like a mantra to all involved.. and I mean that in a positive way

You will probably have found a community online, or in a support groups as part of your journey to start to family, if you’ve found it hasn’t been straight forward.

I know it’s been an amazing journey of discovery to see just how many of us are affected by infertility and how we are all reaching out to help each other.

It’s exactly the same in the Surrogacy community and the warmth and love I felt in the room – i know that sounds so cheesy, but it’s true made me feel provilidged to be amongst such people who can open up their minds and their hearts to help others.

If you are considering Surrogacy of have been talking about trying to find a surrogate, please do have a listen to my podcast series

You will hear from Surrogates and their Intended parents, an insight from the fertility clinic as well as getting an overview on the legal issues affecting Surrogacy Law in the UK plus you hear from partners of surrogates about what it is like for them.

So I hope you agree we’ve covered a fair few angles. If  you have any questions just visit the Surrogacy UK website  and you can follow on twitter

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EP 84: Is Egg freezing a good idea? http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/frozen/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:30:28 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=1930 Is Egg freezing a good idea? Playwright Jemma Kennedy doesn’t feel it is. I was keen to speak to Jemma after I’d read her article ‘Why I froze my eggs at such a cost?’  as previously I has assumed egg freezing was a viable option. To be honest I’d not given it that much thought....

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Is Egg freezing a good idea? Playwright Jemma Kennedy doesn’t feel it is.

Jemma Kennedy, playwright and       screenwriter

I was keen to speak to Jemma after I’d read her article ‘Why I froze my eggs at such a cost?’  as previously I has assumed egg freezing was a viable option. To be honest I’d not given it that much thought. I assumed because big companies like Google were offering incentives to women to freeze their eggs then there must be the data to back up the treatment. I’d even had chats with some of my single friends about it. Jemma has made me think differently and ask more questions. You can follow Jemma on twitter here  and keep up to date with her play and TV series which are currently in development.

Before I spoke to Jemma, I’d interviewed Valerie Landis as she has set up a website called Eggsperience.com  which having made the decision to freeze her own eggs has decided to create a resource educating women in the opportunity they have. She describes her site as ‘All things egg freezing and back to help inspire, teach, educate women about oocyte cryopreservation.’ 

Valerie Landis, Founder, www.eggsperience.com

You can follow Valerie on twitter

 

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EP 83: What is Andrology? http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/dad/ http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/dad/#comments Mon, 29 May 2017 11:19:23 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=1920 What is Andrology? My episode today takes another look at male infertility. Dr Sheryl Homa why she set up Andrology Solutions and  the tests she offers men faced with an infertility diagnosis. We discuss why she believe Andrology is often overlooked when couples are struggling to conceive. It doesn’t make sense, when it provides such...

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What is Andrology? My episode today takes another look at male infertility.

Dr Sheryl Homa, Andrology Solutions

Dr Sheryl Homa why she set up Andrology Solutions and  the tests she offers men faced with an infertility diagnosis.

We discuss why she believe Andrology is often overlooked when couples are struggling to conceive. It doesn’t make sense, when it provides such insight into male fertility .

Intervention can ultimately help with fertility treatment.

Her clinic Andrology Solutions  whilst situated in London attracts people from all over the world and offers a range of tests.

One of which  is only available at Andrology Solutions tests Oxidative stress levels in semen.  Sheryl explains more about in our chat and what Men can be done to help improve their sperm health.

Sheryl Homa works with Urologists such as Jonathan Ramsay who I spoke to in a previous episode and you can listen to here 

You can also follow Sheryl on twitter

 


I also spoke with James Docherty who has created the Scantily Dad blog which considering he only started in March (2017) has a tonne of content available sharing his infertility journey as well as lots of fab pictures of his gorgeous family.

James, Olivia, Max and Matilda

From how to improve your diet and fitness, to dealing with the fertility treatment every step of the way, James has literally brain dumped his personal journey for you and personally I think he’s done an awesome job. James has the opportunity as well for you to contribute so if you feel happy to share your journey however don’t want to go about setting up a blog, he is sharing his platform so do get in touch. You can email james.doherty@scantilydad.com

You can read more here  You can also follow James on instagram and twitter

If you have any questions about anything discussed in this episode, please do email me and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.

Until the next time

Natalie x

 

 

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EP 82: Is Laughter Allowed when dealing with infertility? http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/laugh/ http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/laugh/#comments Mon, 22 May 2017 20:51:51 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=1890 Do you think laughter is allowed when dealing with infertility? A resounding yes from me. I loved escaping into some hilarious comedy shows during my injection phase, taking my mind of the overwhelm associated with what was going on. Giving me a little bit of light relief, during the constant wondering of why this had happened...

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Do you think laughter is allowed when dealing with infertility?

A resounding yes from me. I loved escaping into some hilarious comedy shows during my injection phase, taking my mind of the overwhelm associated with what was going on. Giving me a little bit of light relief, during the constant wondering of why this had happened to us..

Meet Wendy Litner, the producer of upcoming web series, How to Buy A Baby  – about an  average 30 something couple that expected to just have sex and get pregnant but it didn’t go that way. Wendy has created her characters Jane and Charlie to not just be focused on this one thing but more of how this intersects into the other parts of their lives like their relationship, their sex life, work and everything else.

Jane and Charlotte in ‘How to Buy a Baby’

Wendy has made a point of being ‘in your face’ with the emotions running through this, with the couple coming out and saying the unexpected about what is going on with them which is so refreshing and entertaining.

You can also follow How to Buy a Baby on Instagram and twitter 

My second guest is Lori Shandle-Fox, stand up comic and author of Laughing is Conceivable which is available on Amazon UK and Amazon. Lori had triplets in her 40’s and re-tells her route to parenthood in such a compelling way, from how she was made to feel as a more ‘mature’ mother to the questions asked about her triplets, that you’ll be sure to go and grab hold of her book.

Lori Shandle Fox

You can follow Lori on twitter here

Both women highlight the importance of putting some lightness into this shitty situation and how it could really help you feel less alone.

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EP 81: Later Motherhood is ok… http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/claudia/ Mon, 15 May 2017 08:33:11 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=1747 Later Motherhood is OK. How refreshing is that to hear https://rss.acast.com/fertilitypodcast/ep81-latertomotherhood/media.mp3″ Meet my latest guest, Claudia Spahr an author, speaker and coach. Claudia had her first child aged 42 and at 48 has three children. Her book ‘Right Time Baby’ is written to empower women to embrace motherhood positively regardless of age. I found it so refreshing...

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Later Motherhood is OK. How refreshing is that to hear

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Meet my latest guest, Claudia Spahr an author, speaker and coach. Claudia had her first child aged 42 and at 48 has three children.

Her book ‘Right Time Baby’ is written to empower women to embrace motherhood positively regardless of age. I found it so refreshing to hear Claudia’s take on motherhood, rather than what we constantly hear that as a woman, that after 30 your clock is ticking and at 35, well you’re gonna struggle…

As a journalist by trade Claudia has written a wonderful informative take on motherhood asking a lot of questions and taking you on a journey  that is entertaining for both older mothers as well as if you’re in your 20’s or 30’s. As more and more women are waiting to have children there is a wealth of information here to help you make informed decisions and not feel pressured if you’re not ready when others say you should be. 

From it’s ‘Are you Ready’ test to fertility foods as well as in depth research on the treatment of women during childbirth over the centuries and around the world this book is a fascinating read.  

Find out more about Claudia and her work  and you can follow her on twitter here  and join her facebook group 

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