The Fertility Podcast http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com For anyone trying to concieve, interviews with fertility experts and everyday people about fertility issues Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:27:16 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 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 99: What is Adenomyosis .. the Ugly sister of Endometriosis http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/adeno/ http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/adeno/#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:27:16 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=2076 Have you heard of Adenomyosis? No nor had I until Dr Vamsee got in touch to talk to me about Adenomyosis whic his  is a condition that affects 1 in 5 women. Dr Vamsee published the first ever paper that showed this impact back in 2012 and is keen to talk more about this condition as...

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Have you heard of Adenomyosis?

Dr Vamsee Thalluri

No nor had I until Dr Vamsee got in touch to talk to me about Adenomyosis whic his  is a condition that affects 1 in 5 women.

Dr Vamsee published the first ever paper that showed this impact back in 2012 and is keen to talk more about this condition as his findings have shown that women with this condition can have their pregnancy rates reduced by 50%.

This is a huge huge factor in implantation failure and unfortunately many Doctors STILL don’t test for it.

So women are having to undergo IVF cycle after cycle without any cause found for why they are not falling pregnant.

Dr Vamsee talks about how Adenomyosis presents itself with symptoms similar to Endometriosis such as painful heavy periods. He also explains how it can be detected with an ultrasound or MRI scan.

This is relevant mainly to women who have had several failed emrbyo transfers, when the embryos have been good quality and it’s really work raising it with your specialist.

Here’s some links from Dr Vamsee for you to have a look at and you can also see an abstract of his paper here :

 You can also follow Dr Vamsee on twitter here

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EP 98: Understand more about using a donor to start your family http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/donor/ http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/donor/#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:12:25 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=2070 Using a donor to start your family, is a lot to get your head around. I’ve been keen to give you an insight and am delighted to welcome Nina Barnsley, Director of the Donor Conception Network (DCN) to explain how the organisation. Celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, the DCN has grown extensively and provides essential...

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Using a donor to start your family, is a lot to get your head around.

Nina Barnsley, Director, Donor Conception Network

I’ve been keen to give you an insight and am delighted to welcome Nina Barnsley, Director of the Donor Conception Network (DCN) to explain how the organisation.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, the DCN has grown extensively and provides essential support to  those who have found they need a donor to complete their family.

It’s origins lie with two families who after having treatment at the same centre, decided to write a book about their experiences over 20 years ago, how they decided to go against the norm and not stay quiet about using a donor, which was the adivce at the time. Over the past two decades the DCN has embraced this principal of openness and grown from strength to strength.

Nina explains how they work hosting a wide range of events for members to meet others in a similar situation as well as how much emphasis is placed on children and being open with them about their origins.

From events and workshops to personal stories and letter for you to use as templates there is a mass of information to help you feel less overwhelmed on your journey.

I also spoke to as Eleanor and Tom, a couple who share their struggle to conceive after Tom was diagnosed with azoospermia.

The pair had to use a sperm donor and what it was like going through the process of making that decision and the choosing one. They also share how their infertility has affected their lives, how Eleanor has given up work and how they’ve felt isolated from their friends.

Despite all the downs in their journey so far, Eleanor and Tom talk about how they have found amazing support within the DCN and whilst they’re still working out what their next steps will be,  you’ll hear have an amazing bond between them. Eleanor is an artist and I’ve featured a picture in these show notes. She’s sadly not painting at the moment but you can see more of her work here 

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EP 97: A heart condition and infertility http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/gemma/ http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/gemma/#respond Mon, 04 Sep 2017 13:15:12 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=2066 Imagine being diagnosed with a heart condition and then infertility. Then being told if you want a family to get on with it as you will need to have a life changing operation…. My latest guest Gemma and I met on twitter, during the heated debate last month in the UK about IVF funding cuts...

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Imagine being diagnosed with a heart condition and then infertility.

Then being told if you want a family to get on with it as you will need to have a life changing operation….

Gemma

My latest guest Gemma and I met on twitter, during the heated debate last month in the UK about IVF funding cuts within the NHS.

Only once we got chatting did Gemma share her journey and her heart condition which means she will need an operation and won’t be able to have any further pregnancies.

Gemma explains her bumpy road to having her baby, the throw away comments that some medical professionals seem to say. Gemma’s GP told her ‘to go on holiday , get drunk and it would happen’. 

Six months later and further tests led to a diagnosis of a decreased ovarian reserve and endometriosis. Gemma explained how it was thought that the endometriosis was related to appendicitis as a child.

She had an infection after operation and needed a  further operation. It’s believed this is the possible caused of her infertility.

Whilst talking openly Gemma highlights the issues we all face when being told about infertility…The overwhelm, the insensitive nature some of those telling us the bad news deliver it with, the speed in which we are dealt with when we’re still trying to process the last bit of information.

The loneliness felt when getting your head around infertility.

Gemma’s heart failed during her pregnancy. She is going to need heart surgery pretty soon. She makes a brilliant argument to anyone who calls ‘IVF’ a luxury when refering to it being funded on the NHS

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EP 96: Introducing the new HFEA website http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/hfeawebsite/ http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/hfeawebsite/#respond Sun, 27 Aug 2017 23:02:10 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=2048 The new HFEA Website The new look HFEA website intends to make your search for information regarding fertility treatment as straight forward as possible. With a clear navigation from choosing a fertility clinic to explaining what treatments are available to you, hopefully you’ll find it less overwhelming then before. To be honest – you’re going...

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The new HFEA Website

Jo Triggs, Kathleen Sarsfield Watson, Juliet Tizzard (LtoR)

The new look HFEA website intends to make your search for information regarding fertility treatment as straight forward as possible. With a clear navigation from choosing a fertility clinic to explaining what treatments are available to you, hopefully you’ll find it less overwhelming then before.

To be honest – you’re going to find this whole process challenging. After all you’re having to educate yourself on an area that you probably never even thought about.

So, rest assured you have a trustworthy resource to guide you through coming to terms with infertility and hopefully what you’ll hear in this episode will also make using the website really straight forward.

When you first visit the site and click on the choose a fertility clinic link there’s a good animation to explain more – see below.

In this podcast episode we also discuss giving patient feedback on your experience, if you’ve had treatment within the last 12 months, also if you’ve have ‘add ons’ and would like to talk about your experience of what you were offered, or what you would have liked to have been offered.

To find out more about the website and to fill in the patient feedback forms click here 

You can also follow the HFEA on twitter here 

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EP 95: Dealing with early menopause and failed IVF http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/postivf/ Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:02:10 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=2042 Dealing with early menopause is the topic of my latest episode in a chat with a lovely lady, who we’ll call by her twitter handle ‘Post IVF’ as that’s what she’d prefer.  We met on twitter a few months ago, where I know so many of us share where we’re at. I hope if you’ve just...

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Dealing with early menopause is the topic of my latest episode in a chat with a lovely lady, who we’ll call by her twitter handle ‘Post IVF’ as that’s what she’d prefer. 

We met on twitter a few months ago, where I know so many of us share where we’re at. I hope if you’ve just started looking into your fertility and looking online, you’ve found the online fertility community as well as all the literature available from the experts.

I’m a big believer in hearing other people’s stories as a kind of therapy. I feel privileged to be in a position to talk to people and I hope that those i talk to, get a sense os satisfaction from sharing their story, knowing as I do – if one person feels less alone from this episode we’ve all done well.

Post IVF has a heartbreakingly honest blog as as you’ll hear us discuss I first read about her journey in July 2017. At that point I was struck with how much she’d already had to deal with.

Diagnosed with early menopause as a teen she then had to work through all that comes with puberty – by seeing it all around her and not having the physical signs.

As she explained it made her feel ‘odd’ and she struggled a lot. Post IVF shares how resourceful she was regarding finding out more information about what she was going through, at a time where we weren’t just able to ‘ask Dr Google’ and how she wrote everything down.. and then lost it.

However she is now sharing her journey and is on a mission to help others feel less alone.

If you are going through early menopause or showing symptoms or if you know anyone else who might be, doing please read and share her blog

You can also follow her on twitter

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EP 94: Exercise on Prescription could help you get pregnant http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/exercise/ http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/exercise/#comments Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:50:07 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=2033 Dr Cecilia Kitic, an exercise physiologist explains  how prescriptive exercise could help you get pregnant. It’s the same rule for women and mens when it comes to fertility, and Dr Kitic talks about multiple benefits. Whilst this might sound obvious, Dr Kitic went through 14 rounds of IVF treatment in Australia,before falling pregant. As you...

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Dr Cecilia Kitic, an exercise physiologist explains  how prescriptive exercise could help you get pregnant.

It’s the same rule for women and mens when it comes to fertility, and Dr Kitic talks about multiple benefits.

Dr Cecilia Kitic, Founder The IVF Project

Whilst this might sound obvious, Dr Kitic went through 14 rounds of IVF treatment in Australia,before falling pregant. As you can imagine she spent a lot of time in clinics and noticed a distinct lack of physical wellbeing and nutrition conversations taking place. Dr Kitic explains how when appropriately prescribed exercise and diet can improve the success of fertility treatments.

She feels strongly that everyone should have access to evidence based clinical exercise prescription and dietary advice to improve their chances of conception and I completely agree with her. Especially in the UK where we’re in the middle of a funding crisis with our NHS. Surely if there was a stronger emphasis on wellbeing for anyone trying to conceive we’d see multiple benefits – across all sorts of issues from Obesity to Infertility. 

In our chat you will hear about the evidence based results she has based her app, The IVF Project on. A membership programme, the IVF Project is the world’s first online exercise prescription service for women and men undergoing fertility treatments.

It has a wealth of information as well as research papers available for you to consume and there is also a facebook community 

What you eat also plays a big role in influencing your fertility which is why the IVF Project has a Dietitian onboard to provide scientific dietary guidance that works. 

“If we had a pill that conferred all the confirmed health benefits of exercise, would we not do everything humanly possible to see to it that everyone had access to this wonder drug? Would it not be the most prescribed pill in the history of mankind?” Sallis, 2009
Exercise is Medicine

 

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EP 93: Fancy going to Greece for Fertility Treatment http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/greece/ Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:14:52 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=2021 How about a trip to Greece for your fertility treatment? I met with New Life Greece, who were in London to do some 1-2-1 meetings with potential clients and to talk more about their clinic and what they offer. Research conducted by the clinic looking into the number of people looking into treatment abroad, showed...

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How about a trip to Greece for your fertility treatment?

Chrysa Karakosta,Lab Director and Patient Liason, New Life Greece

I met with New Life Greece, who were in London to do some 1-2-1 meetings with potential clients and to talk more about their clinic and what they offer.

Research conducted by the clinic looking into the number of people looking into treatment abroad, showed 507,000 searches for ‘IVF Abroad’.

As you’d imagine, there are concerns about going away from treatment,which is daunting anyway and New Life found people’s main concerns were the inconvenience, the language barrier and the level of treatment offered.

To overcome this, New Life have been offering the 1-2-1 meetings mentioned above as well as Skype consultations and in this chat you will hear Chrysa explain how they work.

New Life is based in Thessaloniki, Greece – a 3 hour flight from the UK. It was founded by fertility experts Dimitrios Dovas, Chrysa Karakostra and Afroditi Zisapoulou in 2009 and offers fast and cost effective solutions for IVF using a women’s own eggs, egg donation and social egg freezing

I also spoke with Kirsty Rielly, who is 42 and going through her 3rd round of IVF treatment.

She had her first round in the UK and in this episode explains her decision to go to Greece and how the experience has been for her so far.

At the time of speaking Kirsty was due to be having a frozen embryo transfer just after we spoke, so I’ve got everything crossed for a positive outcome for her and will keep you posted if I hear.

Follow New Life on twitter here

You can also hear a previous episode I made about having fertility treatment abroad with Caroline Davies and her company Fertility Clinics Abroad

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EP 92: The Embryologist – what goes on in a fertility lab http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/embryo/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:06:55 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=2011 The Embryologist explained. Meet Rachel, Principal Embryologist  at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine and Fertility, at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.  I’m always fascinated by embryologists who play such a vital role in your fertility treatment. The expertise an embryologist performs in the lab is essential to the journey of our precious embryos, as they are nurtured in...

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The Embryologist explained.

          Rachel Cutting, MBE

Meet Rachel, Principal Embryologist  at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine and Fertility, at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. 

I’m always fascinated by embryologists who play such a vital role in your fertility treatment.

The expertise an embryologist performs in the lab is essential to the journey of our precious embryos, as they are nurtured in the lab ready for the all important transfer.

In our chat, Rachel explains how time lapse photography has been a massive development in how embryologists work.

It means embryos are constantly monitored without being disturbed.

Rachel shares her feelings on the success of the technology and whether it should be included in fertility treatment packages or sold as an ‘add on’ which currently happens.

We discuss genetic screening and the benefits of tests which are known as Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)  a test that examines the chromosome material of an embryo.  

This test can tell if the appropriate number of chromosomes are present (46), or if an abnormal number of chromosomes are present.

Rachel explains who this would be a viable treatment for and what scenarios it could give insight to.

You can follow Rachel on twitter here

 

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EP 91: IVF treatment in Canada including a frozen embryo transfer http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/eva/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:00:53 +0000 http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/?p=2003 IVF treatment in Canada is different to the UK as blogger Eva Braveheart explains.   Eva blogs via Soul and Fertility  giving pretty outspoken views on her fertility journey. From dealing with PCOS to attending infertility support groups Eva takes a nonsense approach to managing her infertility and isn’t afraid to speak her mind, which could be...

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IVF treatment in Canada is different to the UK as blogger Eva Braveheart explains.

 

Eva blogs via Soul and Fertility  giving pretty outspoken views on her fertility journey.

From dealing with PCOS to attending infertility support groups Eva takes a nonsense approach to managing her infertility and isn’t afraid to speak her mind, which could be taken as being insensitive.

I think she’s a realist and admire her resilience with what she is going through.

Her decision to be anonymous with her online persona is one I get – having started my podcast in the same way.

Eva explains in our chat how she is currently looking to change jobs and how nervous she is of any potential employee googling her and finding out about her infertility struggles, thus affecting their decision to take her on. I’d not even thought about this.

Have you talked openly at work about fertility treatment and felt you have been treated differently as a result?

You can follow Eva on twitter here. Sadly as I publish this episode, you will see she didn’t get the result she had hoped for from her FET…

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EP 90: Do you suffer with PCOS? http://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/pcos/ 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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