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This is Infertility is a bi-weekly podcast where we fuse narrative storytelling with experience and science to give you a new perspective on what it’s really like to go through a family building journey. Each episode dives into the emotional, physical, and financial burdens carried by those who experience infertility on their path to parenthood. Be it IVF, IUI, egg freezing, surrogacy, adoption, etc., the path is never the same and it can be long, painful, and lonely. It’s our mission to giv ...
 
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On this episode we talk with Dr. Mark Trolice about the power of family, positivity, and Dr. Trolice's own journey with infertility that helped him in writing this book. For more information on this topic please go to https://www.asrm.org Tell us your thoughts by emailing us at asrm@asrm.org ASRM Today Podcasts are supported in part by ASRM Corpora…
 
The Fertility 101 Series, because there’s no shortage of daunting terms to keep your mind running, is a quick and dirty breakdown on a specific topic with insights from a fertility expert. In this episode, you’ll learn about endometriosis, a condition in which a woman’s endometrial tissue grows inside of her abdomen. Each woman is different, but it…
 
On ASRM Today we get the latest on the most recent ASRM COVID-19 Task Force Update #13 from task force member Dr. Eve Feinberg. To review the latest update go to http://www.asrm.org/globalassets/asrm/asrm-content/news-and-publications/covid-19/covidtaskforceupdate13.pdf To view all of ASRM's resources on COVID-19, please visit https://www.asrm.org/…
 
As most people with infertility know through experience, treatments can be very expensive. One round of IVF alone can cost thousands of dollars, and it’s usually the last step after trying multiple other pathways like IUI or timed intercourse beforehand, which can drain your resources. Fortunately, there are some options for funding. More employers…
 
In this episode, we talk to Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis about her journey and career, and the current state and future of diversity, equity, and inclusion in reproductive medicine. For more information on this topic please go to https://www.asrm.org/about-us/initiatives/diversity-task-force/ ASRM Today Series Podcasts are supported in part by the ASRM…
 
Today’s bonus episode comes from a recent Progny webinar, “Building a Family in 2021.” It’s the start of the new year, which might mean access to new benefits and new opportunities to start or continue building the family of their dreams. Moderated by Progyny’s Selena Campbell and experts Dr. Susanna Park, a reproductive endocrinologist at San Dieg…
 
In this episode, we talk to the chair of the ASRM Ethics Committee, Dr. Sigal Klipstein, about the history of the Ethics Committee and how documents are produced for publication. To access the Ethics Committee Document online go to https://www.asrm.org/news-and-publications/ethics-committee-documents/ For more information on this topic please go to…
 
It’s Black History Month, and while we should always be thinking about the current climate of racial inequality, February reminds us of how far we have come and how very far we still need to go. One especially urgent matter that you’ll hear about today is implicit bias towards Black women in healthcare. Right now, a Black woman with cancer is 40% m…
 
This special episode of ASRM Today is a preview of a new series, the ASRM Today Book Review, a podcast that interviews the authors who dive deeper into the field of reproductive medicine. For more information on this topic please go to https://www.asrm.org Tell us your thoughts on the show by emailing us at asrm@asrm.org The ASRM Today podcast is s…
 
We’re launching a new series called, Fertility 101, because there’s no shortage of daunting terms to keep your mind running. In this series, we’ll do a quick and dirty breakdown on a specific topic with insights from a fertility expert. The first episode covers Uterine Fibroids, a condition that is way more common than you might think. In fact, abo…
 
In this episode, we have Dr. Jennifer Mersereau and Dr. Suleena Kaira on the show to discuss the update document on Oocyte Cryopreservation. For more information on this topic go to https://www.asrm.org The ASRM Today podcast is supported in part by the ASRM Corporate Member Council.By ASRM, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Jeffrey Hayes, Jennifer Mersereau, Suleena Kalra
 
“You don’t need a child to live.” That is a direct quote from an insurance representative when asked why fertility treatments weren’t included in the caller’s healthcare coverage. Infertility isn’t a choice; it’s a disease. Yet, when couples and individuals seek help, they’re told by their insurers to deal with it on their own. As it stands, there …
 
On ASRM Today we get the latest on the most recent ASRM COVID-19 Task Force Update #12 from task force member Dr. Jodie Dionne-Odom. Review the latest update at https://www.asrm.org/globalassets/asrm/asrm-content/news-and-publications/covid-19/covidtaskforceupdate12.pdf And view all of ASRM's COVID Resources at https://www.asrm.org/covid-19 The ASR…
 
In this episode, we present part two of our coverage of the ASRM Practice Committee and the American Urological Association (AUA) new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of male infertility. For more information on this topic please go to https://www.asrm.org/news-and-publications/news-and-research/announcements/asrm-practice-committee-publi…
 
We talk a lot about the statistic that 1 in 8 struggle with infertility, but the thing is, that number represents the general public and not specific demographics within it. Take physicians, for instance. The people on the front lines, helping others with infertility, COVID, and any other medical issue. Their infertility stat? 1 in 4. As elucidated…
 
In this episode, we present part one of our coverage of the ASRM Practice Committee and the American Urological Association (AUA) new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of male infertility. For more information on this topic please view the document press release at ASRM.org The ASRM Today podcast is supported in part by the ASRM Corporate …
 
As we close season 3 of This is Infertility, we are reflecting on a turbulent year marked by extreme loss with the COVID-19 pandemic, a recession, a controversial election, wildfires, and so much more that has tested our resiliency. Whether you're trying to start a family or not, we've all fought through some type of challenge during 2020. So, we'v…
 
In this episode of ASRM Today, Dr. Jennifer Kawwass discusses the ASRM Coronavirus-COVID-19 Task Force's Update No. 11 - Vaccination to its recommendations for clinical management and patient care during the pandemic. Jennifer Kawwass, MD, is Associate Professor, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Emor…
 
In this episode we have a discussion with Dr. Diana Bianchi about work at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. For more information on this topic please go to our website www.asrm.org The ASRM Today podcast is supported in part by the ASRM Corporate Member Council.…
 
In this episode we have a discussion with Dr. Anne Steiner about testing and interpreting measures of ovarian reserve. To view this and all ASRM's Practice Committee documents, visit ASRM.org If you'd like to know more about the types of practice documents and the methodology of their creation, visit this page on ASRM.org The ASRM Today podcast is …
 
Dealing with infertility comes with an abundance of raw and painful emotions. It’s ok to cry after an especially difficult appointment and it’s not uncommon to feel discouraged. While infertility itself isn’t funny, one way that we take control of stress and sadness is through humor. Karen Jeffries is the founder of Hilariously Infertile. This incl…
 
In this episode we have a discussion with Dr. Julie Lamb about fertility preservation at the time of fertility treatment. Julie Lamb, MD., is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Pacific NW Fertility in Seattle and serves as clinical faculty at the University of Washington. Dr. Lamb completed medical school a…
 
On ASRM Today we have a fun discussion with some ASRM staff about the 2020 Virtual Congress. There is still time to register for the congress through November 30th 2020. Content will be available for viewing until December 31, 2020. For registration: https://asrmcongress.org For assistance logging in, contact the ASRM Registration Help Line: (571) …
 
No one ever expects conception to be difficult, so when your pregnancy tests are frequently negative, you're left with several questions. And what do you do when you have questions? You Google them. However, the internet is not always your best friend when it comes to medical advice. How is anyone supposed to find reliable information on a topic no…
 
On ASRM Today we get the latest on the most recent ASRM COVID-19 Task Force Update #10 from task force member Dr. James Segars. To review the latest update go to https://www.asrm.org/globalassets/asrm/asrm-content/news-and-publications/covid-19/covidtaskforceupdate10.pdf To view all of ASRM's COVID-19 Resources, please visit https://www.asrm.org/co…
 
This episode of ASRM Today is a special preview of Fertility & Sterility On Air, a new podcast from Fertility & Sterility. Please enjoy this preview episode of Fertility & Sterility On Air and subscribe. If you would like to subscribe and read Fertility & Sterility please visit the website: https://www.fertstert.org/ The ASRM Today podcast is suppo…
 
Infertility and family building can be scary and isolating at times, especially when it seems like no one else around you are experiencing the same barriers to conception. Even as more people come forward to talk about their struggles, there is still a lack of race representation fueling these conversations. Regina Townsend is the voice behind The …
 
Dr. Paula Amato discusses medically assisted reproduction in transgender communities. Dr. Amato is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. To hear a patient's view on this subject, please download the June 12, 2020 episode - Transgender Care: A Patient's View with T…
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which means today’s bonus episode is all about fertility preservation for cancer, otherwise known as oncofertility. Receiving a cancer diagnosis can turn your world upside down but understanding your fertility options from day one can make all the difference. Thanks to earlier detection and improved treatme…
 
"One of the biggest challenges that PGT (preimplantation genetic testing) has presented to the field of IVF is this phenomenon of mosaic results - these results that neither clearly normal nor clearly abnormal but somewhere in between." - Emily Mounts, MS, CGC Mosaicism is very challenging topic and there are many unknowns that clinicians deal with…
 
Miscarriage is something that, no matter how many times we discuss it on this podcast, never gets easier to talk about. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and we think it’s important to share these stories, just as other podcasters and advocates in the space do. You may know Ali Prato by her podcast name, “Infertile AF”, and by t…
 
In this episode, Dr. Karl Hansen reviews a recent ASRM Practice Committee guideline on unexplained fertility. Dr. Hansen is Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the James A. Merrill Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. To…
 
On ASRM Today we get the latest on the most recent ASRM COVID-19 Task Force Update #9 from task force member Dr. Christos Coutifaris. Click here to review the latest update to the Patient Management And Clinical Recommendations During The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic To view all of ASRM's COVID-19 Resources, please visit https://www.asrm.org/cov…
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and when you hear the word cancer, your mind doesn’t automatically go to fertility preservation. But when 30-year-old Tricia Russo learned she would have to go through chemotherapy, radiation, a mastectomy, reconstruction, and begin taking medications that could prompt menopause for her breast cancer diagno…
 
In this episode Dr. Anne Steiner sits down to talk about putting together the latest journal from Fertility and Sterility, F & S Reviews. If you would like to subscribe and read F & S Reviews, please visit the website at https://www.fertsterreviews.org The ASRM Today podcast is supported in part by the ASRM Corporate Member Council…
 
In this episode, Dr. Amy Sparks discusses the upcoming Postgraduate Program at the 2020 ASRM Virtual Scientific Congress & Expo and what's in store for attendees. She is the chair of the Postgraduate Program. Dr. Amy Sparks is Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Director, In Vitro …
 
In the wake of the recent Black Lives Matter movement, companies, individuals, and institutions are taking a long, reflective look at their biases, policies, and inequalities, in an effort to stand together against systematic racism. The fertility industry is no different. Enter Chiquita Lockley who realized that none of her friends were ever talki…
 
On this episode of ASRM Today we talk with Dr. Steven Spandorfer, the Chair of the Program Planning Committee, about the courses and other information members need to know about the upcoming ASRM 2020 Virtual Congress! Dr. Steven D. Spandorfer is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at The Ronald O. Perelman…
 
This episode of ASRM Today is a special preview of Fertility & Sterility On Air, a new podcast from Fertility and Sterility. This in depth and engaging podcast will tackle new issues of F&S with an expert panel of hosts. Please enjoy this preview episode of Fertility & Sterility On Air and look to subscribe to them soon. Read Fertility and Sterilit…
 
It’s PCOS Awareness Month and for those who have PCOS, you may know firsthand how difficult it can be to conceive naturally. Kayleigh and Steven Hajny always wanted to have a baby. But when Kayleigh was 16 and diagnosed with PCOS, she was set to believe this was a pipe dream that wouldn’t happen for her unless she did IVF. So, they decided to go to…
 
On ASRM Today we get the latest on the most recent ASRM COVID-19 Task Force Update #8 from task force member Dr. Jennifer Kawwass. Jennifer Kawwass, M.D. is Medical Director and Associate Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Emory Reproductive Center. To read the ASRM Patient Management and Clinical Recommendat…
 
Today’s bonus episode comes from a recent Progyny webinar, “Fertility and Maternal Health in the Black Community”, which reflects on the inequalities and institutionalized racism within the fertility industry. Moderated by Progyny’s Manager of Member Services, Selena Campbell, and experts Dr. Genevieve Neal-Perry, Dr. Tia Jackson-Bey, and Dr. Renit…
 
Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. --Robert A. Heinlein On today’s episode of ASRM Today, we have a lively talk with the Editor-in-Chief of the new journal F&S Science, Dr. William Catherino. Dr. Catherino is a Professor with Tenure and Chair of the Research Department for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the A…
 
We talk about this quite often, infertility impacts 1 in 8 with 1/3 of that reason being female factor, 1/3 male factor, and 1/3 combined or unexplained. What we don’t talk about often, is how when it comes to egg freezing, the financial burden typically falls entirely on the female. In today’s episode, copywriter KelseyFormost discusses her decisi…
 
"PCOS is actually the most common endocrine disorder among reproductive age women. In 2010, according to the WHO it estimated 116 million women worldwide have PCOS." - Jennifer Knudtson, M.D. It has been 30 years since the National Institutes of Health issued criteria on polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS and we talk about the most recent updated gu…
 
"It does seem to hold true that ICSI is beneficial when you fertilize eggs that have been previously cryopreserved because there are some changes that occur in the zona pellucida and the structure of the egg itself." - Denis Vaughan, M.D. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection or ICSI is a micromanipulation procedure in which a single sperm is injected d…
 
A huge misconception in the world of fertility is that egg freezing is an elective procedure and should, therefore, be treated like one. This is absolutely untrue. Women are born with all the eggs they will produce during a lifetime, therefore, the quality and quantity of viable eggs diminish as time goes on. And doctors are finding the leading cau…
 
"We know now that this is not going to be a short-term event but something that's going to last for a while. So we obviously want to base our decisions on the best quality data that comes out and there are new studies literally every day being published." - Jodie Dionne-Odom, M.D. COVID-19 cases continue to surge. ASRM has issued a new update of th…
 
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