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March 19, 2019 @ 1:00 am

60: Mafia Meet Dr. Lora Shahine, MD, FACOG - Part 1

Sarah & Kaela are joined by board certified reproductive endocrinologist and recurrent pregnancy loss specialist, Dr. Lora Shahine!  She currently practices at Pacific Northwest Fertility & IVF Specialists in Seattle, Washington. She’s also authored books on the topic of fertility and pregnancy loss (linked below) and is an all around awesome person!  

 

In part one of this two part episode, Dr. Shahine covers many topics including; the importance of a good IVF lab and embryologists, egg freezing for fertility preservation, recurrent pregnancy loss and miscarriage, the truth about Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), and all the pros and cons of social media for both patients and doctors.  She also speaks candidly about the highs and lows of being a reproductive endocrinologist and her dedication to being a supportive caregiver. Kaela sheds a few tears in this episode, and I’m guessing you might too!

 

Find Dr. Lora Shahine here:

Twitter: @drlorashahine

Instagram: @drlorashahine

Website: lorashahine.com

Website: www.pnwfertility.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/drlorashahine

 

 

Find her books here:

Planting the Seeds of Pregnancy: An Integrative Approach to Fertility Care

 

Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

 

Not Broken Illustrated: A Gift for Those Who Have Suffered Pregnancy Loss

 

 

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March 5, 2019 @ 4:28 am

59: Mafia Meet Steph - Endometriosis Awareness Month

It’s officially March which means it’s Endometriosis Awareness Month!  Kaela and Sarah are talking to Steph Kelly about her experience with Endometriosis and Adenomyosis.  She's experienced years of pain and misdiagnosis, and was eventually diagnosed with stage four Endometriosis and “frozen pelvis” (or terminal Endometriosis).

 

She shares how Endometriosis is often misunderstood and how important it is for women to educate themselves and be their best advocate when seeking medical treatment.  She also opens up about how she copes on the hard days and how important a support system has been for her.

 

Finally, she tells us about her upcoming surgery to correct her Endometriosis and her hopeful path to parenthood via donor eggs and surrogacy.  Enjoy this hilarious, witty, and inspiring woman!

 

Find Steph in these places -

Instagram: @kerseyknowsbest

YouTube: I’m Ready Already

 

Join Nancy's Nook!

 

Take the Pregnantish Survey here to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a bonus treat from Sarah & Kaela!

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February 26, 2019 @ 10:44 am

58: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

Sarah & Kaela are talking about changing doctors/clinics and the many factors that go into such a big decision!  They share listener comments and experiences about why/when they decided they needed to make a switch. Are you feeling like a change will do you good?  Infertility is hard enough, feeling like you have a competent and supportive doctor is an important part of the equation!

 

On the topic of change, they’re also asking you to participate in a survey from their friends at Pregnantish.com and one lucky listener will win a $50 Amazon gift card from Pregnantish and a little bonus gift from Sarah & Kaela! 

 

“At Pregnantish, our mission is 'Real Talk About Fertility' and we are committed to breaking the taboo of infertility. Our goal is to empower patients and healthcare providers to have a better experience and relationship during the fertility treatment process. Because too many readers have expressed their concerns, we've created this short survey to invite 'real talk' from you on your experiences.  Your answers will help us share important feedback with healthcare providers (fertility doctors, OB/GYNs, and clinics), which could ultimately improve the patient experience. Please note that your personal information (name, age, email) will not be revealed or shared publicly. This survey should take approximately 5 minutes.”

 

Take the Pregnantish survey here!

 

And last but not least, with Spring Break right around the corner, they talk about - swimsuit shopping.  Dun, dun, duuuuuuuun!

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February 19, 2019 @ 3:25 am

57: Oh Holy Sh*t Syndrome

Kaela & Sarah cover OHSS (Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome) and talk about what it is, symptoms to look for, and ways to mitigate it!  Kaela shares her own experience, and even shares a throwback clip from her YT channel. They’re also joined by Christine (@infertilityillustrated) to discuss her personal experience with OHSS - twice!  

 

And finally, they share one man’s theory on how climate change is causing infertility, they debate whether or not Baby Center is a safe place to do “research,” and they talk about the pros and cons of dry shampoo!

 

Find Christine (Infertility Illustrated) in these places:

Instagram: @infertilityillustrated

Website: www.infertilityillustrated.com

 

Here’s a link to Kaela’s YT video about OHSS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKxu0RSE3rI&t=7s

 

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February 12, 2019 @ 2:14 am

56: The Keto Diet (Part 2) - My Nutritionist Says Don’t Do It!

Sarah & Kaela continue exploring the Keto diet in part two of this two part episode.  This time, they talk about the downside of Keto including health risks, long-term side effects, and even some not so pleasant short-term ones (like Keto breath and Keto flu...ew).  They also share insight from Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Melissa Groves who answers listener questions and shares her professional opinion on this popular fertility diet - hint: she’s not a big fan!  Finally, Kaela shares an embarrassing confession and Sarah talks about her unfortunate dilemma when she’s not the only “Sarah” in the waiting room at the fertility clinic.

 

Find Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Melissa in these places:

Instagram: @the.hormone.dietitian

Website: www.avocadogrovenutrition.com

 

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February 5, 2019 @ 2:30 am

55: The Keto Diet (Part 1) - My Doctor Says Do It!

Kaela & Sarah explore the trendy Keto diet in part one of this two part episode.  In this episode, they share some positive aspects of the Keto diet and discuss why it’s so popular among women trying to conceive, especially those with PCOS.  They also share the opinion of a reproductive endocrinologist who prescribes the Keto diet to all of his patients. But, despite some of its appeal, Kaela isn’t totally convinced and she shares her ongoing concern.  

 

Sarah shares a few big secrets with Kaela (one of them might be that she’s starting the Keto diet), and they discuss how basically all food is bad for you!  Finally, they cover topics like beauty queens, Tom Brady, the super bowl, some epic jerk off room stories, and give a shout out to all the female doctors for National Women’s Physician Day!

 

Full Interview with Dr. Robert Kiltz of CNY Fertility

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdZ3Gst14mI&t=602s

 

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January 29, 2019 @ 2:23 am

54: You Really Got A Hold On Me

Sarah & Kaela are talking about the paralyzing feelings surrounding infertility treatments!  They share their own experiences and that of listeners about their fears when it comes to big treatment decisions as well as things that motivated them and gave them encouragement to move forward and take another step.  They also share some recent news about three parent (DNA) IVF babies and a woman who gave birth to triplets - as in an IVF baby and spontaneously conceived twins!

Your Fertility. Your Family. :The Many Roads to Conception - by Dr. William Schoolcraft M.D. HCLD  Available on Amazon now!

IVF Three Parent Baby


https://www.newsweek.com/assisted-reproduction-ivf-maternal-spindle-transfer-three-parent-babies-1302044

Woman Gives Birth to Twins And IVF Baby at the Same Time


https://www.insideedition.com/woman-gives-birth-twins-and-ivf-baby-same-time-miracles-do-happen-50126

Don’t forget! Kaela & Sarah are matching iTunes reviews with a donation to RESOLVE!  For every review on iTunes, for the next month, they’ll donate $5 on your behalf!

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January 22, 2019 @ 9:12 am

53: Golden Retrieval

Kaela & Sarah are discussing the egg retrieval surgery!  They let you know what their experience was like and share advice and stories from other listeners (ahem, up your fiber intake).  They also talk about new stats on adenomyosis and an article linking a missing protein with infertility in women with endometriosis.  And finally, they share a story about a man who injected himself with his own semen...to cure his back pain. Yep, you read that right.

 

Articles referenced in this episode:

Irish Man Injected Himself With His Own Semen...

https://www.rt.com/news/448995-irish-man-injected-semen/

 

Protein May Help Explain Why Some Women With Endometriosis Are Infertile

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/protein-may-help-explain-why-some-women-endometriosis-are-infertile

 

Don’t forget! Kaela & Sarah are matching iTunes reviews with a donation to RESOLVE!  For every review on iTunes, for the next month, they’ll donate $5 on your behalf!

 

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January 15, 2019 @ 1:00 am

52: Celebrities And Infertility - Part 2

Sarah & Kaela are joining listeners in the Infertile Mafia Podcast facebook group as they dish about more celebrities who have shared their infertility stories and unique paths to parenthood!  They cover a number of topics that celebrities have dealt with from unexplained infertility to cancer to the inability to adopt (lookin’ at you Australia). They also cover topics like their favorite 90’s pop songs (lookin’ at you Celine and Mariah), movies, spray tan salons, karaoke, and share the results of a celebrity quiz!  And listen to the end for a bonus clip about high school choir trip shenanigans, stalkers, and reality TV.

 

Don’t forget! Kaela & Sarah are matching iTunes reviews with a donation to RESOLVE!  For every review on iTunes, for the next month, they’ll donate $5 on your behalf!

resolve.org


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January 8, 2019 @ 1:00 am

51: Celebrities And Infertility - Part 1

What do an actress, a comedian, a supermodel, and a pop star have in common?  You guessed it...infertility.  In part one of this two part episode, Kaela and Sarah talk about four celebrities who have recently been open about their struggles with infertility and their unique paths to parenthood.  We salute these brave men and women for being courageous, sharing their stories, and giving the infertility community support and encouragement!

They're also matching iTunes reviews with a donation to RESOLVE!  For every review on iTunes for the next month, they’ll donate $5 during the month of January 2019!

resolve.org

Full interview with Oprah Winfrey and Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade on the OWN YouTube channel:
https://youtu.be/yzZLLtixCeg


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