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September 25, 2018 @ 1:00 am

41: Let’s Talk About Sex

Kaela & Sarah are talking about sex...and infertility.  Let’s face it, intimacy in your relationship can really take a hit when you're going through infertility.  In this episode, Sarah and Kaela offer up some ideas of how others have dealt with infertility in their sex life.  They share a few practical tips, some less than “conventional” methods, and even a few funny stories about how people keep the spice alive in their relationship while also battling infertility.  

 

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September 18, 2018 @ 1:00 am

40: Superheroes Have PCOS

September is PCOS Awareness Month so Sarah & Kaela are talking about it!  PCOS is the most common infertility diagnosis for women, however, many women don’t even realize they have it or know what to do to treat it.  They talk about what PCOS is, treatment options, and even share some fun stories about the history of PCOS - did you know Hippocrates was lookin’ out for you and you're the queens of the stone age?!  And finally, they share listener comments about what they wish they had known about PCOS and tell you why women with PCOS are total badasses. 

*Sorry about Sarah's audio - she recorded with her webcam mic. Oops! 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3164771/


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September 11, 2018 @ 1:00 am

39: Keep It On The Down Low

Kaela & Sarah are talking about down regulation for IVF.  They share listener comments and let you know what to expect from a down regulation protocol (birth control, Lupron, etc.) including symptoms and side effects.  They also discuss some recommendations and reasons behind not doing down regulation at all.

They respond to some recent infertility news about the the viral photo of the baby surrounded by IVF syringes - including their frustrations on misconceptions of adoption.  They give their opinions on a recent interview from a doctor who claimed female physicians “don’t work as hard...as male physicians” and give a big shout out to all the smart, talented, and caring physicians out there!

And finally, Kaela has a new idea for a Jamaican themed “Jerk Hut” and they read listener questions about endometriosis and hostile cervical mucus.  Yep, we’re talking about mucus again.

 

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September 4, 2018 @ 1:00 am

38: Infertility In Hollywood - Part 2

In the second half of this two part episode, Sarah & Kaela are once again talking about infertility in Hollywood.  This time, they’re talking about infertility in movies and share some opinions on how infertile women and couples are portrayed in film today.  A few of the movies they talk about include: “Game Night,” “The Help,” and “Up!” They also share two recent documentaries, “One More Shot” and “Vegas Baby,” that capture the feelings and experiences of real people going through the struggle of infertility.  Kaela also gives an update on “The Handmaid’s Tale.” She’s feeling uncomfortable!

 

Finally, Sarah share’s her doctors opinions on a few controversial fertility treatments that Kaela knows a lot about.  First, treatment of MTHFR and Folic Acid vs L-methylfolate. And second, IVIg Immunotherapy for an overactive immune system (Natural Killer cells, Cytokines, Antinuclear Antibodies, Antiphospholipid Antibodies, the list goes on…).  Find out if Kaela agrees with Sarah’s doctor!

 

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August 28, 2018 @ 1:00 am

37: Infertility In Hollywood - Part 1

In this two part episode series Kaela & Sarah are talking about infertility in Hollywood. In part 1 they talk all about TV shows over the past few decades that have depicted infertility in an accurate (or not so accurate) way.  A few of the shows they cover include: Friends, Fuller House, Orange Is The New Black, This Is Us, Orphan Black, The Handmaid’s Tale, and the OG infertility champion Charlotte from Sex & The City!

 

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August 21, 2018 @ 1:00 am

36: Mafia Meet Christine - Infertility Illustrated

Sarah & Kaela sit down with the wildly popular illustrator behind the Instagram account @infertilityillustrated.  Her name is Christine and she’s infertile, too! She talks about how illustrating the crazy, and sad, and even hilarious moments of infertility have helped her cope.  After a diagnosis of PCOS, a round of IVF, and recurrent miscarriages, she’s gearing up for a frozen embryo transfer. Kaela and Sarah talk to her about transporting embryos across state lines, doctors and their bedside manner, and give a big shout out to all the nurses in the world!  And, of course, they venture off topic a few times to talk about things like laundry, ironing, dogs, reptiles, rodents, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Bachelor, and “under boob!”

 

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August 17, 2018 @ 1:00 am

35: Acupunch Her!

Kaela and Sarah talk about something a lot of infertile people try - acupuncture! They talk about the history, philosophy, and science behind the practice and share listener experiences, including a psychic moment with an acupuncturist.  They also share some rare facts about Louise Brown, the first "test tube baby" and talk about  their favorite Rom Coms! 

 

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August 14, 2018 @ 1:00 am

34: Just Deal With It

Kaela & Sarah are talking about coping with infertility triggers.  They share lots of different tips and tricks from listeners of things that help them through a tough time - like listening to music, taking a walk, baking a cake, talking a hot bath, shooting a gun, cuddling a fur baby, finding an infertile friend, and pouring a glass of wine. Lots and lots of wine!

 

They also give some opinions on the following article about PGS testing and whether or not it actually improves IVF success rates.

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/ivf-genetic-embryo-screening-pregnancy-cost-no-benefit-study-a8478716.html

 

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August 10, 2018 @ 1:00 am

33: The IVF Tourist

Sarah & Kaela are talking about doing IVF abroad and seeking fertility treatments in a country other than the one you call "home."  They weigh the pros and cons of IVF abroad (like if you go to Barbados, you come back with a tan) and also debunk some opinions on why IVF is so expensive in the United States.  They also talk about their favorite vacation spots, wearing pajamas in the public, the mile high club, and kissing boys at the Eiffel Tower. 

Shout out to all our Intermational listeners!

 

Article referenced in this episode:
https://www.newsweek.com/why-ivf-so-expensive-united-states-74385

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August 7, 2018 @ 1:00 am

32: Mafia Meet Karen - Hilariously Infertile

Kaela & Sarah are talking to Karen, the woman behind Hilariously Infertile!  “Part Teacher. Part Mom. Part Wife. Fully inappropriate. Forever infertile.” In addition to her wildly popular blog and Instagram account, Karen recently published a book about the some of her hilarious experiences with infertility and she doesn’t hold anything back!  Listen as this 4th grade teacher shares shares some excerpts with us about her first time with the transvaginal ultrasound wand, getting “the call” from the fertility doctor, and the time she was sure she “shitted” out her embryo! Do yourself a favor and go get a copy of her book.  And get one for your infertile friend while you’re at it!

 

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Find Karen in these places:

Website: www.hilariouslyinfertile.com

Instagram: hilariously_infertile

Facebook: Hilariously Infertile

Twitter: @Hi_Infertile

Merchandise: https://teespring.com/stores/hilariously-infertile

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