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Season 2 Episode 20: Becoming Mom, Episode Five: IVF

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Becoming Mom: Exploring the Many Paths to Motherhood - Episode Five: IVF


This week Alex and Mary continue the Motherhood series for the month of May, as they sit down with Jessica about her journey through IVF. Jessica details what led her to seek out a fertility specialist, the ups and downs of treatment, and her results from IVF.


Episode Highlights

  • Welcome back! [0:38]

  • Special guest [1:00]

  • Why IVF? [2:28]

  • GYN’s inappropriate response [3:25]

  • You’re fired! [4:10]

  • Referral to fertility doctor [5:24]

  • Trust your gut [6:00]

  • Kindness and compassion [7:40]

  • Several options before IVF [8:50]

  • Uterine fibroids [10:04]

  • Tracking cycles/ovulation [10:18]

  • Letrozole and Clomid [11:30]

  • Trigger shot of hCG [11:40]

  • Insurance assistance [12:00]

  • A cycle of IVF [12:25]

  • Unique protocols for each individual [13:40]

  • Genetic testing [15:50]

  • CoVid-19 [16:57]

  • Embryo transfer [17:45]

  • Progesterone injections [20:45]

  • The miracle of birth [21:05]

  • Subchorionic hematoma [21:55]

  • Successful pregnancy! [22:54]

  • Pregnant and teaching [23:50]

  • The birth [24:40]

  • Caesarean Section [27:00]

  • A dream come true [28:00]

  • Advice for others [28:22]

  • Advocate for yourself [28:35]

  • Things worked out like they were supposed to [29:09]

  • Support group [30:01]

  • Don’t lose hope [32:05]

  • Don’t give up [32:25]

  • Thank you, Jessica! [35:12]

  • Wrapping up the Motherhood series [36:35]

  • Thanks for listening! [38:37]


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Links Mentioned in the Episode

Clomid Letrozole Unexplained Fertility

Trigger Shot: What it Is

Benefits of Having Progesterone Injections

What to Expect: Subchorionic Bleeding



Summary Keywords


Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, research, advocacy, advanced imaging, diagnosis, knowledge, women, fear, bias, social pressure, responsibility, IVF, infertility



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