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Dr Aimee is a renowned medical doctor specializing in fertility, who is deeply committed to empowering her patients and listeners with fertility literacy throughout their journeys. In addition to hosting discussions with other top fertility experts, she’ll also tap into her own knowledge and patient experiences. Her true passion is in focusing on each person who reaches out to her, getting to know their unique story and needs, and then guiding them with warmth and compassion. That is why, a ...
 
The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by Population Balance. We offer education and solutions to address the impacts of human overpopulation and overconsumption on the planet, people, and animals. We do this by: empowering people to make liberated and informed family choices free from the pervasive forces of pronatalism that pressure us into having children; advocating for a radical shift in our relationship to animals and the rest of the natural world—from that of dominion to one of revere ...
 
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Take as Directed

CSIS Global Health Policy Center | Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Take as Directed is the podcast series of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center. It highlights important news, events, issues, and perspectives in global health policy, particularly in infectious disease, health security, and maternal, newborn, and child health. The podcast brings you commentary and perspectives from some of the leading voices in global health and CSIS Global Health Policy Center in-house experts
 
Choosing to be childfree opens a world of possibilities - joys and adventures, but also a few challenges in a society that’s behind the curve in accepting and celebrating the childfree choice. Erika Arias speaks with couples about their unique romantic trajectories that have led towards the decision to opt out of parenthood. This is a series about liberating more people to choose a life that is most genuine to them, and to celebrate a choice that challenges antiquated perspectives about gend ...
 
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Recently, Piper sent in a question to Ask The Egg Whisperer. Here's what she asked, "My wife and I have learned so much. I've had two failed frozen embryo transfers, reciprocal IVF with my wife's embryos. They were poor quality day three embryos. And my wife's latest retrieval yielded three PGT normal embryos. Would you recommend a medicated FET or…
 
Recently, Jessica sent in a question to Ask The Egg Whisperer. Here's what she asked, "In terms of adding HGH to a protocol, does it add any benefit to do it during stims, or is it better to prime with it before your IVF cycle starts? My doctor's having me take Aygestin five days after ovulation for 10 days, then we'll schedule my baseline. Can I t…
 
Today on the Egg Whisperer Show, I’m excited to be joined by Dr. Nabil Arrach, the Scientific Director at Progenesis, Inc. He has 20 years of research experience in molecular genetics, both in preclinical and clinical settings. He was the first scientist to optimize and validate next generation sequencing for PGT-A and PGT-M and he continues to wor…
 
I’m delighted to be joined again today by Dr. Sasha Hakman. She is sharing her expert advice on exercise and food for better fertility. I learned so much from her during this conversation, especially about how to eat so you never get “hangry,” and what kinds of exercise is best during pregnancy.⁠ Read the full show notes on Dr. Aimee's website Subs…
 
Dr. Richard Lessells is among the exceptional South African experts on the front lines of discovering and investigating Omicron in South Africa. Alarm bells went off within the scientific community, as it became clear after just a few days that “an extraordinary number of mutations” are clustered in the key regions in the genome for immune protecti…
 
On today’s Egg Whisperer Show podcast episode, Dr. Sasha Hakman is joining me to teach us how to increase fertility with food and exercise. Dr. Hakman is a fertility doctor and has a personal connection to PCOS. She’ll share her personal story and how this motivated her to create meal and exercise plans for fertility patients. You can connect with …
 
Recently, Amy sent a question in to Ask The Egg Whisperer. Here is her question, "We just finished our fifth IVF cycle and we finally have two PGS normal embryos. I am in shock. We're preparing for a December transfer. I had two transfers in the past. The first one resulted in my son in 2017. And unfortunately the second one resulted in a miscarria…
 
Michael Bayliss from Sustainable Population Australia shares his vision for a post-growth society that is rooted in a background in economics, on-the-ground town-planning advocacy, tangible conversations with stakeholders, indigenous consultation, experiential awareness, spirituality, compassion, and love. Michael also discusses how being childfree…
 
Recently, Kristin wrote in to Ask The Egg Whisperer. She's 39, and she's undergoing her first IVF cycle. Here's what she asked, "I am currently preparing my uterine lining for transfer. After two weeks of taking Estrace two pills, three times daily, my uterine lining only measured 4.8 millimeters. My doctor increased my estrogen by prescribing patc…
 
The last year has been especially challenging for those in fertility treatment. This episode is all about how to care for yourself, and includes loving tips on how family and friends can support someone in fertility treatment, too. Self-care is anything but selfish. It can come in the form of setting healthy boundaries in relationships, having clea…
 
Starting a fertility treatment to then be told that you’re over-responding and can’t move forward is so disappointing for fertility patients. And I love that Dr. Blake Evans has done research on this issue for IUI patients and he’s joining me on The Egg Whisperer Show to share his research findings and provide guidance for us all and to talk about …
 
I'm speaking with Dr. Aaron Spitz. He's not only a urologist specializing male sexual function, he's also the author of The Penis Book. I’m delighted that he is able to join us to talk about men’s reproductive health. Aaron has an amazing breadth of knowledge about male sexual health and he approaches all of the information with a sense of humor an…
 
Dr. Taison Bell, MD, an acclaimed African-American doctor, educator, and emergency medicine director in Charlottesville, Virginia, shares his personal story of how medicine – back home in Virginia – became the center of his life. “Success was not assumed in my neighborhood.” As a child with asthma, he connected with his physician, as he did also wi…
 
Recently, a 43 year old listener wrote in to Ask The Egg Whisperer. She has 4 PGT embryos that all tested normal, and wants to know what her chances of pregnancy are with these embryos. I answer her question, and share the things to consider while TTC, at any age. There are several tests I recommend. You can tune in for that answer, and listen to a…
 
Recently, Kim sent in a question to Ask The Egg Whisperer. She is 44 and has type 2 diabetes. She wants to know if she should continue trying to get pregnant with her own eggs, or consider other options. Here's what she had to say, "I have had 2 normal pregnancies in the past, with the last one 10 years ago. I have a boy and a girl; my husband and …
 
IVF is a process that involves creating an embryo in a lab. To help explain the process of creating those embryos, I'm joined today by embryologist, Salu Ribeiro. We're are talking about what happens in the lab, after eggs have been retrieved, what makes a "golden egg," and how fertilization works. We'll explain some of the terms you may hear when …
 
It seems like everyone is doing IVF. You hear about it in the news. You hear about it in different articles. You hear about it from your neighbors, your friends, so many different people are doing IVF. Everyone is giving different bits of information, but what are you supposed to believe? Today, I want to talk about the risks of IVF so that you kno…
 
What do you need to know before IVF? In this episode, I'm sharing everything you need to know, including: The secrets of IVF stimulation The medications you might take Why you might take birth control pills during IVF The kinds of needles that are used for IVF injections The timeline for IVF (looking at an actual calendar) Do you have questions abo…
 
We asked Cary Funk, Pew Research Center, to make sense of how the pandemic has impacted our society and American opinion as we approach the pandemic’s two years. “It can be confusing.” Polarization now increasingly aligns between the vaccinated versus the unvaccinated, versus simple partisan identity. At the fundamental level, Americans are split o…
 
Marc Sherman of Organic Conceptions joins me for this Q and A series to talk about how to take care of your mental health during your fertility journey. Whether you are trying naturally, going through an IVF cycle, or doing IUI, it's important to take care of your own mental health and wellness. Marc is going to share how to do that. Marc Sherman f…
 
In this Fertility Expert series, genetic counselor Meaghan Doyle joins me to talk about mosaic embryos. Fertility patients need to know what they are, what they mean, how you find out more about it, how to make sure that your genetic testing company is able to test for it and your doctor is able to report it. In this episode, Meaghan joins me to to…
 
Meaghan Doyle is a genetic counsellor at Markham Fertility Centre in Ontario, Canada, specializing in infertility, preimplantation genetic testing, and preconception genetic counselling. After seeing patients who came from other clinics where access to a genetic counsellor was not available, she saw the negative impact this had on their care. She h…
 
I’m joined by Dr. Rahi Victory in this episode. Dr. Victory is an OBGYN in Canada, where he has two clinics. I’m excited to have him on the show today to talk about how to become an advocate for yourself, and how to make sure that your care is your doctor’s priority.⁠ ⁠ Dr. Victory and I are both very like-minded in the way that we approach patient…
 
Today on The Egg Whisperer Show, I’m joined by Dr. Rahi Victory. Dr. Victory is an OBGYN in Canada, where he has two clinics. I’m excited to have him on the show today to talk about how to become an advocate for yourself, and how to make sure that your care is your doctor’s priority.⁠ ⁠ Dr. Victory and I are both very like-minded in the way that we…
 
From September 17-October 1, Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg created the largest participatory art installation on the Washington National Mall since the AIDS quilt of 1996, entitled ‘In America: Remember,’ composed of 700,000 white flags, in the shadow of the Washington Monument. A stunning achievement. Listen to her reflections on listening to those …
 
Cheryl sent in a great question to Ask The Egg Whisperer. She is 39. Here's what she asked, "Thank you for your show, Dr. Aimee. I had two IVF cycles, but my egg maturation rate is very low (54%, 10%). My AHM level is 0.67. My doctor did not find any signs of endometriosis, but some signs of adenomyosis. I saw there are four potential reasons for l…
 
Recently, Eliza sent a question in to Ask The Egg Whisperer. Here's what she asked, "I have chronic endometritis, and I am finding very little on what the correct treatment process looks like. I’m already on a 2nd repeat course of antibiotics after 2nd biopsy still came back positive for CD 138 stromal cells. My MD is suggesting to go straight into…
 
Today, I'm delighted to be joined on The Egg Whisperer Show by Marc Sherman of Organic Conceptions, a company he founded after a 20-year career in corporate America. The idea came after he and his wife Erin struggled with infertility, decided to adopt, and then unexpectedly found themselves pregnant. Realizing that this phenomenon occurs regularly,…
 
Dr. Richard Brennan, WHO Emergency Operations, sat down this week with Steve and Professor Leonard Rubenstein, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Rick has been at the very center of urgent efforts, following the Taliban’s coming to power in mid-August, to avoid the collapse of Afghanistan’s health system, through fast-moving negotiati…
 
I’m so excited to be interviewing Dr. Shweta Nayak today about the Dos and Don’ts of how to get pregnant naturally. We get questioned all the time about when to have sex, how often to have sex, is caffeine safe, how much is too much alcohol. Dr. Nayak is here to answer these questions. She is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist …
 
I'm so excited to have Dr. Bruce Lessey of ReceptivaDX join me on the podcast. Dr. Lessey has dedicated his research life to studying the lining of the uterus and more specifically, how to help embryos stick better. His research led to the discovery of the role of BCL-6 in the lining of the uterus as a diagnostic test patients can have done by thei…
 
Recently, Jess sent a question in to Ask The Egg Whisperer. Here is what she had to say, "I’m 41, have been trying for 7 years to have a baby. My husband is 39 and has tested fine, no issues. We’ve went through two IVF rounds in 2018. My husband and I have tried basically every fertility treatment and have not yet had a baby. I got pregnant out of …
 
Recently, Isiuwa sent a question in to Ask The Egg Whisperer. Here is what she had to say, "I am a 42 year old woman who started IVF in 2019 that ended in a failure. I also did an HSG and was told that I have blocked fallopian tubes. I recently experienced my second IVF failure. This second round, I decided to genetically test my embryos (2 euploid…
 
Sarah Baillie and Kelley Dennings from The Center for Biological Diversity share their exciting initiatives and advocacy work on destigmatizing sex, contraception, and reproductive decisions. They also share the state of the sex ed curriculum across the states in the US, as well as their important work on awareness campaigns relating to population …
 
Dr. Zaher Merhi joins Dr. Aimee for this episode of Ask The Egg Whisperers. The first question we take is from Janice, who shares this, “My husband and I have been trying to conceive for the past two years. I am 36 and my husband is 43. In January 2020, we decided to get a fertility workup. My uterus was fine, tubes clear and hormone levels normal.…
 
Today on The Egg Whisperer Show podcast, I’m so honored to have Dina Kupfer joining me. Dina is the anchor of GoodDay Sacramento and a two time Emmy winner. She and her husband have faced infertility, and she knows all too well the heartbreak and emotional toll that fertility treatments can take. Now pregnant with her triple rainbow baby, Dina is g…
 
I’ve been wanting to have today’s guest, Dr. Zaher Merhi on the Egg Whisperer Show for a really long time. Here’s why I’m so excited about this discussion: Dr. Merhi at Rejuvenating Fertility Center has three cutting edge technologies for fertility patients that he’s going to talk to us about today: at home IVF, PRP (platelet rich plasma) ovarian r…
 
Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo has emerged as a forceful expert voice making sense of the complex and times confusing, shifting shoals of the pandemic. ”All of us have had to step into this sphere,” filling “a power vacuum.” It has however been chaotic. Public communication is essential “to move the needle” but the experience can be “tough.” Vocal experts are …
 
On October 7, Andrew and Steve sat down with a close friend, Georgetown’s Prof. Larry Gostin, for a lively live-cast conversation about his new book, ‘Global Health Security: A Blueprint for the Future.” The podcast captures that rich, vivid exchange. The big messages: We underestimate the power of the SAR-CoV-2 virus: it is wily and pernicious and…
 
In this episode, Dr. Aimee is joined by Dr. John Norian. Recently, Rebecca from New Zealand sent a question to Ask The Egg Whisperer. Here's her question, "I'm 31 and have two children. My FSH is seven. We started trying to conceive in late in 2020, and got pregnant right away. Sadly, it ended in a six week spontaneous miscarriage. I got pregnant a…
 
In this episode, Dr. Aimee is joined by Dr. John Norian. Recently, Emma wrote in to Ask The Egg Whisperer a question from Wisconsin. Here's what she had to say, "I'm 33. My husband had treatment for a brain tumor four years ago, and his sperm did not come back. Luckily before his treatment, he froze 16 vials of unwashed sperm in the UK (England), w…
 
PCOS is one of the most common and most misunderstood conditions that we treat as reproductive endocrinologists, and this week I'm delighted to be joined on the podcast by Dr. Lucky Sekhon of RMA of New York to talk all about it. PCOS stands for polycystic ovary syndrome, and that name can lead to some confusion. A lot of people think that they pro…
 
I’m excited to have a follow up conversation with on the podcast today. We are talking all about how to empower your fertility journey. She is a meditation coach, and specializes in working with people going through fertility treatment. She also has 6 kids of her own and did IVF, surrogacy, and adoption to grow her family. Read the full show notes …
 
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