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Kaela is joined by her fertile sister and brother-in-law (this already feels biblical) to discuss infertility throughout history - especially in the advent of Christianity- and its affect on modern day stigmas around women and fertility. They also discuss the hit Hulu series, The Handmaids Tale, and talk about how infertility is portrayed in this m…
 
Kaela interviews board certified urologist, Dr. Mary Samplaski, who specializes in male factor infertility. Dr. Samplaski answers listener questions on a number of topics including - who should see a reproductive urologist, what’s the deal with morphology, what is a varicocele and when should it be repaired, sperm DNA fragmentation, frequency of ej…
 
Sarah & Kaela are discussing TTC superstitions including: McDonald's french fries, pomegranate juice, brazil nuts, pineapple core, warm socks, and even Mucinex! Are these based in any factual evidence? Listen to find out! They also discuss a surrogacy row scandal, and defend some unpopular opinions! Lisa Ransome joins the podcast again to talk abou…
 
Kaela interviews Regina Townsend, founder of The Broken Brown Egg. She shares her perspective on what it means to be a person of color in the infertility community. Regina also shares her personal experience of missed diagnoses and being dismissed by doctors, the significance of self advocacy and compassionate medical care, and the importance of me…
 
In today's episode Sarah interviews OG mafia member, Becca, and her sister-in-law, Kylie, about their experiences with being married to brothers who both share the same type of male factor infertility. Kaela and Sarah also discuss three person baby making. Three Person Baby Article Email us - infertilemafia@gmail.com Find us on Instagram - @inferti…
 
Kaela & Sarah discuss the recent Oprah interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and discuss an open letter Meghan wrote for the New York Times about a recent miscarriage. They also talk about Chrissy Teigen’s vulnerability after sharing intimate details of having a stillbirth son. They discuss the importance of sharing our struggles and how va…
 
Sarah & Kaela discuss a new treatment for male factor infertility, a new heartbeat bill in South Carolina, and a fertility doctor in Australia that is breaking all the molds on what it means to have a successful fertility clinic. Lisa Ransome, registered psychologist, joins again to give tips on sensory grounding and the benefits of staying grounde…
 
Kaela & Sarah are talking about the internet rumor that the Covid-19 vaccine causes miscarriage. They also discuss THC and pros and cons of marijuana and fertility treatments. And, for the Out of the Box segment, Botox is the topic; but it’s not what you think. Lisa Ransome, a registered psychologist in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, shar…
 
Sarah & Kaela are talking about the pandemic wreaking havoc on fertility treatments and Paris Hilton doing IVF to have boy/girl twins. They also share some of their favorite pandemic binges! TRIGGER WARNING: Talk of depression, anxiety and abuse in this episode starting at 23:25. Pandemic article here Paris Hilton article here Follow us on Instagra…
 
TRIGGER WARNING: Just in time for Halloween, Sarah & Kaela are serving up another episode of creepy, spooky, horrifying stories related to fertility! Included in this episode is an unbelievable story about syphilis and the US government experimenting on African-American men. They also talk about the devastating, sadistic, and demented ways the Nazi…
 
Kaela & Sarah are talking about infertility related books! This includes fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, children’s books, stories that will make you laugh and some that will make you cry - something for everyone! Joining the show is Tess Kossow, author of I’m Very Ferris a children’s book about In Vitro Fertilization. Tess shares her inspiration be…
 
October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. 1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage and millions of women have lost infants during pregnancy or after birth. Unfortunately, many of them suffer in silence. In this episode, Kaela is joined by Christine McDonough, of Infertility Illustrated, and together they are breaking the silence by sharing s…
 
PCOS is the topic for this episode! After a podcast break during PCOS Awareness Month, Sarah & Kaela are offering some new information about PCOS - signs, symptoms, treatments and even discuss an article about what your poop says about you (and PCOS)! They cover the New York Times article "When You're Told You're Too Fat To Get Pregnant" and share …
 
Kaela & Sarah are baaaaack! In this episode they talk about the biggest news in fertility from this past summer - the couple that had the WRONG embryos transferred, gave birth to twins, only to discover that they belonged to two different families! They also share some podcasts they binged over the summer and respond to a crazy Mom rant that went v…
 
Sarah & Kaela are talking about taking a break from trying to conceive. They share their own experiences when it comes to taking a break, and how they spent their time - good, bad, and ugly. And, they share comments from listeners about when and why they took a break and how it helped (or not)! They also discuss whether they’re team Ross or team Ra…
 
Kaela & Sarah are talking about ways to have a positive impact in the infertility community, including ways to get involved whether through support groups, social media, or active advocacy for continued and expanded rights for people seeking fertility treatments. They also revisit the topic of IVF tourism and share some of the highlights from their…
 
Sarah & Kaela have FINALLY met - and they're talking about it, live in Chicago, with lots of infertile friends and healthcare professionals. Enjoy this episode full of inspiration from these amazing special guests! Christine McDonough, the artist behind Infertility Illustrated, is such a talent! We instantly bonded after meeting her over a year ago…
 
TRIGGER WARNING: Sarah & Kaela are discussing new abortion laws and the government making decisions that could affect your access to fertility treatments (you can skip this portion from 12:00 to 27:30). They answer some of your questions about secondary infertility, PGS tested embryos, and their favorite types of wine! They also give you some updat…
 
Kaela & Sarah are unpacking their recent time at the Infertile AF Summit! Hear live clips from the cocktail hour where Kaela talks to women, and men, from all walks of infertility including adoption, secondary infertility, miscarriage, child-free not by choice, and others about their empowering experience at the summit. They also share some excitin…
 
Mother's Day is Sunday and Sarah & Kaela know this day can really blow when you're infertile. In this episode, they share listener comments about some fun and unique ways they're planning to spend the day that might make you feel, think, laugh, or take up gardening. They also discuss the trending 90's fashions, a cactus mishap, and they get raw and…
 
It's the last day of National Infertility Awareness Week, and the theme this year is "Infertility Uncovered." As the week comes to a close, Sarah & Kaela talk about that awkward thing that no one talks about...except Kaela. Just in time for her birthday, this episode is all about the jerk off room. Over the course of the podcast, many listeners hav…
 
It's the sixth day of National Infertility Awareness Week, and the theme this year is "Infertility Uncovered." Today, Sarah & Kaela share an exciting update from Kassie Moon, the popular YouTuber and Instagrammer behind the popular Instagram account @kassiemoon They revisit the episode where she talks about crowd sourcing and how she raised money f…
 
It's the fifth day of National Infertility Awareness Week, and the theme this year is "Infertility Uncovered." Today, Sarah & Kaela are revisiting the topic of infertility and family. This episode is all about the perspective of someone who isn't infertile, but still wants to be caring and supportive to those who are. They share clips from Episode …
 
It's the fourth day of National Infertility Awareness Week, and the theme this year is "Infertility Uncovered." Today, Sarah & Kaela share a big update from Christine McDonough, the popular illustrator behind the hugely popular Instagram account @infertilityillustrated They also revisit the episode where she shares the motivation for her Instagram …
 
On this third day of National Infertility Awareness Week, Kaela talks all about relationships with Founder and Editor in Chief of Pregnantish, Andrea Syrtash. Pregnantish is an online lifestyle magazine helping people of all walks of life - singles, couples, LGBTQ, people of color, navigate fertility treatments and infertility. Andrea is also a rel…
 
It's the second day of National Infertility Awareness Week, and the theme this year is "Infertility Uncovered." Today Sarah & Kaela are revisiting a topic near and dear to their hearts - humor. They believe it's absolutely essential to survive infertility! In this episode, you hear from Karen. She's the author, Spanish teacher, Instagram influencer…
 
It's the first day of National Infertility Awareness Week, and the theme this year is "Infertility Uncovered." To kick off the first day, Sarah & Kaela are talking about men and infertility. In this episode, you hear Kaela talk to her husband Bill, you learn about the scandalous way sperm was discovered, and you get to hear Sarah and Kaela role pla…
 
Kaela & Sarah are teaming up with British co-hosts Gabby & Emma of the Big Fat Negative Podcast for a podcast swap! They’ve asked burning questions like, “What’s the worst part of infertility?” and also questions like, “When it comes to the Royal Family, are you ‘Team William’ or ‘Team Harry?’” Gabby & Emma talk candidly about their infertility “jo…
 
Sarah & Kaela talk to the popular beauty vlogger/blogger Brittney of BellBelleBella about her rare experience with a molar pregnancy. She also shares her perspective on infertility as a woman of color including discussing some common myths and stereotypes surrounding women of color and their fertility. She talks about her family’s response to her “…
 
Kaela is joined by chiropractic doctor, certified acupuncturist, and fertility expert Dr. Lauren Schneider. Dr. Lauren to talk all about surrogacy. Dr. Lauren debunks myths about surrogacy, explains what it means to be a surrogate vs. a gestational carrier, and gives a list of “must have’s” if you’re considering surrogacy. She also speaks candidly …
 
Kaela & Sarah are joined again by board certified reproductive endocrinologist and recurrent miscarriage specialist, Dr. Lora Shahine! In part two of this interview, Dr. Shahine is answering more listener questions about miscarriage with PGS tested embryos, efficacy of reproductive immunology, advice for an unexplained infertility diagnosis, and th…
 
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…
 
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 Endomet…
 
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 …
 
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, th…
 
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 ans…
 
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 patie…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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). Th…
 
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…
 
Sarah & Kaela say goodbye to 2018 and bring in the new year by sharing listener emails about infertility and the holiday season. They also discuss everything from Legally Blonde to Golden Girls and horrifying “infertility themed” Christmas gifts! And finally, Sarah reveals an inconvenient truth about pineapples. Hint: the infertility community and …
 
Sarah & Kaela reunite in this episode to talk about infertility and surviving the holiday season! They share listener comments of solidarity and ways to cope with nosy relatives, awkward gift exchanges, and the overall crippling sadness and depression that is being infertile during the holidays (hint: wine is often involved)! They also talk about M…
 
In this episode, Kaela is talking to chiropractic doctor, certified acupuncturist, and fertility expert Dr. Lauren Schneider. Dr. Lauren debunks myths about fertility diet fads, prenatal vitamins, toxins, and acupuncture! Kaela also talks with her about topics like MTHFR, immunology, men’s health, alcohol, and the importance of individualized medic…
 
Gender disappointment, whiny pregnant women, infertility and family dynamics, being an egg donor, surrogacy, MTHFR, progesterone shots - these are some of topics you’ll hear in this episode as Kaela is joined by her guest co-host, and younger sister, Lara. As a “fertile” person, she offers her perspective on ways she has learned to be an advocate f…
 
Kaela is joined this week by the talented, Christine, of the popular Instagram account "Infertility Illustrated." These two have teamed up to talk about trigger shots! They'll give you the low down on different types of triggers, their pros and cons, and what to expect when it's go time! They also talk about stimulation drugs, and all their lovely …
 
Today is World Fertility Day! Thanks to the ladies at IVF Babble, an online fertility magazine, for dedicating this entire day to providing the infertility community with support, guidance and lots of positive and empowering resources. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram (@ivfbabble), and their website ivfbabble.com for more information and to jo…
 
Just in time for Halloween, Kaela & Sarah are holding nothing back in this horrifying episode! They give you an in depth look at some of the scariest and creepiest “treatments” and rituals for infertility from Ancient Rome to modern day including - a bronzed “package” in Paris, fertility caves in South Africa, and a penis parade in Japan. And then,…
 
Sarah & Kaela are answering your questions in this episode! They cover all sorts of topics including if penis length affects fertility, coping with baby showers, juggling work and doctor appointments, anxiety during pregnancy after infertility, sperm morphology, alcohol and fertility treatments, and they even touch on topics like porn stars and sat…
 
October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. 1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage, and many of them suffer in silence. In this bonus episode, Kaela is joined by Christine, of Infertility Illustrated, and together they are breaking the silence to share stories from listeners about how they have honored their losses and what has given them cl…
 
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