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The Fertility Warriors

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The Fertility Warriors Podcast is here to help women survive the rocky road of trying to conceive. In this podcast, Robyn Birkin interviews other fertility warriors, and shares advice and tips on how to conceive, how to navigate the world of fertility treatments and how to be your best and healthiest self. Robyn is the author of Screw Infertility, the core educator for The Fertility Warrior Intensive Course, and the My Missing Piece Membership. You can find her at robynbirkin.com.

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The Fertility Warriors Podcast is here to help women survive the rocky road of trying to conceive. In this podcast, Robyn Birkin interviews other fertility warriors, and shares advice and tips on how to conceive, how to navigate the world of fertility treatments and how to be your best and healthiest self. Robyn is the author of Screw Infertility, the core educator for The Fertility Warrior Intensive Course, and the My Missing Piece Membership. You can find her at robynbirkin.com.

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Love Rodyn’s no BS style!

By Infertile Mom - Jul 27 2019
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Straight talk - just what’s needed during these hard times.

Love!

By Lindseyxoxlou - Oct 23 2017
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This podcast is awesome!! Makes me feel not so alone. Thanks Robyn!!

iTunes Ratings

64 Ratings
Average Ratings
49
7
4
0
4

Love Rodyn’s no BS style!

By Infertile Mom - Jul 27 2019
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Straight talk - just what’s needed during these hard times.

Love!

By Lindseyxoxlou - Oct 23 2017
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This podcast is awesome!! Makes me feel not so alone. Thanks Robyn!!
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The Fertility Warriors

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The Fertility Warriors Podcast is here to help women survive the rocky road of trying to conceive. In this podcast, Robyn Birkin interviews other fertility warriors, and shares advice and tips on how to conceive, how to navigate the world of fertility treatments and how to be your best and healthiest self. Robyn is the author of Screw Infertility, the core educator for The Fertility Warrior Intensive Course, and the My Missing Piece Membership. You can find her at robynbirkin.com.

Rank #1: FW 005 : 5 Ways To Get Pregnant Sooner

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Not getting pregnant is the worst! Each month you discover that yet again, you're not pregnant. But what if the reason you're not falling pregnant is something simple, like a nutrient deficiency or your timing is off? Here are 5 things to tick off the box
Sep 06 2016
15 mins
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Rank #2: A Pep Talk For Anyone Struggling Today

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This pep talk is for anyone who is struggling on this journey, and struggling with feeling like they're not enough, or feeling like they're not doing enough. I know that this journey is really tough. I know that it might feel like every time you open up your Facebook feed it's just filled with pregnancy announcements. Every time you walk into the supermarket it might feel like all of a sudden there is something in the water, and everyone around you is falling pregnant, or has children.I know that it can feel like everything, when you're at a fertility clinic, just takes so much longer than you thought it would. And that maybe you thought that you would be further along by now. I know that it can feel like the diet changes are so hard. All of these things can compound the feelings of failure and guilt that you have, and compound the feelings that you're not enough, or that you're not doing enough, or that you're not quite strong enough to cope on this journey.
Apr 30 2019
9 mins
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Rank #3: Fertility Diet Myths Busted

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Today on the podcast, I've welcomed the amazing Jo Atkinson from Whole Family Wellness where we bust some of the fertility diet myths out there. These are fertility diet myths that I hear in our Facebook group and other communities all the time, and sometimes I cringe.

BUT, I also know that there are certain things (like foods) that I spruik, knowing that there is a little bit more to it than that, so I decided to bring in the big guns!

Jo is a university-qualified nutritionist and really knows her stuff.

We talk about :

the Keto Diet (and her recommended alternative)
Whether or not there is such a thing as THE fertility diet
What foods we need to cut out to optimise our fertility
What gut health means and how we can go about improving it
What a nutritionist does exactly and how they can help people on their fertility journey
What supplements we should take for fertility
Some of our answers might surprise you!
Mar 01 2018
36 mins
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Rank #4: TTC: Should I Go Keto?

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Today’s podcast is a topic I feel very strongly about: does keto help you get pregnant, and this post is borne from the comments and posts we receive in the Fertility Warriors Support + Chat Facebook group.Literally every week I see a post where someone asks for advice on the best diet to help you try to conceive, and the comments advocating the keto diet roll in.I feel very strongly about diet. Many of you don’t know, but when I first started in the online world, I was posting recipes and talking about my health. Back in 2011, I actually saw a Naturopath (who I totally did NOT vibe with) who pushed me onto a keto diet. The results were pretty freaking average.I lost a little bit of weight, but following that, despite exercising my guts out and focussing every day on my macronutrients (fat, protein and carbs), my weight plateaued. Every week, I’d feel so disheartened, and in trying to keep my body in ketosis, I’d be eating all of these Atkin’s Bars and drinking all of these protein smoothies. My gut instinct told me that it was completely out of alignment with what I knew deep inside was healthy.Visit the full show notes hereJoin the My Missing Piece MembershipJoin the Fertility Warriors Support + Chat Facebook groupReceive access to my amazing library of free resources and join the mailing list here.Visit my websiteLike my Facebook page ​Follow me on InstagramListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsIf you loved this episode please share it with a friend!
Aug 13 2019
20 mins
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Rank #5: 7 Tips For Dealing With TTC Depression 01 1

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The fertility journey is a really tough one. What can make it even tougher is that sometimes you don't even realize how tough it is. People on the outside don't realize it's tough. Half the time you can't tell people about your journey either, but trying to conceive or infertility has been shown to be as stressful as an AIDS diagnosis or heart disease diagnosis or cancer diagnosis. It is a really stressful time for people and before you know it, you're depressed. That depression can really sneak up on you without you realizing it, and you're having trouble coping and it's hard to get out of that depressed place you find yourself in when TTC - I call it TTC depression. I have seven tips for dealing with TTC depression.
Mar 08 2019
21 mins
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Rank #6: How To Survive The TWW

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Today, I'm talking about how to survive the two week wait. We get lots of women in our Facebook community talking about how hard it is to get through those two weeks between ovulation or transfer, and the prospect of a positive pregnancy test.

Oh man, I had so many two week waits on my journey.

They're maddening, right!

Today on the podcast I've talked about some of what I'm calling the two week wait ground rules.

These include:

Giving yourself permission to wonder and analyse the sensations in your body - it's totally OK and normal!
WILLING yourself to be pregnant. Staying positive and hopeful that this is your month #pupo
Trying to resist the urge to test - see my previous post for 10 reasons why you shouldn't test, but the number one reason is that you can often get a false positive or a false negative so you'll almost always need to test at the end of the 14 day period anyway, and whatever result you get initially, could be wrong
Keeping busy to keep your mind off testing. In the podcast I talk about a trip I had to Japan where my Doctor told me that staying busy was the key to avoiding homesickness, and he was right!
I also talk about my 14 day fertility warrior challenge - it's a free challenge that includes a daily love note with tips and stories from me, a colouring in mandala and a beautifully designed affirmation for each day PLUS my bumper list of 101 things to do during the two week wait. It's totally free and will add a bit of fun to your two week wait - what's to lose!
Aug 22 2017
23 mins
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Rank #7: TTC Tips 5 Tips To Help You Nail It 05 1

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When trying to conceive, especially in the internet age, we're inundated with tips and advice. There's no shortage of TTC tips and information, and so often all the advice conflicts with each other. It's hard to know what the right thing is to do to conceive more quickly. I have five tips here, all of which might seem quite simple but combined can be quite a powerful combo. We can get very easily bogged down in the really, really little things that we could be doing when we're trying to conceive such as eating pineapple, but we're not really nailing some of the basics on our journey. Let's talk about nailing those before we move on to these little magic bullets.
Apr 02 2019
14 mins
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Rank #8: FW 004 : 11 Ways To Keep The Spark Alive In Your Relationship During Fertility Treatments

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Relationships can take a battering during fertility treatments. It's hard! You're dosed up on hormones, in a situation you'd rather not be in, while your savings account dwindles. Here are 11 ways to keep the spark alive in your relationship during fertility treatments.
Sep 06 2016
23 mins
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Rank #9: FW 010 : 8 Things You Need To Know About Ovulation

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Today on the podcast I'm talking about 8 things you need to know about ovulation. Honestly, I think this stuff is fascinating, but I also think it's really hard to understand, and really hard to get right, so I wanted to share a few things I've learnt along the way with you. Hopefully I'll blow your mind with one or two of these tidbits (especially the one about cervical mucus!) and you'll learn one or two helpful things.

First up in the podcast I talk about how your ovulation works and all of the hormones at play and exactly what they do.

I also talk about how to track your ovulation using different methods such as tracking your basal body temperature, using your cervical mucus, and when that all gets too much (as it did for me after a number of months!), things that can help you calculate these like saliva tests, pee tests and these nifty devices that help tell whether you're fertile or not using a calculation of your cycle, menstruation dates and basal body temp.

There's so much that can go wrong and that we can get wrong when it comes to ovulation and fertility, that it's important to realise that it doesn't necessarily have to be just timing that is off, and that there are some healthy lifestyle changes we can make to help our fertility.

And lastly, while many of us will do everything in our power to fall pregnant from a lifestyle/timing/complimentary therapy perspective, some of us will still need help from western medicine, and that's ok, but while some of our fertility journey is taken out of our hands, it's important that we have a knowledge of the process and the medications so that we can ensure the right testing is done, and that we're not just given a band-aid approach... because after all.... time is money.... and time is time!!!

Let me know what you thought of this episode!
Dec 01 2016
36 mins
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Rank #10: The Connection Between Stress, Adrenal Fatigue And Infertility

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It has been my absolute pleasure to welcome Naturopath and all-round cool chick, Jules Galloway onto the podcast this month to talk about the connection between stress, adrenal fatigue and infertility.

Jules lives in the incredible Byron Bay and works as a Naturopath. Her speciality is adrenal fatigue but Jules was great at explaining to me that adrenal fatigue is kind of like an end point to other things that can be going wrong in our bodies, so Jules is actually dealing with hormonal issues, thyroid issues, auto-immune conditions and all sorts of other gnarly chronic illnesses.

As we were going through the podcast, my brain was constantly thinking 'ding!' - that's a cause of infertility, and also 'ding!' - it's like she is talking to me.

Why?

Because I'm exactly the same as you guys - I'm a type A. I've always been driven and worked really hard to achieve my goals (and Jules is the same!), which, for women like us, can lead to burnout really quickly.

Jules shares her tips for how we can get better at stress, tweak our diet to help stop inflammation, and begin to heal.
Apr 03 2018
28 mins
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Rank #11: FW 007 : 11 Questions To Ask Your Fertility Specialist

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If you're anything like me, you spend the days before your fertility specialist appointment, thinking of questions to ask, but then walk into your appointment, and are so entrenched in the conversation, that you walk out and think 'doh!' because you didn't ask any of the questions you thought you were going to ask.

Or, you have your first appointment coming up and this whole fertility gig is so new to you that you want to ask questions, but you have absolutely no idea where to begin!

Well, I've had my fair share of fertility appointments and treatments, as many of you know! I think it's really important to trust your specialist, but I think it's moreso important to find a specialist you can trust. And, once you find that person, they are the main person responsible for helping you get pregnant, and you'll be paying them a small fortune, so make sure you're educated and ask questions! Don't be shy!

In this podcast I share my 11 questions to ask your fertility specialist.

If you'd like a copy of these questions, then click below to access a printable of them to take along to your appointment.
Oct 15 2016
26 mins
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Rank #12: Episode 19 - Is The Stress Of Your Job Stopping You From Falling Pregnant

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Today on the podcast I wanted to delve into the topic of whether your job is stopping you from falling pregnant, and my short answer is, no, probably not. Or at least, consider whether it's your mindset, and not the job itself.

On this podcast, I'm encouraging you all to really examine your job and what it is you don't like about it, and delve into how that might look if you weren't working at all, or whether you were working in a different company but same industry or role, or whether a complete job downgrade would be a better fit for you in the season of life you're in right now. Because if your job is stopping you from falling pregnant, the time is right to make changes in your life.

If you don't change, things remain the same.
Aug 01 2017
18 mins
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Rank #13: FW 011 : Interview With Zahra Haji, The Yoga Goddess About Mind-body, Relationships And Yoga

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Wow wow wow - I'm just so excited to bring you this interview with Zahra Haji, the Yoga Goddess where we talk about all things all things mind-body, relationships and how yoga can help with fertility.

As I mention in the podcast, I just love the energy that Zahra has and the way she can help us all see our infertility in a different light and manage the process better.

I also love the concept that our cycles can be broken up into four different times and that things like menstruation have names like 'The Wise Women' - it makes it sound SO much more glamorous than how we so often see it

Zahra Haji - the yoga goddess
Can you please tell us a little bit more about yoga and your style of yoga?

Yoga has its roots in India, then called Indus Valley. No one really knows how far back exactly but it is estimated to be about 5000-10,000 years ago

According to the ancient science of yoga, the human body has seven energy centres or chakras. Kundalini yoga (which is the yoga I'm trained in) is a physical and spiritual practice of moving energy up from the root chakra of the body for deep healing and inner transformation. This energy flow is key for a woman's fertility because the first three chakras house all the reproductive organs of the female body.

Plus the kundalini energy itself is feminine in nature, and is often referred to as Mata Shakti, which is the feminine Mother energy of creation.

Personally, I have practiced yoga for over 20 years. And while I have deep respect and love for both Hatha and Kundalini, the powerful healing I have witnessed with my clients through Kundalini yoga has been like no other. When guided by a fertility yoga expert, I believe working with the kundalini energy is the fastest way to heal reproductive health challenges.

In the practice I share with my fertility clients, I give them a kriya (a set of prescribed postures) to optimise the functioning of the pituitary gland. The pituitary is the master gland of the endocrine system and is responsible for healthy hormonal and reproductive function. It regulates female reproductive hormones such as FSH (which matures the eggs in the ovaries), estrogen, progesterone, and even oxytocin in labour (which regulates pain).

From a yogic perspective, the pituitary gland also regulates a woman's mental and emotional health and outlook on life, which as we know through the extensive mind-body research on fertility can change a woman's pregnancy rates by over 50% after an average of three years of infertility when she follows a proven mind-body practice designed for fertility. See the show notes at moderndaymissus.com
Dec 06 2016
48 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 21 - Is Your Diet Stopping You From Falling Pregnant

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I've called today's podcast, is your diet stopping you from falling pregnant?

I've handed over the reigns again to one of my fertility warrior friends. This week, I'd like to introduce you to Sarah Clark from Fab Fertile and the reason I've called this podcast is your diet stopping you from falling pregnant, is because that is pretty much the best way to describe what happened with Sarah.

She ate a NORMAL diet, but her body was screaming for her to stop eating certain foods. Infertility, donor eggs, and two kiddos later, and she finally realised what the what was going on with her body, and has now been inspired to share that knowledge with others.

And I love that she isn't just about a one size fits all approach - functional testing (which she explains more in the podcast) is all part of her tailored approach.

Tune in to hear Sarah give advice on the top food items you should ditch from your diet, and how to go about making dietary change in order to supercharge your fertility.
Aug 30 2017
38 mins
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Rank #15: 7 Steps To Surviving Infertility

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Here I am STILL smiling....

I DID NOT see that coming!

When I turned 30, I felt the biological clock ticking and thought making babies would be a walk in the park.... until it wasn't.

Fast forward five years and I've had:

- 1 tracking cycle

- 2 ovulation inductions

- 2 IUI

- 2 egg retrievals

- 1 fresh IVF cycle

- 2 FET's

- 1 moderate OHSS

- A miscarriage

- 1 fresh ICSI cycle
... and this year, I had a hysterectomy.

Yup, what the what.

And I'm genuinely happy.

But it wasn't always that way, and in fact, when I had my miscarriage, I was pretty much at rock bottom, up to my ears in fertility diet advice, crashing every time a friend said the wrong thing and it seemed like EVERYONE around me was falling pregnant.

I had all the overwhelm. Sadness. Hopelessness.... and pretty much running around like a headless chook with no idea how to make the days easier on myself and bring myself up from the funk.

But I did.

It was a slow process, and I've spent such a long time helping others with fertility struggles, consulting experts, researching, reading.... and now, more than three years after my miscarriage, I can truly say that I've got this. I can hand on heart handle anything (like a hysterectomy!) the universe throws at me.

And you deserve to feel that way too.

And it's not too hard!

I've developed 7 Steps to Surviving Infertility - 7 interconnected little areas to focus on to help you survive infertility without feeling like you've had the life sucked out of you.

It's totally free and you can register here at http://moderndaymissus.com/7steps

I'm running the workshop on 16 October (there will be a replay available, but it won't be available for long!) and I truly feel that this is filled to the brim with practical yet powerful advice.

If you are struggling with baby making and it all feels like too much sometimes, I would LOVE to help you on your journey.

I've done the hard work and now I want to share it with you.

I'd love you to join my workshop - 7 Steps to Surviving Infertility - this will only be offered for a limited time only, so you snooze, you lose.

I promise you'll have some incredible AHA moments.

Love, light and pineapples

Robyn
P.S. At the end you'll have the chance to be a part of my new program (woop woop! I'm seriously SO excited!), Be a Fertility Warrior. This is completely optional and for those out there who would like a little bit more support on their journey.

During the workshop you'll learn my best tips and advice on how to survive infertility without the overwhelm and added stress - no strings attached
Oct 08 2017
9 mins
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Rank #16: FW 018 - Interview With Stephanie Roth

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Stephanie is a yoga enthusiast, wellness junkie, marathon runner, and over-40, first-time mama. Despite a diagnosis of severe Diminished Ovarian Reserve at age 42, and a prediction of a less than 2% chance that she'd conceive with her own eggs, she conceived her son, after just a year of trying and with no major medical intervention.

I just love that Stephanie's story is so different yet so similar to mine in that she really honed into mindset and engaging in positive mental habits to help her get through her fertility journey, and Stephanie is now a fertility coach, helping be that cheerleader and advice-giver to other women out there trying to conceive. She also runs things like smoothie challenges over on her blog, so make sure you check it out if you'd like to get involved.
Jul 06 2017
38 mins
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Rank #17: FW 016 - Free Guided Meditation For Fertility Warriors

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Trying to fall pregnant is hard! I've created this free guided meditation for fertility warriors, because I know that although I always talk about doing affirmations and how helpful that has been to my journey, in reality, there are probably some people out there who need another voice to tell them that everything is going to be ok, and to help quieten those voices inside their head that are filling them with worry and anxiety.

This is my first bash at a guided meditation, so I'd love to know what you think about it!

I've also made it quite generic because I know there are many circumstances when you might want to listen to this.

When you're in the midst of yet another two week wait
When you've just had another negative pregnancy result
Before your first appointment at the fertility clinic
When the clinic calls you and you're trying to absorb what they've just told you
When you're about to give yourself your first injection
When you're psyching yourself up for your first retrieval
When you're trying to wonder how the heck you're going to afford all this
When you finally fall pregnant and start to feel anxious that it all seems to good to be true
So. Many. Situations....

.... That's why I've kept this free guided meditation for fertility warriors a little bit generic!

If you'd like to listen and download it, without the beginning and the end of my podcast, feel free to become a member of Modern Day Missus (it's free, but it gives you access to my little library that has a bunch of free downloads), visit moderndaymissus.com to subscribe
Mar 06 2017
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Rank #18: Episode 17 - Saving For IVF

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As if it wasn't enough to go through emotionally with IVF and other fertility treatments, you're slugged with a bill for thousands of dollars, so we spend half of our time saving for IVF!

Where you live makes a big difference, and there are lots of differences between people in the US and people residing in Australia and Europe.

In the US, some people have insurance cover provided to them through their employer, and insurance often covers a portion of IVF. In Australia, private health insurance may cover standard hospital accommodation fees, and nothing else, but our Government contributes to a portion of the bill.

Either way, that sh*t's expensive!

And it often doesn't work the first time.

So, what's a gal to do?

Save for IVF, that's what?

And how?

Well, that's the money question right there (see what I did there?)

Rosco and I were lucky in that we had been saving to pay of our mortgage for a few years by the time we needed to undergo treatment, so we were able to dip into our savings, plus we both had quite well paying jobs. Second time around was a little bit different as I was no longer working full time, and those savings had evaporated from the first time around, but we were lucky enough to fall pregnant on our second frozen embryo transfer and therefore didn't need a retrieval.

But, I do have heaps of tips for you on how to save for IVF. To me, it comes down to three things:

Getting your money's worth
Spending less
Earning more
May 18 2017
27 mins
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Rank #19: When To See A Dr About Not Falling Pregnant

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So many of us out there, and the reason why I created this podcast, is because there are so many people who wait years to go to see a doctor, and I just think that is the hardest thing in the world. Infertility has been shown to be as stressful as a cancer diagnosis and I couldn't understand why you would wait. Please don't do that to yourself. Have a listen to my advice for when to see a Doctor about not falling pregnant. My answer may surprise you.
Nov 09 2017
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Rank #20: How To Be A Better Patient At Your Fertility Clinic

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On today's podcast episode I discuss how you can be a better patient at your fertility clinic, and the benefit of doing this, is that by being a better patient and working WITH your fertility clinic or OBGYN, you are giving yourself the best changes of success on your journey.

Because the reality is, that we want to fall pregnant and have a baby.

But by working against our fertility clinic, we aren't giving ourselves the best odds, and sometimes the actions we take can work against us and actually harm our chances of falling pregnant.
Tune in to discover 8 ways you can be a better patient at your fertility clinic.
May 03 2018
23 mins
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