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Beat Infertility -A Podcast You Don’t Want to Miss

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We are SO excited to announce that our CEO Dr. Carol Curchoe has appeared as a guest on the podcast Beat infertility! She participated in several different episodes:

  • Inside the IVF Lab
  • Epigenetics 101
  • Artificial Intelligence in Assisted Reproduction
  • Evaluating your IVF Lab

These episodes cover a HUGE range of topics and we can’t wait for you to listen to them! 

Each episode starts off with a little background about who Dr. Curchoe is. “Inside the IVF Lab” then delves into what it’s like inside an IVF lab! Some of the topics covered by Dr. Curchoe in this episode include:

  • What happens when you first receive a patient’s eggs after retrieval?
  • What are the success rates of each method?
  • For each method, what are the reasons why an egg might not fertilize?
  • Some embryos that look amazing on Day 5 don’t produce healthy pregnancies, and some bad looking embryos do. Why is that?
  • What are some new and emerging techniques in the IVF lab?

“Epigenetics 101” is an awesome crash course in epigenetics! The episode gives you an insightful glimpse into the science behind epigenetics and what it has to do with fertility. The topics covered are:

  • What is epigenetics, and how does it differ from genetics?
  • What are epigenetic changes? Can they be inherited, or is the impact more on an individual level?
  • How does epigenetics impact female/male fertility?
  • If a test reveals any abnormalities, what can be done?
  • What are some questions related to epigenetics and fertility that still need answers?

“Artificial Intelligence in Assisted Reproduction” explains what role AI plays in fertility treatments! It is an exciting episode that shows how the field of assisted reproduction is evolving and adapting to be able to incorporate new ideas and inventions. This episode answered questions such as:

  • How does medicine use AI to power the larger trend toward precision medicine?
  • Why is the field of reproduction adapting AI strategies?
  • What are some of the potential pitfalls of AI in the reproductive field?

There is a LOT more that is covered but it would take up this entire blog post to get into it!

“Evaluating your IVF Lab” where we discuss the latest advanced technologies for IVF labs.

  • Embryologist training systems
  • Electronic “witnessing”
  • Reagent traceability
  • Laser biopsy vs. flick biopsy
  • Quality control applications and network of sensors “IoT”
  • Patient scheduling and medication management, patient portals, and EMRs
  • Electronic consents
  • Cryostorage alarm systems
  • Cryostorage management, including “blockchain” applications for traceability, “embryo tagging,” AI fingerprinting of an embryo

This is just a fraction of what is discussed and if any of these questions are some of YOUR burning questions, check out these episodes! The Beat Infertility Podcast is hosted by the amazing Heather Huhman, who transforms the episode into a wonderful and insightful learning experience. She is an infertility warrior herself and makes it one of her top priorities to spread knowledge among the community about the science behind infertility, assisted reproduction technology (ART) and lots more! Knowledge is power and Heather’s mission to share information from one infertility warrior to another is an attempt to have each person use that power to take control of their TTC journey.

What is Beat Infertility Podcast?

As we’ve mentioned, Beat Infertility is a podcast about all things infertility. They currently have over 500 episodes, with 270+ EXPERT interviews, and they air “IVF warriors’ stories” every Monday. Some of their recent episodes have been about

  • Meditation, mindfulness and cycle syncing
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Dual factor infertility
  • Patient rights during a pandemic

Support services

Beat Infertility isn’t only a podcast, they offer support services as well! They have lots of material for you to read through that can help you navigate your TTC journey. They also provide fertility coaching programs at various prices. They offer three different plans and regardless of the plan you choose, you are offered one-on-one time with a fertility coach to help come up with the perfect action plan! Each plan comes with a certain amount of texting support when undergoing IUI, IVF, surrogacy cycles, etc. 

It is also important to note that along with personalized fertility coaching programs, they also host a community of other infertility warriors! It is a network of others who are all navigating their own TTC journeys and understand the struggles of one another. Unfortunately, infertility is often misunderstood by those who have not experienced it. They underestimate the pain that an individual might feel when he or she cannot become a parent. Worst of all, they might even try to take control of your fertility through social stigma! That’s a BIG no. Join the community of infertility warriors to be surrounded by people who do understand you and support your choices and decisions. 

Ask a doctor!

One of the cool things about Beat Infertility is they often broadcast bonus episodes where Dr. Allison Rogers (board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) can answer your burning questions! If there is something you really want to know, submit it on their website and your question might be featured in the video!

Our Final Thoughts

Please head on over to Beat Infertility! We were so happy to be able to collaborate with them and share what we can with the TTC tribe! We hope these episodes helped answer any questions you might have always had but didn’t know who to ask. One of the things that makes Beat Infertility so amazing, is that the community, podcast and so many elements of the organization are built by people who are infertility warriors themselves. They have experienced infertility first-hand and will never judge you, underestimate the pain you’ve felt or question your decisions. When you are in need of a support system and your past ones have failed you, we urge you to visit Beat Infertility. 

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