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The Fertility Health Podcast is hosted by renowned fertility specialist Mark P. Trolice, M.D. Each episode features first-hand advice and potential treatment news, tips and strategies listeners can use on their fertility journey.

The Fertility Health Podcast is hosted by renowned fertility specialist Mark P. Trolice, M.D. Each episode features first-hand advice and potential treatment news, tips and strategies listeners can use on their fertility journey.


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The Fertility Health Podcast is hosted by renowned fertility specialist Mark P. Trolice, M.D. Each episode features first-hand advice and potential treatment news, tips and strategies listeners can use on their fertility journey.




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Ep. 25 | How COVID-19 is Affecting Mental Health of Fertility

Many fertility care patients who already experience a wide range of emotions from infertility challenges are now encountering added stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, Dr. Janie Lacy, LMHC, NCC, CSAT, relationship trauma expert and psychotherapist, joins host Mark P. Trolice, M.D., to discuss a noticeable increase in mental health symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Lacy offers advice on how fertility care patients can address underlying emotional issues that might...


Ep. 24 | The New Normal: Adjusting to COVID-19

In this special edition of the Fertility Health Podcast, you’ll be able to listen in on an expert physician panel recorded during a live webinar discussing how reproductive endocrinologists and OB/GYN’s are adjusting to “the new normal” in a COVID-19 environment. Moderated by Fertility Health Podcast host Mark P. Trolice M.D., he is joined by Rachel G. Humphrey, M.D., Director of Perinatology, High-Risk Pregnancy Consultants, AdventHealth Medical Group; Asim A. Jani, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.,...


Ep. 23 | The Impact of Environmental Toxins on Your Health and Fertility with Dr. Lora Shahine

Did you know that certain things taken for granted in the environment can be toxic to your reproductive health? These environmental toxins can impact egg and sperm quality, lower success rates with IVF and fertility treatments, and increase the risk of miscarriage. In this episode, Lora Shahine, M.D., Director of the Center for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss at Pacific NW Fertility, joins host Mark P. Trolice, M.D., to discuss how environmental factors may play a role in impairing fertility. She...


Ep. 22 | How to Optimize Cervical Health and Maximize Your Fertility

Women need to monitor their cervical and overall health before getting pregnant to avoid more serious complications for mother and baby down the road. However, cervical disease and even cervical cancer do not automatically spell the end for a woman’s fertility. Technological breakthroughs and modern medical advances now allow women to successfully treat cervical abnormalities, including cancer and still conceive, carry, and deliver a healthy baby. In this episode, Christopher Bryant, M.D.,...


Ep. 21 | Patient Advocacy and the Importance of the Patient Experience

How can infertility patients be well-informed, empowered, and get the right guidance throughout their family-building journey? From their first visit and throughout the road to fertility, it can be overwhelming, frustrating, and fearful for infertility patients as they are often overloaded with new information and processes they are expected to understand and deal with immediately. In this episode, Linda Scruggs, BSN, R.N., registered nurse, writer, blogger, and content creator, joins host...


Ep. 20 | Understanding Pre-cancerous Changes to the Lining of the Uterus

Pre-cancerous changes to the lining of the uterus do not get a lot of attention, but are a critical aspect of a woman’s fertility and overall gynecological health. Women, especially those who want to preserve their fertility, need to understand what the risks are for developing pre-cancerous cells and how they can mitigate those risks. In this episode, Shelly Seward, M.D., FACOG, gynecologic oncologist at Women’s Care Florida, joins host Mark P. Trolice, M.D., to break down how...


Ep. 19 | Will Fertility Coverage Ever Get Mandated?

The state of New York recently passed legislation mandating fertility treatment. Since then, hope has sprung up that nationwide mandating of reproductive medicine may not be too far off. However, resistance to universal coverage, for both heterosexual and same-sex couples, continues to be present both at insurance companies and in state legislatures. In this episode, Sean Tipton, chief advocacy, policy, and development officer at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, joins host...


Ep. 18 | How to Achieve a Great Doctor-Patient Relationship

The journey to start or expand a family for aspiring mothers or couples can be long, arduous, and filled with emotional highs and lows. On their way to fertility, patients need to make many decisions such as which treatment option to pursue, whether or not to continue treatments, and whether it is a good idea to keep spending money on procedures not covered by insurance. Throughout this journey the quality of the patient-doctor relationship is vital. If the doctor-patient foundation is...


Ep. 17 | What Is a Hysteroscopy and Why Would You Need One?

The field of reproductive medicine is about much more than in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination. Patients may require surgery for an array of uterine conditions, including fibroids, polyps, chronic endometritis, and Asherman's disease. The good news is that many of these procedures, including a hysteroscopy, can now be done as outpatient procedures in the doctor’s office, making it more comfortable, less intimidating, and often less expensive than in the hospital. In...


Ep. 16 | Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can disrupt and even destroy a hopeful parent’s dream of starting or growing a family. Cancer treatments, especially chemotherapy, can have harmful impacts on a woman’s eggs and a man’s sperm. However, recent advances in fertility treatment have allowed cancer patients to preserve their fertility and have provided new hope where little existed before. In this episode, Eve C. Feinberg, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist and medical director of Northwestern...


Ep. 15 | What Are Mosaic Embryos?

Mosaic is the term assigned to embryos found to possess both normal and abnormal cells during preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). PGS is typically completed on day five of embryo development for in vitro fertilization (IVF). Through PGS, embryologists can detect, and often diagnose, potential chromosomal abnormalities including the presence of Down syndrome. Until very recently, any cell with noted defects was discarded and not considered for IVF transfer. However, recent developments...


Ep. 14 | What Are the Reproductive Legal Issues with Surrogacy and Adoption?

Surrogacy and adoption can be incredibly fulfilling experiences, both for intended parents and gestational carriers. However, for hopeful parents considering surrogacy or adoption, legal processes and issues can be complicated and overwhelming at times, particularly as they relate to the parental rights of the surrogate or the biological parents putting a child up for adoption. What’s more, these legal labyrinths vary from state to state and from country to country, often catching aspiring...


Ep. 13 | Could Minimal Stimulation IVF Save You Thousands?

Minimal stimulation IVF often referred to as, “mini IVF,” “soft IVF,” or “micro IVF,” has been a hot topic lately in the infertility world. The procedure is a relatively new advanced reproductive technology (ART) technique in the U.S. that offers a more holistic and gentler approach to ovarian stimulation compared to traditional IVF. In this episode, Eric A. Widra, M.D., chief medical officer of Shady Grove Fertility and double board certified in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) and...


Ep. 12 | The Latest Breakthroughs in IVF

The costs of in vitro fertilization (IVF) can make it hard for many women or couples trying to treat infertility; three-quarters of patients simply can’t afford conventional IVF treatment. Moreover, in states with insurance coverage, the use of IVF is four times higher than in states without coverage. In this episode, Kevin Doody, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN and past president of the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), joins host Mark P. Trolice, M.D., to discuss the...


Ep. 11 | Preparing for Pregnancy: The Impact of Lifestyle on Fertility

Planning to have a baby is a significant undertaking. Of course, you want to ensure a smooth and healthy pregnancy, but what steps can you take before and during pregnancy to achieve that? In this episode, Brooke Rossi, M.D., a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist, joins host Mark P. Trolice, M.D., to discuss the impact that lifestyle plays on fertility and what lifestyle changes individuals can implement to maximize their chances of getting pregnant....


Ep. 10 | Understanding the Male Role in Infertility

The focus of infertility treatment traditionally has primarily been on the female. However, in almost 50% of couples, the male is in fact responsible for infertility. Recent research has shown that males now produce less than half as many sperm than males in the early 1970s. In addition to having lower quantities, sperm are now are also of lower quality. So, how can men improve their fertility? In this episode, Jamin Brahmbhatt, M.D., a board-certified urologist specializing in chronic...


Ep. 9 | Can Relationship Issues Affect Infertility?

The psychological side of infertility is often neglected. However, it often plays a critical role in the physical and mental health of the couple and their ability to have a baby. How can you maintain a healthy relationship while dealing with the challenges of infertility? In this episode, Bill Petok, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, joins host Mark P. Trolice, M.D., to discuss how...


Ep. 8 | The Role of Social Media and Infertility Treatment

Today’s infertility patients are more informed, empowered, and have more choice than ever before. 77% of patients search their physician online before booking an appointment, and almost three quarters (72%) of patients use online reviews as the very first step to finding a new doctor. Social media has become a go-to source of information, particularly where infertility patients are concerned. There is a lot of empowering and useful information on social media, but misleading and inaccurate...


Ep. 7 | How Does Endometriosis Impact Fertility?

Endometriosis is a debilitating condition that affects roughly 5-10% of the population. It can cause chronic pain or fertility problems or both. Of women with endometriosis, 30-50% are estimated to have infertility, and among women with infertility, 25-50% are believed to have endometriosis. How and why endometriosis affects fertility has largely remained a mystery to researchers, but some evidence suggests that it may be linked to the immune system. In this episode, J. Ricardo Loret de...


Ep. 6 | Pros and Cons of Fresh vs. Frozen Eggs and Third-Party Reproduction

In vitro fertilization (IVF) has been helping women and couples overcome fertility challenges for almost 40 years. Up until recently, IVF has traditionally used fresh eggs retrieved from a woman fertilized ‘in vitro’ in a laboratory with a spouse’s or donor’s sperm to create an embryo. However, egg freezing for future use has risen in popularity. Often, using frozen eggs comes with both cost and scheduling advantages over using fresh ones. So, which is better? We’ll find out in this...