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PCOS Awareness: Overcoming Insulin Resistance

September is PCOS Awareness Month and on this episode of Focus on Fertility we sit down with personal trainer and movement specialist, Stephanie Wolf, to discuss ways to better your health when diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Stephanie will discuss ways to reduce the potential insulin resistance that one can be affected by as a result of their PCOS. This includes a look at one’s diet, exercise and sleep habits. Learn how to better overcome PCOS and tune in. Learn more...


Concluding the Fertility Journey through the use of Frozen Donor Eggs

On this episode of Focus on Fertility we learn about the egg donation process, specifically, the frozen egg donor process as we speak with donor manager, Margarita Lainez of the California Cryobank Donor Egg Bank.. We’ll learn what steps it takes for one to become a donor, the regulations that govern egg donation and the process required to utilize frozen egg donation as an option to complete one’s fertility journey. For more information regarding frozen egg donation or to contact the...


Ep. 26 - Keeping it Steamy While Battling Through Infertility

A part of the joy of parenthood is simply the events that get us there such as the intimacy and pleasure of sex. However, when one traverses the road of infertility the joy of sex often disappears. The pleasure and intimacy of the moment turns into a planned chore or a scheduled event on our daily calendar. So, how is one to keep it steamy under the sheets when battling through infertility? This week, we sit down with sexual health expert, Dr. Becky Lynn, to discuss the topic of sexual...


Ep. 25 - It’s More than just a Job, It’s Their Story and Passion.

This week we have the pleasure of speaking with the owners of Mandell’s Clinical Pharmacy, Terry and Eddie Malanda. Learn about their incredible story and infertility journey. Like many of YOU, our listeners, they have traveled down the difficulty and often twisting road of infertility. Their journey has changed them both personally and professionally. From the purchase of a small, successful corner pharmacy, to the desire of parenthood, through the twists and turns of the difficulty...


Ep. 24 - A New Genetic Test to Evaluate Your Fertility Risk

In this episode of Focus on Fertility, Lori Batta, Chief Commericial Officer at Celmatix, joins us to share about the Fertilome test. The Fertilome test is a genetic test that helps to evaluate you DNA make-up for potential fertility risks such as early on-set menopause, ovarian dysfunction, PCOS, recurrent pregnancy loss and much more. Anyone at any point in their fertility journey, whether just starting and giving some considerations on child bearing to those already in an advanced...


Ep. 23 - How Pre-Implantation Screening (PGS) Can Assist You Along Your Journey

In this episode of Focus on Fertility, we talk pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) with Alyssa Snider, MD, PhD, LCGC of Igenomix. Dr. Snider introduces what PGS is, the process and how it can assist those utilizing IVF with increased success. IVF treatment with the use of PGS has shown a pregnancy rate of about 70% compared to about 45% without. Dr. Snider also introduces some new terminology that is beginning to be used to replace PGS, PGT-A. Tune in!


Ep. 22 - Convenient, At-Home Fertility Screening

In this episode of Focus on Fertility we are joined by the co-founders of Modern Fertility, Carly and Afton. After seeking out to discover her own fertility potential, Afton found it difficult, complex and expensive. As a result, along with Carley, they decided there had to be an easier and lower-cost way. That lead them to creating Modern Fertility and a new at-home fertility screening test. Tune and learn how easy and affordable fertility screening can be.


Ep. 21 - Talking Fertility with Your OBGYN

In this episode of Focus on Fertility we visit Tulsa, Oklahoma and Tulsa Women’s Healthcare to sit down with OB/GYN Dr. Cole Nilson. We discuss with Dr. Nilson why females should be more proactive in understanding their fertility potential, why they should discuss it with their OB/GYN and what steps can be taken to know what time one’s biological clock shows.


Ep. 20 - Bonus: Celebrating World Embryologist Day…What It's Like to be an Embryologist

In this bonus episode of Focus on Fertility we sit down with five embryologists from MCRM Fertility to not only celebrate world embryologist day but also to learn what it is like to be an embryologist. Why did these individuals decide to be part of this field and help so many everyday with the dream of parenthood? What obstacles do they face and what advice do they have? We also celebrate the 40th birthday of the world’s first IVF baby. Join us and tune in to this very special bonus episode.


Ep. 19 - Smarter Fertility Benefits with Progyny

In this episode of Focus on Fertility we stop to talk about an option many employers are starting to utilize to assist their employees with infertility benefit coverage, Progyny. Progyny’s patient care supervisor, Taylor Burbach, introduces how Progyny works with their patients members to provide a unique approach to fertility benefit coverage. Unlike with traditional insurance where the insurance company plays a minimalistic role in the process by only providing information on the exact...


Ep. 18 - Understanding the Fertility Experiences of Women: Be Part of a Short Study and Help Others

In this episode of Focus on Fertility we speak with two researchers from the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing are completing research evaluating the fertility experiences of women by sharing information regarding a brief online survey that you may participate in. The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of women of childbearing age, including those who are having difficulty getting pregnant, and relationships. You can help other women, by helping...


Ep. 17 - Understanding PGS and Embryo Mosaicism

This week we have a discussion with leading geneticist in the analysis of human DNA sequencing, Dr. Cengiz Cinnioglu, regarding pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) and embryo mosaicism. He is a Co-Founder and Laboratory Director of Igenomix. Dr. Cinnioglu has numerous peer-reviewed publications in respected scientific journals including Nature, American Journal Human Genetic, Human Genetics and Fertility and Sterility. He has presented at many national and international conferences...


Ep. 16 - Is YOUR Body Baby Friendly? Understanding Recurrent Miscarriage, MTHFR and Natural Killer Cells

We're rejoined with medical director Dr. Peter Ahlering, of MCRM Fertility, to discuss recurrent miscarriage and the possible effects of MTHFR and Natural Killer Cells. Does either MTHFR or Natural Killer Cells increase one’s risk for a miscarriage? Tune in and learn more. To discuss this topic further with Dr. Ahlering or to request to schedule a consultation contact MCRM Fertility at 844-41-4BABY or visit


Ep. 15 - Understanding Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): Is It the Right Treatment for You?

We're rejoined with Dr. Mira Aubuchon, reproductive endocrinologist from MCRM Fertility, to discuss intrauterine insemination or IUI. Dr. Aubuchon shares more about what an IUI is, the processes related to this form of treatment, the good and not so good candidates and how successful IUI can be. Be sure to tune in and learn more. If you would like to discuss your fertility options with Dr. Aubuchon, contact MCRM Fertility to request your initial consultation appointment or call...


Ep. 14 - FertiStrong: Aiding Men to Cope with Infertility

In this episode of Focus on Fertility we learn about a recently released FREE app that is available to assist MEN coping with the journey of infertility. Similar to FertiCalm, which is designed for women, FertiStrong is specifically designed to assist men deal with every-day difficult situations that arise while battling infertility. Dr. Domar and Dr. Grill who helped develop FertiCalm have partnered with Dr. Janet Takefman, Coordinator of psychological services and research at McGill...


Ep. 13 - FertiCalm: Help Yourself Navigate the Rough Waters

In this episode of Focus on Fertility we learn about a free app, FertiCalm, which will aid one through some of the most common difficult situations one may face while traveling down their fertility journey. The app was developed by Alice Domar, Phd, executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health and Director of Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF and by Elizabeth Grill, PsyD, director of psychological services at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Weill Medical...


Ep. 12 - What’s In Your Genes? The Importance of Genetic Carrier Screening

Why do I need genetic carrier screening? What does it mean to be a genetic carrier? What diseases are you at risk of passing along to your child? These questions and more will be answered and discussed in this episode of Focus on Fertility as we are joined by genetic counselor, Jennifer Siegel, of Sema4. Your genes and those of your partner will lead to the DNA makeup of your off-spring. What is inside yours and your partner’s genes could greatly impact the health of your child and knowing...


Ep. 11 - Selecting Sperm Via Magnetic Nano Particles to Improve IVF Outcomes

We're joined by biochemist, Henry Clemente, of Clemente Associates to discuss the use of magnetic nano particles for selecting higher quality sperm. For nearly three decades, Henry and his company have worked with researchers from notable universities to develop diagnostic, therapeutic and imaging uses for magnetic nano particles. With relationship to their use with sperm, magnetic nano particles were first utilized in veterinary medicine to help “purify” a sperm sample. Today, the science...


Ep. 10 - The Keto Diet and Living a Ketogenic Lifestyle

In this episode of Focus on Fertility, we speak with a health and wellness expert, Dustin Schaffer. Dustin has been coaching individuals on the benefits of living a Ketogenic lifestyle for more than a decade. He and his wife also attest to its benefits with relationship to fertility, too. Dustin teaches us about the Keto diet and provides tips on how one can begin down the path of living healthier while living the Ketogenic lifestyle. For recipes, tips, ideas and to reach Dustin, visit him...


Ep. 9 - Using Embryo Adoption as an Option

In this episode of Focus on Fertility, we'll speak with a couple, Nate & Julie, who recently completed the use of embryo adoption to help in completing their family. Are you aware of embryo adoption as an option that might be right for you? If not or if you are curious about the processes and timeline involved, this episode will be informative and helpful for you. For additional information regarding embryo adoption, visit Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Agency at