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SART Fertility Experts

An educational project of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, this series is designed to provide up to date information about a variety of topics related to fertility testing and treatment such as IVF. The ”Experts” include accomplished professionals: reproductive endocrinologists, reproductive urologists, genetic counselors and mental health professionals who share their knowledge and advice in an informal interview. Are you ready to take the next step towards building your family? Start With SART!

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SART Fertility Experts - Advocacy and Reproductive Access
Dr. Cristin Slater and Betsy Campbell from RESOLVE (The National Infertility Association that helps to ensure equal access to all family building options) discuss: barriers to infertility care; opportunities to get infertility care; and recent trends of advances in fertility care access. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
18:34 4/9/24
SART Fertility Experts - Access to Care
Many factors impact access to infertility care.  Learn how a variety of factors such as geography, race, and the availability of comprehensive infertility mandates affect access to effective infertility treatment.  Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
17:25 3/12/24
SART Fertility Experts - Fertility Myths and Realities for Black Women
Across all levels of income and insurance coverage, Black women are more likely to experience infertility and less likely to seek and receive timely treatment. In this episode, Dr. Wiyatta Fahnbulleh, a reproductive mental health expert, discusses the myths and realities surrounding Black women’s fertility. Dr. Wiyatta discusses the historical reasons that Black women’s fertility is so often misunderstood, challenges some of the more common fertility myths, and suggests coping techniques for Black women struggling with infertility. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!  
23:28 2/13/24
SART Fertility Experts - Recurrent Pregnancy Loss and Implantation Failure
"I can get pregnant, but I can't stay pregnant," is echoed by patients with recurrent pregnancy loss.  Recurrent pregnancy loss, defined as 2 or more pregnancy losses, is discussed by reproductive medicine specialists Dr. Steven Spandorfer and Dr. Brooke Rossi.  This episode includes current testing, treatment, and outcomes with recurrent pregnancy loss. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!  
39:41 1/16/24
SART Fertility Experts - Bonus release: Vaccines, Infertility, and Pregnancy
Confused about which vaccines are recommended in pregnancy and when to receive them? What about the safety of the Covid-19 vaccines in pregnancy? Listen to this enlightening discussion with NIH infectious disease specialist Dr. Asim Jani. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
16:46 12/19/23
SART Fertility Experts - Wellness and Fertility: Diet, Sleep and Exercise
Drs. Timothy Hickman and Rashmi Kudesia discuss the links between lifestyle and fertility. This conversation covers diet, physical activity, stress and sleep management, and common-sense approaches to incorporating wellness and lifestyle medicine into a clinical approach to infertility treatment. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
18:48 12/5/23
SART Fertility Experts - Preconception Counseling
This podcast episode covers the topic of preconception counseling. Dr. Sarah Shea, a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist at Duke, joins us to discuss lifestyle considerations, immunizations, genetic screening and more, for women who are planning to become pregnant. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
34:19 11/7/23
SART Fertility Experts - Egg Donor Screening
This podcast discusses who are typical egg donor candidates and also describes the screening process to be an egg donor and give the gift of life! Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
27:01 10/3/23
SART Fertility Experts - Navigating IVF as a Couple
Mary Casey Jacob, PhD is interviewed by Dr. Daniel Grow, and together they explore the emotional and practical support that couples need to give each other when going through infertility and IVF. ‘Casey’ is a professor emeritus of Psychiatry at UCONN Health and has long been a resource for couples navigating the struggles of infertility and an opinion leader in our field. Her warm and thoughtful approach has been appreciated by many. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
27:58 9/5/23
SART Fertility Experts - Single Motherhood
In this episode of the SART Fertility Experts podcast we are joined by Jane Mattes, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, and founder of an organization called “Single Mothers by Choice”.  Here, we explore some of the personal experiences that led to the creation of this important organization, as well as some of the many considerations faced by those pursuing single motherhood.  Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
22:09 8/1/23
SART Fertility Experts - Understanding Ovarian Reserve
What an alphabet soup of terms exists to describe ovarian reserve! In this episode, infertility specialist Dr. Kawwass explains markers of ovarian reserve and what they can tell us about fertility treatment outcomes. She also discusses the concepts of eqq quality and quantity. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
25:27 7/4/23
SART Fertility Experts - Urology and Male Reproductive Health
Male infertility is less often discussed than female infertility. Dr. Ajay Nangia, a urologist specializing in male infertility, discusses when a man should seek help with conceiving, what constitutes a "normal" semen analysis, and what treatments are available to help men dealing with infertility create the family they desire. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!  
25:54 6/6/23
SART Fertility Experts - Gestational Carrier and Intended Parents
Some fertility patients are unable to carry a pregnancy to term.  For a variety of reasons, they may choose a gestational carrier, a woman who carries the intended parent’s embryo in their uterus until delivery.  In this episode, both the intended parents and gestational carrier share their experiences with Dr. William Petok, a reproductive psychologist.  Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
40:25 5/10/22
SART Fertility Experts - Medically Indicated Fertility Preservation
Cancer therapy can affect future fertility and pregnancy outcomes.  Some patients will consider IVF with embryo or egg freezing to preserve fertility.  Listen to a breast cancer survivor discuss her decision to freeze eggs years ago, a healthy pregnancy, and how she is considering using the frozen eggs today. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
30:18 4/26/22
SART Fertility Experts - LBGTQ Fertility
With more available options for family building for the LGBTQ community, two women describe their experience with reciprocal IVF. Lauren and Lisa share the story of their personal journey to become parents in this captivating interview.  Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
20:12 4/12/22
SART Fertility Experts - Preimplantation Testing for Monogenic Disease (PGT-M)
As a teen, Jessica learned firsthand of the degenerative disease that afflicted many of her family members as she helped care for her grandmother.  Years later, when she was ready to start her own family, she knew wanted spare the next generation if she could.  Learn how she used preimplantation genetic testing for (PGT-M) to prevent transmission to her children. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
21:03 3/29/22
SART Fertility Experts - Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a condition that can affect many facets of a person’s life, from pelvic pain to struggles with infertility.  Listen as Christine discusses her experiences during her journey to motherhood with Dr. Joseph Findley, a reproductive endocrinologist and member of the Society for Reproductive Surgeons.  Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
30:11 3/15/22
SART Fertility Experts - Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Candace discusses her experience with infertility, IVF, multiple pregnancy losses and ultimately a successful delivery with Dr. Julia Woodward, a reproductive psychologist. Hear their strategies for coping with the grief, anger and anxiety that many patients endure. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
39:49 3/1/22
SART Fertility Experts - PCOS
As the most common hormonal disorder in women, PCOS is a disruptive problem that impacts many aspects of a woman’s health including getting pregnant.  In this episode, Brittany discusses how PCOS has affected her life and shares the story of her challenging journey to parenthood, with Dr. Mark Trolice, a reproductive endocrinologist.     Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
20:08 2/15/22
SART Fertility Experts - Egg Donor and Recipient
Yuki describes her challenges with infertility and pathway to parenthood through egg donation with Dr. Cristin Slater, a reproductive endocrinologist.  Listen as they discuss the process of selecting a donor and her outlook on family building with donor eggs.  For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
12:17 2/1/22
SART Fertility Experts - Male Factor
Infertility is not just a female problem. Dan candidly shares his journey with both diagnosis and treatment of male infertility with Dr. Paul Lin, Past President of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. Learn how he coped and supported his partner through the treatment process.  For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
29:39 1/18/22
SART Fertility Experts - Elective Fertility Preservation
Ellen was single and in the early years of a long and demanding surgical training program.  She knew she wanted a family someday. Listen to her story as she shares her journey to parenthood with the help of egg and embryo freezing with Dr. Kelly Lynch, a reproductive endocrinologist.  For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!  
22:52 1/4/22
SART Fertility Experts - A Message from the SART Fertility Experts
We hope you have enjoyed listening to our second season. More episodes of SART Fertility Experts are planned for the future so stay tuned! Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!  
00:21 8/10/21
SART Fertility Experts - Financial Aspects of Infertility Treatment
“I know what treatment I want and need to do, but how can I afford it?”  This is a common question infertility patients often ask themselves on the path to parenthood.  Due to the expense of treatment, managing cost is a key factor for patients. In this episode, Dr. Brooke Rossi interviews Brad Senstra, an executive director of a large infertility program, about financial topics, such as cost of infertility treatment and IVF, insurance coverage, financing, and other options. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
29:36 7/27/21
SART Fertility Experts - Infertility Advocacy and Government Affairs
In today's episode, Dr. Mark Trolice interviews Sean Tipton, ASRM's Chief Advocacy and Policy Officer. Many infertility patients do not have insurance coverage for treatment. Currently, nearly 40% of states in the U.S. have mandates for some form of infertility coverage but there are limitations and not all include IVF, fertility preservation, the LGBTQ population and veterans of the military. In this episode, we discuss the current landscape of infertility insurance coverage, the hurdles to obtain state and/or national mandated coverage, and methods of advocacy for both patients and doctors to improve coverage. Learn – Why the challenge? Who can make a difference? What’s the price to pay? Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
26:37 7/13/21
SART Fertility Experts - Behind the Scenes in the IVF Lab
Dr. Sangita Jindal, Associate Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Laboratory Director at Montefiore’s Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Health helps patients understand the importance of the IVF lab when choosing an IVF program.  She also explains the rigorous training of embryologists, laboratory safety, as well as identification and cryo-storage of eggs, sperm and embryos in the lab.  From eggs to embryos, the lab’s essential role in the IVF process is explained here.  Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
32:02 6/29/21
SART Fertility Experts - Your Infertility Nurse: Partner in Your Care
Infertility nurse practitioner and health coach Monica Moore explains the essential role of the infertility nurse in the IVF process.  Topics include learning how to give injections but also the importance of a healthy lifestyle and self-care during the IVF process.  She also offers strategies for managing stress, effective communication with your care team, and managing expectations during the IVF process. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
29:12 6/15/21
SART Fertility Experts - Genetics and IVF
Genetics is a significant part of advanced reproductive technology screening. Genetic counselors serve an essential role in the process.  In this episode, Jenna Miller, a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor, and Dr. Cristin Slater, explain what preconceptual genetic carrier screening is and discuss preconception genetic testing (PGT) of embryos. Genomic testing indications, pros & cons, implications, and results, are also reviewed. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
26:01 6/1/21
SART Fertility Experts - Fertility and LGBTQ
In this episode, Dr. Daniel Grow interviews Dr. Mark Leondires, the founder and medical director of both the Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut and of Gay Parents To Be. Dr. Leondires is board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and serves as Chair of the ASRM’s LGBTQ Special Interest Group. He has worked with thousands of LGBTQ couples over the last 20+ years, and takes pride in leading his program to deliver compassionate and high quality care to all members of this community. His insights inspire REI physicians to treat all patients with respect and to highlight pathways to care for patients. This may be through therapeutic donor insemination or through IVF. He highlights the journey through counseling, egg or sperm selection choices, and treatment. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
24:31 5/18/21
SART Fertility Experts - IVF: Cycles of Hope and Heartbreak
Does stress cause infertility or is it the other way round?  The emotional impacts of IVF treatment are featured in this episode with Dr. Julia Woodward, interviewed by Dr. Vickie Schafer.  Dr. Woodward is an Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist who has directed the Patient Support Program at the Duke Fertility Center for over 15 years.  In this episode, she discusses just how common depression and anxiety are among fertility patients, the factors that drive patients to minimize their struggles to the fertility team, the most common time points for stress to spike, the lack of evidence for stress as a cause of infertility, and five key coping strategies patients can use to combat stress. Find the #StartwithSART Fertility Experts series wherever you get your podcasts. Looking for advice on building a family? Ask the experts and #StartwithSART. For more information about the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, visit our website at https://www.sart.org Have a topic you'd like to hear? Tell Us!
31:06 5/4/21