The Fertility Podcast

If you’re Trying To Conceive and want to know what you can do to improve your fertility and understanding of it, then this podcast is for you. This is the fertility education and information that you wish you’d been given at school.

47. Meet Morven, our Fertility Nurse

47. Meet Morven, our Fertility Nurse

Hurrah! We have a new team member who is coming on board to help support our patients and work with us in our fertility community group. ⁠Morven⁠ provides online fertility consultations and support.

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45. How does your digestion impact your fertility?

45. How does your digestion impact your fertility?

I am joined by fertility nutritionist ⁠Kirsty Harrison⁠ to talk about digestion and its links to reproductive health.
Kirsty is our lovely nutritionist and a member of the Fertility Nutrition Centre. So she has a lot of great information and experience to share about gut health and supporting this to help improve fertility outcomes.

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44. The Conception Plan with Dr Larisa Corda

44. The Conception Plan with Dr Larisa Corda

Dr Larisa Corda is a fertility expert, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, a spiritualist and TV Doctor and author. You may recognise her from This Morning, where she frequently appears as the in-house fertility expert. She has recently published a new book The Conception Plan, which brings together conventional medicine and complimentary practices to treat and support a person as a whole. Which, as an acupuncturist is music to my ears! 

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43. Navigating the Two Week Wait

43. Navigating the Two Week Wait

The two week wait is often one of the most difficult times to get through, in both natural cycles and assisted conception cycles. In this episode we look at the common problems that come with the TWW and some practical coping methods to help you through.

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42. TTC over 40 with Dr Amanda Tozer

42. TTC over 40 with Dr Amanda Tozer

There is an increasing number of people in their 40s trying to conceive, both naturally and with assisted conception. 
Dr Amanda Tozer, clinical director at ⁠Aria Clinic⁠, joins us this week to talk about the challenges and options for people wanting to conceive over 40. At Aria clinic 50 % of people who access their treatment are over the age of 40, they therefore have lot of experience to share with us.

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41. Fertility MOT’s

41. Fertility MOT’s

I am joined by fellow fertility acupuncturist ⁠Alex O’Connor ⁠to discuss the pros and cons of fertility MOTS. Fertility MOTs have had an explosion in recent years and are advertised as a way to understand your fertility and ability to conceive. But what does that really mean and can you really test your ability to conceive and are some tests out there better than others?

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39. How to Prepare for Pregnancy in 2024

39. How to Prepare for Pregnancy in 2024

Research shows that preparation can really impact fertility outcomes for both men and women and this applies to both natural and assisted conception. This is a topic we discuss a lot in clinic and it’s a huge part of our work in guiding and supporting people with their preparation.

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38. TTC & Christmas

38. TTC & Christmas

Christmas can be a tricky time when you’re TTC and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There can be fear and guilt around eating and drinking, and problems with boundaries with family and friends.

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37. What you need to know about IVF

37. What you need to know about IVF

Lucy Lines⁠ is an independent embryologist, fertility educator and IVF patient advocate. She has worked in various parts of the fertility industry for years and has a wealth of experience and knowledge. Her goal in her business is to help people navigate the often complicated road of IVF treatment.

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36. Why unexplained infertility is not a diagnosis!

36. Why unexplained infertility is not a diagnosis!

Jessica Bourke⁠ (AKA The Fertility Detective) provides a unique, individualised service that is founded on her in-depth knowledge of all aspects of fertility, whether trying to conceive assisted or non-assisted. In this episode we discuss the issues around fertility investigations, unexplained infertility and the gaps between GP care and fertility clinics.

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35. Should I do IVF abroad?

35. Should I do IVF abroad?

There are an increasing number of people who are traveling abroad for IVF treatment. We discuss this with Emma from ⁠Your IVF Abroad⁠, who had treatment abroad and now works supporting people who are considering this option.

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34. Why we need better fertility investigations for men.

34. Why we need better fertility investigations for men.

We are joined by the formidable Claire Mooney, who is on a mission to improve investigations and treatment in male reproductive health. She is a consultant embryologist and medical director of ⁠Fertility Solutions⁠. Claire specialises in male fertility and believes we need to work with men more to improve fertility rates with both natural and assisted conception.

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32. Fertility Awareness Week Special

32. Fertility Awareness Week Special

This week ⁠Katy ⁠and myself are doing a special episode as part of Fertility Awareness Week 2023. We asked listeners “what do you wish you’d known about your fertility” and we took your answers as points of discussion for the podcast.

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31. The Emotional Toll of Fertility Struggles

31. The Emotional Toll of Fertility Struggles

I am not sure ⁠Ceci⁠ needs an introduction but if you don’t know Ceci and her work then she describes herself as “an infertility, anxiety and grief survivor who has spent years as a qualified fertility coach working with hundreds of people around the world to restore their emotional well-being as they’re trying to conceive.”

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30. Should I freeze my eggs?

30. Should I freeze my eggs?

There has been a huge rise in the popularity in freezing eggs over the last 5 years. COVID is thought to be a huge factor that impacted this. Statistics show a rise of nearly 50% of enquiries into egg freezing since 2020. So what’s it all about, what’s involved and how does it work?

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28. What does an embryologist do in IVF?

28. What does an embryologist do in IVF?

Emma Whitney is the Laboratory Manager at The Evewell. She is also Emma the Embryologist on Instagram and does great educational posts about embryology to make it more accessible and understandable, to help people going through treatment. Emma is so passionate and so experienced and shares a lot of great insights.

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27. Cervical Mucus: how it can help you to conceive

27. Cervical Mucus: how it can help you to conceive

Cervical Mucus can help you to conceive. It’s an important part of your menstrual cycle, which can show you when you’re most fertile, it helps the sperm swim to meet the egg. Plus it can filter the good sperm from the bad. So we thought it deserved a whole episode to discuss in detail.

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44. The Conception Plan with Dr Larisa Corda

26. Why do people have IVF?

Ed Coates is a fertility consultant, hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgeon and medical director at the ⁠Evewell⁠ West London clinic. He joins us to share his experiences and thoughts on assisted conception and IVF. He explains, who can benefit from treatment, why and when you might consider IVF as an option.

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25. Acupuncture for Fertility

25. Acupuncture for Fertility

Acupuncture is one of the most popular therapies used to support people who are trying to conceive. This is for both assisted and natural conception and a recent study showed the positive benefits to both pregnancy and live birth outcomes when used alongside IVF. So we look at what acupuncture is, why it’s so good for fertility support and how we work in clinic.

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23. Nutrition & Lifestyle Advice for Sperm Health

23. Nutrition & Lifestyle Advice for Sperm Health

I am joined by Pilar Manzanaro, a registered Nutritional Therapist and certified Functional Medicine Practitioner by the Institute of Functional Medicine, Pilar runs a highly successful pre-conception and fertility clinic for men and women trying to conceive naturally or undergoing IVF treatment. And in this episode she shares bucket loads of information on nutrition, supplements and lifestyle for good sperm health.

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22. Endometriosis and Fertility

22. Endometriosis and Fertility

It is estimated that 30 to 50% of people with Endometriosis will experience fertility problems. To discuss this in more detail I am joined this week by ⁠Louise Collyer⁠, a highly experienced TCM acupuncturist, Chinese Medicine herbalist and Functional Medicine practitioner, who specialises in women’s health, fertility and endometriosis.

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21. How does thyroid affect fertility?

21. How does thyroid affect fertility?

Farzanah Nasser, is a thyroid health expert, nutritionist and functional medicine practitioner. Thyroid health is important for so many functions in the body, including fertility, menstrual cycles and pregnancy.

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20. Fertility Testing Part 3- What tests can be done for male fertility?

20. Fertility Testing Part 3- What tests can be done for male fertility?

It is now widely acknowledged that there is not enough testing, investigation or treatment is done into male factor fertility issues. We see many people in clinic who have had every test under the sun, and yet their partner has been offered one sperm test. We look at why and how we got into this situation and where and how you can get further testing for male factor fertility.

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18.  Fertility Testing Part 1

18. Fertility Testing Part 1

We think that testing and investigating your fertility should be encouraged more and done sooner. So in this week’s episode we look at what the current situation is around testing, what’s available from the NHS, what the guidelines say and what tests we would recommend as first step investigations into your fertility.

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17. How can irregular periods affect your fertility?

17. How can irregular periods affect your fertility?

We’re talking all things irregular cycles and how they can stem from lifestyle factors, hormonal imbalances, or medical issues like thyroid problems or raised prolactin. We look at testing, tracking, supporting them with diet and lifestyle and how you can still conceive when your cycles are irregular.

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16. How does mindset affect fertility?

16. How does mindset affect fertility?

This week I am joined by Alice Rose, who is a Fertility Mindset Mentor and Transformation coach, working to support people through her membership and courses. This isn’t about thinking positive, this is about feeling safe to sit with how you’re actually feeling, rather than feeling you have to stay positive all the time.

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15. Can I get pregnant with PCOS?

15. Can I get pregnant with PCOS?

PCOS is a common condition that can impact many areas of health including your fertility. In this episode I discuss PCOS with Lauren, London Wellness Coach and her personal experience of being told she had PCOS from at a young age and would struggle to conceive. We discuss the impact of this and how she addressed her PCOS, went on to conceive and now works supporting other people with hormone imbalances and PCOS.

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14. How Reflexology can support your fertility

14. How Reflexology can support your fertility

Reflexology is a popular therapy used to support women’s health, fertility and pregnancy and this week we have lovely Katy (reflexologist, fertility awareness teacher and regular co-host on this podcast) talking to us all her about her love for reflexology.

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12. Does stress affect fertility?

12. Does stress affect fertility?

Does stress affect my fertility? Is one of the most common questions we are asked in clinic. The research is mixed and there really is no conclusive evidence either way. What is definitive though, is that going through fertility problems is stressful and is linked to increased rates of anxiety and depression.

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10. Can BBT charting help you to conceive?

10. Can BBT charting help you to conceive?

BBT charting can be a helpful tool for understanding your menstrual cycle, fertility and confirming ovulation. However, it’s not for everyone and in this episode we discuss the how to, the do’s and don’ts and when to stop!

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7. What helps with PMS.

7. What helps with PMS.

Almost everyone with a menstrual cycle will at some point be affected by PMS. And yet there is still very little understanding and not enough research into why is happens.

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8. Low progesterone and fertility, AMH, egg quality Q&A

1. Why do we need better fertility education?

We need better Fertility Education! In all my years in clinic I have rarely met anyone who doesn’t agree. Education about of cycles and our fertility are key if we want to improve our fertility experiences and address the fertility crisis so many people now face.

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