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Author: Valerie Landis

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Welcome to the club...the Eggology Club! This podcast is redefining the modern day journey to parenthood. Meet your host and fertility-focused advocate Valerie Landis as we change the conversation with unfiltered real-life stories. Consider us your new BFFs helping navigate this family planning, reproductive health, and future fertility journey too. Follow us at EggologyClub.com, call 978-EGG-CLUB, and email eggologyclub@gmail.com.
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E19: In Due Time

E19: In Due Time

2018-06-0541:32

DAILY YOKE Jen Noonan married her husband in 2008 after meeting through mutual friends.  When they first began the process to start their family things didn't go as planned. Eventually, they sought help from a fertility clinic and was diagnosed with unexplained infertility. After a year of trying to conceive, taking hormone shots, dealing with miscarriage and treatments they finally were able to have a son in 2010. When Jen and her husband wanted to grow their family for a second child, they spent months again trying to get pregnant for nothing to happen. They faced what is often known as secondary infertility.  It was a silent struggle due to the stigma attached to secondary infertility and miscarriage. It took five years to give birth to her second son who became their rainbow baby. For a copy of Jen's book "In Due Time" visit website induetimebook.com. October is pregnancy and infancy loss awareness month. Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Lora Shahine of Pacific Northwest Fertility Center in Seattle offers a helpful book called Not Broken for those struggling with miscarriage or loss. Be sure to check out our entire conversation with Dr. Shahine on eggsperience.com. If you need a helpful book to talk to children about they were conceived, "Happy Together" by Julie Marie is a great place to start. Right before the annual ASRM fertility meeting my dear fertility nurse friend Angela Boccardo passed October 7th after c-section giving birth to her baby boy Christopher. We are raising funds and started a GoFundMe account for the baby’s future and family of a single mom. Please consider contributing to GoFundMe account: https://www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-angela-boccardo #EggClub Shout Out: Kathrin Deutschle Otero Barba -- Instagram @emborrow SEASON 2 EPISODE 19 SPONSORS Future Family | Lilu | aLoo | Mosie Baby | Theralogix | FrzMyEggs |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-02-episode-19/
E18: Egg Hunt

E18: Egg Hunt

2018-05-2241:46

DAILY YOKE Picking a sperm donor is relatively common place especially for those choosing single motherhood, but egg donation is rarely discussed or talked about. Sperm or egg shopping can be similar to online dating and feel like a daunting task to navigate the system. There are more resources than ever to support those using third-party reproduction, such as the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) created by Wendy Kramer. The DSR website assists the individuals who donated their own DNA, conceived via sperm, egg or embryo donation, or born from donor-reproduction that are seeking mutually desired contact with others whom they share genetic ties with. Another support group and community that provides assistance is called, We Are Egg Donors (WAED) founded by egg donors: Raquel Cool and Claire Burns. The WAED website offers women who donate their eggs support during treatment, provides clinic accountability, and honest judgment-free conversations about egg donation. Molly Hawkey, a comedian, photographer, and actress in Los Angeles started a podcast called Spermcast to explore and find a sperm donor. Molly froze her eggs around her 37th birthday to delay parenthood with the right person, but after several dead-end relationships she is not sure that her ideal partner exists. Now at almost 40, she does not want to rush into getting married and plans to have a baby on her own. Molly is on the quest to find the perfect sperm donor and venture down the path of single motherhood by choice instead. Wendy Burch is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist, reporter, and news anchor for KTLA in Los Angeles. She covered thousands of stories, but felt like she neglected to let her own personal story unfold until Wendy's biological clock alarm sounded on her 40th birthday. After several rounds of IVF,  injections, fertility drugs, acupuncture not resulting in a pregnancy, after much hesitation Wendy decided her best option was to use an egg donor. She thought it would be dishonest not to tell the truth to her fans and viewers about how she got pregnant, so she turned the news cameras on herself.  Wendy explains what made her decide to change her path to pregnancy using a donor egg. Have you donated your eggs or signed-up to be an egg donor? Take this quick survey and help volunteer to share your experience with San Francisco State University and Generations Ahead research. Do you have a child conceived via egg donor? Check out this book Happy Together by Julie Marie @happytogetherchildrensbook to begin the conversation and help introduce the concept of donation to a young child. #EggClub Shout Out: Daley Dunham @daleydunham 17 and Me SEASON 2 EPISODE 18 SPONSORS Future Family | Theralogix | Mosie Baby | Uqora |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com |  https://eggologyclub.com/season-02-episode-18/
E17: Baby Embryos

E17: Baby Embryos

2018-04-2442:45

DAILY YOKE Mimi Lee made headlines when she battled her ex-husband for custody of their embryos during their divorce. A single judgement in San Francisco courtroom rendered a decision that would determined the fate of five embryos that Mimi and her ex-husband had intentionally created after her shocking diagnosis of breast cancer.  The decision would change Mimi Lee's life forever. Cancer and life threatening illness can affect one's chance for preserving their fertility or ability to conceive. If you know someone with cancer check out Arona Martin's gifts at Because Love to show that special someone how much you care and say what words can not. Feeling generous? Check out JillsWish.org and learn about how Jill Brzezinski-Conley inspired so many to "Rock What You Got" and more. Want to support other local charities doing incredible work for others? The Carey Foundation and The Tutu Project will help make someone you know smile. Looking for a way to get involved, then turn no further than Medline's Pink Glove Dance and watch hundreds of videos inspired to support breast cancer survivorship. Or perhaps you want to watch a good film or movie. A great documentary called, "I Heart Jenny" by Blake Babbitt or the inspiring true-life story, "Decoding Annie Parker" film by Steven Bernstein are both good choices and options to watch. #EggClub Shout Out: Paige More @paige_previvor of @the_breasties charity SEASON 2 EPISODE 17 SPONSORS Trust Fertility | The Flex Company |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-02-episode-17/
E16: Egguality

E16: Egguality

2018-03-2033:07

DAILY YOKE Women have won a number of rights over the last 100 years, like the ability to vote, pursue an education, build a career, or choose a partner. However, just because a few things have changed in the modern era today, does not mean the world is now fair. Similarly, rules and regulations about health care practices in every country are not all equal. When exploring fertility laws, old regulations and outdated processes are still in practice. Rules about who could freeze their eggs and how long the eggs can be cryopreserved for. One of these such laws is in the United Kingdom, which has imposed a 10-year limit on women's eggs. There is even a campaign for the UK Parliament to extend the 10-year storage limit on frozen eggs. Another discriminating regulation is in China, where women who are unmarried or single, it is illegal and forbidden for them to freeze their eggs. The lack of women's reproductive rights in China has cause a rise in medical tourism to the United States, including famous China celebrity actress Xu Jinglei. Not all countries treat fertility preservation for medical or social reasons the same. Hollywood actress, Elizabeth Higgins Clark joins the conversation talking about freezing her eggs and her experience. She explores expectations, her family's dynamics, input, and key contributing factors that lead her to that choice to freeze. Elizabeth helps educate young people about their reproductive choices, is an activist for equal rights, overall feminist with a big heart using her notable celebrity status to break down stereotypical mindsets. The inequality does not just end with unfair egg freezing laws. The LGBTQ community has faced similar fertility discrimination in multiple countries. Dealing with issues like citizenship of their children, third-party reproduction laws, unfair surrogacy regulations, or banning fertility treatments unless identifing as a heterosexual individual or couple is just the tip of the iceberg. Soon-to-be parents, Kate and Karyne Levy of the Gayest Show on Birth podcast provide their valuable feedback on such regulations as they build their family. Hear what they think about topics like the lesbian couple in Italy that could not legally register their baby or the gay couple's twins that pushed the legal limits of defining citizenship parenthood. #EggClub Shout Out: Julia Chan @julias_egg_journey SEASON 2 EPISODE 16 SPONSORS Episona | Future Family | Mosie Baby |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-02-episode-16/
E15: Chill

E15: Chill

2018-02-2733:45

DAILY YOKE Jennifer Frappier was 39, single, and living in Los Angeles California. Jenni wanted to balance her career, pursue her dreams, and start a family.  She decided to take matters into her own hands instead hitting the panic button, she froze her eggs so she could increase her odds of having it all. During the egg freezing journey, she chose to documented the experience and created a short film called, Chill. The documentary is currently being featured at several film festivals and should be ready for public release in Summer 2018. Check out the trailer for the film Chill. Since freezing her eggs, Jenni has been busy with her job, buying a home, remodeling, and dating. Then she met someone special named Ari. After several "high-fives" on their first date, they both realized what a great match they made together. Ari surprised Jenni with an engagement and asked her if she would "high-five" him forever. They got married on March 25th which I was honored to attend their magical wedding day and am excited to see what happens next. #EggClub Shout Out: Stephanie Montgomery - Steph's Egg-stravagant Egg-sperience SEASON 2 EPISODE 15 SPONSORS FrzMyEggs App | Nest Egg Fertility |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com |   https://eggologyclub.com/season-02-episode-15/
E14: Transport Trauma

E14: Transport Trauma

2018-01-3027:20

DAILY YOKE Recently two fertility clinics in Cleveland and San Francisco, announced they had storage tank failures and thousands of specimens, eggs, embryos, and sperm were lost in this tragedy. How do you safe guard your frozen specimens? Is it risky to transport your frozen assets? This episode explores the many possibilities involved when using your frozen eggs, how to mitigate the transport risks, and uncovers key details behind the scenes inside the fertility labs. NY Times bestselling author, ghostwriter, blogger on website AdventuresWithTwins.com, and Forbes contributor MeiMei Fox tells her story about what happened when she was ready to use her frozen eggs. After moving to Los Angeles with the love of her life and attempting to naturally get pregnant but with no success, they finally decided it was time to use the 18 eggs she had frozen in 2009. She submitted a request to prepare transporting her eggs from the lab facility outside of San Francisco to her new clinic in Los Angeles. MeiMei goes on to explain how she became a mother to twins, what exactly happened to her eggs along the way, and what she wishes she would have known now looking back. #EggClub Shout Out: Angella Nguyen @SunnySideAnge SEASON 2 EPISODE 14 SPONSORS ReproTech | Trust Fertility | Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com |  https://eggologyclub.com/season-02-episode-14/
DAILY YOKE Season 1 ends with this bonus episode featuring celebrity guest, Faith Salie, an Emmy-winning contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning, a panelist on NPR’s "Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!" and hosts the PBS show "Science Goes To The Movies."  Listen as Faith talks about her journey to motherhood and how freezing her eggs was the key to becoming a parent in her 40s. Faith also writes about fertility in her book, "Approval Junkie." She lives in New York City with her husband John Semel, son Augustus, daughter Minerva, and their dog. SEASON 1 EPISODE 13 SPONSORS SmartyPants Vitamins | Fertility Focus-OvuSense | Better App |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com |
E12: Q & A

E12: Q & A

2017-10-1701:03:53

DAILY YOKE You have questions and we have answers. Listen as Valerie and Stephanie answer your questions, emails, and voicemails. We address topics like how to tell your parents or partner about egg freezing, what are the differences are between eggs and embryos, how to financially plan or pay for cryopreservation, what kind of pain might you feel, what happens to your frozen genetic DNA material if you never use it, to how old is too old. Do you have an unanswered questions that you would like the answers to? Please call us at 978-344-2582 or email eggologyclub@gmail.com. SEASON 1 EPISODE 12 SPONSORS Pregnantish  |  Uqora  |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-01-episode-12
E11: Egg Strategy

E11: Egg Strategy

2017-10-1039:571

DAILY YOKE Top Cambridge University scientist, Dr. Emily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics. She joins the Eggology Club podcast as she sets out to combined her passions as a science broadcaster, writer and educator to make science cool for kids. Emily has always known she wanted to become a mother some day. Based on advice from her doctors, Emily explains how she froze her eggs multiple times to get as many as possible and take the pressure off becoming a parent right now. SEASON 1 EPISODE 11 SPONSORS FrzMyEggs App |  My Beehive |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-01-episode-11
E10: Birthday Deadlines

E10: Birthday Deadlines

2017-10-0348:391

DAILY YOKE Political strategist Sarah Lenti talks to us about how she went against her family’s conservative values by undergoing egg freezing and a fresh round of IVF to become a single parent to a set of twin boys. Hear how Sarah’s journey to parenthood landed her all over CNN and what advice she has for others who hope to become parents. SEASON 1 EPISODE 10 SPONSORS Uqora |  Seattle Sperm Bank |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-01-episode-10
E09: Freezing Freedom

E09: Freezing Freedom

2017-09-2646:351

DAILY YOKE Travel enthusiast, blogger, entrepreneur, and founder of LostInLinderland.com website Stephanie Linder explains what life events helped her make the decision to freeze her eggs, quit her stable job, sell all her belongings and stuff to travel the world. Listen as Stephanie describes what motivated her to move to Medellin Colombia in South America, travel the globe, start this new chapter in her life, and begin an adventure of a lifetime chasing her dreams. SEASON 1 EPISODE 9 SPONSORS Opionato |  Nest Egg Fertility  | The Glue - Naula Fertility App |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-01-episode-09
E08: Doctor Shopping

E08: Doctor Shopping

2017-09-1941:391

DAILY YOKE Journalist Sarah Elizabeth Richards and author of book, "Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It" joins the girls from Eggology Club podcast to discuss her journey navigating the early days of egg freezing. Learn about Sarah's personal story shopping for doctors and clinics, her advice for women thinking about using the technology of egg freezing, and why we think she is technically is our "Guinness World Book" record holder for the most eggs frozen. Check out data resources American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), and Fertility Success Rates. SEASON 1 EPISODE 8 SPONSORS MyLab Box | Cherish Pads | Future Family |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-01-episode-08
E07: Having It All

E07: Having It All

2017-09-1232:322

DAILY YOKE Dr. Pepper Schwartz of the reality tv show, Married At First Sight joins the girls from Eggology Club to discuss the modern changes of families, relationships, and individualism from the past. Learn about Dr. Pepper's secrets and personal story to having it all and how to use current technology advancements to benefit your future. SEASON 1 EPISODE 7 SPONSORS Extend Fertility |  BeSafe Meds  |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-01-episode-07
DAILY YOKE Agnes Fischer the author of book Eggs Unscrambled and founder of website Frozen Please joins the show to help discuss relationships, dating, family planning, and how egg freezing can change your prospective. Hear about the girls' romantic relationship status, how they navigate digital dating life, and use apps such as Bumble, Tinder, Just A Baby, Match, The League, eHarmony, Plenty of Fish, and more. Read and purchase Agnes's book Eggs Unscrambled on Amazon and follow her on Twitter @agfisch. SEASON 1 EPISODE 6 SPONSORS Nest Egg Fertility  |  Extend Fertility |  Conceivable Coach  |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-01-episode-06
DAILY YOKE Discussing the key emotional aspects of egg freezing and how the general news media and press usually miss understand why women decide to freeze. Yale University research professor, Dr. Marcia Inhorn joins the conversation to explain her key research of why early egg freezing adopters chose to access the technology. Keep up with Dr. Inhorn's research and her future publications of these egg freezing studies via her website at marciainhorn.com. SEASON 1 EPISODE 5 SPONSORS The Glue-Naula Fertility App  |  Pinch Me Living - The Daily Positive  |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-01-episode-05
DAILY YOKE Learn about egg freezing from start to finish. What to expect, how the shots feel, to what retrieval day looks like. Hear first hand the tips and trick to having a successful egg freezing cycle. Egg Freezing Checklist and Procedure Order: 1. Complete pap smear and STD/STI testing in the last 90 days 2. Fertility clinic orders AMH or Ovarian Reserve Test, vaginal ultrasound 3. Order your medications, start hormones on Day 3 of your period 4. Take shots for 12-14 days, morning monitoring visits every other day 5. Trigger shot 36 hours before egg retrieval 6. Egg retrieval, relax, recover 7. Annual egg storage fees SEASON 1 EPISODE 4 SPONSORS BINTO  |  MyLab Box  |  No Denial Foods  |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-01-episode-04
E03: Find Your Tribe

E03: Find Your Tribe

2017-08-0840:252

DAILY YOKE In 2009 only a total of 495 women froze their eggs, but the number of freezers jumped to 6,000 women in 2015. Connecting with others who froze their eggs can help you along your journey to find your tribe. Carolyn Moos joins the Eggology Club to discuss her egg freezing experience and her healthy lifestyle routine preparing for her cycle. Carolyn is 6’5” USA Basketball Jr. Olympic, Stanford, FIBA/WNBA Athlete. Read more about Carolyn's workout routine, health, nutrition, and food plans on her website fitforlivinglife.com. SEASON 1 EPISODE 3 SPONSORS CiceroDx-ReceptivaDx  |  Fertile Girl  |  TenderLife Care  |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-01-episode-03
E02: Welcome to the Club

E02: Welcome to the Club

2017-08-0141:332

DAILY YOKE Welcome to the #EggClub! The Eggology Club Podcast is your safe haven to learn all about egg freezing and fertility choices to redefine the modern day journey to parenthood. Join the club and let us be your girlfriends' guide as we deep dive into the girls back story. Learn why egg freezing and cryopreservation choices helped extend the biological clock for family building options in the future.   SEASON 1 EPISODE 2 SPONSORS Future Family  |  Freeze and Share  |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com | https://eggologyclub.com/season-01-episode-02
E01: Testing 1…2…3

E01: Testing 1…2…3

2017-07-2524:522

DAILY YOKE Testing...testing..is this mic on? What is the Eggology Club? A podcast redefining the modern day journey to parenthood. How do you get involved? You’re invited to join the private Facebook group Eggology Club and listen as we share empowering real-life stories and change the conversation around family planning. Who is behind the Eggology Club? The podcast is an extension of the website eggsperience.com to expand the content Valerie Landis was already creating online into an audio format. What is the purpose? Eggology Club's goal is to educate you with fertility information, empower you to act boldly, bring a sense of community and support. Now let's get started and navigate this journey together to become new egg freezing BFFs.   SEASON 1 EPISODE 1 SPONSORS Dr. Aimee "Egg Whisperer"  |  Vino Diva | Social Media @EggologyClub | +1 978-EGG-CLUB | eggologyclub@gmail.com |  https://eggologyclub.com/season-01-episode-01
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