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For Trying Out Loud: The Infertility Years

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This podcast is a no holds barred account of the highs and lows experienced during the emotional rollercoaster to pregnancy and parenthood. Romana and Ewan have been trying to conceive since 2016. In the quest for a baby they have laughed and they have cried but most importantly they've learnt a crazy amount about the world of Infertility and IVF. Join them on their fertility journey as they wait for their elusive BFP. As well as sharing tips and tricks to help you stay sane they also chat to health care professionals to bring you information and advice about all things TTC.
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The results are in from IVF cycle #6  We discuss the implications of our Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening and the Natural Killer Cell Test.   Romana also chats to Sylvia Kang.  Sylvia is the co-founder and CEO of Mira www.miracare.com Mira (@mirafertility) is the first FDA and CE registered comprehensive women’s health monitoring platform with 99% of accuracy in clinical trials. Mira allows users to see the numeric fertility hormone concentrations and uses AI learning to provide personalised insights based on this quantitative data. Mira tracks cycles, predicts ovulation at home, with expandability into monitoring fetal health, measuring ovarian reserve, and detecting menopause chronic disease using the hospital-levelled technology within a palm-sized device. The data automatically syncs with the Mira app and the AI learns personal health patterns. To claim £25 off a Mira Starter Kit visit www.miracare.com and enter code TRYING25 at checkout.  Also don't forget we will be running a competition on instagram soon (@fortryingoutloud) to be in with a chance of winning a Mira Starter Kit. Check out our Vlogs on Youtube.  They are released weekly every Friday.  If you enjoy them please subscribe to the channel Romana and Ewan. You can watch all the vlogs here Thank you to everyone who has bought us a coffee and donated to the podcast.  If you'd like to help support our creative endeavours and keep this podcast running please visit www.buymeacoffee.com/romanaandewan You can also donate directly through Paypal by clicking here Don't forget that we have teamed up with Screen and Shield to offer you 10% discount on all of their products including masks and hand sanitiser.  Visit www.screenandshield.co.uk/trying and enter code TRYING10 at checkout. www.fortryingoutloud.com @fortryingoutloud @romanaandewan      
Lots has been happening in Bulgaria since the last episode.  As always we share the highs and the lows! Romana also chats to author of new graphic novel Catalogue Baby: A Memoir of (in)fertility, Myriam Steinberg.  In her past life, Myriam was a visual artist, and event organizer. For 11 years, she was the brains and brawn of the In the House Festival, which brought live performances of all kinds into people’s living rooms and backyards throughout her hometown of Vancouver, Canada. Myriam was nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her work on the festival.  Myriam has been on an EPIC journey and speaks candidly about trying to conceive as a single woman in her 40's.  She also discusses miscarriage, termination for medical reasons, PGS testing and the path to donor conception. (There is also a tiny section of pregnancy chat near the end). Connect with Myriam on Instagram @catalogue_baby For links to buy the book visit https://www.cataloguebabynovel.com/buy-the-book-1 Also please check out our Vlogs on Youtube.  They are released weekly every Friday.  If you enjoy them please subscribe to the channel Romana and Ewan. You can watch all the vlogs here If you'd like to buy us a coffee to help support our creative endeavours and keep this podcast running please visit www.buymeacoffee.com/romanaandewan You can also donate directly through Paypal by clicking here Don't forget that we have teamed up with Screen and Shield to offer you 10% discount on all of their products including masks and hand sanitiser.  Visit www.screenandshield.co.uk/trying and enter code TRYING10 at checkout. www.fortryingoutloud.com @fortryingoutloud @romanaandewan  
Thanks for listening!  If you're new to the podcast we highly recommend listening from the very beginning.  We share our story from episode 1 right up until present day and there is ALOT!  We also chat to lots of really brilliant guests who also share their stories and offer information and support to anyone going through Infertility.   In this episode, the start of series 3, we share what's been happening for us in Bulgaria.  There's been highs and there's been lows and lots in between.  What is IVF really like abroad?  What's it like travelling during a pandemic?  What does the next chapter hold for us?  All of these questions are answered and more!  Also please check out our Vlogs on Youtube.  They are released weekly every Friday.  If you enjoy them please subscribe to the channel Romana and Ewan. You can watch all the vlogs here If you'd like to buy us a coffee to help support our creative endeavours and keep this podcast running please visit www.buymeacoffee.com/romanaandewan You can also donate directly through Paypal by clicking here Don't forget that we have teamed up with Screen and Shield to offer you 10% discount on all of their products including masks and hand sanitiser.  Visit www.screenandshield.co.uk/trying and enter code TRYING10 at checkout. www.fortryingoutloud.com @fortryingoutloud @romanaandewan      
It's Christmas and it's also the last episode of this Series.   Christmas and the holiday season can be a tough time for many of us going through infertility so we hope this episode helps (even just a little bit).  We bring you messages of hope and love from past guests, share some Christmas presents with each other and as always keep you up to date on what is happening in our lives. We're delighted to have Molly Nichols www.mollynichols.com on the podcast this week.  Molly is a mama of four, business mentor for soulful entrepreneurs, renowned fertility coach, healer, and the queen of guided visualizations.  Her unique approach to using guided visualizations, positive psychology, energy healing and spiritual practices paired with proven sacred fertility and soulful business strategies support her clients worldwide in calling in and receiving all that they desire in life, family and business.   Molly shares her Christmas coping strategies as well as treating us to a beautiful visualisation.  It's just over 8 minutes long so grab some quiet time to yourself and enjoy!  The visualisation timestamp is 01:33:28-01:41:44 Thank you so much for listening to the podcast.  If you have enjoyed it and found it helpful please spare a minute to leave us a review if you can.  It would be greatly appreciated! Our Harry Potter Walking Tour YouTube vlog is now on our Youtube channel.  Check it out at www.rebrand.ly/youtuberomanaandewan Don't forget that we have teamed up with Screen and Shield to offer you 10% discount on all of their products including masks and hand sanitiser.  Visit www.screenandshield.co.uk/trying and enter code TRYING10 at checkout. Also check out Dr Fiona Tassoni's (@dr.fionatassoni) free webinar www.pregnancyaccelerator.com
Ever feel sluggish and generally yucky at the end of an IVF/ICSI cycle?  That's because our bodies are having to deal with lots of extra hormones.  In this episode Coral Dabarera Edelson, MS, RD shares some tips for detoxing our bodies after fertility treatment.   Coral is a registered dietitian nutritionist and nutrition coach. Specializing in women’s health and fertility, and practicing from a holistic and functional perspective, Coral aims to meet the unique needs of Black women in her virtual private practice. Coral received her Masters of Nutrition, Healthspan, and Longevity at the University of Southern California, and her Bachelors in Sociology at the University of Chicago. You can connect with her on instagram @browngirl.nutrition, or at www.coralrd.com Our next Youtube video has now been released.  Please give it a watch and subscribe to our channel https://rebrand.ly/youtuberomanaandewan You'll also find us on Instagram @romanaandewan and @fortryingoutloud
Today we talk Clomid and TSH Levels.   Ewan chats to Jasmine Katatikarn (@jazzkatat).  Jasmine is a fertility warrior who struggled to have a child for 6 years. After multiple IUIs and her 2nd IVF, she was told that she had a less than 1% chance of having a baby and to stop trying. However, Jasmine didn’t give up.  Using her background as an artist, she applied a strategy, through her FREEdom method to overcome her roadblocks and design a life that gave control of her fertility journey and life moving forward.  As a result, she became pregnant within months of being told she had less than a 1% chance. Today, Jasmine now has two kids, both through IVF.  Using her designer point of view and tools, Jasmine shows you how to strategize your journey to create your unique blueprint to see how to get you to your goal.  Book a Free 30-minute Strategy Call (limited availability): https://jazzkatat.com/call/ FREE Fertility Training: https://bit.ly/FertilityTraining Our next Youtube video has now been released.  Please give it a watch and subscribe to our channel https://rebrand.ly/youtuberomanaandewan You'll also find us on Instagram @romanaandewan and @fortryingoutloud
It's all about upleveling your fertility tracking this week as we chat all things BBT (Basal Body Temperature), CM (Cervical Mucus) and Hormones.  Chantelle Meikle is a registered Naturopath and Fertility Educator who loves to help women and couples conceive healthy and happy babies. Chantelle lives with her husband and 2 very spoilt cats in West Auckland, New Zealand.  Connect with Chantelle on Instagram @myfertilitynz or visit her website https://www.fertilitykeys.com/ (for some reason at the start of my chat with Chantelle I reference the Simple-Thermal Method!  Not sure where my brain was as I knew it was the Sympto-Thermal Method.  Although it is rather simple once you know how :)) Our first travel blog is now up and running on Youtube.  Please check it out and subscribe to our Youtube Page https://rebrand.ly/youtuberomanaandewan
The nights are drawing in.  It's getting dark.  So grab a cuppa, get cosy and listen to this weeks chat with Zoe Jones (@zoe_joneshft). Zoe is a holistic therapist and specialises in helping women with fertility challenges.  After enduring 8 years of fertility treatment, which finally resulted in her son Lloyd, Zoe has the experience to empathise, support and inspire other women to succeed in their own fertility journey.  Zoe has recently left the Army (after 25 years) and has trained in Hypnotherapy, NLP, EFT and other techniques.  She is currently setting up a holistic fertility therapy business aiming to change the lives of women and couples who are struggling to fulfil their dreams of parenthood.  To watch Zoe's Facebook Live videos click here To find out more about the work Zoe does please visit www.zoejoneshft.com
Ewan is back and this week we reflect on how we're feeling after being sucker punched by our last round of IVF! The winners of the soap competition are announced and Ewan chats to Eli Weinstein, LMSW (@elivation_therapist) Eli is a Social Work therapist who has worked in a psych hospital, intense outpatient clinic and currently works in a community clinic in Queens, NY.  Previously he worked in NY and West Coast NCSY (Youth Organization) for over 7 years.  Eli has created ELIvation (www.elivation.org) to help those who are struggling and to add extra inspiration and motivation into everyday life.  Eli has gone through his own struggles with anxiety, ADHD, infertility and men’s issues (being a new dad, body image issues, relationships, and general self-esteem/confidence).  His main goal is to help people on their journey to add support, care, empathy, expertise, and insight.  Eli run events, seminars and individual coaching on topics from mental health awareness, public speaking coaching, relationship coaching and confidence boosting.  Eli also hosts his own podcast The Dude Therapist.  
We got some really awful news today and although it was a tough episode to record we felt it was important to share. On a lighter note Romana chats to the wonderful Helen @at_the_fold.  Helen is a ray of sunshine and discusses yoga for fertility alongside her passion for essential oils.  She also shares some beautiful self care tips to help ease the disappointment of cycle day one!
This episode Romana chats to the brilliant Dr Trolice www.myfertilitycare.com   Dr Mark Trolice is the director of Fertility Care: The IVF Centre in Orlando, Florida and is Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  As well as being a leader in his field he has also experienced the trauma of infertility on a personal level and shares his story on this episode.  We also discuss the developments in fertility treatments over the years and how things may progress in future years which was SUPER interesting!  Dr Trolice also gives his opinion on PGS and AMH testing.   Dr Trolice's  brilliant book 'The Fertility Doctors Guide to Overcoming Infertility' is now available to buy on Amazon Dr Trolice also hosts Fertility Health Podcast.  Check it out! 
We're relaxing in the Scottish highlands this week and taking a break from all things TTC.  We highly recommend a change of scenery and some fresh mountain air when the grind of infertility starts to get you down.  It's definitely helping us!  Andrea Clarke (www.rootmedicine.co.uk) returns to the podcast this week to chat all things Vaginal Steaming!  This ancient practice can benefit women in all stages of their life through the menstruating years all the way to menopause and beyond.  In particular we talk about how vaginal steaming can be used whilst trying to conceive.  We discuss how to do it safely, when to do it, what it feels like and delicious herbal blends to complement this self care ritual.  To purchase any of the blends mentioned by Andrea please visit her website or contact her via Instagram @root_medicine
This week we reflect on what we've been through over the last few weeks and look forward to the future.   Ewan also chats to Russell Davis https://thefertilemind.net Russell Davis is a Fertility Coach and Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Author and Speaker with personal experience of infertility from pretty much every angle (resulting in the birth of his son against all odds).  Russell removes psychological blocks to getting pregnant and has helped hundreds of couples all over the world fast-track their journey to parenthood.  Russell believes too many couples go through treatment unnecessarily and the success rate of treatment is unnecessarily low because the mind is not treated.  Russell also has great videos on Youtube.  Check out his channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RussellDavis/videos
This week we discuss our PGS results.  Did our 3 embryos make the grade? Romana also chats to Genevieve Uys from Traveling Donors www.travelingdonors.com about what it's like to be an egg donor, IVF and how her company helps clients to find the perfect egg donor.  Here's the link to  Romana's interview with Tony from The Broonfords https://youtu.be/whGVZAUHGlk And don't forget to purchase your face coverings from www.screenandshield.co.uk/trying and enter Trying10 at check out for 10% off. 
This week Romana chats to the wonderful Jessica Bourke aka @thefertilitydetective.  With over fourteen years of experience in the field of reproductive health, Jessica has gained a reputation for helping women to successfully conceive where everything else has failed.  Jessica provides a unique, individualised service that is founded on her in-depth knowledge of all aspects of male and female fertility. Based on the latest scientific research, she uses a combination of acupuncture and nutritional protocols alongside functional lab testing to ensure her clients have the greatest chance of conception and welcoming a healthy baby into the world.  For more information visit www.jessicabourke.com. Watch Jessica's Tedx talk here This chat covers so many interesting topics including Unexplained Infertility, Sperm DNA Fragmentation testing, TTC over 40, AMH and being your own advocate when going through fertility struggles.   Romana also discusses the results of her and Ewan's most recent IVF cycle.   Please visit www.screenandshield.co.uk/trying and enter code TRYING10 at checkout for 10% off all face masks.  
Welcome to our warts and all account of IVF Round 3.  We've been through 2 fresh rounds of IVF and 5 transfers in total.  Will it be third time lucky?! In this episode we take you through our third fresh IVF round from start to finish with a few dramas along the way! And don't forget, visit www.screenandshield.co.uk/trying and enter code TRYING10 at checkout for 10% off all face masks.  
This week we chat about the endless cycle of hope and disappointment whilst battling infertility.  We also mention the 'P' word and discuss its role when trying to conceive.    Romana talks to Emma from www.yourivfabroad.co.uk all about travelling abroad for IVF and also about what led her and her husband Adam to start their company.  Emma also discusses egg and sperm donation and embryo adoption.  Your IVF Abroad offers practical and emotional support to help match you to the right world class clinic and then organise everything for you, taking away the stress and saving you money.   Connect with Emma @yourivfabroad on Instagram and for added support check out her Facebook group (Infertility Warriors - let battle commence). To buy a community face mask and support the NHS and this podcast please visit www.screenandshield.co.uk/trying and enter Trying10 at checkout for 10% off all masks.  
This week we bring you fabulous Melanie Brown (www.melaniebrownnutrition.com)  Mel has specialised in nutrition for fertility, IVF and pregnancy for 20 years. Having experienced miscarriage, secondary infertility and premature menopause she has a great empathy with her clients.  She has a special interest in male fertility; her MSc research thesis was on the effects of male obesity on IVF outcome.  She loves food and cooking and strongly believes that good nutrition positively affects eggs, sperm and embryo quality.  You can connect with Mel on Instagram @melaniebrownnutritionist If you would like to sign the fivexmore petition to improve Maternal Mortality Rates and Health Care for Black Women in the UK click here To buy a community face mask and support the NHS and this podcast please visit www.screenandshield.co.uk/trying and enter Trying10 at checkout for 10% off all masks.  
Welcome back to Season 2!  Thanks for listening and continuing to support the podcast.  We've really missed you and we can't wait to bring you lots of great content over the next few months.  The podcast will be coming to you once a fortnight from now on but the format won't be changing and we'll continue to bring you real life stories and lots of useful advice and information.    This week we talk about staying sane during lockdown and the highs and lows of TTC whilst trying to survive a global pandemic.  Ewan chats to Kev aka @them_ancave who shares his story and talks about the toll of infertility on mental health.  He also discusses his passion for raising awareness and breaking down barriers and stigmas surrounding male factor infertility. 
We wanted to bring out this Update episode to let you know what's been happening with us over the last few months.  Despite the title it's not all been doom and gloom and we have managed to still find the happy moments in amongst the hard times.   This episode contains very honest chat about pregnancy and about loss so please only listen if you think that's something you can deal with right now.  We won't be offended if you decide to skip it or come back to it another time. This is a standalone episode however we are busy prepping and recording some great chats with brilliant people and look forward to launching Season 2 over the next couple of months.  
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Mel Robertson

Awesome podcast, from a truly amazing couple who are sharing their experiences on trying to have a baby. so honest with humour. I'm excited for the next episode.

May 11th
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