20: The TWW episodeBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
TRIGGER WARNING: This episode includes audio of Emma receiving the result of her pregnancy test.
Is she? Isn't she? Emma has recorded all the twists and turns of her two-week wait - and the eventual result of the dreaded pregnancy test. Gabby and Emma talk about the result, and what happened afterwards, while Gabby discusses her preparations for IVF. Professor Tim Child, medical director of Oxford Fertility, tackles food supplement Inositol.
Swears (including a liberal smattering of the f-bomb) throughout.
19: Mothering solo, a tale of two appointments and unobtainiumBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
Gabby's had a big week, with two important appointments which may make or break her first IVF cycle. Meanwhile, Emma's finally in her two-week wait - but you won't hear about that until next week. In the meantime, they're joined by Jocelyn, aka Motheringsolo, to talk about what it's like to do IVF when you don't have a partner (and her criteria for the perfect sperm donor). Professor Tim Child of Oxford Fertility tackles CoQ-10 - can it really help you to get pregnant?
Swears a-plenty this week.
18: Lovely lining, BPAs and author Richard MackneyBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
Both Gabby and Emma are playing the waiting game this week as they get ready for big dates with their clinics. Before that, though, they're joined by Richard Mackney, co-author of Get A Life: His & Hers Survival Guide to IVF. He talks about IVF from a male point of view, and describes (in pretty graphic detail, FYI) his disastrous first attempt at producing sperm during a round of treatment.
It's an adult one this week - graphic descriptions, F bombs from the beginning. #sorrynotsorry
17: High-flying fertility with Jayne-Anne GadhiaBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
Jayne-Anne Gadhia, the former CEO of Virgin Money, joins Emma and Gabby to talk about doing IVF while holding down one of the most senior jobs in UK finance. Meanwhile, Emma is on the countdown to a Big Moment, while Gabby has resorted to at-home testing. Professor Tim Child of Oxford Fertility tackles the myth of whether the big O can help you conceive.
Some mild swears and, this week, pretty adult themes.
16: Sex schedules, weird side effects and what happens after IVFBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
This week Emma is celebrating the arrival of a certain missing friend, while Gabby's wallet is looking decidedly lighter after she and Mr. Gabby decided to go ahead with some tests. They're joined by Sophie Sulehria and Jonny Baker, whose podcast, The Long Road to Baby, explores the options after IVF. Meanwhile, Professor Tim Child of Oxford Fertility explains when to have sex during ovulation week.
Check out The Long Road to Baby on BBC Sounds or wherever you get your podcasts.
15: Organic odyssey, brain spiders and Jilly CooperBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
Gabby and Emma are still stuck in limbo, but they've decided not to dwell: to pass the time, Gabby has been checking out organic makeup, while Emma has been getting creative on Instagram. They're joined this week by journalist Kat Brown, who discusses her diagnosis of unexplained infertility - while Professor Tim Child, medical director at Oxford Fertility, talks caffeine.
Swears, including f-bombs, throughout.
13: MIA ovulation, pomegranate juice and TryingtobeamumBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
We've got Keeley Dwight, aka Instagram's @tryingtobeamum, in the studio today, where she talks about her 'journey' (ugh) - and the curious case of her missing embryo. Meanwhile, Emma's ovulation is MIA, and Professor Tim Child of Oxford Fertility addresses pomegranate juice - can it really improve your chances after embryo transfer?
We've also finally got around to planning our Christmas knees-up! Find out more here (or on our website).
Some mild swears.
12: IVF abroad, unobtainium - and somebody made a snafuBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains babies. Gurgling takes place between 25:13 and 53:47 - please skip if you need to.
Emma and Gabby are visiting Katya and Oscar and their twins Mara and Wolf to find out all about doing IVF abroad. They've also accidentally stumbled upon a deeply contentious issue, but the debate keeps raging - are you team front or team back? Plus, Professor Tim Child of Oxford Fertility tackles running when TTC.
11: The stress-isode, crop tops and giving up GlastonburyBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
It's just Emma and Gabby this week, as they tackle subject everyone in the TTC world is talking about: stress. They've got an extended interview with Professor Tim Child of Oxford Fertility, who provides a definitive answer to whether or not stress will harm your prospects of conception.
10: Caffeine withdrawal, McDonald's fries and everything you need to know about spermBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
Forgive any yawning: Emma has given up caffeine, and she's suffering - and Gabby has made an important decision. Meanwhile, superstar urologist Jonathan Ramsey talks about infertility from the boys' perspective, while Professor Tim Child of Oxford Fertility is addressing McDonald's fries: can they really help implantation, or is it too good to be true?
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9: Whining, wine-ing and sad ovariesBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
It's Wine Tuesday, yo: Gabby and Emma are joined by CNN anchor Hannah Vaughan Jones – who has very publicly documented her IVF journey - and a nice bottle of Chablis. Rather fittingly, Professor Tim Child of Oxford Fertility addresses whether booze is really such a problem if you're trying to conceive.
Drunken swearing throughout. You can see Hannah's videos on her YouTube channel here.
8: PCOS, morphology and tampons in SpetsesBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
We're pretty chirpy this week - Gabby's just back from her holidays and Emma's celebrating a small win. Meanwhile, Emma has interviewed Kate Davies from Your Fertility Journey (yourfertilityjourney.com) about PCOS and what sufferers can do about it, while Gabby has been on the phone to Oxford Fertility's Professor Tim Child about sperm morphology.
We also forgot to read out the email address - it's firstname.lastname@example.org.
7: Lies, mindful IVF and pregnancy test PTSDBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
Gabby and Emma are talking about the boom and bust of TTC again - and why Gabby might have ended up all-out lying to Emma. Gasp! Gabby speaks to the creator of the Mindful IVF app, Gordon Mullins, and Professor Tim Child of Oxford Fertility explains when to test after embryo transfer.
To find out more about the #Scream4IVF campaign, go to scream4ivf.org.
There are f-bombs all over the shop this week. Sorry about that.
6: Socks on - rocks off, the hope zone and coping strategiesBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
It's been a philosophical week for Gabby and an annoying one for Emma - but it's ok, because they are joined by eternal optimist Alice Rose. They talk about what it takes to enter the hope zone, how to find coping strategies when you're struggling with infertility, and Alice's new campaign. Professor Tim Child, of Oxford Fertility, explains whether or not wearing socks during embryo transfer will help you get pregnant.
Alice's campaign, Think! What Not to Say, launches on 20 September. Stay up to date by following her on Instagram @thisisalicerose or visiting www.thisisalicerose.com
Some mild swears throughout.
5: Friendships, balls and baths and the whack-off racesBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
Emma's best friend Sophie is in the studio to talk about the care and keeping of friendships when you're going through infertility - especially when those friends keep getting pregnant. Meanwhile, Gabby has some surprising news and Professor Tim Child is talking about balls and baths.
Some F Bombs.
4: Werk werk werk, the pill and legs akimboBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
It’s just Emma and Gabby this week. Emma is struggling with the pill, Gabby is getting emotional and they both talk about their experiences of going through infertility and trying to hold down a job. Professor Tim Child of Oxford Fertility tackles whether putting your legs in the air after sex can help you get pregnant. Some mild swears throughout.
3: Sperm X Factor, #TTCcommunity, the pineapple predicamentBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
It's been a relatively dramatic week for both Gabby and Emma, fertility-wise - but they've also had Cat Strawbridge, aka @tryingyears in the studio. They talk about why social media is helping people speak out about infertility and how to stop IVF destroying your confidence. Professor Tim Child also sheds light on the ultimate fertility rumour - that eating a pineapple can help you conceive.
Mild swears throughout.
2: Flu cries, the big O and the basics of IVFBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
This week Gabby and Emma share updates on their cycles, then we go back to basics, asking Anya Sizer from the Fertility Network everything you ever wanted to know about infertility and IVF, but were afraid to ask. We're also chatting to Professor Tim from Oxford Fertility about the efficacy of acupuncture. Old wives' tale, or legit treatment? Contains the old mild swear, and an f-bomb right at the end.