Transfer talk, HSGs and the Infertile Mafia takeoverBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
Ahead of National Infertility Awareness Week in the US, we're collaborating with Sarah and Kaela from the Infertile Mafia podcast, who are answering our questions this week. Meanwhile, Gabby is mid-two week wait, while Professor Tim addresses HSGs and HyCoSys: can they really make you more fertile?
Pregnancy chat skippers: avoid 8:28 to 18:34.
The embryo transfer prep-isodeBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
It's the eve of Gabby's frozen embryo transfer, so we've consulted experts, the wider infertility community and, er, Emma, to help her prepare for her big day. Professor Tim Child tackles the thorny issue of folates vs. folic acid.
Pregnancy chat skippers: avoid 6:00 until 12:00. Some swears.
Bonus: The menopause episodeBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
BONUS EPISODE – today’s installment of BFN is sponsored by Thriva.
Emma and Gabby were invited to host a brilliant event with Thriva, She’s So Hormonal, which brought together experts and real-life stories to raise awareness of how female hormones can affect us. Yes that’s our old friends mood swings, fatigue, bad skin, fertility and the menopause.
This episode is a recording of one of the panel discussions – Own Your Menopause – which saw some kick-ass women talking about their experiences of the menopause and how best to survive it, including:
Meg Matthews – Britpop icon and founder of Megs Menopause
Sally Bee – health & wellbeing coach, journalist and presenter
Jo McEwan – co-founder of Positive Pause
Sara Matthews – gynecologist and menopause specialist at the Portland Hospital
Thriva is the proactive health company enabling you to get a better understanding of your health over time with clinical grade, finger-prick blood tests you take at home. The event was to celebrate the launch of two new kits: female hormones and menopause.
If you fancy trying one, use the discount code BFN to get £10 off. Unfortunately this is one for our UK listeners only. Sorry international buddies xx
A vagina re-education, transfer countdown and baby aspirinBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
The countdown to transfer begins for Gabby, as the girls are joined by author and journalist Lynn Enright to talk vaginas, vulvas and her new book. Meanwhile, Professor Tim Child, medical director at Oxford Fertility, makes his glorious return to talk about baby aspirin.
Some swears. Pregnancy chat avoiders: skip 15:35 to 22:55.
Natural fertility, cysts and TTC sexBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
Emma and Gabby are joined by natural fertility expert Dee Armstrong, who talks about TTC sex - how those who don't need IVF can optimise their chances of having a baby naturally. No Professor Tim this week...
BONUS: The pregnancy after infertility episodeBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
**TRIGGER WARNING**: Pregnancy is discussed throughout this episode. Please do not listen if you don't feel able to right now.
It turns out infertility doesn't stop at two pink lines. Gabby chairs a short discussion between Emma, Cat Strawbridge and Roma Agrawal, who discuss the effect infertility and loss have had on their pregnancies.
Our usual service will return on WEDNESDAY, rather than Tuesday.
Miscarriages, HCG and Uber Barrens ClubBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
This week Gabby is still thinking about her lumpy new friend, and Emma is on her high horse. They're joined by Katy Lindemann, aka Uber Barrens Club, who describes the many twists and turns of her 'journey' - including suspected PCOS, a lining that wouldn't co-operate and miscarriage. Meanwhile, Professor Tim Child, medical director of Oxford Fertility, tackles HCG - should its levels really double every 48 hours?
Lots of swears. Pregnancy chat avoiders - skip from 13:17 to 21:03. The Prof Tim section might not be your bag either...
Feeling lumpy, intralipids and Rohan SilvaBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
It hasn't been the easiest week for Gabby, who has discovered an unwelcome new friend, while Emma has taken yet another trip to the EPU. The two are joined by entrepreneur, tech superstar and former policy wonk Rohan Silva, who talks about his oligozoospermia, and why men won't talk about their infertility. Professor Tim Child, medical director at Oxford Fertility, tackles intralipids.
Pregnancy chat avoiders - skip 19:43 to 29:36. Some swears.
Baby-less blues, embryo glue and Jessica HepburnBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
The girls are still on their backup mic this week, so bear with them. Gabby's had a wobble - and so has Emma. Luckily, they're joined by Fertility Fest organiser, channel swimmer and all-round fertility superstar Jessica Hepburn to cheer them up. Meanwhile, Professor Tim Child tackles embryo glue - is it worth it?
Pregnancy chat skippers - avoid 13:08 to 21:00. Some swears.
Check out Fertility Fest and buy tickets here.
Faith, fertility and IVF as a black womanBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
Happy Tuesday, yo. Gabby is still agonising over whether to fly to NYC after her transfer, while Emma is having a(nother) anxious moment. Gabby speaks to Vanessa Haye, a social entrepreneur and fertility campaigner, who talks about her faith and her experiences of infertility as a black woman. Meanwhile, Professor Tim tackles drugs timing: if you forget to take a pill, should you panic?
To get tickets to the Thriva event, visit https://blog.thriva.co/shes-so-hormonal-event-launch.
Pregnancy chat skippers: avoid 17:00 to 23:14. Some swears.
Our Big Gay Journey, OHSS and flying after FETBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
It's a scary week: Gabby's fallen off the wagon, and Emma is gearing up to ditch the IVF drugs. They're talking to Amy and Lucy from Our Big Gay Journey about TTC as a single-sex couple, while Professor Tim Child of Oxford Fertility addresses flying after embryo transfer - is it ok?
Find Amy and Lucy at youtube.com/ourbiggayjourney. Some swears.
Pregnancy chat avoiders: please skip 5:43 to to 14:17. Enjoy!
The egg collection episodeBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
*** SMUG PREGNANCY CHAT AVOIDERS: PLEASE SKIP 06:50 TO 10:13 ***
It's a big day for Gabby, as she has her eggs collected during her first round of IVF. Listen to her audio diary, plus a post-match analysis. Meanwhile Professor Tim Child, medical director at Oxford Fertility, explains why clinics choose to freeze all instead of doing a fresh transfer.
Childlessness, Infertility as a Woman of Colour and the Final JabBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
*** PREGNANCY CHAT SKIPPERS - avoid 5:49 to 8:47 ***
It's almost the big day for Gabby, and Emma is getting hands-on. Elsewhere, Emma meets Yvonne John to discuss what it's like to be childless not by choice, and her experience of infertility as a woman of colour. Professor Tim Child of Oxford Fertility addresses symptom spotting during the two-week wait.
2.1: Surrogacy, Asherman's Syndrome, centrist dadsBig Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF add
Team BFN are back for their second series.Emma gives us an update on her pregnancy, while Gabby takes her first steps in IVF. They talk to Clare Johnson, who discusses her experiences of Asherman's and her subsequent decision to use a surrogate, while Professor Tim Child of Oxford Fertility is on hand to explain whether jumping up and down before sex will really put your cervix in a better position for conception.
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.