14. Guest Ep: Low Sperm Count, PCOS, Weight Loss + IVF Attempts
We welcome 37-year-old Liz from West Wales to the show, who went through a TTC journey of seven years.
Liz suffers from PCOS and fertility tests revealed her husband had a low sperm count. Their first round of IVF led to an early miscarriage and their second-round failed, without any fertilisation.
After giving up hope, they ended up with three children with a four on the way. A must-listen inspirational story with highs and lows, proving everybody’s journey is just so different, and you never quite know what’s around the corner.
Episode 13. Expert Ep: How To Prepare For Egg Collection And Embryo Transfer And What To Expect On The Day
Today we welcome Medical Director at TFP Nurture Fertility James Hopkisson to the show to talk about how best to prepare for egg collection and embryo transfer.
James Hopkisson is a Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery and has been involved with IVF and fertility management since 1993.
We quiz James on everything surrounding the prep we can be doing for egg collection and embryo transfer, covering everything from diet, supplements and the benefits (or not!) of acupuncture, to what exactly what you can expect to happen on the day, and the days following each procedure. Weask his expert opinion on what we should be doing after embryo transfer, and how best to get through the 2ww. Lastly, we talk about the downsides of testing too early.
Episode 12. Expert Ep: Top UK Embryologist Answers ALL Of Our Questions… Even The Weird Ones
Embryologist Emma Whitney joins The JelliePod to answer our questions on eggs, sperm and embryos.
After 13 years at The Lister Fertility Clinic, Emma is now Laboratory Manager at The Evewell Fertility Clinic in London. With nearly 20 years of practical IVF lab experience, Emma specialises in pre-implantation genetic testing of embryos with a passion to prevent the transmission of inherited genetic disease and to enhance the capabilities of embryo testing.
We quiz Emma on exactly what goes on behind the scenes; how to choose sperm for ICSI, what makes a good egg, what it’s like to give daily updates to patients, and whether they ever get a gut feel on how things are going to pan out. Emma explains embryo grading and the process of freezing and thawing embryos. We discuss genetic testing, and exactly what can be done in terms of screening for abnormalities and why.
Episode 11. Guest Ep: The End Of The Road? When IVF Doesn’t Work… What Then?
What happens when IVF doesn’t work, and you’ve reached the end of the road?
We welcome one of the bravest women we’ve ever met, 37-year-old Anya to the show to talk about her journey, which she describes as ‘every infertile girl’s nightmare’.
After a long journey trying to conceive with a diagnosis of a uterine fibroid and autoimmune disease Hashitmoto’s and adenomyosis, Anya and her partner underwent two unsuccessful rounds of IVF. At 37, Anya got pregnant naturally, but her dreams were crushed when she discovered it was ectopic. She went on to have a hysterectomy as her uterus was left with no muscle tissue having been fully infected by adenomyosis.
Five years after they started trying for a baby, in December 2020 they had to suddenly and cruelly come to terms with the fact that their journey to become biological parents was over. Anya is still processing what’s happened but is learning to accept herself and her body. She’s determined to turn her experience into a positive thing, to be a voice of support for others, please give her a follow, @i-m-calm-just-infertile.
Episode 10. The Girls: 4 Women, 4 Different IVF Journeys, All From One NCT Group…
The JelliePod’s first all-girl line-up come together for their first episode of The Girls. Jellie’s Ellie is joined by Helena, Lucy and Janine, her pals from NCT – all of whom went through individual fertility issues and IVF journeys. They chat about their experiences of fertility treatment and the stigma attached to infertility.
Episode 9. Expert Ep: IVF v ICSI, Frozen v Fresh With The Lister Fertility Clinic
Mr James Nicopoullos is a Consultant Gynaecologist, sub-specialist in reproductive medicine and Clinical Director of The Lister Fertility Clinic and he joins this latest expert episode of The Jelliepod to debunk a few IVF myths, as well as discussing embryo grading, day 5, 6 and 7 embryos as well as what to do with the ones leftover.
A really great episode for everybody going through fertility treatment, especially those who are just getting started. A huge thanks to The Lister Fertility Clinic and James for starring on the pod.
Episode 8. Guest Ep: 5 IVF Cycles, SERC, Egg Donors, And A Devastating Miscarriage
We welcome 30-year-old Natalie who joins the show to talk about her IVF/TTC journey.
Natalie and her partner went through five rounds of IVF, three NHS journies and two private rounds with an egg donor. Natalie was also diagnosed with SERC (a little-known condition called smooth endoplasmic reticulum clusters).
Natalie talks about how she struggled with the prospect of not having children as IVF cycles continue to fail, and how she came to terms with using an egg donor, and their decision to have egg donor treatment within the UK. Natalie talks about how she found counselling helpful ahead of treatment.
Trigger warning: the journey involves a devastating miscarriage that lasted months, involving two lots of surgeries as well as some personal advice on how to come to terms with the loss of a baby.
Episode 7. Expert Ep: Covid, Vaccines And Your AMH: What Does This Mean For Fertility Treatment?
We’re joined by Medical Director of IVI London Dr. Cesar Diaz-Garcia MD PhD Assoc Prof to talk about the impact of Covid-19 on fertility, the AMH and menstrual cycles.
We quiz Dr. Diaz-Garcia on the AMH test and why there’s often a discrepancy in results between clinics that confuses us all, to how you can improve your AMH and what you might be doing to damage it.
We cover Covid and its impact on the AMH, as well as the vaccine and what it’s doing to menstrual cycles and fertility in general.
We ask about fertility treatment in relation to having a vaccine and when it might be best to wait.
Episode 6. Guest Ep: Going It Alone With A Sperm Donor
This week we welcome 41-year-old Natalie to the show who shares her extraordinary journey on her quest to become a mother.
After her long-term relationship broke down when Natalie was 35, she decided to go it alone and embark on becoming a mother using a sperm donor. A year into her journey, Natalie became sick with a neurological illness that left her unable to walk, and her quest for a child was put on hold as she refocused her efforts on learning to walk again.
Follow Natalie’s journey to the present day and find out where she’s at now, as we discuss how she chose her sperm donor to dealing with the traumatic experience of recent missed miscarriage.
Episode 5. Guest Ep: PCOS, Clomid, Treating A Tight Cervix, Endometrial Scratch + Egg Donors Abroad
We welcome couple Catherine and Paul to the show to talk about their IVF journey which dates back to 2011.
From an initial diagnosis of PCOS and a course of Clomid to a failed HSG due to a tight cervix, Catherine and Paul go private to find out what’s going on. Previous treatment for precancerous cells had caused scarring and with one blocked fallopian tube, IVF was advised as the way forward together with a range of procedures including an endometrial scratch and another to attempt to stretch her tight cervix to be able to transfer any viable embryos.
After four failed IVF attempts, we find out how their tumultuous journey ended in travelling abroad to seek out an egg donor.
Episode 4. Turning 40, Irregular Periods And Logjam
Jellie are back with a whole new mix of conundrums this month, including an A&E trip, embarrassing diagnosis and a cycle that used to be so regular, now in complete disarray. With just six weeks to go until their planned frozen cycle, can they get back on track?