Jamie and Ellie aka ‘Jellie’ team up to bring you a podcast about infertility, TTC, IVF and ICSI. A show focused around their third and final IVF cycle, as well as regular interviews with guests who share their own stories and experts who can offer advice.

Episode 22. IVF Behind The Scenes Reality Check: Ever Wondered How & Where Your Embryos Are Stored?

Ever wondered what they do behind the scenes in an IVF clinic? Have you ever pictured where and how your embryos are actually stored?

We’re joined by two guests from TMRW Life Sciences, IVF mum and CEO Tara Comonte and embryologist and Vice President of Clinical Strategy and Specimen Services, Cynthia Hudson for an eye-opening episode about the realities of life on the other side of IVF.

TMRW Life Sciences have pioneered the world’s first and only automated platform for the safe management, identification and storage of frozen human eggs and embryos – and when you realise exactly what goes on at the very centre of the IVF process, you’ll wonder why this sort of tech isn’t already in place.

A must-listen for anybody starting or undergoing treatment, to help you be completely informed about your choices.

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Episode 21. Expert Ep: Male Infertility And Mental Health

We’re joined by expert guest psychotherapist, Noel McDermott. Noel has over 25 years of experience in health, social care, and education and we welcome him to the show to chat about male infertility specifically, and the impact that can have on mental health.

We quiz Noel on why infertility is seemingly such a ‘taboo’ topic especially among men, and how the psychological stress of infertility differs between men and women. Noel talks candidly about the impact stress and infertility can have on men in particular, in the bedroom, together with some

sage advice on how we can support our partners and get our relationships back on track. Noel certainly has some interesting things to say about infertility and parenting in general – what do you think?!

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Episode 20. Guest Ep: Kate’s Journey – Embryos, Genetic Testing And Funded IVF

Kate from Hampshire joins us on the show to discuss her IVF journey and the process of genetic testing. Kate found out at age 16 that she was a carrier of the genetic condition Fragile X syndrome and as a result, in her teens, she decided she would never have children.

In 2006, new advances in IVF treatment and the introduction of PGD (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis) meant Kate and her husband could rethink their idea of having a family. They were allowed three funded ‘attempts’ at IVF, and despite some bumps in the road along the way, they’re now parents to an eleven-year-old daughter.

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Episode 19. Expert Ep: What Are The Signs Of Pregnancy In The 2WW And What Is Womb Healing?

We invited womb healer and fertility coach Vicki Renz from Oh My Mama Body to the JelliePod to chat about the possibility our wombs are holding us back from TTC. Vicki’s mission is to help women heal their fertility and trauma through womb healing.

We take a walk on the holistic side of town tonight, as we quiz Vicki on the concept of womb healing and the importance of being in tune with your body. Vicki talks us through how to spot the symptoms of ovulation, and how she thinks you can tell if you’ve achieved your BFP before test day.

Vicki tells us all about her womb healing sessions, how they work, as well as her use of essential oils for helping balance your mood during your menstrual cycle and beyond – and we ask her about the influence of the placebo effect.

A really interesting episode, with a fair few laughs along the way.

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Episode 18. The Girls: How To Survive Infertility At Christmas

Welcome to our second all-girls episode of The JelliePod, featuring your host, Ellie Thompson, and guests Helena, Catherine and Anya. We’ve got together for a special Christmas ep to discuss infertility at Christmas, and to offer support to those going through it.

We tackle a variety of issues surrounding struggling to conceive and fertility at this time of year, sharing our own experiences of infertility at Christmas. We ask why it’s such a painful time of year, and discuss how to prepare for those inevitable questions from family  ‘Is 2022 the year you’ll start your family?!’. We check out what Google has to say when it comes to offering up tactics and distractions for dealing with infertility at Christmas, and share advice on how to deal with grief, and most importantly, how to say ‘no’.

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Episode 17. Guest Ep: Founder Of The IVF Network Charlotte Gentry on IVF After 40

On this episode of The JelliePod we’re joined by Charlotte Gentry, Founder of The IVF Network, the UK’s first-ever IVF broadcast membership community. After prioritising her career throughout her 20s and 30s, by the time Charlotte found love and married her husband, Adam, in 2017 she was 42 years old – an age when falling pregnant naturally can be difficult.

After six emotional and challenging years of treatment, and 6 rounds of IVF (in both the UK and the US) Charlotte fell pregnant with her son and gave birth to him on 17th April 2020. However, the journey to pregnancy demanded a lot of Charlotte’s time and energy – and came with a heavy price tag.

Charlotte hopes that through The IVF Network, she can provide a ‘one stop shop’ for all the info you could need when making decisions around IVF – because she never wants others to experience what she personally went through.

The IVF Network has only recently launched, and is aimed at men, women and couples undergoing fertility treatment. It offers exclusive access to the country’s top industry specialists through live and interactive studio broadcast events, online content with bespoke advice and support, as well as an inclusive patient-led community.

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Episode 16. When IVF Goes Wrong: Professor Luciano Nardo Reveals All

NEW PODCAST EPISODE! In this episode, we’re joined by Professor Luciano Nardo, @mrlucianonardo founder of the next generation IVF service Now Fertility, @nowfertilitycare due to launch next Spring 2022.

Luciano joins the show today to talk about what happens when IVF goes wrong. We quiz Luciano on the reasons for IVF failure, including female age, ovarian reserve, sperm quality, embryo quality and implantation issues. We ask why IVF might keep on failing, and when is the right time to change clinics.

Luciano is board-certified in obstetrics and gynaecology and in reproductive medicine and surgery. He has 20 years’ clinical practice and academic focus in assisted conception, female and male infertility, reproductive endocrinology, miscarriage and all aspects of benign gynaecology.

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Episode 15. Picking Over The Bones: What The I.V.F Happens Next?

Ellie and Jamie reflect on their recent failed frozen cycle: what went wrong and what’s next?

They also share the answer to the burning question of “Why didn’t you use ultrasound to transfer the embryo?”.

They discuss whether the counselling was helpful, the possibility of future fertility testing and whether they can face TTC naturally. Argh, the joys of scheduled sex.

Could this be the end of an era? A mere sleigh ride into the menopause? And Wednesday night Proseccos are back.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Episode 3. Expert Ep: Ducks In A Row – Dr Ellie Rayner On TTC, Fertility Tests + More

Practicing Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and founder of The Maternity Collective Dr Ellie Rayner joins the show to talk about TTC, preliminary fertility tests and how to optimise your health to conceive naturally, or be in a position to push forward with fertility treatment should the time come.

We talk about everything from how best to track your cycle, the different gadgets on the market, important lifestyle changes and what happens in that first GP appointment. From semen analysis to imaging tests and more, this episode is to help you prepare for what’s next.

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Episode 2. Guest Ep: Early Menopause And Egg Donors Abroad

Our very first guest Kate joins the show to talk about secondary infertility and hers and her husband’s journey for a second child in her early 40’s.

Kate thought all of her dreams of another child had been shattered by the start of the big M but then someone mentioned egg donors and a week’s holiday abroad and off they went, on their quest to make it happen.

If you’d like to ask Kate a question, please DM us or email jelliediary@gmail.com and we’ll put you in touch.

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Episode 1. I Ovulated Yesterday, Where Were You?

Jamie and Ellie aka ‘Jellie’ release their first episode of the JelliePod.

A podcast about infertility, TTC and IVF/ICSI, the guys start by explaining the purpose of the podcast, where they’re at with their journey (yes, there is news!) and how they look forward to welcoming guests on the show to share their own stories.

Yes, there’s laughter, yes, there’s inappropriate chat, and yes, we can’t wait to record the next one.

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