18 EpisodesProduced by HuffPost

Infertility affects an estimated one in eight couples, and about one in five known pregnancies ends in miscarriage. These experiences can be lonely and isolating for people going through them, and bewildering for those who want to offer support but don’t know how. Join health reporter Anna Almendral… read more

18 Episodes | 2017 - 2018

Introducing: IVFML - A New HuffPost Podcast

May 11th, 2017


Coming June 7th.

Episode 5: Hopes And Fears

June 7th, 2017


In a series of audio diaries, Simon and Anna await the results of their embryo implantation. We discuss the anxiety and depression that can affect …

Episode 4: The Blame Game

June 7th, 2017


Twist! Simon discovers that his sperm may not be as excellent as advertised. He discusses the blow to his ego with another man diagnosed with male factor infertility, and we discuss sperm quality with an expert.

They’re …

Episode 3: Cash Money

June 7th, 2017


Simon and Anna get candid about how much money they spent on IVF and talk to experts from Resolve about the state of insurance coverage for …

Episode 2: The Grief Olympics

June 7th, 2017


Simon and Anna discuss their miscarriages in detail, talk to a pregnancy loss expert about how we do and don’t mourn them in our society, and compare pregnancy losses with comedians. A fun time was had by all! They’re …

Episode 1: We're Trying

June 7th, 2017


Simon and Anna want to have a baby, but things don’t go as planned. We talk about infertility with experts, explain how to masturbate in a doctor’s office, and discuss all the amazingly bad advice we’ve received from …

IVFML: Becoming Family

October 10th, 2018


Season Two Arriving October 17

Are We Still Infertile?

October 17th, 2018


After hearing from fans of season one, Simon and Anna provide the long awaited conclusion to their pregnancy story and consider whether they should …

Maybe I'm Not Meant To Be A Mom

October 24th, 2018


When people think about fertility preservation, they think of young women who freeze their eggs so they can focus on their career. But it's so much more. On this episode, Simon and Anna interview a woman whose sudden …

We're Both Going To Be Moms

October 31st, 2018


In the third episode of IVFML Becoming Family, Shea and Sienna Gilliam tell the story of how they met, fell in love and decided to start building a …

Why Don’t You Just Adopt?

November 7th, 2018


It's a suggestion infertile people hate receiving. And yet, fostering and adoption offer an alternative path for some people to form their families. On this episode, Anna and Simon break down the costs and timeline of a …

Yes, We’re Still Infertile!

November 14th, 2018


Simon and Anna realize that having a child doesn’t cure infertility. To get advice, they catch up with the parents they interviewed last season and discuss what sucks about secondary infertility. Later in the episode, …

A Very Special Thanksgiving Episode

November 21st, 2018


Surrogacy Is An Out-Of-Body Experience

November 28th, 2018


Infertility can sometimes feel like waging a battle against your own body. And for a dedicated few, the only solution is to change the battlefield …

Is Egg And Sperm Donation 'Worth It'?

December 5th, 2018


Normally on this show we focus on people who struggle to have a baby, but this week we want to look at infertility from the donor’s perspective. What motivates people to donate eggs and sperm? Is it just about the …

All By Myself

December 12th, 2018


Not every infertility story is about a couple fighting their biology. People who want to have children take for granted that those children are going …

Going From Childless To Childfree

December 19th, 2018


After years of infertility, people can be tapped out both financially and emotionally. On this episode, Anna and Simon speak to a couple that decided enough was enough after one of them almost died from a …

Surviving Pregnancy In America

December 26th, 2018


Some women can get pregnant all they want, but being able to carry it to term is another story entirely. On this episode, Simon and Anna go beyond miscarriage to talk about when a pregnancy becomes a physical health …

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