As part of our BIG celebration for reaching 1 Million Listeners for the Creating a Family Radio Show we are showcasing the most popular shows of all times. Half of all the Creating a Family shows are on infertility topics and half on adoption. On Monday I shared the Top 10 Creating a Family Shows on Adoption, so today it’s infertility’s turn.
For the sake of building suspense, we will count backwards.
Top 10 Creating a Family Radio Shows on Infertility
What is the best way to manage your fertility dollars and still get pregnant? Our guests for this show were Dr. Alison Zimon, a reproductive endocrinologist at Boston IVF, and Dr. Samantha Pfeifer, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Pennsylvania Medical School.
Since encouraging patients to at least consider transferring only one embryo is a recurring theme here at Creating a Family, I was glad to see this show make the top ten list. I interviewed Dr. Ron Feinberg the IVF Medical Director at Reproductive Associates of Delaware, and embryologist Dr. Michael Tucker with Shady Grove Fertility and Georgia Reproductive Specialists.
The interest in using donor sperm continues to be strong as is shown by this show making the top ten list. We took a fascinating look at how the those people seeking sperm donation and the men donating have changed over the last 10 years. Our guest was the wonderful Dr. Michelle Ottey, laboratory director and director of operations for Fairfax Cryobank.
The two areas where we’ve seen the most increase in interest since the Creating a Family show began are embryo donation (also sometime known as embryo adoption) and surrogacy. No surprise that an embryo donation show made this list. I interviewed Dr. Craig Sweet, Medical and Laboratory Director of the Specialists In Reproductive Medicine & Surgery and Embryo Donation International, and reproductive law attorney Stephanie Caballero.
Can what you eat affect the success of infertility treatment? What should you eat and what should you avoid? Our guest was Dr. Jeffrey Russell, Director of the Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine and lead researcher on some of these cutting edge studies.
The #1 fear of all patients going through infertility treatment is whether the drugs or treatment will somehow affect the health of the children conceived. Research is beginning to come in now on the impact on the children of techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), ICSI, artificial insemination, freezing embryos, Clomid and other fertility medication. Our guest was Dr.Thomas Molinaro, a reproductive endocrinologist with Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey and a researcher into the health effects of fertility treatment.
For most patients their first stop in the world of fertility treatment is with intrauterine insemination (IUI). Far more information is available on the more advanced treatments such as IVF, so this show that focused on all things artificial insemination has been very popular. I interviewed Dr. Mitchell Essig, Medical Director of Cryos International, and Mikki Morrissette, founder of ChoiceMoms.org, a website for single mothers by choice.
One of the hardest decisions to make when IVF fails is whether to try again. Your emotions and finances weigh heavily. Our guest were Dr. Mylene Yao, a reproductive endocrinologist, formerly on the faculty at Stanford University, and now co-founded Univfy Inc., producers of online IVF prediction tests, and Dr. Philip Chenette, medical director at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, and past-president of the Bay Area Reproductive Endocrine Society.
Since Creating a Family has prided itself on having the most thorough resources available for talking with kids about conception from donor egg, sperm or embryo I was so happy to see that our efforts have paid off and this show made the cut. We talked aout when, how, and what words to us with Patricia Mendell, therapist specializing in infertility and founding member of The American Fertility Association.
And the #1 most popular infertility Creating a Family show of all time is not surprisingly a show on preserving fertility when diagnoses with cancer. The diagnosis of cancer is terrifying. Amidst all the chaos, you need to think of your future fertility. Will you be left infertile? Is there something you can do to preserve your options for getting pregnant and have a biological child? Is it safe? What should you do? How do you afford it?
Our guests were Dr. Tessa Cigler, an oncologist at Cornell Medical Center and a board member and executive committee member of the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, and Alice Crisci, founder of Fertile Action, a nonprofit with the mission of ensuring that fertile women touched by cancer have the option to preserve their fertility prior to treatment, cancer survivor, and author of Too Young for This.
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P.P.S. Thanks to the following great folks who sponsored our 1 Million Listens Celebration.