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032: Take Charge of Your Fertility...Even if You're Having Trouble Getting Pregnant

Understanding your fertility can be confusing and overwhelming, especially if you're stressed out because you aren't getting pregnant as quickly as you'd like. On this episode, I speak with my friend and colleague Jennifer "Jay" Palumbo - a fertility advocate - about how to be in charge of your fertility and reproductive health...even if you're having trouble getting pregnant. She shares the most important questions you want to ask your OB or fertility specialist and we also talk about how to cope with infertility.


Episode highlights...

  • Parijat opens with a story about a seminar she attended and hearing the most unexpected thing from a young doctor. "I wish my patients would ask more questions"

  • There are so many reasons why we don't feel comfortable asking doctors the important questions.

  • Jennifer (Jay) Palumbo shares her journey and what grew her passion for her profession as a fertility advocate

  • Jay addresses why people have an irrational fear of talking to their doctors. Do doctors really try to get back at patients?

  • Parijat and Jay teach us about FSA and AMH and how it provides insight into your overall fertility health.

  • Did you know that you don't need to have intercourse while you are ovulating to conceive? Jay confronts this and other commonly believed fertility myths.

  • How can you smuggle sperm out of prison? Jay reveals the most common and strangest questions she has ever encountered as a fertility expert.

  • Are there really ways to control your ability to have twins?

  • How you can be collaborative partner in your own medical treatment, so your doctor will respect you AND take you more seriously.

  • Parijat and Jay explain that getting a second opinion is NOT cheating on your doctor. How do you know when to start looking for someone else?

  • Jay tells us what she wishes women would ask their doctors about fertility. Her answer may surprise you!

  • What is a "no baby shower" and why am I not invited? We discuss the role of humor in fertility and how it can be the key to sanity!

  • Jay offers a message of hope and encouragement for all couples facing fertility difficulty. How rephrasing and reframing your problems can make all the difference.

Resources from the show...

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  • Get your copy of Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy (Read Now)

  • Stay in touch with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Did you know that you don't need to have intercourse while you are ovulating in order to conceive? (Tweet that!)

Learn why and how you can be collaborative partner in your own medical treatment. Your doctor will respect you AND take you more seriously! (Tweet that!)

About the Guest

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo is a freelance writer, public speaker, infertility/women’s rights advocate, former stand-up comic, author of the blog The 2 Week Wait, and proud IVF Mom. You can follow her on Twitter at @jennpal (which is non-uterus related) or @the2weekwait (which features fertility-related fun).

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