The Juna Women Podcast is a weekly discussion where Juna Founder, Sarah Kuhn, talks to Moms about their health, work, parenting, and all the different ways they’re keeping it together.

This is Episode 033, We Need To Talk About Infertility with Nathalie Carpenter.

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In this episode Sarah talks with Nathalie from the blog Fertilust. Nathalie is a brand marketer who went through unexplained infertility and set out to redefine the conversation around infertility on her blog, Fertilust.

In February 2017, Nathalie was diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Here were some her stats:

  • 3 years of trying to conceive

  • 2 unsuccessful IUIs

  • 2 unsuccessful IVFs

  • 2 major pity party episodes

  • 5 reproductive endocrinologists

  • A third and successful IVF!

In the episode, Nathalie goes into detail on her IVF / IUI process, the emotions that accompany unexplained infertility, and the importance of sharing your journey and experience with others.

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Show Notes

*01:30* – Nathalie shares her path to Motherhood, which included fertility doctors.

09:06 – the girls discuss getting a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG), which is imaging test that is used to examine the cavity of the uterus and Fallopian tubes.

10:17 – Nathalie has seen 6 doctors throughout 2 IUIs and 4 IVF cycles to date. The first four treatments (2 IUIs and 2 IVF) failed and then she saw success with the third round with her first and only embryo. She is currently undergoing a 4th IVF cycle.

11:31 – Nathalie talks about IUI vs IVF.

12:35 – Into detail about her IVF process, egg retrieval, the dangers associated with each IVF round, and the crazy hormones that happen.

25:20 – The pain and emotion involved with infertility and how Nathalie decided to start a blog to share her journey.

31:53 – How to deal with your friends getting pregnant and you’re not.

47:44 – All the places you can find support for infertility online.

Connect with Nathalie:

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Nathalie is a Mom, luxury brand marketer, and creator of the Fertility blog, Fertilust.

She created Fertilust as a safe place where people can find a sense of community and find legitimate resources in support of their unique journey.

Her hope is that having these discussions will assist in the normalization of the (in)fertility topic both personally and professionally.



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