Dear (In)Fertility

Dear (In)Fertility is the first-ever podcast that doubles as an advice column for fertility, infertility, and pregnancy loss. From coping with pregnancy announcements to menstrual cycle red flags, join Rescripted Co-Founder Kristyn Hodgdon as she, along with a new fertility expert each season, answers real-life questions related to thinking about, trying, and struggling to conceive.

Season 1

Welcome to our very first episode of "Dear Infertility: Finding Calm When Trying Is Trying." Pregnancy announcements can be hard when you're dealing with infertility or pregnancy loss. In this episode, we take real questions from...

It's the end result we all dread while trying to conceive: yet *another* negative pregnancy test. Big fat negatives can make you feel like a failure, but they are definitively not your fault. In this episode...

The dreaded two-week wait: those 9-14 days after ovulation, an IUI procedure, or an embryo transfer during which time feels like it has stopped entirely while you wait to find out if you're pregnant. In this...

"When are you going to have a baby?" "You're not getting any younger!" Anyone who has ever dealt with infertility knows all too well what it's like to face insensitive comments and questions from friends, family...

The experience of infertility and IVF can challenge relationships in ways few other experiences can. Learning to navigate disappointment, stress, fears, and financial pressure together, while at the same time supporting one another, creates enormous pressure...

Figuring out how to pay for costly fertility treatments like IUI and IVF can be incredibly stressful. In fact, for the vast majority of fertility patients without insurance coverage for infertility, it can be a huge...

From blood draws and ultrasounds to tests and procedures, navigating fertility treatments can feel a lot like having a second job. In this episode of "Dear Infertility," we take real questions from real fertility patients about...

Communicating with friends and family can be challenging when dealing with infertility, and it's a personal choice between you and your partner (if you have one) how much you feel comfortable sharing, if anything at all....

1 in 4 known pregnancies end in miscarriage, but just because it's common doesn't make it any less painful. Pregnancy loss is devastating at any stage, and your grief is valid. In this episode of "Dear...

The decision to pursue donor eggs, donor sperm, or surrogacy to grow your family can be an emotional one. In this episode of "Dear Infertility," we take real questions from real fertility patients about common thoughts...

Season 2

Welcome to “Dear Infertility” season 2! Join Rescripted Co-Founder Kristyn Hodgdon and Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Lucky Sekhon as they answer real questions from real fertility patients about what to expect during each stage of the fertility...

A fertility workup is essential to determining why a couple may be having difficulty conceiving. In this episode of "Dear Infertility," we take real questions from real fertility patients about what to expect during an infertility...

Ovulation induction meds with timed intercourse or Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is often the first step when it comes to fertility treatments. In this episode of "Dear Infertility," we take real questions from real fertility patients about...

From hormone injections to egg retrieval, starting IVF can be daunting. In this episode of "Dear Infertility," we take real questions from real fertility patients about what to expect during an IVF cycle and offer the...

How can I prepare my body for an embryo transfer? What can I expect during an embryo transfer cycle? In this episode of "Dear Infertility," we take real questions from real fertility patients about all things...

Of all infertility cases, approximately 40–50% are due to a male factor, and as many as 2% of all men will exhibit suboptimal sperm parameters following a semen analysis. In this episode of "Dear Infertility," we...

Why does IVF fail? What happens next? In this episode of "Dear Infertility," we take real questions from real fertility patients about the pure devastation that is IVF failure and offer the patient-centric advice and medical...

1 in 4 known pregnancies end in loss, but just because it's common doesn't make it any less painful. In this episode of "Dear Infertility," we take real questions from real fertility patients about all things...

What are the different types of genetic testing for fertility? In this episode of "Dear Infertility," we take real questions from real fertility patients about genetic testing—from carrier screening to karyotype testing to pre-implantation genetic testing—and...

What lifestyle changes should be made prior to seeing a fertility doctor? In this episode of "Dear Infertility," we take real questions from real fertility patients about all things preconception prep—from diet to exercise to supplements—and...

Season 3

Have you ever thought, “Why didn’t Sex Ed teach me how hard it actually is to get pregnant?” Join us as we kick off Season 3 of Dear (In)Fertility with Dr. Staci Tanouye, a board-certified OBGYN...

What are some menstrual cycle red flags? Are heavy, painful periods "normal"? What exactly is PMS? In this episode of Dear (In)Fertility, Rescripted Co-Founder Kristyn Hodgdon and board-certified OBGYN Dr. Staci Tanouye discuss the menstrual cycle...

Does birth control cause infertility? What is the best birth control method for me? In this episode of Dear (In)Fertility, Rescripted Co-Founder Kristyn Hodgdon and board-certified OBGYN Dr. Staci Tanouye discuss everything you need to know...

1 in 4 known pregnancies ends in miscarriage, but for something so common, why is the topic of pregnancy loss still so taboo? In this episode of Dear (In)Fertility, Rescripted Co-Founder Kristyn Hodgdon and board-certified OBGYN...

Did you know that it takes an average of 7 years to be diagnosed with endometriosis? In this episode of Dear (In)Fertility, Rescripted Co-Founder Kristyn Hodgdon and board-certified OBGYN Dr. Staci Tanouye discuss all things endometriosis,...

From the importance of a preconception appointment to possible fertility red flags to look out for, in this episode of Dear (In)Fertility, Rescripted Co-Founder Kristyn Hodgdon and board-certified OBGYN Dr. Staci Tanouye discuss everything you need...

Vulva vs. Vagina: What's the difference? Are feminine hygiene products safe to use? Why do yeast infections happen? In this episode of Dear (In)Fertility, Rescripted Co-Founder Kristyn Hodgdon and board-certified OBGYN Dr. Staci Tanouye discuss vulvovaginal...

Believe it or not, sexual health can impact your physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. In this episode of Dear (In)Fertility, Rescripted Co-Founder Kristyn Hodgdon and board-certified OBGYN Dr. Staci Tanouye discuss the orgasm gap, how...