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SART Fertility Experts Podcast

SART Fertility Experts - Financial Aspects of Infertility Treatment

“I know what treatment I want and need to do, but how can I afford it?”  This is a common question infertility patients often ask themselves on the path to parenthood.  Due to the expense of treatment, managing cost is a key factor for patients. In this episode, Dr. Brooke Rossi interviews Brad Senstra, an executive director of a large infertility program, about financial topics, such as cost of infertility treatment and IVF, insurance coverage, financing, and other options.

SART Fertility Experts - Infertility Advocacy and Government Affairs.

In today's episode, Dr. Mark Trolice interviews Sean Tipton, ASRM's Chief Advocacy and Policy Officer. Many infertility patients do not have insurance coverage for treatment. Currently, nearly 40% of states in the U.S. have mandates for some form of infertility coverage but there are limitations and not all include IVF, fertility preservation, the LGBTQ population and veterans of the military. In this episode, we discuss the current landscape of infertility insurance coverage, the hurdles to obtain state and/or national mandated coverage, and methods of advocacy for both patients and doctors to improve coverage. Learn – Why the challenge? Who can make a difference? What’s the price to pay?

SART Fertility Experts - Behind the Scenes in the IVF Lab

Dr. Sanjita Jindal, Associate Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Laboratory Director at Montefiore’s Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Health helps patients understand the importance of the IVF lab when choosing an IVF program.  She also explains the rigorous training of embryologists, laboratory safety, as well as identification and cryo-storage of eggs, sperm and embryos in the lab.  From eggs to embryos, the lab’s essential role in the IVF process is explained here. 

SART Fertility Experts - Your Infertility Nurse: Partner in Your Care

Infertility nurse practitioner and health coach Monica Moore explains the essential role of the infertility nurse in the IVF process.  Topics include learning how to give injections but also the importance of a healthy lifestyle and self-care during the IVF process.  She also offers strategies for managing stress, effective communication with your care team, and managing expectations during the IVF process.

SART Fertility Experts - Genetics and IVF

Genetics is a significant part of advanced reproductive technology screening. Genetic counselors serve an essential role in the process.  In this episode, Jenna Miller, a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor, and Dr. Cristin Slater, explain what preconceptual genetic carrier screening is and discuss preconception genetic testing (PGT) of embryos. Genomic testing indications, pros & cons, implications, and results, are also reviewed.

SART Fertility Experts - IVF: Cycles of Hope and Heartbreak


Does stress cause infertility or is it the other way round?  The emotional impacts of IVF treatment are featured in this episode with Dr. Julia Woodward, interviewed by Dr. Vickie Schafer.  Dr. Woodward is an Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist who has directed the Patient Support Program at the Duke Fertility Center for over 15 years.  In this episode, she discusses just how common depression and anxiety are among fertility patients, the factors that drive patients to minimize their struggles to the fertility team, the most common time points for stress to spike, the lack of evidence for stress

SART Fertility Experts - RESOLVE and Infertility


Due to the unique stress of infertility, patients often look for resources and support in addition to those provided by their medical provider. In this episode Barbara Collura, the Executive Director of RESOLVE, the oldest support organization for people dealing with infertility, is interviewed by Dr. Bill Petok, a psychologist who works with individuals and couples building their families through assisted reproductive technologies. Ms. Collura talks about the work of RESOLVE, both in terms of support networks and advocacy.

SART Fertility Experts - Season Two Teaser


Welcome to the second season of SART Fertility Experts. This series will feature a variety of dedicated professionals who make IVF and infertility treatment possible, provide invaluable counseling and education to our patients, and advocate to make treatment accessible to all. Check back in two weeks for the first episode.

A Message from the Producers of SART Fertility Experts

We hope you're enjoying the first season of SART fertility experts. We hope you've learned from our experts and that your family-building journey has benefited from the information they have provided. We know that creating the family you want is not always easy.

When this season ends, we will take a short break while next season's production is complete. Rest assured we will be back with more experts, more information to help you. While we are on break, please visit https://www.sart.org/patients/fyi-videos/ and learn more about infertility and its treatment.

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