This is Infertility is a bi-weekly podcast where we fuse narrative storytelling with experience and science to give you a new perspective on what it’s really like to go through a family building journey. Each episode dives into the emotional, physical, and financial burdens carried by those who experience infertility on their path to parenthood. Be it IVF, IUI, egg freezing, surrogacy, adoption, etc., the path is never the same and it can be long, painful, and lonely. It’s our mission to give those struggling a platform to be heard, a community connection, and an opportunity to raise awareness of the 1 in 8 who, for many reasons, struggle with infertility.
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Episode 14: PCOS and Fertility: Creating Awareness about PCOS

September is PCOS Awareness Month. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal condition that impacts 10% of women of childbearing age. Among the list of frustrating symptoms that PCOS can cause, some of which include weight gain, excessive hair growth, irregular periods, stress, anxiety, and depression, the condition is also unfortunately one of the leading causes of infertility. 

In honor of this month, we’re doing a three-part series on PCOS to spread awareness and share patient stories. In the second episode, we hear from Megan-Marie Stewart, who was diagnosed with the condition at 16 but started experiencing symptoms even earlier.  

When Megan was told to ‘change her outlook on her condition,’ she decided to change the world instead. In this episode, Megan tells us about a traumatic experience that drove her to create the PCOS Awareness Association, how she’s trying to help others with the same condition, and the various resources that are available to individuals living with PCOS.  

Guest: Megan-Marie Stewart, Founder and Executive Director at PCOS Awareness Association 

HostJulie Hunt, Business Development Associate at Progyny 

For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast pagePCOS Awareness Association (PCOSAA)

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Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com. 

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Host

Julie Hunt
Business Development Associate at Progyny

Julie has been working in the fertility healthcare field for the last 5 years. She started her career as a Patient Care Advocate (PCA), a fertility specialist that helps a patient navigate through their fertility journey and was able to grow and transition within Progyny. Today she leverages her PCA experience and passion for the fertility industry to help employers understand and cover infertility as part of their healthcare benefit.

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Guest

Megan-Marie Stewart
Founder & Executive Director of PCOS Awareness Association (PCOSAA)

Megan is a seasoned Businesswoman who resides in Northern Virginia. Born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Seattle, Washington, her passion for all-things business and helping others began early on and has stayed with her ever since.

PCOSAA is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome worldwide. Megan-Marie’s mission is to revolutionize the way people approach education surrounding PCOS awareness. Most importantly, she is extremely dedicated to fighting for women with PCOS.

When she isn’t focused on her multifaceted career and volunteer work, Megan-Marie enjoys taking classes on topics of interest, networking, and discovering new places. Megan-Marie Stewart holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Project Management.