Episode 31: Endometriosis and Fertility: Trying IVF After Being Diagnosed
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is a common condition that is often extremely painful, hard to diagnose, and can affect a woman’s fertility. In honor of this month, we’re rolling out a four-part series to bring awareness to this disease.
This is the second episode in our four-part series on endometriosis and we’ve broken this episode into two parts. In this episode, we continue hearing Amanda’s story about how she came to discover she had endometriosis, and how that impacted her infertility journey.
After paying out of pocket for four unsuccessful rounds of IVF, Amanda Lesesne had an exploratory laparoscopy which revealed stage three endometriosis. After having the endometriosis tissue removed, she decided to try IVF for the fifth time. This time she entered the process with renewed hope, a new financial situation (she now has Progyny Fertility Benefits), and an audio recorder. In part two, we follow Amanda in real time as she experiences her fifth cycle of IVF.
Guest: Amanda Lesesne, Sales Director at Progyny
Host: Taylor Burbach, Patient Care Supervisor at Progyny
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As a patient care supervisor, Taylor helps oversee a team of dedicated patient care advocates. She is also recognized as a reproductive health advocate in her community as a Clue Ambassador. Prior to joining Progyny she organized two Darwin Day Colloquiums in 2014 and 2015 and helped organize the inaugural meeting of the Southeastern Evolutionary Perspectives Society. She recently discovered Krav Maga, which she practices in her free time.
Amanda is a passionate infertility advocate who is able to bridge her personal interest and professional experience to help people build the family of their dreams. Prior to Progyny, Amanda spent the last 10 years in software sales and the digital health space. Most recently Amanda was an Enterprise Sales Director at Doctor On Demand responsible for driving growth in the employer and health plan market in the Southeast. Prior to that, Amanda spent three years at Castlight Health as a sales director responsible for building relationships with employers, health plans, and consultants.
Amanda recently relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband where you can usually catch her supporting her husband’s professional soccer team, New Mexico United. Amanda is a proud graduate of College of Charleston where she played Division I soccer and was a graduate of the School of Business.
Music From This Episode:
Artist: Kai Engel
Artist: Lee Rosevere
Title: Not Alone
Title: And So Then
Title: Night Caves
Title: Featherlight remix_ vocals by Heather Feather
Title: The Secret to Growing Up
Title: I Wanted To Live
Title: I am the Coyote
Title: A Good Start
Title: Tired of life
Title: Fire Tree
Artist: Loyalty Free Music
Title: Harsh Love
Artist: Rest You Sleeping Giant
Title: Jazzmasters and Delay Pedals
Title: Dawn II
Title: Dawn I
Title: Sunset on the beach