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.

Episode 110: Egg Freezing: The Fertility Window as a Working Woman

A lot of pressure is placed on women to start thinking about family building early in their lives due to the “fertility window” or “biological clock”. 

Katie Becker, a Progyny member through Hearst (she works at Elle Magazine), felt the weight of having to pick between starting a family or focusing on her career. Katie’s journey led her to fertility preservation, aka egg freezing, which was made financially possible by her employer-sponsored coverage. 

In this episode, Katie discusses the factors that went into her decision, and how sharing her story via Instagram helped build a safe space for other women going through the same process.  

Check out Katie’s article on all things egg freezing to learn more about her experience!  

Guest: Katie Becker, Progyny member 

Host: Dan Bulger 

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Here are some highlights from this episode: 

Enjoying the long-term successes
5:43 – 6:27 

Katie Becker: I think part of what motivates me to have kids is looking at the decades that you have to build a relationship with your child, and what it’ll be like with them further down the road as you watch them succeed and build your own community with them. What really appeals to me in terms of being a parent is building a family, which has been more about a long-term goal, rather than the immediate satisfaction of “well, this is what I’m supposed to do next.” 

Difficulty in finding fertility coverage
19:53 – 20:30 

Katie Becker: So even though this access for fertility is becoming more common, and Progyny’s leading the charge, it is so hard to talk about with some of my friends who either got laid off during COVID, and don’t have health insurance at all. Some who work at smaller companies don’t have the investment for robust benefits, so it’s not going to be an option for them anytime soon. Fertility coverage is still for the privileged. 

Realizing everyone’s path is unique
26:22 – 26:47 

Katie Becker: The pressure that women feel around this “35 number” is there. Then you get into your 30s and life gets complicated and all your friends that got married in their 20s are getting divorced. Life gets messy and complicated. You realize that you’ve got your own path and that path is awesome, and it’s great, and it’ll work. We’ve had plenty of blessings. 

Host

Dan Bulger, Producer at Progyny

Dan has been in the healthcare industry for the last six years as a multimedia content producer. Better known as ‘Video Dan’ he as interviewed numerous doctors, patients and other experts in the world of fertility. He’s also the producer for this podcast, This is Infertility. On a personal note Dan’s parents started fostering kids when he was four years old, and he considers himself a proud older brother to over 100 foster children.

Guests

Katie Becker, Progyny Member

Katie Becker is the Beauty and Health Director at ELLE magazine and been a beauty editor for more than a decade, working for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, W, Marie Claire, and WSJ. She lives in New York City and grew up in Seattle. 

Music From This Episode:

Artist: Alpha Hydrae
Track: Keratine rust and a clear soul
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Artist: Jahzzar
Track: Clap Your Hands
URL: https://freemusicarchive.org/ 

Artist: Lee Rosevere
Track: Small Steps
URL: https://freemusicarchive.org/