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 15: PCOS and Fertility: When the PCOS Symptoms Don’t Match 

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 third and final episode, we hear from Julie Hunt, who during her years of working as a Patient Care Advocate at Progynybecame an expert in all things related to fertility, including PCOS.  

How could it be that years later, at 27 years old, she discovered that she had PCOS the entire time? In this episode, Julie discusses her own experience with PCOS and her winding road to diagnosis with her friend and colleague Lissa Kline.  

Guest: Lissa KlineDirector of Member Services at Progyny 

HostJulie Hunt, Business Development Associate at Progyny 

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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.

Guests

Lissa Kline, LCSW, Director of Member Services at Progyny

She oversees the Patient Care Advocates. She worked at Columbia University Medical Center for several years in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Involved in Patient Services and the Donor Egg Program, she loved working with patients while they underwent fertility treatment. Lissa graduated with a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.