This is Infertility

There is nothing more fundamental to life than the urge to continue it. But while it may be the most natural thing in the world, childbirth is far from the easiest and no two fertility journeys are the same. For that reason, we are breaking from the typical podcast form. Each episode is hosted by a different voice who brings their own unique point of view to the complex and ever-changing world of infertility. Our hosts are licensed clinical social workers, patient care advocates, clinical psychiatrists, reproductive endocrinologists, real fertility patients, and others who are, in one way or another, experts in the world of fertility. We fuse narrative storytelling with experience and science to give you a new perspective on what it’s really like to go through this journey.

Episode 30: Endometriosis & Infertility: Jessica Smith-Payne

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month! Endometriosis is a common, often painful, hard to diagnose condition, and it can affect a woman’s fertility. For this month, we’re doing a four-part series on this disease. In the first episode, we hear from Jessica Smith-Payne who experienced pain since she was a teenager. She tried to live a normal life but everything changed when she tried to get pregnant. We also hear from Dr. Kaylen Silverberg, a reproductive endocrinologist with Texas Fertility Center, who dives into how endometriosis is diagnosed, treatment options and how women can build the family of their dreams. Today’s host is Taylor Burbach, Patient Care Supervisor at Progyny.

Guests include: Jessica Payne, Dr. Kaylen Silverberg from Texas Fertility Center.

For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast page, and Texas Fertility Center.

To learn more about endometriosis, check out Progyny’s What is Endometriosis Infographic.

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As a patient care supervisor, she helps oversee a team of dedicated patient care advocates.

As a patient care supervisor, she 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.


Jessica Smith-Payne, Celebrity Make-up Artist.

She started doing makeup for local modeling agencies at just 15. She moved to NYC and worked her way to be a makeup artist for Ford. She works mostly with TV, Red Carpet and Music Videos, however she also has worked with Fashion Shows, Editorial and Bridal. While her main focus is makeup she does beauty hair, styling, and airbrushing tanning for clients.

When she moved to Los Angeles she found herself a home at Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge where she was the Director of Artistry. Since being at Blushington she has helped them open 4 stores and now they are a Nationwide Company. Jessica has also started working in front of the camera being a beauty expert. She has been featured as Director of Artistry on E! News, Access Hollywood, Extra, Good Morning America, Good Day La and many more. Her personality has lead to other hosting opportunities such as Young Hollywood and Style Network. Her passion is everything beauty and while her first love is makeup she also loves being a spokeswoman for the beauty industry and educating women on new products and upcoming trends and how to achieve at home.

Jessica now resides in Tampa, Florida however still travels to Los Angeles, NYC and Nashville for her clients.

Dr. Silverberg, Founding Partner of Texas Fertility Center.

In addition to his full clinical load – he’s also actively involved in infertility research and has been published extensively in the infertility literature. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology and has been honored by the American Fertility Association with their national Family Building Award. Dr. Silverberg has also received a Certificate of Appreciation for “selfless and dedicated service” from the U.S. Department of the Army, and he is recognized annually by Best Doctors in America®.

Dr. Silverberg is Board Certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and his infertility fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Music From This Episode:

Artist: Doctor Turtle
Title: Clusticus The Mistaken

Title: Dead From the Beginning Alive Til The End

Title: Dorcas Breaks the Surface

Title: You’re Right But I’m Me

Artist: Lee Rosevere
Title: I Wanted To Live

Artist: Jason Shaw

Artist: Loyalty Freak Music
Title: The candle

Artist: Rest You Sleeping Giant
Title: Leaving for Chicago

Artist: Swelling
Title: Dawn II

Artist: HealthBeauty
Title: the graceful swan reasserts its implication

Artist: Mise Darling
Title: No One