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 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 

HostTaylor Burbach, Patient Care Supervisor at Progyny 

For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast page. 

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

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

Host

Taylor Burbach, Patient Care Supervisor, Progyny

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.

Guests

Amanda Lesesne, Sales Director at Progyny

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
Title: July
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/Chapter_Three__Warm/Kai_Engel_-_Chapter_Three_-_Warm_-_05_July

Artist: Lee Rosevere
Title: Not Alone
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_for_Podcasts_4/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_for_Podcasts_4_-_10_Not_Alone

Title: And So Then
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_3/05_And_So_Then

Title: Night Caves
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_for_Podcasts_4/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_for_Podcasts_4_-_06_Night_Caves

Title: Featherlight
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Yoga/08_-_Featherlight

Title: Quizitive
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_For_Podcasts_-_06_Quizitive

Title: Featherlight remix_ vocals by Heather Feather
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_2/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_for_Podcasts_2_-_17_Featherlight_remix_-_vocals_by_Heather_Feather

Title: The Secret to Growing Up
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_3/03_The_Secret_to_Growing_Up

Title: I Wanted To Live
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/The_Big_Loop_-_FML_original_podcast_score/Lee_Rosevere_-_The_Big_Loop_-_FML_original_podcast_score_-_14_I_Wanted_To_Live

Artist: Monplaisir
Title: Chicken
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monplaisir/American_Dreams_Soundtrack/Monplaisir_-_American_Dreams_Original_Soundtrack_-_08_Chicken

Title: I am the Coyote
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monplaisir/American_Dreams_Soundtrack/Monplaisir_-_American_Dreams_Original_Soundtrack_-_11_I_am_the_Coyote

Title: Brotherhood
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monplaisir/American_Dreams_Soundtrack/Monplaisir_-_American_Dreams_Original_Soundtrack_-_15_Brotherhood

Title: A Good Start
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monplaisir/American_Dreams_Soundtrack/Monplaisir_-_American_Dreams_Original_Soundtrack_-_12_A_Good_Start

Artist: Meydan
Title: Tired of life
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Meydan/Havor/3-_Tired_of_life_1504

Artist: Axletree
Title: Fire Tree
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Axletree/Fire_EP/Fire_Tree

Artist: Loyalty Free Music
Title: Harsh Love
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Loyalty_Freak_Music/INSTRUMENTAL_RB_BEATS_TO_SING_OR_RAP_ON/Loyalty_Freak_Music_-_INSTRUMENTAL_RB_BEATS_TO_SING_OR_RAP_ON_-_13_Harsh_Love

Artist: Rest You Sleeping Giant
Title: Jazzmasters and Delay Pedals
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rest_You_Sleeping_Giant/Songs_for_a_Sad_Guitar/Rest_You_Sleeping_Giant_-_Songs_for_a_Sad_Guitar_-_09_Jazzmasters_and_Delay_Pedals

Artist: Swelling
Title: Dawn II
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Swelling/Projector_Music_For_Visual_Media/Swelling_-_Projector-_Music_for_Visual_Media_-_07_Dawn_II

Title: Dawn I
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Swelling/Projector_Music_For_Visual_Media/Swelling_-_Projector-_Music_for_Visual_Media_-_06_Dawn_I

Artist: Komiku
Title: Sunset on the beach
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Komiku/Poupis_incredible_adventures_/Komiku_-_Poupis_incredible_adventures__-_55_Sunset_on_the_beach