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 31: Endometriosis & IVF After Being Diagnosed: Amanda Lesesne: Part 2

This is the second episode in our four-part series on endometriosis and we’ve broken this episode into two parts. After paying out of pocket for four unsuccessful rounds of IVF, Amanda Lesesne had an exploratory laparoscopy which revealed grade three endometriosis. She had the endometriosis tissue removed and decided to try IVF for a 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. Today’s host is Taylor Burbach, Patient Care Supervisor at Progyny.

Guests include: Amanda Lesesne, Sales Director at Progyny

For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast page.

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

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, 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.

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