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 Before Being Diagnosed: Amanda Lesesne: Part 1

This is the second episode in our four-part series on endometriosis and we’ve broken this episode into two parts. Amanda Lesesne went through four rounds of IVF before she was diagnosed with endometriosis, a disease she had never really heard of, but one that explained a lot of the symptoms she had experienced since she was a teenager. In part one, we will hear about Amanda’s past, what it was like to have to pay for multiple rounds of IVF, and how she finally came to have laparoscopic surgery for her endometriosis. Amanda will also discuss her decision to try IVF for the fifth time, and what she expects to be different now that she has dealt with her endometriosis and has the Progyny Fertility Benefit. 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.

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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.


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.