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 44: IVF, Genetic Testing, & Fruitful Fertility

Infertility treatment is often a series of choices. Do you try IUI? How many rounds? What about IVF? Can you afford it? Do you transfer one fresh embryo, or do you freeze them all? What about pre-implantation genetic testing? Is it worth the additional expense? Doctors can recommend a treatment path, but each choice is tied to money and time, and it’s up to the patient to weigh those things against success rates. At the end of the day, if you choose a less expensive fertility treatment, are you actually saving money? Are you being efficient? Today we hear from Elyse Ash, founder of Fruitful Fertility, who had to navigate all of those questions during her fertility journey. Today’s host is Brandi Guthrie, Provider Account Manager at Progyny.

Guests include: Elyse Ash, Founder of Fruitful Fertility

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

For an overview on male infertility check out Progyny’s Male Infertility Infographic.


Brandi Guthrie, Provider Account Manager at Progyny.

Brandi manages the East Coast of Progyny’s Provider Network, where she recruits new fertility clinics to be a part of Progyny’s exclusive provider network. She takes pride in establishing and fostering positive relationships with Progyny’s in-network clinics. Brandi’s concentration in the healthcare industry began prior to joining Progyny four years ago and has developed into a true passion for helping support all individuals achieve their dreams of parenthood.


Elyse Ash, founder and CEO of Fruitful Fertility.

It took her and her husband Brad three years, two rounds of IVF and one frozen embryo transfer to see their first positive pregnancy test which brought them their daughter, born in March 2018. Elyse lives in Minneapolis and loves poetry, hockey, social justice, Beyonce and pretending she’s into yoga.