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 50: What Should You Eat If You Have PCOS?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS, is a hormonal imbalance that can lead to symptoms like hair loss, acne and oily skin, irregular periods, excess hair growth in the face, weight gain, and infertility. Unfortunately, there is no cure for PCOS, but hormonal disorders and diseases can often be managed by incorporating a “hormone friendly diet.” Finding the right diet can be difficult for anyone, but for someone with PCOS, it can be even more complicated.  

In this episode, we will try to help you sort out the do’s and don’ts of the ideal PCOS diet. Certified Health Coach Susan May sits down with Progyny’s Lissa Kline to discuss what foods to avoid, what foods to seek out, and some other lifestyle changes women with PCOS can make to manage their condition.  

If you want to learn even more you can do so at There you can find an article written by Susan May entitled, “What Do You Eat if You Have PCOS or Endo?” This article breaks down everything you need to know about PCOS, endometriosis, and how you should cater your diet to help manage both of these common conditions.  

This episode is hosted by Julie Hunt, self-described “proud PCOS cyster”, and Manager of Business Development at Progyny. 

Guests include: Susan May, QA Analyst at Progyny and Certified Health Coach, and Lissa Kline, LCSW, VP of Member & Provider Services at Progyny 

 For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast page and PCOS resources from Progyny Education. 


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Julie Hunt, Manager of Business Development at Progyny

Julie has been working in the fertility industry for the last six years. She started her career as a Patient Care Advocate (PCA), a fertility specialist that helps a patient navigate through their fertility journey. Through her experience, Julie was able to expand her role within Progyny and transition into Business Development as a Manager. Today, she leverages her PCA experience and passion for helping individuals achieve their dreams of having a family by helping employers understand infertility and comprehensively cover fertility treatment as part of their healthcare benefit. Julie was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) in March of 2018. As a proud sister of a gay brother, she passionately supports and empowers the LGBTQ+ community and is an avid advocate for inclusivity and equality.


Lissa Kline, LCSW, VP of Member & Provider Services at Progyny

She oversees the Patient Care Advocates and the Provider Relations Team. She worked at Columbia University Medical Center for several years in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Involved in Patient Services and the Donor Egg Program, she loved working with patients while they underwent fertility treatment. Lissa graduated with a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University

Susan May, QA Analyst, Progyny

She came to Progyny with a background as a Certified Health Coach who specialized in fertility. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied all the major dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. As an infertility survivor she is honored to be working for a company that truly understands how important comprehensive fertility benefits are to a family.

Music From This Episode:

Music from this episode:

Artist: Andy G Cohen
Title: A Perceptible Shift