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 50: PCOS and Fertility: How Certain Foods Can Help with PCOS Symptoms

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 visit Progyny’s Education Page. There you can find an article written by Susan May titled, “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.

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

Host: Julie Hunt, Manager of Business Development at Progyny 

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

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

Host

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.

Guests

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

Lissa 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

Susan 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
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Andy_G_Cohen/MUL__DIV_1198/Andy_G_Cohen_-_MULDIV_-_04_-_A_Perceptible_Shift