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 57: Infertility in the Military: Specialized Care for Our Heroes

November 11th is Veteran’s Day, and in honor of this, we are rolling out three episodes to spread light on an issue that is often overlooked, dealing with infertility in the military. We will hear from those who had their own personal battles with building a family, learn how different treatment can be, but also how similar some of those struggles and challenges are.

In the third and final episode of our three-part series, we hear from Dr. Matthew Retzloff, a Reproductive Endocrinologist at the Fertility Center of San Antonio. With a history of over 300 years of military presence, San Antonio is home to one of the nation’s largest active and retired military populations.

Dr. Retzloff, who served in the U.S. Air Force for over 29 years, now sees several active service members and veterans who are experiencing infertility. In this episode, we learn about service-related injuries that can lead to infertility, factors that often limit access to care for military members, and specialized programs that are providing active and veterans access to the care they need to build their families.

Expert: Dr. Matthew Retzloff, Fertility Specialist from the Fertility Center of San Antonio.

Host: Dan Bulger, Producer at Progyny.

For more information visit Progyny’s Podcast page.

If you want to learn more about the programs mentioned in this podcast you can find them here:

Compassionate Care Program and Heart for Heroes Program.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast and use the #ThisisInfertility.

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

Host

Dan Bulger, Producer at Progyny

Dan has been in the healthcare industry for the last six years as a multimedia content producer. Better known as ‘Video Dan’ he as interviewed numerous doctors, patients and other experts in the world of fertility. He’s also the producer for this podcast, This is Infertility. On a personal note Dan’s parents started fostering kids when he was four years old, and he considers himself a proud older brother to over 100 foster children.

Guests

Dr. Retzloff, board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist at the Fertility Center of San Antonio

Dr. Retzloff has over 19 years of experience in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. Prior to joining the Fertility Center of San Antonio, Dr. Retzloff proudly served for 21 years in the United States Air Force where he directed the IVF program at Wilford Hall IVF Center at Lackland AFB, TX, and he led its transition to Brooke Army Medical Center in 2011 before he retired in 2014 at the rank of Colonel.

He is a member of numerous scientific societies including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  Dr. Retzloff has been published in various peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fertility and Sterility and The Journal of Reproductive Medicine.

Music From This Episode:

Artist: Dave Keifer
Track: Wait Riot
URL: https://freemusicarchive.org

Artist: Axletree
Track: The Sighful Branches
URL: https://freemusicarchive.org

Artist: Philipp Weigl
Track: Western Shores
URL: https://freemusicarchive.org

Artist: Jahzzar
Track: MainSquare
URL: https://freemusicarchive.org