What happens when you find out you have a genetic condition — years after you donated eggs? Plus, listeners weigh in on the pros and cons of doing IVF abroad and transferring multiple embryos, and Doree and Matt hear from someone who wants to know if using a yoni egg will help her get pregnant. (It can't hurt?!) And Doree and Matt get into a battle of the bands.
Doree and Matt discuss pituitary tumors and what to do when you don't ovulate, transferring multiple embryos vs. transferring a single embryo, what to do when you REALLY want a girl and your sperm donor has reached the family limit, and how they've been mispronouncing some drugs. Plus, more Zika discussion, and Matt gives advice to a guy who wants to break into comedy.
Doree and Matt asked for advice about Beau's behavior, and they got it! They also hear from a guy who found out he was missing a kidney when he and his wife started the IVF process and give advice to a woman who's not sure how much more IVF she has in her. And they learn how the 6-day proposal project is actually a classic logic paradox.
Doree and Matt realize that doing IVF might be changing their minds about how many kids they want to have. Doree also learns she was totally right about Zika, and they hear from a listener with a very good jerk-off room (or lack thereof) story.
Doree and Matt aren't too thrilled by the idea of a couple about to do IVF honeymooning in a country with Zika. They also hear from a woman who studied new mothers' brains for her PhD and her experiments with rodents, and they give advice to a woman who wants to know how she should propose to her girlfriend.
Matt and Doree learn more about bisexuality. They also discuss antidepressants and pregnancy, and give advice to a woman who hates her job but doesn't know if she should quit while doing IVF. Plus, they've set up a new Patreon page for anyone who wants to donate monthly and receive rewards at https://www.patreon.com/eggcellentadventure. Chit-chat until 13:30
It's the second bonus episode! Matt and Doree answer all of your non-IVF-related questions — from whether or not a couple should move to another state for a new job, to what their favorite children's books are, to whether STARTUP: A NOVEL is getting a sequel. Plus: a challenge to get a THIRD bonus episode!
Doree and Matt learn more about how surrogates can supply breast milk for the babies they carried. They also hear from a woman whose RE has horrible bedside manner and what it's like to struggle with secondary infertility. Plus, a caller wonders whether that was really Matt getting run over by a golf cart at the end of The Goldbergs. (Spoiler: it was.) Chit-chat ends around the 16-minute mark.
Matt and Doree learn about an unorthodox but apparently very effective method to increase sperm count. They also discuss switching doctors, why libraries are great, and meeting Eggcellent listeners on Doree's book tour. Alert: Chit-chat until around the 11-minute mark, for those of you who might want to fast forward.
Doree's book is (finally!) out on Tuesday, and she's stressed. Doree and Matt talk about what it's like to put IVF on hold for a couple of months, and they realize how much brain space it had been occupying for such a long time. They also reminisce about Boston and Matt lets his accent slip, and they hear from a listener who loves data maybe even more than doctors! And they have an update on the second bonus episode: only 23 MORE BOOKS TO GO. (!!!!!)
It's the bonus episode! Matt and Doree answer all your questions, including how to deal with pushy moms, what their favorite songs are, and what to do if you're behind in your college classes. Plus, you guys are pretty close to getting *another* bonus episode! Just a few more preorders to go.
Matt and Doree hear from listeners about how and why to talk to your kids about being made with a sperm and/or egg donor, they give advice to a nursing student, and Matt learns all about Doree's secret past as a sullen teenager. Plus: will there be a SECOND bonus episode?!
Lots of people had thoughts about plans vs. no plans! Matt and Doree also give advice to a listener with very religious parents about how to broach (or not) the subject of IVF, and how to talk to your kids about being born with the help of a sperm or egg donor. And they have news about the BONUS EPISODE!
Matt and Doree talk about why they got into a fight at Disneyland Paris, and debate whether their different travel styles matter in the grand scheme of things. They also give advice to a listener who doesn't know how to deal with people who aren't sympathetic about IVF, and they hear from a Canadian listener about the saddest jerk-off room imaginable. Plus: you guys only need 200 more pre-orders of Startup: A Novel until the bonus episode — and Matt made Doree promise to do *another* bonus episode if they get to 1500!
Doree and Matt check in on their friends Marc and Chris to find out how things went with their surrogate, and also discuss gender selection, hot dogs, and the tour dates for Startup: A Novel, by Doree Shafrir. Only 300 more pre-orders to go until the bonus episode!
HDoree's doctor calls with the results of her embryos' genetic testing, and Doree and Matt discuss what it means for their future plans. They hear more advice from listeners about friendships with pregnant people when you're doing IVF, and they also hear from the Duke of Bridgewater. (Really. Sort of.) Plus, a much speedier round of donor fun facts! And they've promised listeners a bonus episode if enough people pre-order Doree's book, so, get to it!
Matt and Doree find out how many of their embryos from last week's retrieval ended up getting frozen, and they settle in for the wait to find out the results of genetic testing. Then listeners weigh in on Maris and Daphne, and Matt and Doree give advice about what to do when you recently had a miscarriage and your direct report tells you she's pregnant. Doree also talks about which books she suggests taking on vacation, while Matt grows suspicious that Doree is writing emails into the podcast under a pen name. And of course, Matt gives fun facts about the Eggcellent Adventure donors!
It was Doree's egg retrieval day! Matt and Doree talk about how the retrieval (their third!) went, and they also discuss how to be a good friend to someone who's doing IVF. Matt thinks being jealous of someone who is pregnant is the same as being jealous of someone who wins a big jackpot at a slot machine and Doree is here to tell him why that is officially a bad analogy. And Matt tells a bunch of people whether they were cool in high school and what jobs they have now. This episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh. To get $35 off your first week of meals, visit www.hellofresh.com and enter the code EGGCELLENT.
The third IVF retrieval cycle has begun, and Matt and Doree are already feeling better about the state of things. Well, except for that FedEx package of medication that mysteriously went missing... They also discuss how they stay calm during the chaos of IVF and whether or not to put your fertility issues on your Tinder profile. (Um, no.) Plus, Matt makes up more professions for their donors!
Doree finally calls her doctor to find out what's going on, and it turns out that... she's right where she's supposed to be. How did THAT happen!? Plus, Doree and Matt hear from a listener who got her company to start covering IVF, Matt learns that his advice to newlyweds was A+, and Comic Book Guy makes an appearance.
Matt and Doree talk about how they met and what their first few dates were like, and give advice to some newlyweds. They also learn about an IVF program that could've saved them a bunch of money. (Too late!) Plus, they hear from Doree's sister!
Matt and Doree wonder whether they can get Beyoncé to come on the podcast to talk about baby making. They also think about how Beau will react to a human sibling, give advice to a woman whose husband thinks having a baby will make everything better, and hear from their buddy Dom. This episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh. To get $35 off your first week of meals, visit http://www.hellofresh.com and enter the code EGGCELLENT.
Doree and Matt discuss why Doree cried this week, and then they talk to their friends Amy and Hannah, who are also trying to have a baby using science. But when you're a lesbian couple, the process is a little different. Plus, Doree admits she was wrong about bone broth.
Doree and Matt talk about Doree's new acupuncturist and why Matt will never try it, and they find out why it's an especially good time to go to Canada. Then Doree interviews an Eggcellent Adventure listener and her sister, whose children are half-siblings. Find out why!
Doree and Matt talk about their decision to change doctors, what they learned about their first two rounds of IVF, and how Matt is going to improve his sperm. Plus, why do all their emailers this week have PCOS?
Doree and Matt head back into the IVF clinic and get some not–super–exciting news. Plus, Matt gives advice and they hear about the worst Christmas card ever.
Doree and Matt ring in the new year with a very special guest: their friend Marc, who's also using science to have a baby with his husband, Chris. Doree and Matt talk to Marc about selecting an egg donor and a surrogate, how much everything costs ($$$$), what it's like when things don't work out the way you planned, and how to stay sane during the process.
Matt and Doree discuss what they wish they'd known going into IVF, they get updates from listeners, and they learn about the process of getting IVF in the UK. Also, they get invited to Canada, and Matt really wants to go.
It was a rough week. But Doree and Matt pulled through thanks to an electric blanket, potato pancakes, and of course Beau. Plus, they learned more about getting a job if you have a felony, and Matt hears more from his race car driver wannabe friend.
Matt and Doree find out whether they're pregnant, Matt gives career advice, and they hear from a couple who adopted 17 embryos.
Doree and Matt talk about the embryo transfer and what they're doing to stay sane while they wait to find out if Doree's pregnant. Also, Matt gives advice to a wannabe race-car driver.
Doree's embryo transfer is in three days and she wonders what it's going to be like during the 10 days she'll be waiting to find out if she's pregnant. Meanwhile, Matt talks about administering shots.
Matt and Doree are in the limbo before the limbo. Also, why didn't the doctor just put Doree on pills in the first place?
Matt and Doree give an update on where they are post embryo fertilization. They also answer your questions.
There's a backup in a very important area of the clinic the morning of Doree's egg retrieval. Plus, Matt and Doree learn more than they ever needed to know about chromosome arms.
It's the night before Doree's egg retrieval, and she and Matt discuss how this cycle has been different than the last one, why gender selection is big in LA, and the mountains of data that IVF doctors love to accumulate.
Matt and Doree talk about how long it takes to get started with IVF, because doctors keep wanting to give them more tests. And tests cost money. A LOT of money.