Podcasts are a wonderful way to learn more about infertility and paths to parenthood, find solace in hearing others' stories and connecting with others with similar experiences. There are so many podcasts to choose from! As IVF, surrogacy, egg donation, and sperm donation become more popular ways to grow families, the more information is available about third-party reproduction. To help you find the best fertility, surrogacy, and IVF podcasts, we've compiled a list of the 5 best fertility podcasts available for download in 2023.
1. Dear Infertility: Finding Calm When Trying Is Trying
For those who are looking for an infertility podcast that provides not only insight and guidance from a medical professional but also advice from someone who has been through infertility herself, Dear Infertility is the perfect match for you! Each season, co-host Kristyn Hodgdon sits down with fertility experts to provide education, understanding, and a sense of community. Kristyn shares her own experience going through egg retrievals, IUI, IVF, and the ups and downs that come with an infertility journey. It's an excellent listen for curious minds and those looking for a podcast that understands their experience and shares personal and relatable stories. You can follow along and learn more about joining the Rescripted community on their website and Instagram page! Listen to episodes here.
Bonus: Kristyn Hodgdon was a guest on an episode of Circle's podcast, The Family Circle, where she shares her personal journey and how Rescripted came to be!
2. Infertile AF
For those listeners looking for a podcast that they can binge, Infertile AF is for you! With 184 episodes and counting, you are sure to find an episode you relate to if you've struggled to conceive. Podcast host, Ali Prado, is a Brooklyn-based journalist and mom-of-two who interviews guests who have struggled with infertility. Prado, who went through secondary infertility and IVF herself, talks to women—and some men—about the messy, frustrating, painful, heartbreaking, absurd and sometimes hilarious journey to have a baby. Or in some cases, to not have a baby, according to Prado herself. For those listeners who are looking for relatable content that represents their story, Infertile AF is the podcast for you. Follow Infertile AF on Instagram to stay up to date on when new episodes drop and find a community of others working through infertility!
Bonus: Circle Surrogacy's Marketing Director, Kristin Marsoli, was featured on the InfertileAF podcast! In her episode she shares her story as a cancer survivor, turning to surrogacy to become a parent, and she and Ali discuss the good old days of Oprah.
3. Fertility Docs Uncensored: A weekly podcast that gets to the nitty-gritty of infertility
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas cares deeply about getting information about infertility right from the source, which is why they created Fertility Docs Uncensored. Each episode of their podcast features a medical doctor who specializes in infertility and IVF. Doctors from all over the country call in to get into the weeds about the who, what, when, where, and why of infertility. "From their personal experiences as infertility patients, to what you can really expect from IVF, these doctors are covering it all (and they aren’t holding back)," according to the podcast creator. It's the perfect podcast for those who have been diagnosed with infertility and are looking to learn more about how infertility works and how you can overcome it. You can listen to new episodes of Fertility Docs Uncensored weekly, anywhere you listen to podcasts or follow along on their Instagram for updates!
Listen to episodes here.
4. Gays With Kids the Podcast
Our friends at Gays With Kids have a fantastic podcast where they share incredible stories from men who have grown their families through adoption, fostering, surrogacy & egg donation, and more! Each episode features a member of the GWK staff and a special guest as they talk about current events and how they impact parents who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Gays With Kids the Podcast is currently in its third season and has guests ranging from doctors who are experts in their fields, famous actors, parents through surrogacy, parents through adoption, representatives of global support groups, and so many more. You can listen to the GWK podcast wherever you listen to podcasts or follow Gays With Kids on Instagram!
Bonus: Brian Rosenberg, Founder of Gays with Kids, was featured on an episode of The Family Circle, where he shares his personal story of coming out to his family, meeting his husband, having children through surrogacy, and creating GWK. You won't want to miss it!
5. This is Infertility Podcast
This is Infertility is a podcast from Progyny, fertility and benefits insurance through companies that offer comprehensive coverage for fertility and family building services like IUI, IVF, fertility preservation, adoption, surrogacy, and more. Bi-weekly episodes dive 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.
Bonus: Lissa Kline, SVP, Provider and Member Services at Progyny, sat down with host, Kristin, for an episode of The Family Circle, to talk about fertility benefits, what makes Progyny special and how to reduce the costs of third party reproduction and have a higher rate of success.
BONUS MENTION: The Family Circle: A Circle Surrogacy Podcast
We of course had to include the Circle Surrogacy podcast, The Family Circle on the list! While there are other surrogacy podcasts out there, The Family Circle has a unique take on all things family building and has received rave reviews. The Circle Surrogacy podcast doesn't focus only on surrogacy, as we know that is only one piece of the puzzle for those looking to grow their family. In our pioneer season, our hosts have chatted with experienced surrogates, parents through surrogacy, partners in our field, medical doctors specializing in IVF and reproductive endocrinology, and partners who specialize in fertility insurance. There is something for everyone and there is no shortage of touching moments. The most-listened-to episode of The Family Circle is the Surrogate Panel episode, which features three experienced surrogates who all carried for intended parents who lived internationally. The panel episode is chock-full of touching moments, hilarious anecdotes, and insights into who surrogates really are and what makes them want to help others build families. New episodes are released monthly, but you can follow along on the Circle Surrogacy Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for updates when they drop!
Listen to episodes here.