Episode 9: Sweater Nugget

Join the girls and their first-ever guest, Christa’s friend and “tilted sister,” Ali!

Ali serves up this week’s “Have you Ever,” and it’s as good as her tater tot hotdish. Then the girls drool over the must-have foods of the MN State Fair.

After that, it’s all about Ali, who bravely shares her story, which includes gestational surrogacy and secondary infertility. Cervical clamping, one of the worst procedural horror stories and the wide array of speculums available on Amazon are discussed.

Episode 8: Wheatgrass Badass

The episode starts with Erica admitting to taking control in the kitchen and eating six cookies in one sitting, while Christa tells a less enchanting story that includes a much less desirable snack and an “arm condom.”

Erica shares the outcome of her transfer and all the feelings that come with it, including the
rollercoaster of emotions during the dreaded “two week wait.” Christa gives us her critical review of the latest Child’s Play remake and the gems she discovered while weeding through old “junk” from her parent’s house.

The topic of infertility and work is discussed, with the girls sharing their personal experiences plus a few ideas and resources they found helpful.

Episode 7: Birds

This week’s episode starts with Erica’s long trek home from a foam party and an epic “have you ever” that leaves her feeling very exposed. Christa comforts her with the story of an awkward encounter at the dermatologist’s office and why she will never try on pants at the mall again. Some unexpected visitors rudely interrupt the storytelling and leave the girls connecting over their shared disdain for birds.

Erica shares the details of her transfer day, which went smoothly enough to leave her feeling nervous, and Christa spills the tea on her trip to the Ozarks before talking about how an unexpected pregnancy announcement shook her to the core.

Then the girls weigh in on the topic of body image, along with their tumultuous past experiences on the subject. The toll of infertility and fertility treatments on the body are covered in depth before the TIP of the Week leaves the girls encouraging you to show up for your life and take the damn picture!

Episode 6: Strega Nona

The girls dive right in with Erica bragging about the blind plucking of a chin hair sans mirror, and Christa messing up her health care benefits in what can only be described as an infertile’s worst nightmare. Douglas the pouchless kangaroo is introduced, and it is decided 40 is the age where you just stop giving a fuck.

Then Erica gives an update on her pending transfer and contemplates whether to use one or two embryos, and Christa shares the painful loss of her grandmother and the subsequent days in which she couldn’t move her arms for no known reason.

Popular magazines featuring infertility become a topic of conversation before moving on to old wives’ tales, theories and bad advice (which the girls discover are often one and the same). Eating pineapple core and McDonald’s fries, swallowing sperm and mothball tampons are discussed to name a few.

Episode 5: Reunited

After a small hiatus (that the girls agree felt like a million years), Christa and Erica spend time catching up on life events. As a result of last year’s fertility treatments, Christa struggles to control the changing texture of her hair. Erica shares the details of her recent polyp surgery and the haunting aftermath of pre- and post-surgery pictures.

Then the girls talk organizing IVF medications and the OCD that comes with it, as Erica begins getting things in perfect order for her next transfer. Christa brings us up to speed on the recent complications of her first pregnancy and admits to a rather embarrassing story about a recent visit with the doctor where her pajamas made a surprising appearance.

The complicated feelings around Mother’s Day are discussed, including how the day can feel for women who have struggled to become mothers. The episode is rounded out with encouragement to celebrate small wins along the way opposed to only feeling accomplished at major milestones, complete with a real-time example many women can relate to.

Episode 4: The Fugitive

The episode starts out with condiment chatter and the fallout of swindling a nurse out of two grape popsicles. Christa’s mom’s sketchy driving is discussed, complete with the incredible story of how she ruined her custom Audi convertible (we feel confidently no one else has totaled a car this way). The girls discuss the 1980s pads you get at the doctor’s office and consider wearing a sandwich board to publicize the podcast. Erica admits Christa is her good luck charm for BINGO, even though they have never won, before agreeing that the trendy side slits in sweatshirts should go away.

We hope your lashes are coated in waterproof mascara… Christa shares her intertwined Endometriosis and infertility story.

Episode 3: Renaissance Woman

The girls are back for episode 3 and this week starts with a conversation around pubic hair and their personal experiences with not shaving before a dreaded transvaginal ultrasound. Christa confesses a deep secret about her love of perogies and shares her mother’s infatuation with PIO injections. Erica tries her best to stay true to her hippy roots while still working on her Minnesotan accent, specifically with the proper pronunciation of the “fancy” local grocery store.

We hope your lashes are coated in waterproof mascara… Erica courageously shares the details of her personal infertility story.

Episode 2: Pink Penis Sculpture Park

The girls are back again and this time they kick things off with dance moves, the plethora of ultrasounds that come with infertility, and how deeply true crime is embedded into their lives. Erica discusses her decision to get a mammogram for her nameless boobs and Christa shares the outcome of her latest frozen embryo transfer.

Then they take on the tumultuous topic of baby showers, spawned by a few recent invitations. The conversation includes what showers feel like for infertiles, the tough decision of whether or not to go, and how to adequately prepare yourself for the showers you bravely decide to attend (hint: stay near the food).

Then it is on to chatting about how to put yourself first while navigating through infertility, offering up some ideas to “treat yoself” and stay distracted. Erica and Christa agree road trips are a great way to occupy spare time and some of MN’s greatest destinations are uncovered.

Episode 1, Introduction!

Join Erica and Christa for the introductory episode of The Inconceivable Podcast, the infertility podcast your vagina has been waiting for!

This week they cover the sex appeal of PIO injections, swap stories on urine collection and commiserate about whether or not to wear a bra and fur boots with a medical gown. Erica celebrates a recent doctor’s appointment where she was told she is “too healthy,” and Christa fills us in on how she feels going into a second embryo transfer when the first one has failed.

They bond over their mutual loves of ponchos, carbohydrates and how enticing it can be to cut your own bangs. Then it is on to sharing motivations for starting the podcast and ideas for how to find the support you need.

Great turnout for the Twin Cities DIY Walk of Hope

We had an amazing time at the Twin Cities Walk of Hope on Saturday! RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a crucial resource for those who have struggled with infertility. We thank them so much for everything they offer and the support they continue to give.