#SharedSecrets: Episode 21

The Secret to Surviving Infertility with Andrea Syrtash


The topic of today’s podcast is one that’s close to my heart, and my guest’s mission is to break the silence surrounding it. We’re talking about assisted reproduction, and relationship expert Andrea Syrtash joins me to talk about the “secret society” she felt like she’d joined when she started her own fertility treatments.

In the episode, Andrea tells me about her own journey through so many fertility treatments, she has lost count of the number. She describes the waiting room of her fertility clinic as the “hottest club in town,” and shares the staggering statistics that underscore just how common the experiences of infertility and assisted reproduction are.  She also describes her journey from secrecy to “real talk,” and shares the initiatives she’s taking to make the topic less taboo.

Andrea and I also swap stories about finding the levity amid the stress and heartbreak of assisted reproduction—you don’t want to miss our confessions of the weirdest places we’ve ever administered our fertility-medication shots!

More about Andrea: Andrea Syrtash is a nationally recognized relationship expert and published author of popular books including It's Okay to Sleep with Him on the First Date: And Every Other Rule of Dating, Debunked; He’s Just Not Your Type (And That’s a Good Thing); and Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband). She is also the founder and editor in chief of Pregnantish, a website dedicated to helping people dealing with infertility and fertility treatments navigate the emotional, personal, and practical realities of an often overwhelming process.