The process of trying to conceive and managing your fertility can be overwhelming and daunting.
That’s why in this episode we decided to bring on Megan Bendinelli, the CEO of Fertility Framework and a board-certified family nurse practitioner specializing in the area of fertility.
She shares what prompted her to start the Fertility Framework after her own struggles to conceive. We discuss everything from infertility to secondary infertility, what a regular period looks like and the steps you should take when you’re ready to start your family.
She talks about the differences between an OBGYN and a reproductive endocrinologist, the types of testing that help medical professionals piece together the puzzle of your fertility journey and why it’s necessary to lean on the advice and guidance of a professional instead of using Dr. Google.
WHAT’S IN PART ONE OF “FERTILITY MASTERCLASS”:
- Why Megan started Fertility Framework after her own struggles trying to conceive
- Her professional background and how her career has transitioned due to motherhood
- What infertility is and how it’s different from secondary infertility
- Distinguishing why you aren’t getting pregnant
- What a “regular period” looks like
- Her advice for steps to take if you’re ready to conceive
- What lifestyle medicine is and implementing it into your life daily
- What to look for with an OBGYN and evaluating if you’re getting the best care possible
- What a reproductive endocrinologist does and how that differs from an OBGYN
- What types of testing they do to guide them in doing fertility treatments
- Looking at what “your normal” means
- Why seeing a medical professional during your fertility journey is important
WHAT’S IN PART TWO OF FERTILITY MASTERCLASS”:
- How a diagnosis can help you distinguish the paths to success
- Reframing how you look at the infertility journey
- What a reproductive endocrinologist can do to assist in conception
- What IUI looks like for families and how it can help you to conceive
- What IVF is and how it differs from an IUI
- The whole IVF process and what to expect with this treatment
- What third party reproduction is
- Tips on supporting a friend who’s dealing with infertility
- Her favorite part about being a fertility nurse practitioner
- Getting to that end-stage of acceptance and peace, with or without conceiving
- Her encouragement for moms going through this journey of family planning
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MORE ABOUT THE FOUNDER OF FERTILITY FRAMEWORK:
Megan is no stranger to navigating the many challenges men and women face in building their family.
Megan learned quickly that although pregnancy is thought to be a very happy time for most, it can also be a very stressful and challenging time for others. She currently sees clients needing Reproductive Endocrinology services in a private practice setting.
Megan is also now a Fertility Awareness Advocate for many across the nation. Megan practices as a Fertility and Health & Wellness Consultant outside the office and hospital settings. She can be found enjoying the San Diego sunshine with her family and Weimaraner when not helping clients.
OUR FAVORITE QUOTES FROM MEGAN BENDINELLI:
“It’s never too early to talk about family planning.”
“There is no test that will tell you if you’ll ever conceive or not, they’re all used as a guide.”
“I do not want you to leave it up to Dr. Google.”
“So much of fertility care can be misinterpreted.”
“If you’re not seeing a medical professional who has spent countless years training in this field because they’re passionate about it – you’re doing yourself a disservice and adding more stress to what is already a stressful situation.”
“There’s a difference between feeling uncomfortable from a provider making you feel uncomfortable and being unhappy with the results and or the outlook that is presented.
“The third-party reproductive world is great, it’s amazing and I’m so happy I work with it because it opens up an opportunity for people who may not have been able to be parents are now able to.”
“There are so many different ways to become a mom.”
“Sometimes not saying anything but showing them you’ll be right there with them is pivotal.”
“I get to see miracles happen every day.”