The Family Circle

Episode 14: Infertility: A Conversation with Dr. Meyer from Illume Fertility

March 13, 2023 Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation Season 1 Episode 14
The Family Circle
Episode 14: Infertility: A Conversation with Dr. Meyer from Illume Fertility
Show Notes

Dr. Laura Meyer, a Reproductive Endocrinologist at Illume Fertility, is the featured guest on the podcast today. She begins by sharing her personal journey and passion for reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and proceeds to provide an overview of the complex issues surrounding infertility and the options available to individuals and couples looking to start a family. Dr. Meyer delves into the topic of third-party reproduction, including egg donation and surrogacy, and looks at the relationships between doctors, patients, and agencies involved in the process, highlighting the importance of personalized care and decision-making based on individual circumstances.

She goes on to explore the topic of egg donation and the different types available, and discusses the importance of ensuring that everyone involved in the process has aligned expectations, encouraging a relationship between the parties involved in the donation process. She notes as well that the advancements in genetic testing have changed the egg donation landscape, and how it is no longer realistic to expect eternal anonymity. An undisputed expert in the field, Dr. Meyer provides listeners here today valuable insight into the complexities of infertility, as well as sage advice regarding the many options available to those seeking to start a family.

Episode Highlights:

  • Dr. Meyer’s background and how she became interested in reproductive endocrinology
  • Causes of infertility
  • The different treatments available and how they work 
  • The emotional and psychological impact of infertility on individuals and couples
  •  How to cope with the challenges of treatment
  • The importance of genetic testing in fertility treatment
  •  Risks associated with certain genetic conditions
  • Different paths to parenthood
  • Dr. Meyer’s advice and resources for those facing infertility or considering fertility treatment.
  • Third-party reproduction
  • The changing landscape of egg donation and eternal anonymity
  • The robust egg donor database available at Circle
  • The  in the current egg donation landscape

About Dr. Meyer
Dr. Laura Meyer is double board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology. After graduating from the NYU School of Medicine, she completed both her residency and fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Prior to joining Illume Fertility in 2020, she was an Assistant Professor at the NYU School of Medicine, practicing in Westchester and Fairfield counties.

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