Meggie Smith

Ali on the Run Show Episode 61: Dr. Meggie Q&A Part I: Egg Freezing, Periods, Hormones, & Birth Control

“KonMari your life, KonMari your uterus.” —Meggie Smith

Dr. Meggie is back! Meggie Smith made her Ali on the Run Show debut last year, when she was wrapping up her OB/GYN residency at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. After graduating, Meggie moved to California, where she’s currently pursuing her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Southern California. On Part I of this two-part episode, Meggie talks about life in L.A., her recent decision to freeze her eggs and what the retrieval process was like, and the mental and emotional struggles she’s been experiencing. Then, we kick off the Q&A! This week, Dr. Meggie answers listener questions about periods, sex, hormones, and birth control.

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What you’ll get in this episode:

  • An update on Meggie’s life since the last time she was on the Ali on the Run Show, including whether she actually likes life in Los Angeles (2:30)
  • Meggie opens up about her recent mental health struggles (7:55)
  • Ice, Ice, Baby! Meggie’s egg freezing experience (15:25)
  • Why Meggie says the day of her egg retrieval was the best day of her life, plus how she felt after the procedure (23:45)
  • What Meggie says is the ideal age for egg freezing — and when it’s too late (30:00)
  • Why Meggie’s running the UA NYC Half, and how you can support her training (34:00)
  • Disclaimer time! (35:20)
  • The listener Q&A portion begins! First category: periods (36:55)
  • The organic vs. regular tampon debate (40:50)
  • Meggie answers your sex questions! (45:10)
  • Hormones and birth control Q&A (50:40)

What we mention on this episode:

Meggie Smith on Episode 27 of the Ali on the Run Show

NYU Langone Medical Center

University of Southern California

USC Center for Work and Family Life

Egg Freezing Calculator

TCS New York City Marathon

Win an entry to the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, courtesy of Strava

United Airlines NYC Half

Every Mother Counts

Meggie’s Every Mother Counts / NYC Half fundraiser


World Health Organization (WHO)

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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