Dr. Allison Rodgers is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She currently practices at the Fertility Centers of Illinois. Dr. Rodgers’ personal experiences with both secondary infertility and pregnancy loss have given her a unique insight into reproductive medicine in order to help you BEAT INFERTILITY.
After Dr. Rodgers answers listener questions, she and Heather explore everything you need to know about advanced reproductive age:
- How do you define advanced reproductive age, and can you explain the decrease in fertility and increase in miscarriages at the different age ranges?
- How do our ovaries change as we age?
- How do our eggs change as we age?
- There are some women who remain more fertile longer than others, so what are some signs it might be time to get to the RE sooner rather than later?
- Typically women are instructed not to see a RE until they have unsuccessfully conceived for 1 year, but that drops down to 6 months once you reach 35. Is the initial testing any different for someone with advanced reproductive age?
- Is it important for women with ARA to seek genetic counseling and/or PGS testing?
- What other medical disorders, such as high blood pressure, might arise at this stage in a woman’s life that indicate it may be unsafe to attempt pregnancy?
- Do advanced reproductive age patients always require IVF, or is it at least usually more successful for them?
- At what point should advanced reproductive age patients consider using donor eggs?
- When an advanced reproductive age patient is using frozen eggs or embryos from when she was younger, is her current age no longer a factor?
- Is there any exciting new research that might be beneficial to advanced reproductive age patients?
- Do you have any success stories about advanced reproductive age patients you can share?
- What words of hope would you offer to a woman who’s of advanced reproductive age?