Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Allison Rodgers. She is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has been practicing medicine since 2004. Dr. Rodgers currently practices at the Fertility Centers of Illinois. Her 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.
Dr. Rodgers and Heather discuss everything you need to know about COVID-19, infertility and pregnancy as of Sunday, March 15, 2020:
- What is a coronavirus?
- What is COVID-19?
- How does COVID-19 spread? What about air and surfaces?
- What are COVID-19 symptoms (mild, moderate, severe)?
- What is the incubation period? How likely is someone to catch COVID-19 vs. be a carrier?
- What prevention methods SHOULD patients be doing right now?
- What prevention methods should patients NOT be doing right now? (What prevention methods have proved ineffective?)
- Do you suggest delaying fertility treatments?
- Does that advice differ at all if you get a typical cold or flu rather than COVID-19?
- What if you or someone in your family gets diagnosed while you’re in the middle of a fertility treatment cycle?
- Are there any concerns regarding surrogacy that may impact gestational carriers or intended parents?
- A newborn baby was just diagnosed with COVID-19 at birth in London. What can you tell us about that situation?
- Given that we don’t know when a vaccine will be readily available, do we even want to be pregnant right now?
- I know you can’t speak for every clinic, but what is FCI’s plan as of this recording? (Are you guys refusing any patients or cycle types?)
- What can listeners do to manage their stress during this time?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add?
- What words of hope would you offer to patients who are worried about COVID-19?