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 begins by answering six listener questions. The full questions are read on the air, but here are brief summaries:
- Ali has a PCOS diagnosis and has done IUIs and then IVF. Of her 24 eggs retrieved, only 2 were suitable for PGS testing, so she asks if her problem is related to eggs, sperm, or the protocol, and the best next steps for a better outcome.
- Kim has high FSH and low AMH, but she conceived her first child naturally after two losses. She asks if she’s at risk for early menopause due to low ovarian reserve and if there is a test to predict menopause.
- Darlene has low AMH and normal FSH as she looks toward her second IVF. She miscarried after the first and has had one other chemical pregnancy, so she asks about the protocol they should follow next.
- Jessica was recently diagnosed with the bacteria ureaplasma, so she asks about how this might affect her fertility.
- Lora has had two miscarriages, both of which had no detectable heartbeat at 8 weeks. She’s been diagnosed with MTHFR, Asherman’s Syndrome, and Factor V Leiden. She asks about ERA testing and its effectiveness in her situation.
- Michelle is trying for a second child after conceiving her first child with treatment. She asks about decreased cervical mucus and what can be done to maximize her fertility.
Dr. Rodgers and Heather continue the episode by discussing everything you need to know about egg vitrification:
- What is egg cryopreservation?
- Under what situations should women consider egg cryopreservation, and why?
- What is slow freezing?
- What is egg vitrification?
- How do the success rates of slow freezing and egg vitrification compare?
- Does egg vitrification alter the rest of the process in any way (protocol, cost, storage capacity, etc.)?
- When did ASRM remove the “experimental” label from egg freezing and why?
- How does the exact vitrification method used by the lab impact results?
- What other lab factors impact results (pre-cryopreservation conditions, air quality, incubators, etc.)?
- What questions should potential patients ask about a clinic’s lab prior to selecting that clinic, and why?
- Is there any new research in this area?
- Do you have any recent success stories to share?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add?
- What words of hope would you offer to someone who is considering freezing her eggs?