BONUS 218: Endometriosis vs. Adenomyosis

August 2, 2019

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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.

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Dr. Rodgers begins by answering six listener questions. The full questions are read on the air, but here are brief summaries:

  • Michelle has had a miscarriage, chemical pregnancy, and became pregnant once using Clomid. She asks if the Receptiva test for endometriosis is the same or similar to an ERA test.
  • Bethany miscarried at eight weeks and is being treated with Synthroid. She asks if she should push her RE for an MRI to check for a pituitary tumor.
  • Jessica has been trying to conceive for almost three years and has done three medicated IUI cycles. She is open to moving to IVF but asks about the top tests to do next if all non-invasive tests have already been done.
  • Kylie has been diagnosed with pituitary adenoma, takes medication for TSH, and has PCOS on one ovary. She has done four cycles with Clomid and asks if her issues could be connected and if going straight to IVF is the best option for her.
  • Christina’s husband had a vasectomy reversal. His subsequent semen analysis showed a low sperm count, but then three months later showed zero sperm. She asks if there is any hope for a biological child for them.
  • Lilly has secondary infertility, diminished ovarian reserve, and is obese. She’s been told her ovaries are very high in her abdomen, which complicates egg retrieval. She asks if Dr. Rodgers has ever treated a patient like her, what her options are, and if trying IUI is just a waste of time.

Dr. Rodgers and Heather continue the episode by discussing everything you need to know the similarities and differences between endometriosis and adenomyosis:

  • What is endometriosis? How common is it?
  • What are the typical symptoms of endometriosis?
  • What are the different theories about what might cause endometriosis?
  • What are the risk factors that put you at a higher and lower risk of developing endometriosis?
  • How is endometriosis diagnosed?
  • How is endometriosis treated?
  • What is the prognosis for patients with endometriosis?
  • Can you talk about any new endometriosis research?
  • Do you have any recent endometriosis success stories to share?
  • What is adenomyosis? How common is it?
  • What are the typical symptoms of adenomyosis?
  • What are the different theories about what might cause adenomyosis?
  • What are the risk factors that put you at a higher and lower risk of developing adenomyosis?
  • How is adenomyosis diagnosed?
  • How is adenomyosis treated?
  • What is the prognosis for patients with adenomyosis?
  • Can you talk about any new adenomyosis research?
  • Do you have any recent adenomyosis success stories to share?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?
  • What words of hope would you offer to someone who has been diagnosed with endometriosis or adenomyosis?

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