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:
- Ogo asks about the relationship between DHEA and the increase of estrogen for DOR patients.
- Mitra asks about her low number of eggs at age 39 and her thin uterine lining. She’s not ready to stop treatment but doesn’t know where to turn next.
- Renee asks about being fed soy-based formula as an infant and whether that could be contributing to her infertility because of soy’s interference with estrogen.
- Scout is 43 and has been diagnosed with DOR and Hashimoto’s, and throughout four IVF cycles, her eggs aren’t fertilizing. She wants to know additional recommendations.
- Marise lost three babies at 11, 19, and 29 weeks to miscarriages. She asks about recommendations for testing, since the causes of the losses don’t seem to be related.
- Daphne has an arcuate uterus, a miscarriage, and three failed IUI’s. She asks about her chances for successful IVF with her one remaining embryo.
Dr. Rodgers and Heather continue the episode by discussing over a dozen IVF-related statements, identifying each as a fact, fiction, or something in between:
- You have no control over the success of an IVF cycle.
- Stick to bed rest after embryo transfer.
- Stress lowers IVF success rates.
- Acupuncture helps you get pregnant.
- Melatonin can help improve egg quality.
- Herbal remedies can help with IVF.
- Special diets can boost your chances of getting pregnant.
- If IVF doesn’t work, there is something you could have done better.
- Eating pineapple core can up one’s chances of conception.
- You should wear warm socks throughout the two-week wait.
- Drinking pomegranate juice can thicken your uterine lining.
- Even IVF pregnancies can become ectopic.
- Healthy sleep habits make for better IVF cycles.
- Eggs harvested does not equal eggs fertilized.
- IVF always works.
- Babies conceived through IVF will have a higher chance of birth defects, low birth weight or developmental delays.