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 how fertility clinics work — and how doctors approach each patient case:
- First things first, I’d love to hear about a typical work day in the life of Dr. Allison Rodgers.
- When you first meet with a new patient, take me through the conversation. What questions do you ask? What questions should they ask?
- Sticking with the new patient scenario, do you actively try to avoid over-testing in the beginning? How do you determine what tests that particular patient receives? Or is the first round of testing the same for every patient?
- I’ve heard there are clinics that reject some patients, likely in an effort to keep their SART numbers up. What do you know about this, and what options do these rejected patients have?
- I imagine most of your patients are impatient to get pregnant. Do you try to manage expectations upfront? Or do you take a more hopeful approach?
- How does managing their expectations change over time? Do decisions about their care become a delicate balance of their requests and medical advice?
- Let’s switch gears to the other people at a fertility clinic. What other professionals might be involved in a patient’s care, and what exactly do they do?
- Many fertility clinics offer shared risk programs for IVF. It’s my understanding not everyone qualifies, and there’s some sort of medical board that has a say. Can you explain how these programs work?
- I imagine the staff gets personally invested in patients — I know that was true at my clinic. Do you ever celebrate patient successes, or mourn their losses?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add about the inner workings of fertility clinics?