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:
- Elkie, 34, lives in the UK and is trying for Baby #2. She asks about the causes of the spotting and cramping she experiences during her luteal phase.
- Anne, 32, lives in Italy. When she stopped birth control pills, her period shortened and she had lining issues. She asks for advice about the results of her hysteroscopy.
- Sarah, 39, lives in the UK, and she’s been told that using donor eggs is her only option because of premature ovarian failure. She asks Dr. Rodgers about ovarian regeneration.
- Renee, 33, lives in Canada. Her IVF retrieval was canceled because of premature ovulation, and her RE proposes a long protocol with one month of birth control prior to stimulation. She asks how common premature ovulation is and if it can be prevented.
- Amanda, 41, had a natural pregnancy that ended in miscarriage at six weeks. After seven egg retrievals, she only has three normal embryos. She asks about proceeding with her a frozen transfer based on her previous ERA results.
- Amy, 39, has two high-grade normal frozen embryos. She has had an ERA and experienced severe body aches with progesterone in oil. She asks about the progesterone protocol daily vs. every third day.
Dr. Rodgers and Heather continue the episode by discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly of fertility supplements:
- Alpha-lipoic acid
- Omega 3s
- N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC)
- Pycnogenol (pick-nah-gen-all)
- Vitamin A, C, D, E
- What about supplements for men?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add?
- What words of hope would you offer to infertility warriors who are concerned about their egg or embryo quality?