BONUS 162: Overview of Your In Vitro Options

July 6, 2018

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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:

  • Monci is 45 and has her first FET upcoming. She asks about “platelet-rich plasma” and if there are benefits to this even if uterine lining thickness is not a problem.
  • Emily is 31 and had her first IVF cycle last month. She’s never been pregnant, has been diagnosed with PCOS, and wonders if her own eggs give her any chance at all, since all have tested abnormal.
  • Megan has one daughter who was easily conceived, but just had her third miscarriage. She asks how gluten affects the thyroid and if any evidence supports the theory that gluten-free diets can help you get pregnant.
  • Mary is 32, has a 2-½ year old who was conceived easily, and is trying for a second child. She asks if IUI might give them any chance of conception since they are not comfortable with IVF. Her second question is about whether endometriosis can be the cause of her infertility.
  • Zoe is 47 and has never been pregnant. She asks about the best route for conceiving with her own eggs and if letrozole might be helpful.
  • Kelcie is 28 and has had two failed IUIs and three failed transfers. She asks about what to do since one doctor recommends a fresh transfer and one says a frozen transfer is best.

Dr. Rodgers and Heather continue the episode by discussing the different types of in vitro cycles, as well as the future of IVF:

  • Traditional IVF
    • Describe it.
    • What is the average success rate?
    • In what situations is it recommended? In what situations is it not recommended?
    • What are the pros and cons, and are there any recent/new studies that discuss them?
    • For those who choose PGS testing, what are some of the reasons that normal embryos either fail to implant or result in a miscarriage?
  • IVF with ICSI
    • Describe it.
    • What is the average success rate?
    • In what situations is it recommended? In what situations is it not recommended?
    • What are the pros and cons, and are there any recent/new studies that discuss them?
  • Natural Cycle IVF
    • Describe it.
    • What is the average success rate?
    • In what situations is it recommended? In what situations is it not recommended?
    • What are the pros and cons, and are there any recent/new studies that discuss them?
  • Mini IVF (Mild Stimulation)
    • Describe it.
    • What is the average success rate?
    • In what situations is it recommended? In what situations is it not recommended?
    • What are the pros and cons, and are there any recent/new studies that discuss them?
  • Mini IVF with INVOcell
    • Describe it.
    • What is the average success rate?
    • In what situations is it recommended? In what situations is it not recommended?
    • What are the pros and cons, and are there any recent/new studies that discuss them?
  • In Vitro Maturation (IVM)
    • Describe it.
    • What is the average success rate?
    • In what situations is it recommended? In what situations is it not recommended?
    • What are the pros and cons, and are there any recent/new studies that discuss them?
  • AUGMENT
    • Describe it.
    • What is the average success rate?
    • In what situations is it recommended? In what situations is it not recommended?
    • What are the pros and cons, and are there any recent/new studies that discuss them?
  • In your opinion, what does the future of IVF look like? What research still needs to be done?
  • What words of hope would you offer to someone who’s considering any of these IVF options?

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