BONUS 126: Infertility 101 & When to See a Reproductive Endocrinologist

Today’s Guest:

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.

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After Dr. Rodgers answers listener questions about supplements, she and Heather explore everything you need to know about the signs of infertility and when to see a reproductive endocrinologist vs. your regular OB/GYN:

  • What is the medical definition of infertility for both women and men? Approximately how many people are impacted by it?
  • What signs or symptoms, other than the length of time a couple has been actively trying to conceive, might indicate someone could face fertility troubles?
    • Women
      • Abnormal, irregular or painful periods — or lack of a period altogether
      • Hormonal symptoms (skin changes, including more acne; changes in sex drive and desire; dark hair growth on the lips, chest, and chin; loss of hair or thinning hair; weight gain)
      • Milky white discharge from nipples unrelated to breastfeeding
      • Pain during sex
      • Overweight or underweight
      • Recurrent miscarriages
      • Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, untreated celiac disease, periodontal disease, and hypothyroidism — and treatments for chronic illnesses, such as insulin, antidepressants, and thyroid hormones in women and tagamet (cimetidine) and some hypertension medications in men
      • Past cancers
      • History of STDs
      • History of smoking
      • Exposure to toxic chemicals at work
      • Known conditions, such as endometriosis or PCOS
    • Men
      • Changes in hair growth
      • Changes in sexual desire
      • Pain, lump, or swelling in the testicles
      • Problems with erections and ejaculation
      • Small, firm testicles
      • Overweight or underweight
      • Past cancers
      • History of STDs
      • History of smoking
      • Exposure to toxic chemicals at work
      • Extended exposure to heat in the testicular area
  • What is the difference between an OB/GYN and a Reproductive Endocrinologist? What do board certifications for both professionals entail, and how important is it that your medical professionals be board certified?
  • Some OB/GYNs claim to ‘specialize in infertility’ and even perform IUIs in their office. When should patients see a RE vs. an OB/GYN, and vice versa?
  • How do you put new patients at ease when they are transitioning to you from their OB/GYN’s office? Do you have any tips for listeners who are considering making that jump?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

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