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 answers more than a dozen listener questions about the coronavirus vaccine, IVF protocols, recurrent pregnancy loss, repeat implantation failure, diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), and much more. The full questions from listeners are read on-air, but brief summaries are given here:
- Jessica, 33, is currently in a stim cycle for a frozen transfer in January. She asks about the safety of the coronavirus vaccine for pregnant women and those going through fertility treatment.
- Kaley, 40, lives in Canada and has unexplained infertility. Her son was born through IVF when she was 37, and she’s had three losses since. She asks about her doctor’s recommended protocol of luteal Lupron for better quality eggs.
- Kara, 36, miscarried twins at 16 weeks with her first IVF cycle. Her second IVF resulted in a chemical pregnancy, and now she’s back to an egg retrieval to start over. She asks for Dr. Rodgers’ opinion of the recommended protocol of microdose Lupron flare with a hysteroscopy.
- Ruby, 32, lives in Germany and has tubal factor infertility, implantation failure, and poor egg quality. Since PGS isn’t possible in Germany, she asks if the two remaining frozen blastocysts from the same cycle could be fine to transfer next.
- Marie, 33, was diagnosed as a poor responder with DOR and high FSH. Her fourth IVF cycle produced her boy/girl twins, but she asks if her daughter could inherit her reproductive challenges. She also asks about any research about the chances of spontaneous pregnancy occurring after IVF.
- Rebekah, 34, conceived her daughter naturally on her first attempt at age 30. Her second pregnancy also happened naturally but was a uterine cornual ectopic that resulted in surgeries, transfusions, and a lengthy hospital stay. She is proceeding now with a surrogate but asks if the depression, anxiety, and panic attacks are related to her protocols, if mini-IVF is an option, and if lower doses of medications might be better.
- Mary Ann, 33, has one normal embryo and is preparing for a frozen transfer. She’s at a new clinic with a new protocol that doesn’t suppress ovulation and asks how that will work.
- Mallory, 32, has DOR and is a poor responder. She’s had three failed IVF cycles and two failed transfers. With a limited number of embryos, she asks how to improve implantation success.
- Libby, 37, has a four-year-old who was conceived naturally and easily, but now she’s struggling with secondary infertility. Her first two IVF rounds yielded no normal embryos, and her poor egg quality is prompting her to use an egg donor. She asks if Dr. Rodgers recommends a hybrid model for her FET or a medicated protocol.
- Lauren, 35, has been trying to conceive for two years and has had two surgeries for endometriosis. After three IUIs and two IVF cycles, she became pregnant but miscarried when her body attacked the baby. She asks for Dr. Rodgers’ advice about next steps.
- Gina, 37, asks questions about ERA, being pre-receptive, prepping to transfer a mosaic embryo, and how long the window of implantation might be.
- Magdalena, 31, lives in Canada and has hypothalamic amenorrhea. Since she has tried for seven years to conceive, she asks if her AMH could be falsely low with HA. She also asks about another retrieval, overstimulation, and egg quality.
- Katherine, 30, lives in Canada and has been trying to conceive for two years. She’s had three failed medicated timed intercourse cycles and two IUIs. She is currently in the two-week wait of her second IVF transfer. She has eight frozen embryos and asks if there should be further testing for her or her embryos.
- Jess, 33, had an egg retrieval, but none of her eggs fertilized with ICSI. She’s in her second round now. She asks if Dr. Rodgers has ever seen these results before.