BONUS 260: Mullerian Anomalies 101

May 22, 2020

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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:

  • Nune just went through an IVF cycle in which ten eggs yielded no genetically-normal embryos. Her blood test results prompt her to ask about the implications of an underactive thyroid and what next steps she might take on her journey.
  • Jemima asks if Asherman’s syndrome can be treated with medication instead of surgery.
  • Farah’s husband has hypogonadism, and they have been advised to do IVF. She asks if this means a natural pregnancy is impossible for them.
  • Samantha has been diagnosed with PCOS, but she questions this diagnosis because her symptoms and lab results don’t align with typical PCOS. She asks if she should try Clomid and what she should be tested for next.
  • Katie has experienced several losses. With lab results showing hypothyroidism and low progesterone, she asks what steps to take next.
  • Lucia started trying to conceive again one year after giving birth via C-section, but then she paused to pursue becoming a gestational surrogate. She never became pregnant, so she asks about C-section scar defects and how they relate to secondary infertility.

Dr. Rodgers and Heather continue the episode by discussing everything you need to know about Mullerian anomalies:

  • What is a Mullerian anomaly?
  • Agenesis and hypoplasia
    • What is it and how common is it?
    • How does it impact a woman’s ability to get pregnant if untreated?
    • How is it diagnosed?
    • How is it treated?
    • What is the prognosis?
    • Any research or anything else to add?
  • Complete duplication of the uterus
    • What is it and how common is it?
    • How does it impact a woman’s ability to get pregnant if untreated?
    • How is it diagnosed?
    • How is it treated?
    • What is the prognosis?
    • Any research or anything else to add?
  • Bicornuate uterus
    • What is it and how common is it?
    • How does it impact a woman’s ability to get pregnant if untreated?
    • How is it diagnosed?
    • How is it treated?
    • What is the prognosis?
    • Any research or anything else to add?
  • Septate uterus
    • What is it and how common is it?
    • How does it impact a woman’s ability to get pregnant if untreated?
    • How is it diagnosed?
    • How is it treated?
    • What is the prognosis?
    • Any research or anything else to add?
  • Unicornuate uterus
    • What is it and how common is it?
    • How does it impact a woman’s ability to get pregnant if untreated?
    • How is it diagnosed?
    • How is it treated?
    • What is the prognosis?
    • Any research or anything else to add?
  • Arcuate uterus
    • What is it and how common is it?
    • How does it impact a woman’s ability to get pregnant if untreated?
    • How is it diagnosed?
    • How is it treated?
    • What is the prognosis?
    • Any research or anything else to add?
  • DES-related uterus
    • What is it and how common is it?
    • How does it impact a woman’s ability to get pregnant if untreated?
    • How is it diagnosed?
    • How is it treated?
    • What is the prognosis?
    • Any research or anything else to add?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?
  • What words of hope would you offer to patients who have a Mullerian anomaly?

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