BONUS 146: Ovarian Cysts 101

March 16, 2018

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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.

Dr. Allison Rodgers begins by answering six listener questions. The full questions are read on the air, but here are brief summaries:

  • Lindsay asks about Dr. Rodgers’ recommendation for patients with autoimmune disorders, specifically IVIG or intralipid treatment.
  • Meredith asks about a catheter problem with her cervix during her last FET. She is concerned about how to proceed at age 42 with her final remaining embryo.
  • Katie asks about her diminished ovarian reserve and whether an eating disorder might be to blame for her low egg count. She wants to know about ideal body fat, weight, and recommended foods.
  • Kari wants to know if Menopur is safe to take while breastfeeding.
  • Brittany is 32 and considering IVF due to a blocked tube. She asks if there is still a chance that they could conceive on their own.
  • Kelly’s question is about the INVOcell device and when it might be a viable option.

Dr. Rodgers and Heather continue with a deep dive into ovarian cysts:

  • What are ovarian cysts? How common are they?
  • What are the different types of ovarian cysts?
    • Follicle cysts
    • Corpus luteum cysts
    • Dermoid cysts
    • Cystadenomas
    • Endometriomas
    • Polycystic ovaries
  • What causes each type of cyst?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of each type of cyst?
  • What complications can be caused by ovarian cysts?
  • What diagnostic tests and procedures are used to diagnose the different types of ovarian cysts?
  • How are the different types of ovarian cysts typically treated?
  • Are ovarian cysts ever an emergency?
  • Can ovarian cysts lead to cancer?
  • Is there a way to prevent ovarian cysts? Why or why not?
  • How exactly do the different types of ovarian cysts impact fertility, and do you have any success stories?
  • What words of hope would you offer to a patient who’s struggled with ovarian cysts?

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Words of Hope:

If you don't feel like you're getting the answers you need, then you need to get another opinion. Cysts are very treatable, and we can help you be successful either by treating them or by leaving them alone. Click To Tweet

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