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 begins by answering six listener questions. The full questions are read on the air, but here are brief summaries:
- Sara asks why her lab work is not showing her supposed poor egg quality, if there is any hope that one of their fragmented embryos might be normal, and if there are other tests she should pursue.
- Suzanne had a successful pregnancy with her son, but as they try for baby #2, recent embryos have had cell fusion and reversed to one cell. As she’s never heard of this before, she asks if she has faulty eggs and if they should try again.
- Jeanna conceived her daughter via IUI at age 34, but now she’s trying for baby #2, and they’ve tried many different protocols. She asks if it’s worth trying IVF with FET again, if there is additional testing to consider, if her body could be rejecting good embryos, and if they should go back to IUI again.
- Karolina has premature ovarian failure, and her pregnancy with trisomy-13 had to be terminated. Now her remaining embryos may not survive, and there are strict laws about PGT testing in Austria, where she lives, so she asks for Dr. Rodgers’ advice.
- Frances had her daughter in 2015, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth. They’ve had two early miscarriages, and she asks if Dr. Rodgers recommends Neupogen injections and if there is a difference between progesterone suppositories and injections.
- Julie asks Dr. Rodgers to address luteinized unruptured follicle syndrome and if there are any ways to avoid this.
Dr. Rodgers and Heather continue the episode by discussing everything you need to know about reciprocal IVF:
- When a lesbian couple comes to you for their first consultation, what would you go over with them?
- How does reciprocal IVF work? Walk us through it step by step, including a timeline.
- How do you decide who should carry?
- What if they have a personal preference, that differs from your recommendation?
- If it doesn’t work the first time, do you recommend the other partner carry instead?
- With any procedure there are health risks, but are there any that are unique to reciprocal IVF versus traditional IVF?
- When you work with a couple, do you recommend specific organizations when it comes to working with sperm donors and reproductive attorneys?
- I realize you’re not an attorney, but can you give a brief overview of the legal considerations?
- What are the costs and financing options for reciprocal IVF?
- Is reciprocal IVF typically covered by insurance, in your experience?
- How many times have you successfully completed this procedure? Tell us a few stories.
- Do you normally only have patients already in your immediate area, or do you have some that travel in order to come see you?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add?
- What words of hope would you offer to lesbian couples who are interested in exploring reciprocal IVF?