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:
- Adrienne, 38, lives in Canada. Her first IVF cycle yielded three genetically abnormal embryos, and her second IVF was canceled because there were only three mature follicles. She asks why these two cycles were so different and what steps she should take next.
- Brittany, 33, lives in Canada and has been trying to conceive for four years. Both tubes were removed after an HSG showed one twisted tube and one hydrosalpinx. After three retrievals and a zero fertilization rate, she asks if her supposed “egg activation” issue can be overcome.
- Nora, 40 (her husband is 63) had a successful IVF with their own eggs and sperm in 2014, and the result was twins. With one frozen embryo remaining, she asks for insight into the age issue they face with another try at IVF.
- Molly, 38, was diagnosed with unexplained infertility at age 35, so they moved immediately to IVF. A fresh transfer resulted in the birth of their daughter, and six good embryos were frozen. She had a spontaneous pregnancy and miscarriage, an unsuccessful FET, and an FET canceled due to a thin lining. She asks if her miscarriage could have affected the subsequent FET, along with questions about PGT testing of her existing embryos and a possible hysteroscopy.
- Meg, 37, has had two losses at six weeks within the past year. She’s tested positive for MTHFR and APS, which her RE said could have contributed to her losses. She asks about the recommended protocol of aspirin and heparin for her next cycle.
- Ashley, 39, lives in Canada and has low ovarian reserve. She has had two failed IUIs and a failed IVF cycle due to thin lining. She asks about improving her lining and advice about taking DHEA, Letrozole, and vitamin D.
Dr. Rodgers and Heather continue the episode by discussing sex questions you’re afraid to ask your doctor:
- We’re trying to conceive. When should we have sex?
- How often should you have intercourse when trying to conceive?
- Can we have too much sex when trying to conceive?
- Can I get pregnant if we only have sex once or twice a month?
- Do I need to have an orgasm in order to get pregnant?
- How deep does my partner need to go to affect my chances?
- Why do we lie down for ten minutes after IUI but not after sex?
- Is one sexual position better for getting pregnant?
- Is one sexual position better for having a boy or a girl?
- Can we use lubricant during sex? If so, which one do you recommend?
- Why is sex so painful?
- Will saliva kill sperm?
- Does daily ejaculation affect sperm quality or quantity or both?
- Does the amount of ejaculate predict a man’s fertility?
- What should I do if my partner has erectile dysfunction?
- Can you prescribe us Viagra?
- Now that I’m pregnant, when can we have sex again?
- Will having an orgasm cause a miscarriage?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add?