The emotional baggage which IVF patients carry


Infertile couples usually suffer from low self esteem , because they can't even do something as simple as making a baby in their bedroom - a simple natural biological process which millions of women can do without any effort whatsoever , and have been doing flawlessly for centuries.
This affects their self-image, and because others either sympathize with them , or look down on them, this makes it even harder, and they end up becoming social recluses.
When they finally gather up their courage to do an IVF cycle , and when this fails as well , the confidence which they have in IVF doctors also takes a beating.
The problem is that IVF doctors tend to overpromise, especially when they want the patient to do their first cycle with them.
When the cycle fails, they often abandon the patient, and patients feel cheated . They resent the fact that they didn't get any answers from the doctor.
Many clinics hide basic medical information from IVF patients, and patients can't understand why the doctor is being so evasive. This experience colors their perception of all IVF doctors, and they often refuse to try IVF ever again , no matter how good the new clinic may be.

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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.