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Making sense of IVF treatment

One of the problems with IVF treatment is that patients still don't understand what the process involves. Not only doctors love complexifying the process ( so they can charge more for it !), there are so many myths and misconceptions floating around - both onl...

A complete guide on Cervical Mucus | How can problems with cervical mucus affect fertility ?

  What is cervical mucus? How can you track your mucus? How can problems with cervical mucus affect fertility? How does the doctor test your cervical mucus? What is the postcoital test ( PCT)? What is the in vitro sperm mucus penetration test? How can poor cervical...

Success Stories: Couple from Kolkata

Kolkata based couple was trying for a baby for long but all in vain. Later they got their baby with the help of embryo transfer that was done at the Malpani Clinic. Read to know more about their experience. We have been married for 6 years . I have a polycystic...

The IVF lab - the heart of the IVF clinic

The heart of the IVF clinic is the IVF laboratory, because this is where the embryos are actually made. The IVF lab is often off-limits to patients in most IVF centers, which is why most patients don't have a clue what goes on in the IVF lab. Here's a guided tour of ou...

Success Stories: Patient from Sri Lanka!

This Sri Lankan couple's story of success could be a good lesson for those couples who cannot wait for trying out treatments without proper identification of the infertility cause. Dr Malpani identified the cause, did the correct treatment with good heart, which...

Small Town IVF Doctors and their Scare Snare

We see a significant number of patients who have failed IVF cycles in clinics in smaller cities in India. This tends to keep us very busy as all these patients have borne the brunt of getting treated by technically incompetent and inexperienced doctors who lack the ex...

Patients with poor ovarian reserve: is there any point in flogging a dead horse?

Women with poor ovarian reserve who have regular cycles are extremely difficult to treat. Because they have regular cycles , they expect that they will have good quality eggs.  This belief is reinforced when they do IVF and their eggs fertilise and the doctor gets embry...

Why do IVF doctors blame patients when the lab messes up ?

A patient sent me this email. Our last IVF cycle failed. We had 3 euploid embryos after doing PGD. These were graded as 6AA, 6AA, and 5AA. We had planned to transfer only one of the 6AAs on a FET , but when it thawed it didn’t look great. It was still alive but loo...

IVF : In Vitro Fertilization HINTS

The main IVF hint is to pamper yourself! - or to get your husband to pamper you ! An IVF cycle is a very stressful thing and anything that helps you through it without harming a potential baby is okay! Decide ahead of time where and how you want to get n...

Does your IVF clinic follow best practices?

Most IVF patients are pretty clueless when selecting an IVF clinic. They naively believe that all clinics are pretty much the same. This can lead to disaster when they go to a poorly equipped clinic - one that doesn't have enough experience or expertise or take short c...