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You need to protect yourself from badly run IVF clinics . This guide can help you identify a bad IVF Clinic so you do not get taken for a ride ! Here is a guide for patients going through IVF treatment

IVF is Big Business 

IVF has become a big business today. How can you protect yourself from poorly equipped inexperienced doctors, who set up IVF clinics just to make money ?

  • It can be very hard for patients to differentiate between a good IVF clinic and a bad IVF clinic because they all seem to be the same - and patients are not sophisticated enough to be able to make out which offers a better service
  • For example, many IVF clinics will tom-tom they have bought the newest machine and have the latest technology. However, these are often marketing gimmicks to get media publicity - they do not really help the patient or improve success rates in any way
In fact, many of these "high tech wonders" often end up collecting dust in the lab, because they are never used after the first flush of excitement over their novelty value dies down.
Does Checking Success Rates Help?

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question. Just going by a clinic's reputation does not help ( some big name clinics are just money making mills) - and neither does checking its "success rates", because it's so easy to game these.

I feel the only effective solution is to be well-informed about what an IVF treatment cycle involves. The things you should be checking are:

  • Does the clinic you select provides state-of-the-art technology?
  • Do they cryopreserve embryos?
  • Do they offer vitrification?
  • Do they offer blastocyst transfer?
  • Do they provide photographic documentation of your embryos?
  • Do they offer PGD ( preimplantation genetic diagnosis)

The Danger Signs 

Here are some of the red flags which should warn you the clinic may not be very good.

  • Dependent upon a doctor who travels to the clinic for a few days every month to do the clinical procedures
  • Perform less than 100 IVF cycles every year
  • No full-time embryologist
  • The clinic "Batches patients" because they don't have the required expertise in-house and need to "import" qualified people for the treatment
  • No dosumentation of medical treatment protocols
  • Dont  provide you with a medical treatment summary
  • Don't answer your questions
  • Don't provide you with photographs of your embryos

The Important Aspect 

I feel the last is critically important. While the clinical outcome of an IVF cycle is always uncertain, since doctors cannot control embryo implantation, producing good quality embryos is a function of the IVF clinic, and correlates directly with the skill and expertise of the IVF lab. Good IVF clinics take pride in their skills - and by documenting the embryos they produce in their lab, they can show their patients that they are transparent and skilled !


You need to protect yourself from badly run IVF clinics . Learn how to identify a bad IVF Clinic so you do not get taken for a ride !

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

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