IVF is the best treatment option for infertile couples wanting to have a baby. Unfortunately, there are just too many IVF clinics mushrooming all over the place and not all of them are on the level.  IVF is an expensive treatment and couples who opt for it invest a lot of time, energy, money and emotions in it.

And when they get taken for a ride by these unscrupulous doctors, it leaves them in shambles. This is why it’s crucial for patients to protect themselves from badly run clinics. Here is a guide that will help you identify a bad clinic, so you can keep away from it.

IVF- A lucrative business

Because of the nature of the treatment, IVF is big business and there are doctors who will take advantage of this fact to wring money out of gullible patients. It can be very difficult for patients to identify which clinic is good, and which isn’t. This is because they all seem the same. Patients aren’t really sure how to figure out which one offers the best services.

Many clinics tout the fact that they use the latest technology and have acquired the latest machines. But this is no more than a marketing ruse and an excellent way of grabbing the attention of the media. These machines don’t necessarily help improve IVF success rates and more often than not, these latest machines become dust catchers and just languish in some corner of the clinic. This is how you protect yourself from bad IVF clinics:

Read more- Bad IVF doctors and how to protect yourself

Success Rates of a Clinic- Should I check them?

Unfortunately, when it comes to IVF success rates, judging the mettle of a clinic on the basis of its reputation doesn’t really help. Most of the big name clinics are nothing but money-making mills. It’s also very easy to doctor success rates and checking these doesn’t help either. The aspects you should be checking are, whether they

  • Use state-of-the-art technology
  • Use vitrification to preserve embryos
  • Cryopreserve embryos
  • Is blastocyst transfer done?
  • Provide photographic documentation of your embryos
  • Offer PGD ( preimplantation genetic diagnosis)

IVF Clinic- The red flags

There are some red flags which should be the warnings signs for you, that the clinic isn’t good:

  • They have doctor who comes to the clinic only for a few days each month to conduct the clinical procedures
  • They don’t perform more than 100 cycles annually
  • The clinic doesn’t have a full-time embryologist
  • They “batch patients” as they don’t have the necessary in-house expertise  to get qualified people  for the treatment
  • They don’t maintain any records of the treatment protocols
  • No treatment summary provided to the patient
  • No photos of embryos provides to the patients
  • Not proactive with explaining things and giving answers

Read more- The importance of seeing photos of your IVF embryos !

The Important Aspect 

It’s true that there is no certainty of IVF outcome, regardless of where you get the treatment. Since doctors can’t control embryo implantation, it’s the clinic’s responsibility to produce good quality embryos; this is indicative of their skill and expertise. A good clinic will always document all these things carefully- this shows their patients they are skilled and transparent in their working.

Not happy with the attention you are getting from your IVF clinic? Need more information? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you!

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

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