A patient who had failed an IVF cycle at another clinic asked me for a second opinion by email.

I requested her to send me photos of her embryos. When she asked her  clinic for these, her IVF doctor said - We don't take photos because we do not expose embryos to a flash. !

The doctor was taking undue advantage of the poor patient's ignorance by lying brazenly.

No flash is needed to take embryo photos - the microscope stage illumination is enough ! 

All good clinics take embryo photos routinely to document the quality of their treatment.

Her next question was -  What could be the possible reasons of poor embryos where me and my husband both are of 30 years. ?

The answer is obvious. A poor quality lab is the reason 90% of the time

Her doctor told her that it was because of poor egg quality.

Another great example of passing the buck and blaming the victim !
Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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