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 !