Many doctors are of the opinion that IVF specialists are now doing just too much IVF. A gynecologist friend of mine pointed out that some of his patients are choosing to do IVF even when there is no need for it. In one such case, a patient of his had gone to her doctor who suggested that she opt to do IVF. Surprisingly, the very next month, she got pregnant in her bedroom.

He felt that IVF is being overused and that there are just too many clinics mushrooming all over the place and all of them want to do the maximum number of cycles. Sure, IVF is a very effective infertility treatment, but what worried him was  that it was freely being advised even for patients who would otherwise benefit from less complex and less expensive treatments. In short, this wasn’t fair to the patients.

In his opinion, IVF specialists tend to have a very stereotypical view and the only thing they think of is to suggest IVF to all their patients who come to them for treatment. After all, that’s what they do for a living, don’t they? In the event that an IVF cycle fails, the couple approaches another IVF specialist for a second opinion. In case that doctor also provides the same advice, they get even more confused. The only difference probably is that the second doctor suggests they do IVF at his clinic now.

The paradoxical situation

The simple fact is that IVF is a very expensive treatment; when patients have to make these decisions, they don’t have a clue as to what they should be doing; very importantly, they aren’t even too sure about whether they should be doing IVF in the first place. This scenario is a complete paradox. Infertile patients who have more modest incomes can’t get IVF treatment though they require it.

On the other hand, those who are extremely rich get excessive amounts of it as they are able to pour that much money into it. But a lot of it may actually be unnecessary. There are several cases in which patients who are craving to have a baby, go straight to an IVF doctor, as they are aware that the success rates with IVF can be very high.

High success rates

They are aware that there are less complex and less expensive treatments out there that they can opt for; however they choose to opt for IVF. Many couples are more focused on results and they don’t really care about the treatment path they take to get those results.

Since IVF has higher success rates compared to other infertility treatments, in a way, it also becomes more time-effective and cost-effective for a number of patients. Being well informed is the one way to ensure you make the right decision.

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

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