Part of the problem with IVF treatment is that no matter
how well we follow the process, we can never be sure about the outcome.
This is because even if we produce top quality embryos , and
put them back in a perfectly receptive endometrium, pregnancy rates are never
going to be 100% , because we can't control embryo implantation. Human
reproduction is not very efficient - and this is true in the bedroom, and the
clinic as well !
The problem is that
patients can't judge by the process, because this happens inside the lab. They
can only judge by outcome, and when the cycle fails, patients are
understandably upset and angry.
This is why we spend so much time and energy trying to
educate patients , and reminding them that IVF outcomes are not in a doctor's
This is why they need to understand as much as possible
about the IVF process, so they can see if the doctor is following the process properly or not.
This is why we are such sticklers for following the right
protocol, and emphasising openness and transparency.
This is the reason good IVF clinics give photos of embryos
routinely to patients, so they can see the clinic has done what was in its
control properly ! This creates trust and confidence, so patients have peace of
mind they are getting the best possible medical care.
What to find an IVF clinic which respects your time and intelligence ?