One of the
major problems which plagues IVF treatment is the uncertainty surrounding it , because
you can never be sure whether your IVF cycle is going to work or not. This is
where the concept of probability is so important. Patients need to understand what their chance
of success are, so they can decide how many times they want to try IVF.
is that's very hard to apply probability statistics to IVF for two reasons. One
is because it's so personal after all, the success rate is not just a number
! It's something which affects your entire life, which is why it's very hard to view it objectively in a detached
problem is that the law of small numbers applies. Statistics aren't very
reliable when they are applied to small numbers , and this is a big problem
with IVF cycles, because it's very hard to draw conclusions based one patient's
experience with one or two cycles.
the fact that there are so many biological variables which affect the results
of IVF makes interpreting these numbers extremely hard - not just for patients ,
but for doctors as well.
This is why
both doctor and patient need to sit together , so they can decide what's right
for the patient.
and this will help you make better decisions !