We are the only IVF clinic in India which offers a shared risk option to our patient. Since the medical treatment we offer is exactly the same
( whether patients select this option or the single cycle option), why do we offer patients this choice ?

There are many benefits to this option !

From the patient's point of view, it reduces their risk - both financial; and emotional.

The financial benefits are obvious. They are proactively putting a cap to the amount of money they are willing to invest in their quest for a baby - and even if the quest fails, they will have recovered this money, so they can move onto Plan B without having run out of money.

Preparing for Plan B means they are recognising the fact that the IVF cycle may fail . Having realistic expectations reduces their stress levels because they are acknowledging that it may take time for them to achieve success. This is far better than taking an ostrich in the sand attitude and going through an emotional roller-coaster everytime they do IVF.

This option also improves success rates. This is because they are signing up for a well-defined course of action, rather than taking treatment on an ad-hoc basis. It also allows the doctor to learn how the patient responds to superovulation, so he can keep on tweaking the protocol until he can optimise this.

This options offers a lot of benefits to the doctor as well. Patients who have realistic expectations of IVF treatment are much less stressed out and are easier to manage. This option aligns the patient's and doctor's interests, allowing them to work as a partnership. This means that even if the cycle fails, the doctor can learn from this and do a better job the next time. This reduces IVF drop out rates - one of the biggest problems in IVF treatment today.

If this option is so much better then why don't other clinics also offer it ? The reason is simple ! We can afford to offer this option to our patients because we have such a high success rate ! Other clinics cannot because they are worried they will end up losing money, because their failure rates are so high ! This plan limits your financial risk as well.

These programs are quite popular in the USA.  However, most Indian clinics do not have a high enough success rate , which means they are not willing to put their money where their mouth is !

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

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