A patient asked me for a second opinion after a failed IVF cycle .

I asked her to send me photos of her embryos, so I could provide personalised advice.

She sent me this email.

I tried to get the photos, however this is the reply from the embryologist. Should I be concerned about continuing at this clinic?

 We do not have any pictures of the embryos. We did not have to hatch either embryo because they were already hatched for PGD. When we thaw the embryos we only take pictures if we hatch because it is the same machine. We do not want to keep the embryos out any longer than they have to because we do not want to expose them to any outside influences that can effect them such as pH changes, temp changes, and large amounts of lights.

This is not a good answer. All good IVF clinics take embryo photos routinely. Even when the embryologist looks at them , they are being exposed to the same " large amount of light", so this reason makes no sense to me Patients need to start getting more proactive if they want to make sure they are taking treatment at a good IVF clinic.

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

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