Many IVF patients are quite clueless about the medical
details of their IVF treatment, and this is because of two reasons.
Firstly, many believe that they should let the IVF doctor
do what he thinks is right. Why challenge his authority by asking him questions
? After all, he is the expert, and knows what to do , which means there's no
need to ask questions.
Secondly, they believe that IVF is so complex that they're
not going to be able to understand anything about the technical minutiae. Isn't
a little knowledge dangerous ? Why try to become " half doctors" and
second guess the doctor ? Why not just allow the doctor the freedom to do
whatever he thinks is right?
Now, this is fine if you are lucky and select a good
clinic, but what happens if you end up in a bad clinic? These are often
commercial enterprises who will over-test and over-treat , because their
priority is to make lots of money. You will end up wasting a lot of time, money
and energy, and you will never end up having the baby. The tragedy is that you
could have got pregnant if you had has the sense to select a good clinic !
Now, in order to differentiate between a good clinic and
bad clinic, you need to know exactly what's happening, which is why you need to
do your homework.
Good doctors are open
and transparent about what they're doing for you and why, and this why they
will share everything they do during your IVF cycle, including providing you
with photos of your embryos routinely.
What to find an IVF clinic which respects your time and intelligence ?