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One of the commonest questions patients ask me is - Doctor , we can't come to Mumbai for our IVF treatment , so can you suggest which doctor we can go to in our home town ?

I wish I could do that , but the problem is I don't know all the doctors all over the world . I can't be sure how good or bad an individual doctor is , and its very hard to vouch for someone else's professional competence and character.

I tell patients to use the following method to find the right doctor. This is basically a two-pronged approach , based on both the doctor's medical skills ; and the chemistry between the doctor and you.

The two questions are simple .

1. Do you do blastocyst transfers for all your patients ?

2. Do you provide embryo photos routinely to all your patients ?

You can get this information either by sending an email to the clinic , or by picking up the phone and talking to the receptionist. There's no need to spend time and money actually going to the clinic to find this out.

This is a basic question every IVF clinic should be able to answer . If they try to avoid answering this, that in itself is a Red Flag , which means they really don't know what they're doing .

If the answer to both these question is yes, your next step is to take an appointment and go see the doctor . This is when you find out if the doctor inspires trust . Is he respectful , and is he willing to take the time to answer all your questions . Or is he more interested in seeing as many patients as possible , in order to maximize his revenue ?

The chemistry between the doctor and you needs to be right . The doctor needs to be willing to work to earn your trust , and you need to make sure that he is worthy of giving it to him . This is a two-way street .

You need to invest time and energy to find the right doctor , because this is the single decision which can make the biggest difference as to whether or not you will succeed in your quest for having a baby through IVF .

Source : https://blog.drmalpani.com/2021/02/the-two-questions-you-need-to-ask-to.html
Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.
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