The commonest mistake IVF patients make

A lot of IVF patients can be exceptionally nave . They believe that all IVF clinics are created equal, which means the success rates in all clinics are the same. But this is not true, and new clinics , or clinics which are part of corporate chains are often not...

Making sense of your IVF medicines

The superovulation protocol we use for IVF patients depends on two things. One is the patient herself. For example, what her ovarian reserve is , as judged by her age, antral follicle count, AMH level; and her historical response to previous IVF cycles....

Making sense of your IVF medications !

Many patients get confused by all the medicines and injections which are used in an IVF cycle, and this is partly because doctors themselves are very confused. You need to step back and look at the big picture to make sense of the technical minutiae. All...

Which hormone injection works best in IVF ?

There's still a lot of confusion as to whether we should use urinary gonadotropins or recombinant gonadotropins in IVF for superovulation ( = helping patients grow lots of follicles). Historically, we used urinary gonadotropins for many years. These are biol...

Embryo pooling for patients with poor ovarian response

Lots of patients who have a poor ovarian response end up getting only one or two embryos in an IVF cycle . Their options are to transfer the fresh embryo in the IVF cycle; or to freeze them, one at a time , store and pool them, and then transfer them later on,...

No privacy in your IVF clinic ?

IVF can be a very personal touchy, sensitive issue. When you go to an IVF clinic, you expect your doctor to respect your privacy and talk to you one-on-one, because you want to share things which you're not comfortable sharing with other people. Unfortunatel...

Which kind of IVF patients are we the best doctors for?

A single IVF clinic cannot possibly be right for all IVF patients . This means patients need to make a trade-off when selecting an IVF clinic ! Should they go to the cheapest ? the nearest ? the most well known one ? the one who advertises the most ? the one...

Making sense of IVF treatment

One of the problems with IVF treatment is that patients still don't understand what the process involves. Not only doctors love complexifying the process ( so they can charge more for it !), there are so many myths and misconceptions floating around - both onl...

What will my donor egg IVF baby look like?

One of the biggest concerns which patients who do donor egg IVF have is - What will my baby look like? They have to take a major leap of faith, because they don't get a chance to see what the donor looks like. They major worry is - Will my baby resemble...

When doctors cause infertility !

The biggest tragedy in reproductive medicine is when patients are made infertile as a result of the doctor's treatment ! This hurts , because when you go to a doctor , you want him to help you to have a baby . However, when instead of doing so , he actually makes...