The PCO misdiagnosis epidemic.

There seems to be an epidemic of PCO ( polycystic ovarian disease) today, but I think this is a myth. This is because making the diagnosis has become so easy today - all you need to do is order a "PCO panel of blood tests" from a medical lab. In fact, lots o...

The IVF Checklist

IVF can seem to be a demanding and complex treatment, which is why it helps if you are well organised ! 1. Make sure you have completed all your tests Wife Ovarian reserve testing ( AMH, prolactin, TSH, antral follicle count) Infectious disease sc...

PGS/PGD/PGT testing can reduce pregnancy rates

Many IVF-clinic websites are selling PGS / PGD/ PGT - preimplantation genetic testing to their patients , by claiming that : It increases pregnancy success rates, lowers the risk of miscarriage, and avoids the time (and expense) of multiple IVF cycles. However...

Preimplantation genetic testing/ diagnosis - PGS/PGT-A should be banned outside of clinical study frameworks.

Embryo biopsy for doing PGS/PGT-A is still being promoted in leading journals of reproductive medicine. It is our view that, to some degree, professional societies and journals should acknowledge a shared responsibility with the PGS/PGT-A laboratory community for...

PGT/PGS - preimplantation genetic testing - is a waste of money and should not be used in clinical practice !

After more than 10 years of increasing evidence that the initially promised effects of PGS/PGT-A on IVF outcomes (improved pregnancy, live birth and diminished miscarriage rates) are unachievable (Practice Committees of the American Society for Reproductive Medici...

Why using fresh donor eggs is dangerous

Why do we continue using fresh donor eggs when doing donor egg IVF treatment ? It's now standard practice all over the world to use only frozen sperm for donor insemination, because we know that fresh sperm carries the hazards of HIV transmission. Now...

Why IVF Genetic Screening of embryos should not be used in clinical practice

Sadly, many IVF doctors are selling PGT/ PGS to their IVF patients, claiming that this will improve their IVF success rates. They charge a lot more money for doing this unproven experimental procedure. Don't let your doctor use you as a guinea paig !

IVF mistreatment - fooling IVF patients the Indian way.

It breaks my heart when I see how badly IVF patients in India are treated. Here's a typical path many older women are misled into following by their doctors. Older women have poor egg quality , and are advised to do IVF. They get poor quality embryos - partl...

What genetic tests does an egg donor need ?

Accepting eggs from an anonymous donor can be extremely difficult, and it involves a major leap of faith ! You have to trust that your doctor that will select the right donor for you - someone who is healthy, fertile and is a good physical match. One of the...

Scared of going to an IVF doctor?

Lots of infertile couples know that the right treatment for them is IVF because it maximizes the chance of getting pregnant, but they're very scared of going to an IVF doctor. For one thing, they're worried that they'll be pushed into doing IVF even thou...