Is there any connection between Grade C embryos and the risk of birth defects ?

A patient asked me this question. Can Grade A embryos result in abnormalities in the baby ? Or do only Grade C results in abnormalities ?  Sadly, there is still a lot of misunderstanding  about embryo grading . Most embryologists are not skilled enough to be able to...

The limits of IVF technology

The IVF lab is the heart of IVF treatment. We keep your eggs and sperms safely in the incubator, and your embryos grow in the IVF culture medium in vitro, until they form good quality blastocysts, which are ready to either be frozen , or to be transferred into your u...

The difference between IVF outputs and IVF outcomes - what every patient needs to know !

What every patient ( and every doctor) wants from every IVF cycle is a happy ending -  a baby. It's great when we can achieve this happy outcome, but sadly IVF does not have a 100% pregnancy rate, which means many IVF cycles fail. While this is heartbreaking, the patie...

How can we make IVF more affordable in India ?

I often see lots of infertile patients who could get pregnant if they did IVF treatment. Unfortunately, they just cannot afford to do an IVF cycle for financial reasons, and they end up without a baby. It fair to say  that  this causes them a significant amount of  fru...

What do we need to change for our next IVF cycle

After her IVF cycle failed, a patient sent me this email In retrospect what do you think could have gone wrong? Is there anything I need to improve or change ?  It's important to learn from each IVF cycle by analysing what went, and what didn't. The right time...

How to prevent errors in IVF - what every patient needs to know !

The biggest nightmare for any IVF patient is that the lab may mix up their eggs and sperms with another patients. This has happened in many clinics, and IVF is as prone to errors as any other treatment because it is provided by a host of people working together – doc...

Second opinions for IVF patients

While second opinions can be quite helpful in reducing " avoidable medical care" , they come with their own set of challenges. . Patients are scared about seeking out a second opinion because they are worried that by doing so, the doctor who is treating them will get o...

How many IVF cycles will it take for me to get pregnant ?

There are some questions which IVF doctors cannot answer accurately, and one of these is the commonest questions patients ask - How many IVF cycles will it take for me to get pregnant? Patients know that IVF doesn't have a 100% pregnancy rate and that they need t...

Why a picture is worth a 1000 words in an IVF cycle !

This is why patients should always insist that their IVF clinic provide them with photos of their embryos. This helps to keep the IVF clinic honest ! Good clinics provide embryo photos routinely and proactively, because they are transparent, open and accountable.  Sa...

Root cause analysis for IVF failure

 We treat lots of engineers and computer programmers who are infertile , and when their IVF cycle fails, they ask us, "Can we please do a root cause analysis to find out why the cycle failed?" After all, they are engineers and think logically and analytically. They...