How IVF doctors lie to patients !

A patient who had failed an IVF cycle at another clinic asked me for a second opinion by email. I requested her to send me photos of her embryos. When she asked her  clinic for these, her IVF doctor said - We don't take photos because we do not expose embryos to a fla...

Labelling emotions helps infertile couples to cope better with them

Have you ever felt emotional, but couldn’t pinpoint why? Labeling your emotions is an important first step in dealing with them. Research has shown that people who write about emotionally charged episodes experience a marked increase in their physical and mental well-be...

Unnecessary blood tests for patients with miscarriages

Recurrent pregnancy losses ( recurrent miscarriages) are one of reproductive medicine's most frustrating problems. Lots of doctors order a panel of expensive blood tests to find out the reason for the miscarriages, so they can treat it. However, the ABIM Foundation ha...

The problem with the mindless implementation of the PCPNDT Act

The Surat health officer said - " We have fixed a target to reach 1,000 girls against 1,000 boys." http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ahmedabad/surat-sex-ratio-has-improved-in-2014-15-says-crs-data-4443680/ This is exactly the fear doctors had when the PCPNDT Act...

Why I admire women who are willing to go through a second IVF cycle.

I'm an IVF specialist and I do hundreds of IVF cycles every year. I've treated thousands of women, and I continue admire women who are willing to go through a second IVF cycle. Now they may have done the first IVF cycle at some other clinic; the cycle may have failed ;...

Scientific quackery in IVF.

When we think of quacks, we think of unqualified doctors holed up in dingy rooms in slums and villages who give colourful injections, herbs , placebos and potions to illiterate patients .  We believe that it's easy for them to fool illiterate poor patients, who don't kn...

The lazy farmer's guide to sustainable agriculture

All of us understand the central importance of nutrition in our lives . We know we need to eat good quality food if we want to lead a healthy and happy life.However, because of our multi-billion food processing industries , we end up stuffing ourselves  with poisons whi...

The IVF patients quandary

We recently treated a patient who presented an interesting dilemma. She'd done IVF at the age of 38 because she was worried about her poor ovarian reserve and hadn't got pregnant even after four years of trying. We did an IVF cycle for her. We got three grade A blastocy...

Why are doctors getting burnt out ?

The general perception is that doctors are extremely hard working. Most patients both admire how busy doctors are and resent this as well - especially when they have to wait for hours to see them. Because they are so rushed, they don't have enough time to listen to th...

Using dashboards to manage your startup

Every startup is an experiment and the reality is that most of them fail. This is because they're complex systems with multiple moving parts, all of which have to work properly to make sure that the company continues to grow. This can be extremely challenging for the...