Treating the fragile egg syndrome

Fragile Egg during ICSI (NO Indentation in Cytoplasm)       If we do not see any indentation when the ICSI pipette is advanced into the egg, it is advisable not to aspirate the cytoplasm, because this can damage the  fragile egg. However, this is a tricky call, becau...

Laxmi, Saraswati, and doctors

Many doctors feel that society gives them a raw deal. They feel that they are treated very shabbily , and that in spite of slogging for so many years, the amount of money which they earn is a pittance as compared to lawyers, or businessmen for example. We need to under...

Why I write regularly

 I try to write every single day. I don't get paid to do this - I do it because I enjoy it. It's common sense that I should play to my strengths ! I find the more I write, the easier it becomes - I don't think of it as being work.  Perhaps if someone paid me to do it...

Why the National Medical Commission is doomed to fail

Everyone is excited about the fact that the Medical Council of India is being scrapped and that the Government is setting up a brand new National Medical Commission ( NMC). We all acknowledge that the Indian medical system is broken because it is riddled with...

How Practo is taking doctors for a ride

This is the experience of one Endocrinologist with Practo which is being shared amongst Indian doctors.Dear Doctors,Respected Colleagues, I am Dr Lakshmi Lavanya Alapati, Consultant Endocrinologist, have returned from USA to live in India and practice endocrinology in H...

How infertile patients make life harder for themselves

There is no question that infertility can cause a lot of stress, but sometimes infertile patients make a bad situation worse by increasing their own stress levels. They start to catastrophize and worry  about how they will cope in case the IVF cycle fails, even before s...

The Negative beta HCG

A negative beta HCG can often be the hardest thing for an IVF patient to deal with. There are so many hopes and dreams riding on the IVF cycle, and when the result comes back as negative, it can be very hard to deal with this failure. You feel that you are a failure, an...

Are Indian corporate lab chains selling confidential patient data?

We all know that patient data can be worth its weight in gold. It contains a treasure trove of information, and lots of companies will be happy to give an arm and a leg to get access to this. When patients go to a clinic, they expect that their information will be kept...

Why PGS testing is unreliable

Lots of IVF clinic are pushing PGS ( preimplantation genetic screening)  testing. They claim that it can help to improve pregnancy rates by reducing the chances of transferring chromosomally abnormal ( aneuploid) embryos. This seems logical, but as this article points...

Founders need to share their mistakes with their investors

Startup founders are supposed to provide regular updates to their investors so that they can track their progress. Sadly, this is not something which most founders are good at, because they think of this chore as being an irksome distraction. They would rather focus o...