Why IVF doctors continue to order useless tests and offer wasteful treatment

Patients who fail an IVF cycle are extremely vulnerable . This failure is often the last straw, because they are not sure what to do next. They have no idea why the cycle failed, even though the doctor was so optimistic at the time of the transfer. They are usually comp...

A free simple way of improving patient engagement

Patient engagement has become a buzzword today, and lots of efforts have been made to involve patients in their own health care. Here's a free simple way which any doctor can use to empower their patients . After telling the patient what medicines he needs to take, he...

Why we should do only Day 5 transfers for poor ovarian responders

Lots of clinics do Day 5 ( blastocyst)  transfers, but they  usually reserve them for patients with a good ovarian response - patients who have good eggs and lots of embryos , because they're pretty confident that they will get Day 5 embryos. However, they will use dou...

What can we do get doctors to answer patient's questions ?

One of the commonest complaints patients have about doctors is that they don't bother to explain anything to them. Most of their explanations are short and sweet - curt and to the point. They're full of medical jargon, which means that the patient usually doesn't have...

Resident doctors being beaten up by relatives in a hospital in Maharashtra

IVF doctors should stop advising unproven treatments to their patients

An excellent paper, authored by some of the world's leading IVF clinicians, appeared in Human Reproduction, the leading IVF medical journal, in Jan 2017. Adjuncts in the IVF laboratory: where is the evidence for ‘add-on’ interventions? "Those advocating and recommen...

IVF patients need to learn that doctors don't have all the answers

Dear Dr Malpani, I read your recent email with interest, as it relates directly to me. After 5 years of IVF and only one successful transfer, which occurred last year at the age of 49 (2016) and I was pregnant for 11 weeks. Unfortunately the embryo failed at 11 wee...

How IVF doctors cheat IVF patients

I just got this email from a patient, and it made my blood boil. I have been reading your blogs in my 2ww. It was my first ivf cycle. Attaching the details. I had my beta hcg today which was less than 2. My gynae says in few cases repeat test can show positive results....

A free, simple, fun, effective way to improve your fertility !

Here's the prescription - Have more sex ! Now, this might seem surprising. After all, sex is such a natural activity and everyone does it all the time , so how will having more sex improve your fertility ? The trouble is that sex for procreation is very different from...

Treating the anti-doctor violence epidemic in India

The epidemic of violence which has erupted against doctors all over the country has taken everyone by surprise. In the past, doctors used to be respected and trusted . Today, it seems to be open house on doctors , and anytime a patient suffers a complication,  goons ar...