The Govt of India U - turn on surrogacy

The recent proposal by the government of India to pass a surrogacy bill which bans commercial surrogacy has raised lots of hackles. Rather than allow this to become a highly polarised debate which just creates more heat rather than sheds light, let's first start the di...

Why don't patients ask their doctors questions ?

I was getting increasingly upset during the consultation with my patient. She had already done four IVF cycles, all of which had failed,  and she didn't have a clue as to what was done during any of the cycles. She didn't know how many follicles she had grown; how many...

Why are systems in hospitals so broken ?

My father in law just got admitted for surgery at a leading hospital because he broke his humerus and he needs to get this fixed.  Being at the receiving end of medical care can be quite an eye-opener for doctors, and I was very disappointed by how broken so many of the...

NDTV program on surrogacy in India with Sonia Singh

Dr.Sunil Pandya: Impact of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics

Doctors and nurses are human too

What happens to the embryos when they don't implant ?

Lots of IVF patients wonder what happens to their embryos when their IVF cycle fails. Some treat the failure as a miscarriage because they confuse an embryo with a fetus. Please remember that an embryo is a microscopic ball of cells. It forms a fetus only after 6 w...

Communicating with the patient - why doctors need to go beyond the bedside

We all know the importance of the doctor patient relationship , and this is why so much stress is laid on the doctor's bedside manner .  Good doctors can communicate care and compassion to the patient , and patients are comforted , because they know that not only is the...

Angst amongst doctors in India

This post has gone viral amongst  doctors in India We live in a country where you can easily have services of a qualified doctor at midnight in 200 Rs but you can't get the services of a plumber or electrician at night for same amount.We live in a country where a hospi...

LUF Syndrome & Infertility

In a normal, healthy fertile woman, when ovulation occurs, the mature ovarian follicle will rupture and release eggs within 38 hours of the increase in luteinizing hormone (LH). However, in a very small percentage of women, the follicle goes through the luteinization...