How to waste money on your IVF treatment

Infertile patients can be quite desperate, and sadly many IVF doctors exploit their ignorance. They make them do lots of useless tests - and subject them to unproven and expensive treatments, which are of no clinical value ! The only way patients can protect themselve...

Why do patients allow IVF clinics to get away poor medical care ?

IVF treatment is expensive, and since it is a planned treatment, patients have the luxury of being able to choose the best clinic, to maximise their chances of getting pregnant. A patient sent me an email after she had failed 2 IVF cycles at the "best IVF clinic" in...

How not to get ripped off by IVF doctors

This is a great article, at http://www.conceptionadvice.com/how-not-to-be-ripped-off-by-fertility-clinics/ Please do read it  - a lot of these malpractices are rampant in Indian IVF clinics as well. I especially love the following paragraph ! Blinded by Pseudo Scien...

Should I use donor eggs ? or do surrogacy ?

A PCOD patient asked me for a second opinion after failing an IVF cycle at another clinic. Here is the summary in response to your questions,1. I donot have pics of embroyos.18 oocytes were retrived; MII oocytes 16+2ICSI DONE16 EMBRYOS DAY 2DAY OF CRYOPERSERVATION Day...

I am glad patients are learning to say No !

A patient send me this email Sir, I m having a chocolate cyst in my left ovary of 3.6*2.8 CM and a normal right ovary . My first doctor advice me for immediate laparoscopy. I am trying for around 10 months. I changed my doc as I was scared of surgery. Can you help ?...

Mind games during the 2ww

A patient sent me this query This is our first icsi cycle and am on 5th day of embryo transfer. Initially had cramps and it raised a bit more but since yesterday night I see no symptom and I am worried. Plus sometime bloating, my breasts has been so hard and am feeling...

The caring doctor

Patients often criticize doctors for being unemotional and distant . Because we are taught to maintain a professional barrier , we may seem to be cold and uncaring, but the reality is that doctors have a heart too - we're human after all ! Ironically, sometimes it's th...

Taking the infertile man ( and his IVF doctor) for a ride !

All doctors know that a semen analysis has a number of limitations. While it can tell us how many sperm a man has, and how well they are swimming, they cannot answer they key question the infertile man is asking - Can I get my wife pregnant with my sperm or not ? Now t...

No wonder US healthcare costs are going through the roof !

The one things Americans are great at is marketing - and one of the reasons their healthcare costs are out of control is because they sell too many unnecessary medical tests and treatments ! A great example of this is the Foresight Carrier Screen marketed by Counsyl. U...

Why do patients find it so hard to repeat an IVF cycle ?

Patients know that the success rate in a single IVF cycle is not 100% and they may require 3 - 4 cycles to get pregnant. However, lots of them drop out after one cycle , and are very reluctant to do a second . I sometimes wonder why this happens ! After all, an IVF cyc...