Ask the IVF Embryologist

Most patients are clueless about what happens in the IVF lab, even though the lab is the heart of IVF treatment. The IVF lab is where all the action occurs  because this is where we make your embryos ! Embryologists are the unsung heroes of the IVF clinic. If you have...

Dreams do come true !

Ever since I was a young girl, I knew I was extremely lucky in every path that I walked - parents, schooling, childhood, education, money, family, marriage…everything was just so perfect….till the point when suddenly I found out I wasn't being able to get pregnant. Th...

Why transferring a single blastocyst at a time improves pregnancy rates

Lots of IVF patients and doctors are very confused about how many embryos to transfer. The general belief is that the more the embryos you put back, the better your chances of getting pregnant. This is why many IVF doctors still put back as many embryos as the patient...

Aamir Khan as a social entrepreneur

Celebrities have a lot of power .  Because of the adulation which they attract , they are often used as brand ambassadors to lead social campaigns. They have the power to do a  lot of good because their actions catch the eye of the public. Lots of people are quite cyn...

Worst case scenario planning for IVF patients

For most IVF doctors and patients , failure is a taboo word. It's something which no one wants to talk about, because everyone wants to discuss only the chances of success. This is obviously far easier to do and much more pleasant, but I don't think evading hard issue...

Why I love my work as an IVF specialist

In today's age , work is a very important part of the way society perceive us . Being proud of what you do also adds a lot to your self-esteem. I consider myself doubly blessed in the work which I do , because being an IVF specialist is extremely gratifying on multiple...

We need to stop medicalising IVF treatment

IVF is an extremely effective form of therapy for infertile couples . It is the final, common pathway for any couple with an infertility problem, because it allows us to bypass whatever hurdles nature may have put in their place. For example, whether the tubes are blo...

When infertile patients start obsessing over their test numbers

I'm a big believer in patient empowerment and feel that patients should do as much homework as possible, so they understand what their options are and can make well-informed decisions for themselves. Yes, this does involve a certain amount of effort, but it is possible...

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...