What are my chances of getting pregnant with IVF ?

The commonest question you will ask before starting an IVF cycle is - what are my chances of getting pregnant? While it's true that the chances of success do depend upon how good your IVF clinic is, it's also true that the chances do depend upon biological factors like...

The Embryo Biopsy Procedure - A View Under The Micromanipulator

                                   Here are some images of the embryo biopsy procedure under a micromanipulator. The images are reproduced stage by stage to help you get an exact idea about how things work. As you can see, this is a delicate operation, and needs to be...

Dr Malpani discusses the commonest complaints patients have about doctors - and what you can do about them

                              Patients complain that doctors make them wait forever. Well, if you select a busy doctor, you should expect the long waiting periods. Remember that you always have a choice to go to another doctor. It's true that both doctors...

Why Do Doctors Treat Patients As Idiots ?

                                              Good doctors routinely explain the logic of the treatment plan they are recommending to their patients. Patients who are treated with respect , will respect the doctor and look up to him for guidance. Sadly, this is...

Fear of IVF

         Many infertile couples are afraid of doing IVF. For some of them, the fear is so overwhelming, that they refuse to even consider this option, thus depriving themselves of their best chance of having a baby ! There are many reasons for this fear....

The abuse and misuse of surrogacy

                                                    Surrogacy in India gets a lot of press - and often for all the wrong reasons.There's a lot of talk about how rich Westerners are coming to India for surrogacy and exploiting poor women by using their uterus...

How I Improved My Vitrification Technique

                                       Vitrification is an advanced technique that freezes the embryo about 600 times faster than Slow Freezing. This process is so fast that it literally allows no time for intracellular ice to form. As a result, the embryo is safeguard...

Postcoital test (PCT) is it of use anymore ?

                                        This is one of the oldest tests in investigating infertility and has been done for well over 100 years. It's quite an obsolete test and few doctors do it anymore, because it provides such limited information The...

Anxiety before an IVF Cycle - Are You Handling it Right?

                                           Infertility treatment can be a long and tough journey for a woman. The traditional social concerns of being infertile overpower the modern intellectual mindset of treating it as a plain medical problem. The ongoing array of i...

Is a blastocyst transfer better than a Day 3 transfer ?

This is an excerpt from our forthcoming, book, The Expert Patient's Guide to IVF. This being authored by our expert patient, Manju and me. Is a day 5 embryo transfer (blastocyst transfer) better than a day 3 embryo transfer (cleavage stage embryo transfer). Fact :...