Why embryo pooling improves IVF pregnancy rates

The most frustrating problem in IVF today is that of failed implantation. While we have become very good at creating top-quality embryos in the lab and transferring them into the uterus, we still cannot ensure they will implant. This is because implantation is a biologi...

What are my chances of getting pregnant with IVF ?

This is one of the commonest questions patients ask, but it's actually not a very helpful question for many reasons. 1. While clinics can share their success rate. remember that this percentage figure applies to a group of patients they have treated in the past, and t...

IVF failure - what next ?

After an IVF cycle fails, the first question patients ask is - What do we do differently the next time ? The answer to this question depends upon analysing the failed cycle systematically. After all, in order to move forwards, we first need to look backwards, so we can...

Please don't do a laparoscopy !

Many doctors routinely do a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy for all infertile women. They justify this by saying it's a simple diagnostic procedure, which will allow them to confirm that there is no anatomical problem. They also say it's "minor surgery", which just invol...

Egg freezing - how old is too old ? The limits of IVF technology

While the Times of India article about a celebrity carrying a twin pregnancy after egg freezing will help increase awareness about the option of social egg freezing as a method for preserving fertility in older women, I am very concerned about the misleading message...

When IVF patients make irrational decisions !

Infertility presents a number of unusual challenges for doctors.  It is caused by a medical problem -  for example, blocked fallopian tubes,  or a low sperm out - and this means we can offer medical treatment for it, but the truth is that childlessness is a social label...

Is it safe for me to postpone having children for the next 4 years ?

I just received this email from a young 31 year old woman. " I have an exciting job in a bank, and want to pursue by career. I am married, but want to postpone having a child for the next 3-4 years, as I am on a the fast track to cracking the glass ceiling. However, my...

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Why you should transfer only a single blastocyst !

Today, our standard practice is to freeze all your embryos at a blastocyst ( Day 5) stage, and then transfer them after thawing them in the next cycle, one at a time. Here's why we think this is the best method for optimizing your chances of having a healthy baby. Le...

Why didn't my egg fertilise after ICSI ?

A patient just sent me this email. We had our 1st cycle in July this year with ICSI as I had just turned 45 years and my partner is same age, we had a very good grade 1 embryo put back but didn't implant. So we have just now had another cycle on the 24th November...