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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...
Unnecessary blood tests for patients with miscarriages
Recurrent pregnancy losses ( recurrent miscarriages) are one of reproductive medicine's most frustrating problems. Lots of doctors order a panel of expensive blood tests to find out the reason for the miscarriages, so they can treat it. However, the ABIM Foundation ha...
The problem with the mindless implementation of the PCPNDT Act
The Surat health officer said - " We have fixed a target to reach 1,000 girls against 1,000 boys." http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ahmedabad/surat-sex-ratio-has-improved-in-2014-15-says-crs-data-4443680/ This is exactly the fear doctors had when the PCPNDT Act...
Why I admire women who are willing to go through a second IVF cycle.
I'm an IVF specialist and I do hundreds of IVF cycles every year. I've treated thousands of women, and I continue admire women who are willing to go through a second IVF cycle. Now they may have done the first IVF cycle at some other clinic; the cycle may have failed ;...
Scientific quackery in IVF.
When we think of quacks, we think of unqualified doctors holed up in dingy rooms in slums and villages who give colourful injections, herbs , placebos and potions to illiterate patients . We believe that it's easy for them to fool illiterate poor patients, who don't kn...