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Patients who have failed IVF treatment will often go to another IVF expert for a second opinion. Their commonest complaint is that the new doctor will be politically correct and will not criticize another doctor , even if the quality of the IVF treatment they received was poor.

If the IVF cycle fails, every patient wants to know if the issue was avoidable and what can be done differently the next time to improve chances of success. " Did the doctor mess up ? " is the question patients want a frank answer to?

Angry patients 

While some doctors are happy to bad-mouth others and run them down, most doctors will usually cover for each other. This is why patients end up believing that there is a conspiracy of silence against them in the medical world. This leads to a lot of frustration and anger amongst the patients because they don't know what to do next.

The truth matters

Honestly speaking, patients deserve to know the truth .when things go wrong, especially when the IVF failure is because of an error - for example, an infection in the lab which has killed all the embryos. At such times, the doctor should take responsibility ; accept the mistake ; and apologize. However, doctors are scared to acknowledge an error, as they feel the patient will be angry and vengeful.

The second opinion 

Doctors want to protect themselves , and hence they avoid being honest about their mistakes and try to cover up. A smart patient can suspect something is amiss. However, since patients don't have the required expertise to find out what exactly went wrong, they seek a second opinion from a qualified doctor who can help them understand the problem.

The cover up

Unfortunately for patients, there is a misplaced sense of camaraderie between doctors , who try to protect each other and avoid criticizing other doctors. Most doctors know each other personally and would rather not criticize a colleague. However, this often means that patients continue to get IVF treatment from poorly qualified doctors - and this just ends up giving the entire medical profession and the IVF specialty a bad reputation.

Read more- What to Do if You Feel Your Doctor is Incompetent

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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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