Thursday, August 16, 2018

The biggest mistake which IVF patients make in India



The biggest mistake which IVF patients make in India is blindly trusting the IVF doctor

It’s extremely important that you find a doctor you can trust – and it’s equally that you make sure that he earns that trust ! Trust is too important to be gifted to anyone .

The trust equation , as defined by David Maister, says that the doctor must prove that he is reliable and credible – and you need to check this before signing up for your treatment.

Is he willing to share information ? Is he upfront , open and transparent ? Or does he make a lot of promises because he wants to sell you on doing IVF treatment at his test tube baby clinic ? Is it a lot of hot air he is promising , or is he respectful , and makes sure that you have realistic expectations about what IVF treatment can offer you ?

Test tube baby treatment is expensive, and you have to be very careful about whom you select for as your IVF doctor.

The single question which all patients should ask their IVF doctors is – Do you do blastocyst transfers routinely ? and do you provide patients of photos of their embryos routinely ?
All good clinics do this routinely – and if you find out that the doctor doesn’t, then this is a red flag, and you should find a better clinic before burning your hard earned money !

Need help in getting pregnant ? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at 
www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you !






Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The limitation of testing for ovarian reserve



The chances of getting pregnant after IVF depend on the quality of the embryos, and the quality of embryos depends on the quality of the eggs. This is why testing for ovarian function is extremely important before doing an IVF cycle. We know that patients who have better ovarian function have a higher chance of getting pregnant, which is why measuring antral follicle count, as well as the AMH level, is so important.
However, we need to understand the limitations of these tests. Thus, there are patients with low AMH levels who do get pregnant after IVF – and there are patients with normal AMH level who has a poor ovarian response.
While the quantity and quality of eggs usually go hand in hand, this correlation often breaks down.
This is because the quality of the embryo is determined by the energy which the mitochondria in the cytoplasm of the egg can provide, and this is not something we can measure based  on either an AMH level or an antral follicle count.
Sadly, there is no test as yet which allows us to assess the mitochondrial competence of the egg, and this is why an IVF cycle gives us information as regards egg quality which nothing else can as yet. How good the quality of the embryos is tells us far more about the quality of the eggs as compared to any other test !
Need help in getting pregnant ? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you !






Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The problem with ovarian functions tests



The chances of getting pregnant after IVF depend to a large extent on the quality of the woman's eggs, and this is why older women have lower pregnancy rates.
 This is why testing for ovarian reserve is so important, and we measure the AMH level as well as the antral follicle count , so we have some sense of how well the patient is going to respond to superovulation, and what her chances of getting good quality embryos is going to be.
The trouble is that these numbers only provide an estimate of static ovarian reserve – they are not dynamic functional tests. What we really want to know is how the patient will respond to the superovulation and we can only find this after actually doing the IVF cycle.
This is why an IVF cycle is not just a treatment procedure – it also provides invaluable diagnostic, as well as prognostic information.
Based on how you respond to the cycle, we are better positioned to know what to do differently in the next cycle. For example, do we change the protocol ? or do we consider using donor eggs? The only way to answer this key question is by actually doing the IVF cycle – there are no shortcuts !
Need help in getting pregnant ? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you !





Test tube baby clinics – judging the quality of the clinic




Because patients are not sophisticated enough to be able to judge the technical competence of an IVF doctor , most of them use other alternatives to decide which doctor to select the best.
This is why a lot of them will go to the busiest doctor , based on the assumption that if the doctor is busy , he must be good ! This is based on the concept of social proof , which is why a lot of follow a herd mentality when making a decision .
The danger is that these clinics are so busy that they are completely impersonal, unless you happen to be a VIP or a celebrity. The doctor doesn't have enough time or energy to spend on you , as a result of which the care you get is not tailored to your needs. The clinic follows a rigid protocol . because they function as an assembly line, which is designed to do an many cycles as possible every month.
This is why patients can't afford to leave everything up to the IVF doctor - especially in India , where there is no government regulation , and the success rates among clinics vary widely .
Sadly, doctors are not very honest about what their clinic’s success rates are, which is why everyone merrily claims a 70 percent success rate - even though this has no bearing with reality ! Because there is no one to check or verify these tall claims , they continue to get away with it , and this is why patients get taken for a ride .
Ironically , even though patients in India aren't really well equipped to be able to differentiate between good doctors and bad doctors , the burden of doing so actually falls disproportionately on their shoulders , because the government has failed in its duty to do this for them !
Need help in getting pregnant ? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you !





Monday, August 13, 2018

Why do patients do such a bad job of selecting IVF clinics



We all know that all IVF clinics are not created equal , and their success rates can be dramatically different !

And some can be much more expensive than others !

So how is the poor patient to decide who the right IVF doctor is ?

Sadly, a lot of patients naively assume that all doctors provide the same high quality of care , and this is where they make a huge mistake , because they end up wasting a lot of time and money doing their treatments in low cost clinics, just because they are cheap and convenient!

Typically, the doctors in these clinics talk very sweetly , because they want to sign up as many patients as possible. Their focus is on quantity rather than quality , and most of these clinics are like impersonal assembly line factories, which process patients mindlessly, and take pride in how many treatment cycles they perform every month – rather than on how well they take care of their patients !

This can be an extremely expensive mistake , because the pregnancy rates in these clinics is usually very low , which means patients end up wasting all their money and depriving themselves of a chance of having a baby .

This is why it's important that patients need to do their homework so they can be sure the clinic they select is technically competent .

If you end up in the wrong hands, this can be an expensive error , which you may not be able to recover from , and you will end up ruining your chances of you having a baby

Need help in getting pregnant ? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you !





The biggest mistake which IVF patients make



The biggest mistake which IVF patients make in India is blindly trusting the IVF doctor

It’s extremely important that you find a doctor you can trust – and it’s equally that you make sure that he earns that trust ! Trust is too important to be gifted to anyone .

Sadly, the government does a poor job of regulating IVF clinics, which means there are many fly by night operators who just want to exploit patients. And it's easy to do this because infertile patients are ignorant and vulnerable.

The trust equation , as defined by David Maister, says that the doctor must prove that he is reliable and credible – and you need to check this before signing up for your treatment.

Is he willing to share information ? Is he upfront , open and transparent ? Or does he make a lot of promises because he wants to sell you on doing IVF treatment at his test tube baby clinic ? Is it a lot of hot air he is promising , or is he respectful , and makes sure that you have realistic expectations about what IVF treatment can offer you ?

Test tube baby treatment is expensive, and you have to be very careful about whom you select for as your IVF doctor.

The single question which all patients should ask their IVF doctors is – Do you do blastocyst transfers routinely ? and do you provide patients of photos of their embryos routinely ?
All good clinics do this routinely – and if you find out that the doctor doesn’t, then this is a red flag, and you should find a better clinic before burning your hard earned money !


Need help in getting pregnant ? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you !




Friday, August 10, 2018

How doctors fool patients about the cost of test tube baby treatment.



Because test tube baby treatment is so expensive, patients will often doctor shop and go from clinic to clinic in order to find out who the cheapest clinic is, so that they can afford the treatment .
This is where some unethical clinics will take them for a ride.
They will take out full page ad in a newspaper and advertise an extremely low price to lure patients.
Then, in very small print, they'll say that medications cost extra; or ultrasound scans and lab procedures will need an additional fee.
This means that by the time the patient has completed the treatment cycle , they'll end up paying much more than they budgeted for , and they're obviously very bitter about this.
This is why patients need to demand transparency , and insist that they have an itemized bill of whatever the treatment costs are going to be upfront. What’s included ? What’s not ?
This way there are no unexpected surprises for them , and they don't get sticker shock and complain afterwards !
Need help in getting pregnant ? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you !






Thursday, August 09, 2018

How much does a test tube baby treatment cost ?



Before starting an IVF treatment cycle , one of the first questions the patient needs to know is how much it is all going to cost .
They know that the success rate is not 100% and that they may have to repeat many cycles before getting pregnant.
IVF is expensive, and it's a big drain on the budget . Because it's not covered by insurance and they need to pay out of pocket , this is something which they need to be very careful about.
Now many IVF clinics take out a lot of ads , and in order to lure patients, they advertise a very low rate. However, they do not explain to the patient that this is just their initial sign up rate, and that as the cycle progresses, the patients will have to keep on paying more and more. These clinics keep on extracting  additional amounts during the treatment, as a result of which the total cost for the patient for that cycle balloons up so much that the poor patient end up spending twice as much as he had budgeted for !
This creates even more friction between the husband and the wife, as the husband finds he just does not have enough money to spend on fulfilling his wife's dream of having a baby.
This is why it's important to get an upfront cost - preferably a packaged, all-inclusive cost , so that there are no unpleasant surprises later on .
This is the best way of ensuring that you don't get taken for a ride. 
Need help in getting pregnant ? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you !







Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Treating women with a low AMH level



Treating women with poor ovarian reserve (as defined by a low AMH level and a low antral follicle  count  ) can be extremely difficult. A lot of these patients don't know what they should do because they get so much conflicting advice.
Should they be trying IVF with their own eggs ? with aggressive superovulation ? or with minimal stimulation ? Or should they continue trying in their own bedroom ?  or should they use donor eggs? Does it make sense to spend so much money on an IVF cycle if the success rate is going to be so poor?  However, it’s hard to accept that you will need to use donor eggs, because it’s not easy to come to terms with the fact that your baby will not carry your own DNA.
This is why so many older women start obsessing about their AMH level. They  track it religiously, and will try anything to get it to improve. They also go from one doctor to another , trying to find someone who will tell them what they want to hear.
The reality is that we don't actually treat an AMH number – we treat patients. In one sense, it doesn't matter whether your absolute number is 0.6 or 1.0 - we know that if the AMH is low, this means you have poor ovarian reserve and will most probably have a poor ovarian response to superovulation, which is why your chances of getting pregnant with IVF will be lesser as compared to someone with a normal AMH. However, the chance is not zero, and this doesn't mean that you should not attempt IVF with your own eggs. After all, these are decisions based on personal patient preference - not on lab values. These decisions are too important to be left to the doctor – they should be made by you, because you're the one who needs to live with the consequence of that decision.
As a doctor, I can counsel you as regards your success rates, and while it is true that the pregnancy rates with donor egg will definitely be better as compared to using your own eggs, it's not a simple black or white decision. The whole point is there is no right answer , because every patient is different.
Some patients will say, "I don't want to waste my time and money in doing IVF with my own eggs if the success rate is low, so let me just go for donor eggs, as this maximizes my chances of having a baby. I just want to get pregnant, have a baby, and move on with my life, and don’t care about whose DNA it is." And there'll be other women who will say, "No, I will not accept donor eggs under any circumstances." And some will decide, "I would like to try IVF at least once with my own eggs, and if it doesn't work it'll be much easier for me to emotionally reconcile myself to the fact that I need to use donor eggs."
Every patient is different, and a good doctor will allow you to make the decision for yourself, after explaining the pros and cons.


Why does the cost of test tube baby treatment in India vary so much ?



Patients are often confused as to why the cost of a test tube treatment is so different from one Indian IVF clinic as compared to another. They understand that it’s going to be more expensive in large cities like Mumbai, but there is still so much variation from clinic to clinic, that patients aren’t sure what the right cost should be .
Is it that the really expensive ones are better ? Or is it that the expensive ones are greedy , and want to make more money because they want to make a larger profit? And are the cheaper ones low-cost because they cut corners , and have lower pregnancy rates?
The problem is that there isn't always a direct correlation between cost and success rates.  This problem is compounded by the fact that there is a complete  lack of transparency , and clinics aren't open about what their success rates are.
It’s quite easy for the large corporate chains to lure them by offering a low cost, but they keeping on padding it by adding additional costs as the cycle goes by, which means patients eventually end up paying much more - and end up still not getting pregnant !
Need help in getting pregnant ? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you !





LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...