The one word answer is - because they think long term !
Patients who invest in the share market understand that share prices can go up and they can go down, and this is not in anyone's control. Over the short term, you may do well or do badly , but over the long term, the probability is that investing in shares will give you a far better return than any other asset.
When they do IVF treatment, they adopt the same viewpoint. This gives them a far more mature perspective , so that rather than treat each individual IVF cycle as a do or die attempt , they understand that they need to be patient . They are confident that they will finally reach their goal , but have also come to terms with the fact that it is not possible to predict whether success will happen in the first or the third IVF cycle.
I tell my young patients who have normal ovarian reserve and have a good prognosis - I can assure you that I will be able to give you a baby , but because I am not a fortune teller , I can’t predict when. Now some patients are mature enough to understand this , whereas others aren’t , and they go to pieces when the IVF cycle fails. These patients are very hard to manage , because they have extremely unrealistic expectations of the IVF cycle .
The volatility and the uncertainty can create anxiety and heartburn, but if you have the maturity to become a long term investor, the odds are stacked in your favor that you will get a great return on your investment. This is exactly the same kind of approach IVF patients need to take. This is why they make better patients - because they are focused on their long term goal , their chances of successfully achieving this is far better as compared the average patient who has a very hard time handling the emotional roller coaster ride of IVF treatment and investing.
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