Saturday, December 05, 2015

We didn't know IVF clinics were supposed to provide embryo photos


When I do a consultation for a patient who has failed an IVF cycle elsewhere, I ask them two basic questions:
1.  "Give me your treatment summary", and
2. Show me photos of your embryos. 

This is invaluable information, which allows me to learn from the failed IVF cycle, so I know what to differently the next time.

Often, the answer is - "We don't have these details", and "We weren't given any photos".

I ask them "Why?" and the standard answer is, of course, "Because the doctor didn't give them."

Then, when I ask, "Why didn't you ask for this basic medical information?" the response is, "We were not aware that we needed to get these details, and that IVF clinics provide embryo photos. "

I really don't think this is an acceptable answer in this day and age.  When patients are spending so much time, money and energy on doing an IVF cycle, the least they can do before starting such expensive treatment is to do their homework and find out what's involved in an IVF treatment, and what a good IVF clinic does.

The reality is that all good IVF clinics provide embryo photos to document that they've provided high-quality medical care. If your IVF doctor says he does not provide embryo photos, this is a red flag, and you should definitely find another clinic, rather than get stuck with poor-quality treatment, and reduce your chances of getting pregnant.

Please make sure you don't make this common error which you will regret later, because you will never be certain as to whether the cycle failed because you received poor medical care.

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 !




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