Thursday, June 16, 2011

Is my IVF doctor's treatment correct ? Is he doing the right thing ?

As an IVF specialist, one of the commonest questions patients ask me is - Is my IVF clinic offering me the right treatment ? Are they using the right protocol ? Are they monitoring me properly ? Was the treatment which was offered to me correct ?

This often puts me in a spot ! It's hard to know what another doctor did, without having complete and accurate documentation. This is why I do not like second guessing other doctors or commenting on their treatment, as every doctor does things differently !

Sometimes I do cringe when I see how poorly the IVF treatment cycle was done . This is especially true when the treatment was done at a small clinic, which does less than 100 IVF cycles per year; or in a clinic which batches patients, and depends upon an IVF specialist who flies down once a month to do the actual IVF treatment.

However, while hindsight is 20/20, it's very hard to judge what a doctor did and why, unless you are actually there.

This is why I tell patients - do your homework before selecting an IVF clinic - and then find a good doctor whom you can trust !
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