Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What IVF patients should not do

One of the commonest questions patients ask is - What should I look for when selecting an IVF doctor ? What should I be monitoring when I’m doing my IVF cycle to confirm everything is on track ? How can I be sure that my IVF doctor’s doing all the right stuff? These are difficult
questions , and patients don’t want to become IVF specialist or get involved in the technical minutiae and scientific nitty-gritty of an IVF cycle . The good news is that there's no need to do so !

Rather than create a list of what they need to do , it's sometimes far more important to create a list of what not to do . This is based on the "inversion principle" , made famous by Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett's partner and the world-renowned investor. If you make sure you don’t make these common mistakes, you will improve your chances of IVF success considerably !

These errors are surprisingly common, and  if you learn to avoid these , your chances of finding the best IVF doctor and getting pregnant in your IVF cycle will increase dramatically. Most of these are common sense, but we sometimes forget them, because as we all know , common sense really isn’t that common at all.

What are the stupid things which IVF patients do which will pretty much ensure failure?  These are the things you need to avoid , and once you stop doing them , you will increase your chances of success.

Not doing any research about IVF.

Many patients don't bother to do any homework at all, either before going to the doctor, or even while the cycle is going on. They only wake up after the cycle fails, by which time it's too late. Unless you spend some time trying to figure out exactly what’s involved in a IVF cycle, it’s going to be hard for you to make intelligent decisions. The good news is that it’s not very difficult to do this , and there are so online resources available at various different levels of sophistication . Any patient who starts an IVF cycle without doing their homework is actually being very irresponsible.

Blindly following recommendations about which IVF doctor to go to.

Just because you've been referred to a particular doctor by your GP ; or by your sister in law ; or by your friend who got pregnant at the clinic doesn't mean this is the best doctor for you. You still need to apply your own mind . The kind of doctor who she likes may not be your type, which means her choice will not work well for you. All infertile couples are different , and you need to find the doctor who is right for you - not someone who’s been right for someone else.

Leaving everything up to the doctor.

I think this is the commonest mistake. A good doctor will do whatever needs to be done, but doctors aren’t superhuman , and sometimes things do fall between the cracks. Being pro active and taking an active interest in your treatment is good for you , because you can make sure that the "i"s are being dotted, and all the "t"s are being crossed. This is good for your doctor as well , because he’s much more likely to respect you if you take an intelligent interest in your treatment.  This means that your chances of getting VIP care because you’re a well informed patient increase dramatically !

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