Friday, April 24, 2015

Overconfident IVF experts

IVF specialists come in all shapes and sizes.

Some are conservative. They respect their patients , and are open and transparent with them. They share both their knowledge and ignorance , and are happy to discuss the limitations of IVF technology and the fact that the outcome of any IVF cycle will always be uncertain.

However, others are brimming with confidence. They are happy to get on the latest bandwagon, and will enthusiastically push the latest trend, by promising their patient that the newest fad they have started using will help them to have a baby.

Most IVF patients will be immediately drawn to these doctors, because people typically gravitate towards certainty, confidence and the latest fads. Patients love doctors who are confident, even if this is only a facade. As Daniel Kahneman wrote : “Overconfident professionals sincerely believe they have expertise, act as experts and look like experts. You will have to struggle to remind yourself that they may be in the grip of an illusion.” A lot of it is false and does not stand the test of time. However, patients have short memories, and as long as it is presented confidently large numbers of sheep, err people, will follow.

You to learn enough about IVF so that you don't get fooled into wasting a lot of your money on unproven and untested treatment, just because these are new and have been marketed cleverly. Sometimes negative knowledge - learning what not to do - is just as important as figuring out the right way to do something. Moving forward in the right direction by avoiding stupidity, particularly if the " treatment" activity can potentially result in a big mistake, is a simple solution.

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