Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The 3 Things IVF patients should NOT do if they want to improve their chances of success

IVF patients often make mistakes which cause them to get poor medical care.

 Here's a list of the three things you should not do to improve your chances of IVF success considerably !

These errors are quite common, and  if you avoid these , your chances of getting pregnant will increase dramatically. Most of these are common sense, but you need to consciously remember them, because common sense really isn’t that common at all.

These are the 3 stupid things which IVF patients do which will increase their chances of failing . If you avoid them, you will automatically increase your chances of success.

1. Not learning about about IVF.

Many patients don't have a clue as to what is involved in an IVF cycle. They naively believe that all IVF doctors are the same , as a result of which they cannot differentiate between a good clinic and a bad clinic. They only wake up after the cycle fails, by which time it's too late. You need to invest time in learning exactly what’s involved in a IVF cycle, so you understand the difference between a Day 2 transfer and a blastocyst  transfer, for example; and can ask intelligent questions. For example, if you make 6 Grade A embryos, but your clinic does not have the expertise to vitrify and store the embryos, as a result of which they are going to throw 3 away, you are going to kick yourself ! The good news is that easy to read more about IVF this , and there are many online resources to help you to do so.  There's a lot at stake when you do IVF, and it's worth investing time and energy to maximise your ROI. Check out the website at www.ivfindia.com which as an e-learning course and a free comic book. Any patient who starts an IVF cycle without doing their homework is being very irresponsible.

2. Blindly following recommendations about which IVF doctor to go to.

Just because a friend recommends an IVF clinic because she got pregnant there doesn't mean that this is the right clinic for you. She may be 25, while you maybe 38, which means your case may be much more challenging, and you may need a much more experienced IVF doctor. Also, the chemistry between you and the IVF specialist needs to be right. 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. I am not suggesting you doctor-shop, but it's a good idea to compare at least 2 clinics - especially if you want to find a doctor who will answer your questions and treat you with respect and compassion - these doctors can be hard to find, and it's worth hunting for them !

3. Leaving everything up to the IVF doctor.

I think this is the commonest mistake. A good doctor will do what he feels is in your best interests, but doctors aren’t superhuman , and they can't read your mind. Also, sometimes things do fall between the cracks in a busy IVF clinic and mistakes do occur.  There's little point in complaining afterwards. Complaints will not help to rectify the problem - it's far better to prevent errors by taking an active interest in your treatment so that you can make sure that everything is progressing as planned . 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.  Remember that you will get VIP care it you’re a well informed patient!

Have you made mistakes in your IVF treatment in the past ? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/malpaniform.htm so that I can guide you better !

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