Friday, December 09, 2016

Does your IVF clinic follow best practices?

Most IVF patients are pretty clueless when selecting an IVF clinic. They naively believe that all clinics are pretty much the same. This can lead to disaster when they go to a poorly equipped clinic - one that doesn't have enough experience or expertise or take short cuts - for example, by depending upon " travelling embryologists " to do IVF for their patients, because they don't have in-house full time expert embryologists.

That's why you should understand what IVF best practices are and check whether your clinic follows these best practices , before actually paying the money for your IVF treatment. Once you start your IVF cycle, this is a sunk cost , and you can't back out.

What are the best practices you should look for ? These can be checked at the time of the first consultation. Good IVF clinics will create a treatment plan which is customized to your needs and share this with you; they will document what your medical problems are and explain to you what alternative solutions are available. They will also let you know what the costs and timelines are.

During your cycle, they will  share information with you , and let you know what's going well, and what's not. They will show you your  ultrasound scans ; and give you photographs of your embryos before the transfer , so that you have complete documentation , and you know proper processes has been followed properly. This will improve your chances of having a successful IVF cycle.

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