Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The insecurity of poor quality IVF clinics

A patient asked me for a second opinion after a failed IVF cycle .

I asked her to send me photos of her embryos, so I could provide personalised advice.

She sent me this email.

I tried to get the photos, however this is the reply from the embryologist. Should I be concerned about continuing at this clinic?

 We do not have any pictures of the embryos. We did not have to hatch either embryo because they were already hatched for PGD. When we thaw the embryos we only take pictures if we hatch because it is the same machine. We do not want to keep the embryos out any longer than they have to because we do not want to expose them to any outside influences that can effect them such as pH changes, temp changes, and large amounts of lights.

This is not a good answer. All good IVF clinics take embryo photos routinely. Even when the embryologist looks at them , they are being exposed to the same " large amount of light", so this reason makes no sense to me Patients need to start getting more proactive if they want to make sure they are taking treatment at a good IVF clinic.

Want to make sure your IVF clinic is following best practices ? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you !


  1. Hi, me and my husband are trying to conceive since last 1 year but we are not able to and all are fertility reports are good we both are quite fertile can you tell us what can be the reason why we are not able to conceive.

    1. Dear Neha,

      The question should NOT be "Why am I not getting pregnant ? "
      Rather, it should be - What can I do in order to get pregnant ?"
      After all, no one cares about problems - we only care about results - about having a baby !

      The fact that you are not getting pregnant means that the eggs and sperm are not meeting in your fallopian tubes when you are trying naturally.
      This is called unexplained infertility. You can read more about this at http://www.drmalpani.com/knowledge-center/articles/unexplained-infertility

      Your next step is HMG/IUI, to increase the chances of the eggs and sperm
      meeting. You can read about this at http://www.drmalpani.com/knowledge-center/articles/iui

      If 3 cycles of this fail, then consider IVF ( http://www.drmalpani.com/our-services/ivf)

      Treatment takes about 20 days. Should I send you the treatment plan ?

      Because we have such high success rates, we can also offer you a guaranteed pregnancy treatment option.
      You can read more about this at http://www.drmalpani.com/knowledge-center/articles/money-back-program
      You pay for 4 cycles in advance.
      If you get pregnant ( pregnancy = pregnancy after 18 weeks of gestation) in any of these 4 cycles, everyone is happy !
      If you do not get pregnant in these 4 cycles, we refund your money back to you.
      This option will help you reduce your emotional risk and your financial risk

      Taking treatment at a world-class clinic will maximise your chances of success and give you peace of mind you did your best !

      We look forward to helping you to have a baby !

      Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD
      Malpani Infertility Clinic, Jamuna Sagar, SBS Road, Colaba
      Mumbai 400 005. India

      Clinic Mobile: 9867441589

      Tel: 91-22-22151065, 22151066, 2218 3270, 65527073

      Helping you to build your family !

      You can add a google review for us at https://plus.google.com/102706636605134081909/about

      My Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/aniruddha.malpani

      You can follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/drmalpani

      Watch our infertility cartoon film at http://www.ivfindia.com

      Read our book, How to Have a Baby - A Guide for the Infertile Couple,
      online at www.DrMalpani.com !

      Read my blog about improving the doctor-patient
      relationship at http://blog.drmalpani.com

  2. What are the ways to which we can understand that whether the persons's treatment is going well and right or not. And how we'll come to know the exact difference between the good and poor quality IVF clinic/center. I'm asking this because one of my friend's daughter is unable to conceive and we don't know the exact reason behind why is not able to.

    1. Good question - which has a simple answer !
      Make sure the IVF clinic provides photos of embryos routinely to all their patients !


Get A Free IVF Second Opinion

Dr Malpani would be happy to provide a second opinion on your problem.

Consult Now!