Monday, January 29, 2018

How not to get ripped off by IVF doctors

This is a great article, at

Please do read it  - a lot of these malpractices are rampant in Indian IVF clinics as well.

I especially love the following paragraph !

Blinded by Pseudo Science

If a stranger down the pub told you the best way to get pregnant was to get a cheap bit of plastic and waggle it around inside your womb, would you believe them? Probably not. But if that advice came from a doctor and was given a fancy scientific sounding name, would you believe them?
Some fertility clinics offer add-on services as a supplement to the core treatment (i.e. in addition to a treatment like IVF). While these add-ons sound scientific, they have no evidence to prove that they improve your chances of getting pregnant. They won’t just harm your bank balance; some may even harm your chances of getting pregnant.
At the time of writing this, the following add-on services have no conclusive evidence that they improve your chances of getting pregnant:
  • Endometrial scratching
  • Embryo glue
  • Ultra-high magnification sperm selection (also known as Intracytoplasmic Morphological Sperm Injection or IMSI)
  • Multiple Ejaculation Resuspension and Centrifugation (MERC)
  • Fertility immunotherapy
  • Embryo time lapse imaging
  • Assisted hatching
  • Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) – Not to be confused with Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), which is a legitimate treatment
This list is not exhaustive and new add-on services are being developed all the time. So, how do you stop yourself being taken in by one or more of these?

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