Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Certifying the quality of an IVF lab

Patients know that there is a lot of variability between the success rates of IVF clinics, and they are not sure how to make sure that they one they select is a good clinic or not.

Should they go by their family doctor's advice ? or the size of the advertisement the clinic pays for in the newspaper ?  How reliable is word of mouth ?

I wish there was a Hallmark for IVF clinics, which patients could use to ensure that they are taking treatment at a high quality clinic. Sadly, the Indian government has done a poor job with regulating IVF clinics, which means any one can call themselves an IVF specialist,  even if their pregnancy rates are abysmal.

The good news is that there is a simple technique well-informed patients can use to protect themselves - insist that your IVF clinics give you photos of your embryos !

Good IVF clinics do this proactively and routinely, so you don't even need to ask. And if your IVF clinic does not follow this practice, then this is a red flag, and you should look for another.

You can see what embryos should look like at

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