Thursday, August 01, 2019

The IVF expert patient

Many IVF patients are quite clueless about the medical details of their IVF treatment, and this is because of two reasons.
Firstly, many believe that they should let the IVF doctor do what he thinks is right. Why challenge his authority by asking him questions ? After all, he is the expert, and knows what to do , which means there's no need to ask questions.
Secondly, they believe that IVF is so complex that they're not going to be able to understand anything about the technical minutiae. Isn't a little knowledge dangerous ? Why try to become " half doctors" and second guess the doctor ? Why not just allow the doctor the freedom to do whatever he thinks is right?
Now, this is fine if you are lucky and select a good clinic, but what happens if you end up in a bad clinic? These are often commercial enterprises who will over-test and over-treat , because their priority is to make lots of money. You will end up wasting a lot of time, money and energy, and you will never end up having the baby. The tragedy is that you could have got pregnant if you had has the sense to select a good clinic !
Now, in order to differentiate between a good clinic and bad clinic, you need to know exactly what's happening, which is why you need to do your homework. 
Good doctors  are open and transparent about what they're doing for you and why, and this why they will share everything they do during your IVF cycle, including providing you with photos of your embryos routinely.

What to find an IVF clinic which respects your time and intelligence ?

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