Monday, February 17, 2020

Why testing for failed embryo implantation in IVF patients is useless

One of the big problems with IVF is the uncertainty which surrounds it – no one knows which cycle will work, or why perfect cycles fail.
What makes a bad problem even worse is that patients have unrealistic expectations of the technology. Sadly, doctors compound the problem by pandering to the patient's demands. They offer to provide answers by running many expensive, complex, exotic and esoteric tests, even though they know the reality is that these don’t provide any useful information.
This is because embryo implantation is a complex biological process, which we cannot control and we cannot monitor, and we still don't know which embryo will implant , and which ones won't.
Doctors are worried that if we tell the patient the truth – that we don’t have all the answers – that patient will no longer respect us . This is why we subject them to the “latest and newest”  tests, to demonstrate that we're trying to figure out exactly what the problem was.
However, this just means that we're taking the patient for a ride, because we don’t tell them to truth about the limitations of these tests, and that they won’t change their treatment options.
Yes, the patient ends up  spending a lot of money, and this is good for doctors because they can charge more, but the test results don’t provide any useful answers , which means the doctor remains in the dark – but he can cloak his ignorance using fancy medical jargon !

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