Saturday, August 21, 2021

Why IVF clinics continue getting away with cheating IVF patients ? And why is the Govt sleeping ?


While there are many great IVF clinics in India which provide high quality medical care , it is also equally true that the number of bad IVF clinics which provide very poor quality medical care is much larger.

This is partly because practically every gynecologist can now call themselves an IVF specialist. They are very happy to set up an IVF clinic , as IVF treatment is seen as being prestigious and very profitable . These doctors have no experience and expertise in doing IVF. They have not been adequately trained , and many of them attend a 3-day workshop to get a certificate/ diploma, and then start calling themselves IVF specialists.

Patients aren’t able to differentiate between good doctors and bad doctor partly because they have been taught to blindly trust doctors .

They fail to ask the questions which they need to , in order to protect themselves from bad IVF doctors . This is why it's so important that the government become proactive , and take a step in making sure that IVF clinics meet basic quality control standards . The ICMR has started doing this , and while this is a step in the right direction , the fact of the matter is that this ICMR registration is purely voluntary , and doesn't have any teeth.

The government has been sitting on the ART Bill to regulate IVF clinics for over 20 years   now !

Today, even if a patient gets cheated by a bad IVF clinic, all he can do is complain vocally, but can’t take any concrete action.

The problem with bad IVF clinics is they harm good IVF clinics, by damaging the reputation of all IVF clinics. And when good IVF doctors turn a blind eye to the shenanigans which bad clinics resort to, this makes a bad problem even worse.

Once a patient has been cheated, they don’t trust any IVF doctor, and thus deprive themselves of a chance of getting pregnant.

This is why it’s so important that patients be proactive and learn to do their homework for themselves. This is a critically important decision , and you can’t leave it up to someone else.

The good news is you don’t need to become a doctor yourself in order to find the right IVF clinic - you just need to learn to ask the right questions ! This has become much easier to do now, because there is so much high quality , reliable information about IVF available online. Check out

Every good IVF clinic routinely provides embryo photos to all their patients. This is tangible documentation that they have provided high quality medical care – and clinics who care about their reputation do this proactively. If the clinic you have short-listed doesn’t do this, this is a red flag, and you should walk out as soon as possible, and find a better clinic !


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