What is Unproven IVF Treatment

The multibillion-dollar fertility industry is growing globally at an alarming rate of 4.9% over the last few years. The rate of infertility is almost 1 in every 6 couples in developed nations around the world. India is not trailing far behind with infertility hitting not just urban and semi-urban areas by many rural areas as well.

Many Fertility Clinics around the world are capitalising on this business. To further profit margins, many Fertility doctors are recommending a number of unproven IVF treatments. While some doctors may recommend these treatments after advising their patients that they are unproven, some doctors do not bother to inform their patients that there could be risks associated with these treatments.

Dubai has taken a strong stand against the use of such unproven medical treatments. The UK has also ordered a probe as to the use of unproven IVF fertility treatments by IVF doctors. Many countries are now waking up to this reality. Desperate patients, based on the doctor’s recommendations, agree to these trial runs. In many cases, the couples are not able to think clearly as to the negative impact. They are focused on the possibility of success rather than the negative health risks they are subjecting themselves and their future baby to.

Medicover Fertility Clinic stands strong against using any procedure that could adversely affect a patient. The patients are given a detailed explanation of the procedures that they will undergo. If there are health risks involved, the patient has the choice to opt-out of the particular treatment or choose an alternative treatment.

Unproven treatments

Many of the unproven treatments have been known to cause preterm birth and congenital abnormalities, among other problems.

Some of the unproven treatments commonly recommended by fertility doctors are:

  • Embryo glue
  • Sperm DNA fragmentation
  • Time-lapse imaging
  • Preimplantation genetic screening
  • Mitochondria DNA load measurement
  • Assisted hatching

Refusing unproven treatment

If your doctor advises a procedure that is unproven, you have a choice to refuse the procedure. Some doctors may try and convince you about the treatment, but you can read up on the treatment and find some factual information to justify your refusal for undergoing the unproven treatment. A doctor cannot compel you to undergo a procedure you refuse. Most of these unproven treatments are add on treatments and not part of your regular IVF procedure.

Some of these unproven treatments are recommended for women with particular conditions and are actually helpful to them. But your doctors should be able to explain it to you with some evidence in the form of articles and reports. You can also research this information on your own before giving your consent.

Other controversial treatments

A few other treatments being used around the world include the “human growth hormone”. It has been found that this has little or no benefit to the baby. The intracytoplasmic sperm injection is recommended by doctors but has been described as ineffective and unnecessary. It has also been labelled as “frivolous, costly care” by some experts.
The embryoscopes is recommended by some fertility clinics. This is a procedure where the embryo is monitored 24 hours a day by a camera. This has little substantial evidence of serving any valuable purpose.

Some of the treatments recommended to patients may have no benefit to them at all, but hospitals still prescribe them to patients to increase their billing. Most IVF clinics are private, and doctors are expected to bring in a certain amount of business by prescribing procedures to patients that are expensive. There are so many hospitals that are focused on making money that it becomes really difficult for patients to trust the few genuine Fertility Centres like Medicover Fertility.