A lot of patients ask me for a second opinion after their IVF cycle fails. In order to try to help them, I need some basic medical data about their IVF cycles, such as: how many follicles did they grow; how many eggs were retrieved; and photos of their embryos. Some patients get very agitated and upset when I ask these questions because they often don't have this basic information. When I ask them why their documentation is so patchy and why they are so poorly informed, the standard answer is - This is all my doctor provided me. When I tell them that every good IVF clinic routinely provides a written treatment summary and embryo photos, they get defensive and say - I trust my doctor, so why do I need to know all this detail ?