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[Patient Testimonial] I will see you again

It's so hard to cope with a miscarriage. Whatever circumstances, pregnancy loss could be devastating. She pushed herself to turn the grieve into power to go through the recurrent miscarriage.
At age 25, she was just graduated from college; At 30, she had a stable job and bright career path; At 35, most of the women have their own families and children. She was 36 then and eager to be a mother. Unfortunately, due to premature ovarian failure, it's hard to be pregnant with her own eggs. She did a lot of research and brought all the reports to Stork Fertility Center. After the first consultation, she registered for the oocytes bank ( Oocytes Bank Registration). It took only 3 months to complete the matching process. There were 19 mature eggs available from the anonymous donor. Finally, she got 10 embryos.

We arranged varieties of comprehensive examinations for her before embryo transfer: the immune system is normal; both ovarian tubes are patent ; the polyp in uterus was also removed. In May,2016, she had her first embryo transfer. The double lines of beta-HCG test appeared obviously. But she had bleeding suddenly, it cannot help even she had the medication for stabilization. The double lines faded away.
After one month, she was ready for another try. But one more problem came to her, the thinner endometrial thickness. The alert of menopause was alarming. It's lucky that we can simulate her menstrual cycle by using hormone replacement treatment (HRT). With good embryos and suitable endometrial thickness, everything was ready.
She was confirmed pregnant again. Because of the previous experience, she took good care of herself and kept taking progesterone according to doctor's order. In week 21, she had a large amount of bleeding, and back to the hospital. Premature amniotic fluid rupture occurred. It's so hard that her twins were gone

There are many reasons for recurrent miscarriage, such as the abnormality of uterus/cervix, immune system disorders, or embryo chromosome anomalies... etc. After the last miscarriage, she went through all the examinations again. We found polyps, cyst , and endometrial lining problems this time. After treatments, she had her third embryo transfer in July,2017. In the operation room, she talked to our embryologist that she had miscarriage twice, but she was not defeated. She told everyone that she would have her baby soon.
It's not easy for an embryo to implant. There are many factors that may affect the pregnancy, such as uterus, implantation timing, and maternal status.

This time, she was pregnant! Our doctor knew we need to give her extra care and attention due to the history of recurrent miscarriage. The whole pregnancy journey was not easy. Up until week 35, the twin babies were born!
The journey of trying to be pregnant is not easy. Nobody knows who created those difficulties and where the terminal is. Abnormal ovulation, premature ovarian failure, abnormal chromosomes of embryo, short period of implantation window, all these are the difficulties that she needed to overcome. But recurrent miscarriage is the most difficult thing for her to suffer. Fortunately, she can face everything optimistically and bravely. And she finally fulfill her wish - to be a mother. A mother of twins! 

Her clinical outcomes showed as below.

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Traps from delicious foods? Eat right and have better sperm

Do you like wearing a tight pants or putting your laptop on your thighs? These habits may affect the quality of your sperm. Besides, five types of drinks/foods may harm your reproductive system. Let’s check and keep in mind!

According to <<Epicurious>>, if the quality of your sperm is not good, it may affect your family plan. To maintain the good quality of sperm, the uptakes of following drinks/foods must be controlled.

 1. Alcohol
Alcohols dehydrates the water in our bodies, and increases the risk of obesity, and reduces the mobility of sperms. We suggest not drinking alcohol more than once per week, and therefore the bodies can metabolize the alcohol. But if you have severe reproductive problem, it is better to quit alcohol.

2. Processed meat products
Bacon, ham and burger are delicious, but these processed meat products usually contain high proportion of saturated fat and hormone residues, which harm the quality of sperm. If you like meat, have the “fresh” one.

3. Sweet Drinks
Bubble milk tea or other sweet drinks contain high proportion of sugar stimulating pancreas to release more insulin, and they increases the risk of obesity. Sweet drinks reduce both the quantity and quality of sperm. It’s better for us to drink water.

4. High-fat dairy products
Milk, cheese and other dairy products can provide protein, calcium and other nutrients. But the high fat contained in these products may harm male’s reproductive system. Also, pesticide or hormone residues should be concerned in some dairy products.

5. Fruits with pesticide residues
Some of the fruits or vegetables may have pesticide residues, especially apples, grapes, strawberries, spinach, cucumbers, etc. We suggest choosing organic fruits and vegetables to decrease the risk.

Stay away from bad habits and unhealthy foods/drinks. Get your sperm good! 

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Our oocyte bank

Operation DGM "Wan-Jung, Ashley, Hsieh"

Ashley has worked at another biotech company for a long time, and she came to Hsinchu city because of her husband's job transfer. It was very lucky to have Ashley at Stork Fertility Center, since she was a very energetic and optimistic team member. Ashley started her work here as both a consultant and embryologist. That's why she understood the feeling and psychological stress of these female friends. She stayed at the embryology lab for eight years, and was very familiar with the clinical side of IVF.

When she began to take charge of the oocyte donation, she found that so many people were eager to have their own babies, but no own "eggs" could be used. The requirement of documentation and matching process would provide her a chance to connect with the case tightly. She loved to be a "pen-pal" of these female friends, sometimes, even overseas friends.

She knew that being the egg recipient could be a dilemma to the couple. And, deciding to donate the eggs to the anonymous couple was a big thing for a young woman as well. It was not common in the traditional Chinese society, but it was the easier way to start a family for some couples (compared to adopted the children in Taiwan).
Thus she worked hard on this field, and finally helped the Stork Fertility Center to build its own oocyte bank.

The oocyte bank efficiently shortens the entire oocyte donation program, since the available oocytes were already cryopreserved and ready to be matched. Ashley now are the mother with two lovely kids, and she hope that all the women could as luck as her family.

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[Patient Testimonial] A home-run in a seven-year game

I was crying when I saw the result of pregnancy test, since I have waited for these "two lines" at least seven years.

I came from Mainland China.

In 1999, I met my now husband at first time. Five years later, we started our relationship, and got married in 2008. I still remembered that our city held the Olympic game then (2008 Bejing Olympic). I was 25, and he was 26. We decided to start our family immediately, and got a positive result of pregnancy test few months later. The specialist of OBGYN gave me some progesterone medication to stabilize the uterine endometrium. However, it was gone eventually, and the doctor said it was spontaneous abortion.

I took rest for three months, and started to try again in the beginning of 2010. It became so hard this time, and I went to the hospital again for some examines. The doctor found that my fallopian tubes were both blocked, and showed slightly endometriosis. I did both modern and herbal treatments, but still had no good news. From June 2011 to October 2014, I consequently took IUI and IVF for eight cycles, but all were failed. I repeated daily injections, hormone tests, oral medication, and embryo transfers, and hope that it would get successful every time. Day by day, my faith became weaker and weaker. The doctor told me that my AMH value was only 0.43 ng/ml, and he finally encouraged me to take a donation program.

I totally rejected this suggestion. (I tried to ignore that I have heard this option.) A baby from donated oocytes? Is the baby still "my own baby"? I even considered to leave my husband, because I loved him so much. Maybe it would be another way to let him have his own children. Fortunately, He was patient and calm, trying to change my mind. 

Then we went to a big hospital for donation consultation together. They said the mating process would take 5-10 years. (!!!) I was 31 years then. Shall I
 wait for that until I was 40s?

One of my Taiwanese colleague recommended me to consult Taiwanese fertility centers. That's why I called to Stork Fertility Center. The matching time was much shorter than that in Mainland China, and it would take around 1-2 months. My personal agent at center arranged me to complete some documentations and sperm cryopreservation. Soon after, an appropriate donor was matched, and our own embryos were cryopreserved. Before the embryo transfer, I underwent hysteroscopy and hystersalpingography to check the uterine environment.

The donor gave us 19 mature eggs, and eight blastocysts derived. Two embryos were thawed and transferred, and they were graded as 4BB and 4BC.

We stayed in Taiwan around one more week, and I got a positive test result 15 days after transfer. I was crying, because I have waited for our baby at least seven years. I still remembered the outcome of my first pregnancy, and thus I was very nervous in the following weeks. The pregnancy symptoms were severe this time, and I went to hospitals almost every week. I felt that I got stronger and stronger, just like my own baby.

In the end of 2015, it was a more important day than our marriage day.

We have twin girls. One was 2.25kg, and the other was 3 kg.

And we finally became the parents.

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2017 ESHRE in Geneva !!!

It's been full and interesting weeks in Switzerland, Europe. On June 30th, we spent around 11 hours from Taiwan to Zurich, and another 3 hours from Zurich to Geneva. There were six people in our "ESHRE team," including four embryologists and two reproductive geneticists. Such a big team!

Since I had both the poster and oral presentations at this conference, it was a seriously special experience for us. We all attended to the pre-congress course and main course, covering all aspects of IVF and pregnancy. We rent an apartment through Arbnb, and it looked cosy and lovely: three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a clean kitchen.

The local supermarket, COOP, was very near to our place. Thanks to COOP, we could prepare the meals with our colleagues together. I did not expect that we can really do something out of the lab, and the results showed awesome.

(No one can read tags, because it was written in French, lol. Don't worry, we still have our google.)

(I tried the yogurt in coffee taste, and I am sure that it was not my type.)

We had four days in ESHRE, including one day of pre-congress course. I took the part of genetics in reproduction, focusing on the talks related with DNAs, gene expression, PGS, and mitochondria ... etc. My own oral and poster topics were in PGS: one was the correlationship between the mosaicism and individual chromosome lengths; and another one was the effect of male factors in embryo ploidies. We took a photo in front of our e-poster, and I really appreciate our design group, since the poster looked very nice!

The oral presentation made me anxious for couple of weeks. I definitely got teary when I received the acceptance, though I felt both headache and stomachache before my session. I decided not to think about the people sat under the stage, and looked one of my colleague stood beside the entrance. It was good that I have finished everything now!

We stayed at the conference until the last minute of the last talk, and gave us a big applause! Then we traveled around the city of Geneva, visiting the University of Geneva and the riverside park.

(We just pretended that we were the college students. Maybe ph.D student? :D)

(Nice weather and pretty view relived my heart.)

(Kids were happy everywhere.)


We did not cook for the last night, and decided to eat the "real" Siwss food. We choose the restaurant named "Les Armures," and ordered the pink wine for celebration! The location was close to the University of Geneva.


Anyway, it was a wonderful trip with the Stork team! You were my best backups, and everyone was so functional. Thank you, guys. xoxo

(Our gentlemen, Duke, was holding the camera, not in the photo.)

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