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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.)

(Full-view)

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.







(Cheers!!)



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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