Reproductive Medicine

The Reproductive Medicine Center of MacKay Memorial Hospital was established in 1986. Over the past 30 years, we aim to provide superior health care services to our patients both through the use of state-of-the-art technology and the patient-centered approach.

We have passed the evaluation of the Ministry of Health and Welfare and also work as an Artificial Reproductive Technology Training Center in Taiwan to foster future medical professionals who are interested in this field.

Currently, there are five fertility specialists, five technicians, five international medical case managers and the professional team for consultation who help the infertility patients to have a baby with the most professional medical technology.

What is infertility?
★ Failure to achieve a successful pregnancy after more than 12 months of regular unprotected intercourse.
★ Earlier evaluation and treatment may be warranted based on medical history and physical findings and is warranted after 6 months for women over age 35 years.
Treatment Methods
In accordance to the Assisted Reproduction Laws in Taiwan, a legal marital status must exist between the recipients of assisted reproduction technology. The husband and wife must present a government issued marriage certificate prior to initiation of treatment.

  1. Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
    Ovulation induction → detect follicle number and size by ultrasound → adjustment of ovulation drug dosage → predict of ovulation date → sperm washing and concentration → performing intrauterine insemination.
  2. In vitro fertilization (IVF)
    Ovulation induction → detect follicle number and size by ultrasound → adjust ovulation drug dosage → predict ovulation → schedule ovum pick-up date & sperm → ovum pick-up and sperm obtainment → embryo transfer at the third or fifth day after ovum pick up → luteal phase support with progesterone.
  3. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
    We inject sperm directly into the oocyte by microsurgical instruments under the microscope. The fertilization rate will thus increase and embryo transfer will be performed after the zygotes develop to embryos.
    Indications:
    * Male infertility such as azoospermia, athenospermia, and high rate of abnormal sperm morphology
    * Anti-sperm antibodies: If male and female patients have high concentrations of anti-sperm antibodies, sperm penetration of eggs will decline substantially.
    * Repeated IVF fertilization failure despite normal sperm number and activity
    For male patients with non-obstructive azoospermia, we can extract sperms from testis or epididymis by minor surgery.
  4. Laser thinning of embryonic zona pellucida for assisted hatching (AH) 
    Sometimes even good quality embryos would fail to implant upon transferred to uterus. Assisted hatching is the process in which the embryonic zona pellucida is first thinned by laser, and then embryo is transferred to uterine cavity to improve embryo hatching and implantation.
    Indications:
    * Failed of in vitro fertilization more than two times
    * Embryonic zona pellucida is too hard or too thick
    * Age more than 38 years old

Required documents
1. Both couples’ PASSPORT – original & duplicate
2. Both couples’ ID CARD – original & duplicate
3. Marriage certificate (Certified by Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office) – original & duplicate

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感謝台北馬偕醫院生殖醫療團隊及國際醫療中心

我與太太兩年前一直想通過自然方式受孕一直無果。也許因為年齡大心裡著急,又因為太太右側輸卵管通而不暢的原因遲遲無法自然受孕,又要與時間賽跑,就想借助人工輔助生殖技術的幫忙來早日實現父母夢。於是通過網路搜索(知道台灣的輔助生殖技術先進,因而看到台北馬偕醫院在輔助生殖方面過往的優異成績,也因為我們是基督徒自然受感動選擇了馬偕,為此我和太太常常禱告求神帶領)。

我們與2019年2月份成功順利取卵(10顆)。2019年8月底配了6顆卵,植入2個胚胎,成功在2020年5月14日誕下一名健康的男寶寶。一次植入就成功!(另外四顆卵子只有1顆發育成胚胎已冷凍保存,待日後再植入,因為我們是基督徒知道胚胎已是有生命的,每一個生命都是神的創造不能棄置,生命的主權在神。)感謝神!借助台北馬偕醫院林明輝醫師及輔助生殖團隊和國際醫療部Lisa與同仁的辛勞幫助之下,在我(43歲)太太(42歲)時可以得到上帝賜予的產業,品嘗做父母的滋味,倍感欣慰⋯⋯

再一次感謝台北馬偕醫院的醫療團隊及國際醫療中心的工作人員。

May God Bless You. ♥        

Peter於西元2020年7月寫於中國廈門

王冰&戴華玫 之子

王冰&戴華玫 之子2

胜利的曙光来自台北马偕医院

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走过试管婴儿这条路的人,都知道其中的不容易。有的姐妹很幸运,一两次就能如愿;但有人一走就是几年,并且路途中根本看不到任何曙光,就这样在黑暗里孤独无助,随时都会放弃,但总还是抱着一丝希望继续走着。很不幸,我就是后者大军中的一员;很庆幸,再坚持了无数个黑暗的日夜后,我终于成功了。写这篇文章时,我已有七个多月的身孕,并且是双胞胎,宝宝们都很健康。

在朋友的鼓励下,我决定把这段痛苦的经历写出来,希望能给在试管婴儿这条漆黑的道路上继续前行的姐妹们带来一丝光亮。

第一节  决定做试管婴儿前

我和我先生,和大多数当今社会上的男女一样,都是三十左右的年纪结的婚。不早但也不算晚。在婚前照例进行了婚检,双方都很健康,所以也从没想过要孩子会成为人生中的阻碍。双方父母也都是在结婚后很快怀了孩子并顺利生产。

很快半年的时间过去,我的肚子什么动静都没有,这时双方妈妈开始催促,去医院再次检查。我乖乖去医院,但还是什么都没查出来。也做了输卵管造影,我记得做完后流了很多血,但是结果正常。于是在正规大医院里开始每月监卵,安排同房,房事后倒立。同时开始喝中药,调理身体,备孕。喝了两个月,来月经开始腹痛。从没感受过痛经的我,居然觉得这也许是件好事,毕竟有了变化。妈妈说痛经不好,于是又去医院检查,依旧什么也没查出来。

就这样,三年过去了,期间我间断性喝中药,月经越来越痛,直到痛得不能起床,无法吃饭。这次妈妈在医院找熟人帮我检查,诊断出腺肌症、子宫肌瘤以及有一侧输卵管粘连。医生说,想要自然怀孕基本上可能性很小了,尽早做试管吧。只记得当时,像是有个霹雳从脑顶打下来。

第二节  漫漫国内试管路

很快我便进入了疗程。如果像我一样是女方的问题,那么试管婴儿的疗程需要女方全力配合,男方只需要取精一个步骤就可以了。其实大部分试管问题难解决的都是女方,因为女方需要提供健康的卵子,以保证可以精卵结合培养成胚胎或者囊胚;适合的子宫环境,让胚胎可以顺利着床并生长,和完善的内分泌系统;保证胚胎的正常发育。这几个方面缺一不可。而男方只要能提供几个健康的精子就可以了。检查结果是,我三个重要方面都有问题,卵巢功能开始早衰,子宫腺肌症和多发性子宫肌瘤,内分泌甲状腺功能低下。所幸我老公的精子很健康。

在国内一共取卵4次,植入5次。一开始我的卵巢功能已经开始不好了,其他同龄的病友一次至少能取出十几颗卵,但我最多也只是6颗。原因医生说不详,我上网查了很多资料,最多的都是说心情和压力是导致卵子质量低和数量少的重要原因。当然还有一个重要因素就是女性的年龄。年龄越大,数量也就越少。

可能是没有找对医院,没有遇到好的医生,在国内的这几次试管婴儿的尝试,留给我的都是痛苦的回忆和身体上的伤害。第一次失败宫外孕,大出血紧急手术抢救切除双侧输卵管。之后由于子宫卵巢粘连,导致卵巢位置不好,由于我所在的医院取卵只是打杜冷丁,对我来说几乎没有任何效果。每次取卵都会有一个小护士跪在床上使劲按压我的腹部,由于压到胃部会导致干呕,但医生说如果乱动会有危险,所以我不敢动也不敢出声,每次都会全身抽搐,生不如死。别人取卵二十几颗只要十五分钟左右,我取一两颗都要一个小时。医生说我矫情,我和家人知道并不是这样。

之后医生的态度也越来越差,说我自己怀孕希望太渺茫,每次从医院出来都是泪流满面,最后医生建议我们去美国做代孕。但代孕费用巨大,所有的算下来大概要100万人民币左右,加上我才刚刚三十几岁,实在是不甘心。但医生的话让我们彻底丧失了对国内医院和医生的信任。在当时的情况下,确实是这样想的,但现在冷静下来想,国内绝对是有好医生,只是我们太不走运,没有遇到。

第三节  美国试管

2018年中旬,我们在网络做足了功课,决定去美国尝试试管婴儿,也许还有一线希望。出发前第一次验了AMH抗缪勒管激素,这个项目正常值是2-6.8ng/ml,AMH数值越高,代表卵子存量越多;数值越低,说明卵巢功能越差。而我当时的AMH值只有0.42。2018年10月到了美国的试管婴儿诊所,我的AMH值已经降到了0.26,只有4个月的时间,我当时有点承受不住。但是美国的医生还是给了我很大的希望,说只要有卵就有成功的希望,好在我还年轻,虽然卵少,但是只要放松,质量应该没问题。于是给我开了DHEA和CoQ10增强卵子质量,这些药我都是在亚马逊和美国当地Costco超市买的。个人觉得对于卵子质量的帮助还是有效果的。

之后开始在美国用药促卵,可能是人种不同,我开始用药后反应很大,脸上长了很多红红的痘,狂掉头发,气色也很差。之后取卵2颗,都成功配成胚胎,只有1颗养成5天的囊胚。在美国,所有的胚胎都要养成囊胚才可以植入,说是会提高成功率。

在这里提一下美国试管和国内的区别:1. 美国有PGD和PGS技术,具体的大家可以Google去查一下,大致上就是基因筛查,提高植入后胚胎的成功率;2. 良好的就医环境和优质的服务,国内病人多医生少,这方面自然做的会差一些;3. 胚胎养成成功率会比国内高一些,也就是胚胎实验室的设备和管理更正规。在美国如果出现胚胎解冻损伤算是医疗事故,出现几率极少,偶尔有也会有赔偿,但在国内就只能算你倒霉了。

我隔了几个月才进行的胚胎植入,植入前,医生也会对子宫环境进行调理,又是吃了很多药,打了很多针。植入那天,医生拿给我胚胎的照片影像,干巴巴的样子,麻麻赖赖的,一点都不圆润。医生说,这是刚解冻的时候,需要一点时间胚胎才能变得圆润。之后是漫长的14天等待,最后还是以失败告终。整个疗程下来,医疗的费用花了大概2.9万美元,合人民币20万左右,不算其他的衣食住行。我们之前做了大量的功课,所有的程序都是自己办理的,没有通过中介,所以省下了大概10万人民币的中介费用。

在我们心灰意冷的时候,在美国的房东给我们介绍了台北马偕医院,说她有姐妹在那里做成功了。于是我们像是抓到了救命稻草,马不停蹄,开始准备台湾行程。

第四节  胜利的曙光来自台北马偕医院

一个月后,我们来到了台北。记得是晚上飞机抵达桃园机场,转天我们就去了医院。因为提前电话预约马偕医院的门诊是在晚上,所以白天我们去之前在网上查的一些诊所看看情况。分别去了宏孕诊所和生基诊所,这两个都是私人诊所。但体验并不是很好,商业化比较严重。本来还想去荣总和台大去看看的,可是也没了心气儿,老公说干脆等晚上直接去马偕医院吧。

由于我们提前预约了诊号,所以晚上到了医院并没有等很久。先说说对医院的第一印象。一进医院大门,墙上耶稣救助的图片映入眼帘。墙上写着“受伤的,我必缠裹;有病的,我必医治”,现在看来,真的不愧是重度责任制医院。环境干净整洁,每个诊室配有电子叫号装置,并且很注重保护病人的隐私。做超音波检查也不像国内大家脱了裤子排队那么粗鲁,每个小隔间都是只有一位病人进入,也有床单遮掩下体,有充分的时间换衣服,不会觉得尴尬。对于胡玉铭医师,用我老公的话说,是第一眼就值得信任的人。轻松幽默的交谈,耐心专业地解答我们准备的每个问题,每个答案都很客观,并且马上给出治疗方案,专业有效,整个看诊过程大概持续20多分钟,胡医师丝毫没有不耐烦。一出诊室,我们决定就在这里了。胡医师给我定的方案是先收集卵子,然后培育受精卵,再调理子宫环境植入。当天胡医师给我做了超音波检查,并且验了一些基本血项。这时我的AMH已经降到0.14了。胡医师说没关系,放松心态,我们试几个月,好的卵子有一个就足够了。

之后的四个月就是进行促卵取卵。由于我的AMH值已经很低,这就意味着每个周期想取出健康可用的卵子,并不是一件容易的事情。第一个周期,超音波看到三颗卵子,但是胡医师说不太确定,有可能只是空泡。我当时很伤心,但是胡医师和咨询师都鼓励我,说试试才有希望。说的没错,我也下定决心,机会都是试出来的。在台北第一次取卵手术,全麻,没有痛苦。由于签证原因,前几次手术都是我自己在台北时完成的。手术后,我来到胚胎实验室,胚胎师告诉我,这次没有取出来可用的卵子,但是胡医师帮我抽出几管巧克力囊肿的积液。我当时哭了,胚胎师一直在耐心安慰我,说35岁的年纪还很年轻,还是有机会的。他还想和我好好聊聊,可是我当时脑子一片空白,只想快些离去,找个没人的地方好好哭一哭。

由于我卵巢质量实在是不好,所以每个周期时间都很长,靠自由行签证实在无法支撑一个周期,所以我求助国际医疗部的孙家仪咨询师帮我办理国际医疗签证。办理下来才知道好处多多,之前每次看诊漫长的等待,孤独地一个人进行手术。现在都有孙家仪咨询师Lisa陪着我,每次看诊不再需要等候,而且手术时她也会一直在手术室外等待照顾我,随时沟通询问我的状况,还悉心照顾我的生活。像是突然有了个家人陪在身边,从此台北的生活不再孤独无助。

之后胡医师、Lisa和医院的咨询师、胚胎师都在不断地鼓励我,才让我有信心继续走下去。之后的三个周期,每个周期胡医师都给我精心调制促排药品,甚至一个周期就换三次药。这个和大陆美国都不太一样,大陆的医院是整个周期药量不变,品种不变,只是调节促排时间;美国的诊所是药品种不变,但是根据每次超音波结果调剂药量,并调节时间。所以马偕医院胡医师的治疗是最具个性化的,也是尽量为每一个病人找到最适合的治疗方式。所以之后的三个周期,我每个周期都取出2颗可用卵子进行冷冻。胡医师说的没错,试试才有希望。

三个周期我一共取到6颗健康的卵子,之后老公来台湾进行取精配成胚胎。之前在大陆,因为养囊技术不是很好,所以都是好的胚胎只养到第三天就会冷冻,差一点的胚胎医生才会考虑养囊。在美国一律都是养囊,医生不会考虑胚胎是否能够支撑到第五天,这样的话其实会浪费掉一部分可以成活的胚胎,毕竟有的胚胎在子宫里可以长成健康的宝宝,但是在实验室却不一定能够撑到第五天。在台北马偕医院,胚胎师会时刻关注胚胎的情况而决定第几天进行冷冻,这样能最大程度保证胚胎的成活率,也是我认为最科学的方式。我的6颗胚胎到第三天的时候,只剩下3颗了。胚胎师决定冷冻,不是因为质量不好,而是数量少,不应该冒险,对于这个决定我很赞同。

之后是胡医师对我的子宫环境进行调理。我的子宫环境实在是糟糕,肌瘤腺肌症要什么有什么。医生主要给我调理内膜的状态,进行了漫长的快一个月的时间,医生终于说内膜达到了最好的状态,可以进行移植了。

胡医师说按照我的情况,应该一次性植入三颗成功率最大,可是我一共才三颗,有点担心如果没成就要再从头来过。之后去行天宫求了签,关圣帝君也说植入三颗。好吧,那就三颗。

植入当天,Lisa早早就在胚胎移植室外等我,怕我紧张一直在和我聊天,胚胎师也很幽默地在我的移植单上写“关圣帝君说植入三颗”,我看了哈哈大笑,一点都不紧张了。胡医师给我植入的时候也在一直和我聊天,给我讲解仪器影像植入的位置。就这样植入轻松快乐地完成。

之后就是14天漫长的等待。由于这几天只有我一个人,所以Lisa提前为我安排好了一切,告诉我一些注意事项,不要过于担心。我到现在都在庆幸,遇到了Lisa这么好的医护人员。

14天过后,去医院验血,看到HCG血值1788.7,我哭了。多年的愿望终于成真。

之后的一切都很顺利,在医生和Lisa的照顾陪同下,我的两个宝宝都在健康的长大。

接下来我来总结下我体验到的马偕医院试管流程和大陆的区别:

  1. 良好的就医环境和优质的服务,这里整个流程都是轻松愉快的,尽快中途会有一些小插曲,比如没有取到卵,但是来自医护人员的关心都会让你觉得暖暖的。
  2. 先进的医疗硬件条件。马偕医院的医疗条件相比美国一点都不逊色,美国有的技术这里都有,胚胎实验室的硬件也都是世界一流的,真的花最少的钱就可以享受到最优质的医疗。
  3. 优秀的医护人员团队。相对于硬件,医疗团队的软件也是尤为重要的。在这里每一个环节都有尽职尽责的医护人员负责,不会出现一个漏洞。这一点是大陆和美国都比不上的地方,也是支撑我在这里走完试管这条路的坚强后盾。
  4. 国际医疗团队的鼎力帮助。一开始我并没有选择国际医疗,但后来由于周期长,时间不够选择求助国际医疗之后,才发现之前走了弯路。接待我的是孙家仪Lisa咨询师,对她一开始的印象是很细心很专业的医护人员。直到后来,我慢慢意识到她是我坚持下来的动力。在我迷茫的时候,Lisa会给我专业的建议,像是我的私人医生;在我遇到挫折的时候,Lisa会给我家人般的安慰和鼓励,让我重新振作;在我需要帮助的时候,Lisa不管什么时候,总会在第一时间出现,全力帮助我。除了感谢,全都是对于能遇到她的庆幸。
  5. 世界领先的试管技术。无论是在大陆还是在美国,在取卵时医生采用的方案都是比较单一的,但是在马偕医院,医生会根据你的时时情况来随时更换药物和治疗方案,这样就会在同一个周期内,在兼顾身体的同时又能取到尽可能多的卵子。并且在植入之前,也会有先进的技术,比如对于像我这样年纪稍大的女性,胚胎在解冻后胚胎壁会比年轻的卵子要厚一些,马偕医院会采用激光打薄技术,在不伤害胚胎的情况下,使胚胎壁变薄,从而增加着床几率。另外在植入时,还会给胚胎黏上生物胶,使胚胎更容易找到最好的位置进行着床。还有很多,现在孕期记忆力比较差,有点记不清。总之在这里总会有让你感到震惊的技术,为试管成功加码。
  6. 美丽的价格。台湾马偕医院拥有全世界最好的技术,但是价格却比大陆还要便宜。这和社会医疗体系有很大的关系。生活在台湾的民众,都能享受到政府在医疗方面的资助。即使没有健保卡的大陆人,所能享受到的价格也要比大陆便宜很多,更不要说和美国相比了。在马偕医院,我一共进行了四个疗程周期的取卵,植入成功后,加上胚胎配型和植入后的药费等一共花费487209台币,合10万人民币。我的卵巢功能不好,使用的药量都是最大的,所以花费也比较多,一般的话会比这个要少很多。相比美国一个疗程周期就要花二十几万人民币,这个价格实在是让人感动了。

最后一点还想说说在台湾的生活。台湾的小吃很有名,水果也是出名的香甜,空气也很好。还会有很多汤品补品平时都可以吃到,价格也很便宜。这些都很利于身体的调养。我植入成功前一共在台湾待了6个月,植入前检查各选项身体指标,都有了很好的改善,这也是意外的收获吧。以前听到台北,想到的是凤梨酥,小吃,夜市;现在听到台北,想到的是马偕医院,孙家仪Lisa咨询师,还有胡玉铭医师,还有像他们一样,一个个鲜活可爱的人们。

忘记在哪里看到的一篇小文章,说到“当你回头望着身后那片死一般沉寂的长路时,才明白是怎样走出了沙漠”。所以千万不要放弃,不要绝望,找到支撑自己的信念,我们最终都可以走出那片荒芜的沙漠。

Thank you! The whole team at MacKay!

Please pass our thanks to our doctor and your IVF team. You’ve done a very good job.

If there’s anyone asking us for IVF, for sure we will recommend your IVF team.

 Phuc and Vy from Vietnam

Phuc and Vy, living in Vietnam and their first kid is an MPS boy, brought their son to MacKay for regular follow-up and treatment annually. Thus, they came to MacKay for PGD+IVF while decided to have the second child. After the PGD test and IVF procedure, they successfully have another baby, a healthy boy, after their first-time single frozen-thawed embryo transfer.

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IVF Journey - From Australia to Philippines to Taiwan

I remember doctor’s last words to me after he put the embryos inside me, “We have done everything, now everything is in God’s hand.”  Somehow it comforted me.  For the past 6 years and 5th attempt of IVFs, I lived in fear and heart aches of failures but doctor reminded me again that despite science there is God who can do all miracles impossible, despite fear there is hope if you have faith.

Because of my age of 43, I just have 5 to 10% of chance of getting pregnant. I am so happy we didn’t give up, my husband did not give up on me because finally we are pregnant!

Failed to have a twin but still grateful for what we believe is God’s greatest gift to us.

Thank you MacKay, thank you my doctor, thank you my loving husband, dad and thank you God!

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Thank you again! The MacKay team!

Thank you again to the MacKay team for helping us now have 2 beautiful boys. God bless you!

 Aileen from Philippines

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Our IVF Journey in Taiwan

“Truly, the happiest day of our life”

Thank you the team at MacKay Memorial Hospital!

 Eddie & Katz

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Truly, God is amazing!

Our gratitude and love to Dr. Lee, to IMSC, Ms. Lisa and to everybody at the IVF lab and clinic. Thank you very much!

 Edmar and Rogelyn

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Our Journey to parenthood- Marlene & Jim

In 2016, we chose to proceed with the IVF at MacKay Memorial Hospital because we want a stress free environment and a team who we know are the best in this field. Thank you all for making our dream come true.

Matthew 7:7

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

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Michelle’s sharing

My husband and I already have a 2 year old son and when we were trying to have another baby, we were always unsuccessful. We tried for more than a year and when our friend told us about ivf in Taiwan, we were interested and asked about it from friends and since we heard so many successful cases, we booked a flight to Taiwan last Feb for the initial consultation. For the actual process, we travelled to Taiwan on April.

The experience was good. Dr. Lee and Ms. Sun already have a good system in place. Check up, explanation, procedure, etc. And so on my part, I never had any fear with the entire procedure. There were also some painful moments but everything is tolerable.

We came home around 1st week of May and found out I was already pregnant around May 10th. Confirmed heartbeat of twins by 10 weeks but lost one on 12th week. After that, we sought the help of a perinatogist (high risk ob), immunologist and endoc doctor. They all helped for me to have a healthy and safe pregnancy.

I have been recommending the Taiwan ivf team to couples who have difficulty on conceiving. They are very helpful, efficient, and the chances of success is very high. Like in my case, we were successful in one try only.

Michelle Go

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Jasslyn ‘s story

My husband and I have been married for about 3 years when we decided to undergo IVF treatment. We came to this decision not because we have experienced many failed work-ups but because we want to undergo a treatment with the highest success rate.

We learned about Dr. Robert Lee and MacKay Memorial Hospital from my relatives who have been successful with their IVF treatments. With their positive recommendations, we didn’t think twice about going to the same doctor and hospital.

Seeing as it was my first IVF treatment, I was scared of the whole procedure and worried about the medications I had to take. I was also worried of language and cultural barriers. However, Dr. Lee and the whole staff at MacKay really eased my worries by being very professional.

 I also found it easy to communicate with Dr. Lee and the whole staff at MacKay because they can speak fluent English.  Although the hospital is always full of people, everyone was so efficient that we didn’t have to wait long for injections, check-ups, ultrasounds, etc. This efficiency displayed by the staff at MacKay I think, makes the biggest difference compared to hospitals or clinics in the Philippines. 

 The accommodation extended by the staff of MacKay was not just limited to the IVF treatment. They also happily answered all my queries such as other things to do in Taipei and good restaurants to eat at. I truly felt comfortable with this supposedly uncomfortable procedure because of the general warmth, compassion, and helpfulness of everyone at MacKay. All these definitely made my 1st IVF experience less stressful which I think contributed a lot in helping me achieve a positive result.

Jasslyn Tan

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Bernadine’s sharing from Manila

I am a proud mother to 3 IVF babies. My eldest was made in the Philippines while my twins were made in Taiwan. I am equally grateful to both doctors and institutions for making it possible for us to become parents.

My first pregnancy came 8 years after marriage and after countless pregnancy work-ups.  My daughter who is now 8 years old was conceived thru the help of Dr. Irene Sy of Center for Reproductive Medicine in Manila. It was a fresh IVF cycle and our first attempt.  Following this, I have had 2 failed frozen embryo transfers.  Since we already have a child, we were torn between being contented with one child and giving our child a sibling companion.  Obviously, it was the benefit of our daughter that pushed us to try IVF in Taiwan.

My cousin, who underwent a successful IVF procedure in Taiwan, recommended to us Mackay Memorial Hospital.

Mackay Memorial Hospital has an International Medical Service Center that caters to international patients.  This makes it easy for foreigners who cannot speak Chinese to communicate with them, as they are fluent in English.  With the help of electronic mails, all inquiry can also be addressed.

After 6 years of trying, we were again new parents to twins, a boy and a girl.  Twice the blessings, twice the fun!  Two miracles instead of one!

Our twins are now at their terrible twos.  It is such a joy seeing two little kids greet you as you come home from work but it is also a challenge to us in so many aspects. Good luck to us!

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Deborah’s sharing from Philippinesa

After 8 years of waiting and countless fertility treatments, God has finally answered our prayers with a healthy baby girl last June 13, 2013.  She was a living proof that miracles do happen.

We would like to thank Dr. Robert Lee Kuo-Kuang of MacKay Memorial Hospital for the successful IVF.  Out of 7 eggs retrieved, only 4 were fertilized.  Of the 4 embryos, there were 2 grade 5, 1 grade 4 and 1 grade 3 embryos.  Not the best odds.  The day of the transfer, I was crying already.  I can clearly recall Dr. Lee telling me, “You only need 1 good embryo and you have one, so don’t worry.”  I held on to these words all throughout the waiting period. It served as my strength and hope.  True enough, I only need one and she is here with me now, my bundle of joy.

Thank you Dr. Lee, and to all the nurses and staff of MacKay Memorial Hospital for being an instrument in the conception of this little miracle.  This wouldn’t be possible without you.  Thank you very very very much.

Deborah Jayne Yu

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This is the most frequently asked question in my blog and emails – Why did you have IVF? Why in Taiwan and why in MacKay Memorial Hospital? Here’s my answer.

These are some of the reasons why I chose to have IVF in MacKay Memorial Hospital in Taipei:

  1. Proximity wise, Taiwan is nearer to the Philippines.
  2. It was way cheaper to have IVF done in Taiwan compared to the Philippines, Singapore or US in terms of medical expenses, food and accommodation.
  3. Taiwan has a higher success rate in terms of their IVF.
  4.  I have personally spoken to quite a number of people who were successful with their IVF with Dr. Robert Lee as their ob-gyne.
  5. I find Dr. Robert Lee very professional. He knows what he is doing and I feel comfortable with him.
  6. The system in the hospital is very organized.
  7. They have an International Medical Service team that will assist you with all the things that you need. They are prompt in answering all your queries through email and they are also the ones who will help you arrange your accommodation there.
  8. Love the food in Taipei… and shopping as well!!
  9. I also felt that a change of environment would be healthy for us as we were able to escape the stress we have here in the Philippines.  We were able to rest and unwind. It was like our second honeymoon and the IVF was like our side trip instead of the other way around.  We enjoyed the trip very much and the baby is our bonus 🙂

Why IVF?

It was recommended to me by my OB then after 3 consecutive failed IUI from her, though prior to this we have also tried IUI 2x with another OB.

Given our case, the success rate was 50% according to our ob in Taiwan. That’s a 50-50 chance for us and since we have tried everything already, ivf was our last resort.

Plus the fact that my biological clock was ticking and was not getting any younger, I was determined to give ivf a try even just once only. I wouldn’t want to wake up one day and regret the fact that I did not do something when I could have done something.

To quote from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.”

IVF was indeed worth a try… especially with our dream of having a baby as the prize.

Deborah Jayne Yu

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Vivian and Andrian‘s story

Year 2007, the day we promised forever.

After years of trying and waiting with all our heart and with all our faith and trust to God. Mackay Taipei here we come!

It was seven o’clock in the morning. We had our first pregnancy test. For the first time it has TWO RED LINES! Thank you lord!

36 weeks, Friday, 30th of March 2012. The day we held our precious twins for the first time. At 9:44 AM Harry Adrian was born after 2 minutes at 9:46AM Philippa Viviene was born. Praise God! Twins, two little blessings sent from above. Every perfect gift is from above. James 1:17

James 1:7
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

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At Mackay Medical Services for Reproductive Medicine, we offer:

★ Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
★ In vitro fertilization (IVF)
★ Microscopic technique (ICSI)
★ Time-lapse Incubator
★ Laser Assisted Hatching (AH) and Embryo Glue
★ Sperm staining examination, sperm antibody test
★ Oocyte cryopreservation, Sperm cryopreservation, embryo cryopreservation
★ Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)/
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
★ Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopy
★ Micro-Testicular Sperm Extraction (Micro-TESE)
★ Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) level
★ Hysterosalpingography (HSG X-ray)

Treatment Procedures
Clinical examinations:

  1. Ultrasound examinations of uterus, ovary, and other pelvic structures, as well as lesions such as myoma, endometrioma.
  2. Blood analysis for thyroid function, prolactin and AMH
    AMH(anti-Mullerian hormone): for prediction of the ovarian follicle reserve. Presently AMH has the highest accuracy among all blood tests for ovarian reserves.
  3. Semen analysis and sperm staining examination— Sperm are stained and enlarged up to 1000 times to assess the normal morphological proportion, to predict the probability of oocyte fertilization ( General sperm analysis only checks up to 100-fold amplification, and staining is not performed )
  4. Hysterosalpingography—To assess the patency and function of the fallopian tubes, and to evaluate the contour and the shape of uterine cavity, as well as the presence of polyps or intra-uterine adhesions.
  5. Basal body temperature measurement
  6. Return to clinic for report and recommendation by doctor for treatment options.

Special team for Reproductive Medicine Center


★ Experienced infertility specialist
★ Urologist
★ Embryologist
★ International medical case manager
★ Professional team for consultation

💖 Success Rates (under 38 years old) 💖

.Intrauterine Insemination(IUI)—The pregnancy rate was 20%
.In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)—The pregnancy rate was 50%
.Frozen-thawed Embryo Transfer (FET)—The pregnancy rate was 55%
.Cumulative Live-Birth Rates after In Vitro Fertilization—57%

💖 Medical Without Boarders 💖

The experience of a mother who travels miles to Taiwan seeking for a child with the past 6 failed IVF attempts in China and the US.
She had faced no visitor entry from China, outbreak of COVID-19, and was alone in Taiwan for IVF experience.
Luckily, she had the support and accompany from the staffs of International Medical Service Center as a family.

♦ Facebook Fan Page of International Medical Service Center of MacKay Memorial Hospital

Our Special Team


Dr. Ming-Huei Lin

Current Position
1.Director 0f Division of Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, MacKay Memorial Hospital
2.Senior Attending Physician, Division of Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, MacKay Memorial Hospital

Professional Specialty
1. Infertility
2. Assisted Reproductive Technique (test tube baby)、Egg banking
3. Reproductive Endocrinology
4. Hystroscopy & Laparoscopy

Education & Experience
1. Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan
2. Obstetrics & Gynecology, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taiwan
3. Advanced Reproductive Technologies, The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, U.S.A.
4. Director of Taiwan Society of Reproductive Medicine
5. Hysteroscopic Surgery, Kawasaki Municipal Hospital, Japan

Language
Taiwanese / Mandarin / English

Dr. Robert Kuo-Kuang Lee

Current Position
Senior Attending Physician, Division of Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Mackay Memorial Hospital

Professional Specialty
1. Infertility
2. Assisted Reproductive Technique (test tube baby)
3. Reproductive Endocrinology

Education & Experience
1. MD degree of Kaohsiung Medical University
2. Residency of Obstetrics & Gynecology, MacKay Memorial Hospital
2. Long Beach Medical Center, Irvine Medical School, University of California. Research fellow of Reproductive Medicine
3. Director 0f Division of Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, MacKay Memorial Hospital
4. President of Taiwan Society of Reproductive Medicine

Language
Taiwanese / Mandarin / English

Dr. Tzu-Yu, Hung

Current Position
Attending Physician, Division of Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Mackay Memorial Hospital

Professional Specialty
1. Infertility
2. Egg freezing
3. oncofertility
4. Assisted Reproductive Technique (test tube baby)
5. Hysteroscopy & Laparoscopy
6. General Obstetrics & Gynecology

Education & Experience
1. MD degree of National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan.
2. Residency of Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology, MacKay Memorial Hospital

Language
Taiwanese / Mandarin / English

Dr. Christine Shan-Chi Chiu

Current Position
Attending Physician, Division of Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Tamsui Branch

Professional Specialty
1. Infertility
2. Egg freezing
3. oncofertility
4. Assisted Reproductive Technique (test tube baby)
5. Hysteroscopy
6. General Obstetrics & Gynecology

Education & Experience
1. Bachelor of Science with Honours, University of Toronto, Canada
2. MD degree of Poznan Medical University, Poland
3. Residency of Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology, MacKay Memorial Hospital

Language
Taiwanese / Mandarin / English