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New IVF technology increases fertility, pregnancy rate


TAIWAN’s prestigious reproductive medical center, Lee Women’s Hospital, has introduced to Filipinos its latest IVF (in vitro fertilization) technology that is said to increase the pregnancy success rate of infertile patients during a reunion-consultation fair recently held at Makati Shangri-La, in Makati City.

Formally called 3.5 Generation AI (artificial intelligence) IVF Protocol, the latest technology combines the PGS (pre-implantation genetic screening) procedure with a time-lapse machine to assure of an 80 percent chance of successful pregnancy, according to doctor Pin-Yao Lin, the hospital’s director of the Reproductive Medicine Center.

Henry and Aireen Chua’s new-born baby

“We call the first part of the 3.5 gen IVF the PGS to screen the embryos so before we transfer the embryo, we can know the embryo has no more abnormal (chromosomes),” explained Lin. “Through the PGS, it can decrease the abortion rate to 8 percent, compared with common IVF [procedure], where we have an abortion rate of about 20 percent.”

The second part of the protocol includes a machine called time-lapse, which screens the embryo’s growth—normally or abnormally—for 24 hours a day, seven days a week without removing them from the machine. This procedure helps doctors pick the best quality embryo for implantation.

“You have a very very good strategy—first one PGS and the second one time-lapse, so we have a very high success rate to combine these two procedures,” Lin said.

With over 33 years of clinical experience, Lee Women’s Hospital, in the Taiwanese municipality of Taichung, has become a top sought-after reproductive institute for infertile couples, most of whom are Filipinos who have been turned down by doctors in the country.

Families with Dr. Lin:  Some of the Filipino families with Dr. Pin-Yao Lin

Established in 1986 by renowned fertility doctor Maw-Sheng Lee, the hospital has been receiving notable recognitions such as the largest test-tube baby gathering awarded by the Guinness World Records in 2011. It also takes pride for producing one-third of Taiwan’s IVF babies. Till the end of 2018, Lee Women’s Hospital has helped couples from 36 countries, over 20,000 IVF babies come to this world.

Such is the case of Filipino couple identified as Henry and Aireen Chua, who were infertile for 11 years due to the husband’s medical condition, the couple shared with The Manila Times.

After failing to reach fertility and failed IUI (intrauterine insemination) in well-known hospitals in the Philippines, the couple decided to travel to Taiwan to seek Lee Women’s hospital. The Chuas finally welcomed their baby boy on November 23, 2018.

“Now, there are 400 Filipino couples that come to Lee Women’s Hospital for IVF treatment in a year,” the hospital said in a statement.

In addition to its IVF treatment, the hospital has also been excelling in infertility evaluation with advance medical personnel, technology and equipment such as its sperm diagnostic tool HBA (hyaluronan binding assay) for male infertility, sperm DNA fragmentation, and ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) and detection of spindle birefringence in fertilization for female.

By taking advantage of various state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies and unique reproductive techniques, Lee Women’s Hospital has given countless women from across the globe the hope of overcoming the stress of infertility caused by different factors, and the hope of living a life with the birth of their own babies.

Lee Women’s Hospital will be hosting two successive FREE consultation fairs:

* Makati Shangri-La, Manila – Parañaque Room on March 16, 2019, 9:00 am to 12noon; To register click here:

* Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino Mactan, Cebu – Marginella 1 & 2 on March 17, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 pm; To register click here:

For more info, pls. visit: https://www.facebook.com/leewomenshospital

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Today’s Front Page January 27, 2020

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