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The Power of Sharing

written by Archie

It has been almost 4 years since we first started doing IVF. It has been an emotional roller coaster for us. We experienced being sad, happy and devastated. We were happy one day but then sad news will follow. It was an experience where you don’t know for sure it’s really a success until you see your child crying in the delivery room. Continue reading “The Power of Sharing”

Our First Podcast

I’m starting a new podcast named Kwentuhan Sessions with Tito Archie. It’s a Filipino podcast that talks about society and culture. Our first episode is about the challenges we faced in conceiving and our IVF experience in Taiwan. If you’re interested, you can search for us in Apple Podcast (search for “Kwentuhan Sessions”) or you can listen to us to this link via Anchor. We’re looking … Continue reading Our First Podcast

2018 Mackay Memorial Hospital Reunion

I got an email from Mackay Memorial Hospital inviting me to their reunion on August 11, 2018, 1-5PM in Edsa Shangri-la. Although our IVF cycle in Mackay ended in a blighted ovum, there are still a lot of Filipinos who got successful results in Mackay. Anyone interested about IVF in Mackay can attend. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the process … Continue reading 2018 Mackay Memorial Hospital Reunion

How to lose weight without really trying?

Being overweight affects fertility due to hormonal changes inside the body. For women, being overweight lets your body (adipose tissue) produce more estrogen, which prevents regular ovulation. It also increases your chance of being insulin resistant. Having a high level of insulin in the blood can cause metabolic disturbances that also affect fertility.¹  Continue reading “How to lose weight without really trying?”

Are we ready for baby number 2?

written by Sansan

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the things I want to share in this blog and have been doing some reading and it seems to me that just 5 months ago, I had just crossed a line that literally divides the young and old in IVF. Most, if not all, of the articles I’ve read about IVF tells you that if you’re 35 and above, you have higher risk of producing abnormal eggs, lower chances of implantation and should consider IVF if you’re only starting to try for a baby. I don’t know but I guess it’s making me a bit worried about my future pregnancy/ies. Continue reading “Are we ready for baby number 2?”

Where to stay in Taichung?

written by Sansan

When I first emailed Lee Women’s Hospital, they replied and sent me a list of hotels where their foreign patients usually stay. We were fortunate enough to visit Lee Women’s Hospital with my in-laws a few months before we were to have our IVF cycle and my father in law asked around as to where the best place to stay is and Lai Lai Hotel was mentioned a lot. Continue reading “Where to stay in Taichung?”

How to Improve Egg Quality Before IVF

written by Sansan

I’ve had irregular menstruation ever since I could remember and I didn’t really think much about it until I had a check up before Archie and I got married and discovered I had Polycystic Ovaries. I just thought, wow I have lots of eggs. Well, yeah but it wasn’t until we were having our fertility workups that I realized that most of my follicles were actually of very poor quality. Continue reading “How to Improve Egg Quality Before IVF”

Why I had my IVF in Taiwan and not in the Philippines

Written by Sansan. Blog entry is first written on March 3, 2017. You can find the blog at


It’s always a hard thing to leave our comfort zone. At least that’s what I felt when we decided to do our IVF in Taiwan. It was especially hard since my OB-Gyne here in Manila is just the nicest, sweetest person. She also does IVF in St. Lukes QC or BGC. The cost is not that much different if you compare having it done in Manila or in Taiwan. Actually, it’s a lot cheaper in Taiwan. But taking into consideration the cost of staying at a hotel/airbnb, airfare and food, It would say it’s about the same.

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IVF in Taiwan or Philippines?

Originally written on July 16, 2016 by Archie. You can find the blog at

It was 7 and a half years ago when we first said our I dos. We were greeted with warm smiles, congratulations and of course exuberant wishes of having babies. I thought we would immediately have one after a year or two, but after 7 years, we’re still waiting. Continue reading “IVF in Taiwan or Philippines?”