To: Honji Fertility Center 致 宏孕診所
I am an American Professor of Art in a college of California. I am writing this letter to share my experience with regards to having my first child.
Nearly a year ago, my wife and I decided that we wanted to have a child. Like most people, we worked diligently towards our goal and didn’t think too much about
not achieving pregnancy after a few months. We have read online and talked with others that it can take many months to achieve pregnancy, however, after 6 months, we began to wonder “why no pregnancy yet?”
We decided to make an appointment to meet with our family doctor, who then requested us to take some blood tests. When the results came back normal we were only advised to “keep trying.” Another few months pass, and still no pregnancy. I decided to take more aggressive action and contacted our fertility center through my health insurance company. After explaining our situation, a hospital staff member suggested I begin taking some vitamins and perform a sperm test. I was quite confident that I had enough sperm, since I do not sit in hot tubs, do not smoke, drink very little alcohol, am not overweight and exercise daily.
To my shock and surprise, the results of my sperm test were reported after an hour that I had no sperm. Zero. I was horrified. I didn’t know what to do. I made an appointment immediately to speak with the fertility doctor.
一小時後結果卻在意料之外，精液檢查告知：沒有精子! 零! 我嚇傻了，完全不知所措，只好立即找不孕症的醫師協助。
Our meeting with the fertility doctor included an ultrasound procedure to see if there were any eggs in my wife and to order me yet another sperm test in case there was a mistake. The ultrasound found nearly 10 eggs and no other physical issues with my wife. My second sperm test returned with the same answer, zero sperm.
The feeling that took over my body was complete frustration. All of the pressure was on me. I was the reason we could not have children. And, I realized after meeting with our doctor, that our doctor did not put enough attention into the male reproductive system when solving pregnancy issues. And, like most American doctors, I was then asked to receive an ultrasound of my testis to check for any irregular veins. More surprising was that our doctor wanted to order even more tests for my wife!
The ultrasound of my testis made no sense to me and the doctor did not provide any real explanation. I then decided I needed to know, “do I have ANY sperm in my body?” I immediately arranged for a testis biopsy, a mildly painful exam in which a large needle and tube are used to extract a small portion of the testis to check for sperm. As painful as it was, I was somewhat relieved that normal maturation of sperm was found in the testis, but, the sperm could not find its way out to have a child.
Two months later, my wife asked her family to help find a reliable clinic to perform an IVF procedure in Taiwan. I was very skeptical, but trusted their research and decided to have an optimistic view that we could still have a child.
My wife’s preparation was quite standard for an IVF, blood work, shots, and retrieval of mature eggs. I was fully prepared to undergo another painful testis biopsy to remove sperm and surprised that our doctor recommended I try natural ejaculation. I told him quite bluntly that he would not find any sperm since I had two previous exams. He said to try again anyway, and so I agreed. The following day, I performed the sperm retrieval and was very surprised that the doctors found a single, healthy mature sperm! How was this possible? I just though it was crazy luck. Then, my doctor asked me to perform the exam again, just 30 minutes later. I hesitated, but, I thought, why not?
在宏孕診所，我太太經歷例行性的人工生殖療程：血液檢驗、打針、取卵，我也作好再來一次痛苦的睪丸切片的心理準備，但張醫師卻建議我再做一次自然取精！我木然的告知他將不會有任何新發現，因為我在美國已經作了兩次精液檢驗了!張醫師仍舊堅持己見，我也只好從善如流地取精。當他告訴我已經找到了一隻成熟、健康 有活動力的精蟲時，我驚奇的想：怎麼可能? 這大概是個破天荒的大巧合！所以當張醫師半小時後要求我再取一次精液時，我依然半信半疑。
Nearly an hour later, still feeling amazed that I had a single sperm, I was informed by the doctors of four more healthy mature sperm. Even more, I would not need to have the painful testis biopsy procedure. What I heard next changed my opinion drastically about doctors. Honji clinic acquired better infertility profession and dedication for patients’ welfare. The doctors at Honji spent nearly three hours searching for sperm. I realized that the American lab assistants spent only 25 minutes. I was overwhelmed with feelings of hope and disappointment. Hope that the doctors would be successful in helping us have a child and disappointed that the American doctors seemed to be only interested in making as much money as possible from us by administering endless tests and treating us as another medical card number.
在我還在消化自己精液中竟有一隻精蟲的事實時，張醫師告知我，他們實驗室團隊找到另外四隻可用的健康精蟲，因此，我不用作痛苦的睪丸切片了！ 我得知他們實驗室團隊總共花了整整三小時來找我的精蟲，相比之下，美國的實驗室人員只花了25分鐘! 這翻轉了我的觀念。宏孕診所的專業和用心勝過美國的醫院! 我心中感到喜憂參半，喜的是張醫師的台灣團隊有希望幫助我們擁有自己的孩子，憂的是家鄉的醫師們看似對從無數的檢驗中獲取更多的金錢利益更為有興趣，讓我感到自己僅僅是醫療卡上的數字罷了！
As I write this letter, I am anxious to find out if my wife is pregnant and relieved to know that I do in fact have the ability to create a child because of the wonderful and enormously gifted doctors and staff at Honji Fertility Center.
Our love and appreciation to all of you!