My IVF Pregnancy Journey

IVF Treatment at CHA Fertility Center in Seoul: Preparation Before IVF Treatment

We visited the CHA Fertility Center in September 2016, consulted with Dr. J. She said that the only way I can get pregnant is by IVF treatment and I need to do it as soon as possible. She told me that my ovarian function is like a 45 year old woman. When I heard that, I was so surprised and wanted to get the IVF treatment as soon as possible. Though, we already booked our flights in November to go to the states, so we decided the earliest we can do the IVF treatment is after our USA trip, which would be in December 2016.

During our 2 weeks visit in Seoul back in September 2016, we did the following test(s):

  • 13 Sep 2016: Ultrasonogram to check both ovaries; Blood Test: Vitamin D, AMH, LH, FSH, TSH, Prolactin, E2, Testosterone, DHEA-S, SHBG.
  • 19 Sep 2016 (husband): Semen Analysis; Blood Test: Testosterone, FSH, VDRL.
  • 21 Sep 2016: Hormone Test Result. Low AMH: 0.72 ng/mL.

These are the things that need to be done prior to the scheduled IVF treatment:

  • Prenatal Vitamins
    Take your prenatal vitamins at least one month before IVF treatment. Neural tube defects often develop in the very early weeks of pregnancy, before a missed period. So, the earlier you take these vitamins, the better it is for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby once you get pregnant.I have been taking the following NatureMade Prenatal Multi +DHA for almost a year before the IVF treatment.
  • DHEA Supplements
    Take DHEA supplements around a month before IVF treatment. DHEA supplements are used to improve sex drive, build muscle, fight the effects of aging, and improve some health conditions. Although, there is no evidence to support these claims. Taking these supplements have some risks as well.I have been taking DHEA 75mg daily since beginning of November 2016 but ran out of it in December since it is illegal in South Korea to sell these supplements. I just found out when I arrived in Korea and tried to buy them. I ended up ordering them online from USA.
  • Hysterosalpingogram (Hsg).
    I need to do the Hysterosalpingogram (Hsg). This X-ray test looks at the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes and the area around them. I had an ectopic pregnancy in February 2016 and had my left Fallopian tube removed. So, the doctor just wanted to make sure if the other tube is also blocked or not, which tube is blocked, etc.

Again, these are based on my personal experience. Your case will probably be different than mine. From my experience, the prenatal vitamins are a must. Almost all doctors that I have consulted in the past recommended to take prenatal vitamins daily.

According to our doctor, she told us to come back to her around 10-14 days before my next menstruation starts. Since my cycle is around 28 days, I calculated that I should be already in Seoul by December 15, 2016. So, we booked our flights to Seoul and our appointment with our doctor on the 15th of December 2016!

2 comments

  1. Hello,
    Thank you so much for your posts, they are genuinely very helpful.
    Could you please tell me how much the HSG cost?
    Thank you again!

    1. Hi Sylvie, I did HSG in the USA and used my health insurance so it was covered by my insurance. I believe if I do not have my insurance, I had to pay around $600 USD.

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