I have been working as a medical assistant for over four years. During these years, I witnessed many couples’ fertility journeys. Today I would like to share a story of a 42-year-old lady who tried IVF but failed. With the help of Shawkea products, she ended up getting pregnant NATURALLY. Let’s turn back the clock to the beginning of Oct. 2019 and re-walk this journey with her.
Oct. 2019 Initial Clinic Visit
With an Optimistic Mindset, She Began Her IVF Journey.
Mrs. C has a son already. She wanted to have another child but experienced one difficulty after another. She tried several years on her own to get pregnant but failed. In October 2019, a friend introduced her to Hanabusa Women’s Clinic in Japan. She went there for the first visit.
Her initial test results were AMH: 2.23 AFC: 11. These were fairly promising numbers for women at her age. However, 42 years old is a considerably advanced age for pregnancy. Fertility declines with age, and as women get older, egg quality decreases. The doctors in Japan suggested Mrs. C to use traditional Chinese medicine to improve her egg quality while doing IVF. Mrs. C did not consider it because she thought she’s healthy, and she would become pregnant immediately.
Nov. 2019 Egg Retrieval
The PGS Results Were Shocking
In Nov. 2019, she had 8 eggs retrieved, and it fertilized 5 of the 8. Immediately after receiving these results, she hoped to transfer 2 embryos and freeze the other 3. The doctors were happy that she was optimistic. However, they worried that she was unaware of the impact of age on female fertility. They were hoping for a good outcome.
Text Conversation Between Mrs. C and Medical Assistant Abby:
We retrieved 8 eggs. For 4 of them, we did conventional fertilization and for the other 4 eggs; we did PIEZO-ICSI fertilization. Among the 4 eggs using conventional fertilization, we fertilized 3. Among the other 4 eggs for PIEZO-ICSI, 3 eggs were mature enough to do PIEZO-ICSI and 2 out of the 3 were fertilized smoothly. 5 eggs were fertilized successfully and will be cultured to blastocysts for PGS testing.
Mrs. C: I feel like everything will be fine. Transfer two eggs for twins and freeze the third egg for future use.
Abby: I hope everything goes well.
Among the 5 fertilized eggs, 2 made it to blastocysts. No. 1: G4AB. No. 2: G3BB. Unfortunately, in Dec. 2019, the PGT results showed all blastocysts were chromosomally abnormal. It is sad yet common that as women age, the probability of embryo chromosomal abnormalities increases significantly.
When Mrs. C learned that both of her blastocysts were abnormal, it shocked her. There were a bunch of “whys” spiraling in her mind. Why didn’t the mature blastocysts not pass the PGS test? Both my husband and I have no chromosomal issues, but why are the chromosomes of the embryos abnormal? These questions are not only Mrs. C’s but are frequently asked by many other couples in similar situations.
I would like to share some common IVF knowledge with you all. During the fertilization process, the chromosomes of an egg will be split and reconstructed. Normally the 2 pairs of chromosomes are split into 1 and then recombined with 1 pair of chromosomes from a sperm, so it becomes a normal diploid.
Fertility declines with age. For example, follicular granulocytes decrease, mitochondrial energy decreases, and meiotic abnormalities are more likely to occur. If there is any abnormality during division, the egg may have 0 or 2 pairs of chromosomes. After fertilization, the pairs of chromosomes of the fertilized egg may become 1 or 3, which leads to embryo chromosomal abnormality. Excluding other external factors, the outcome of the embryo is primarily determined by the egg. Embryo chromosomal abnormalities are mostly related to the aging of eggs.
Readjusting her Mindset and Focus, Mrs. C Proactively Learned How to Nourish Her Body to Improve Egg Quality
Things went as expected, what to do next? Mrs. C became more realistic. She had to face the impact of her age on fertility and the importance of improving egg quality. She finally realized that IVF is not almighty. Producing good eggs is the key to getting pregnant. She wanted to give herself one more chance before she gets even older. There was no time for sorrow and self-pity. Mrs. C readjusted her mindset and proactively learned how to nourish her body to improve her egg quality.
Text Conversation Between Mrs. C and Medical Assistant Abby:
Mrs. C: How do I nourish my body? Should I take some Chinese herbal medicine? What else should I do?
Abby: Don’t take random Chinese herbs. We recommend Shawkea T-1 and Shawkea Pine Knot Extract. Have you tried them?
We understand Mrs. C’s situation. After all, 42 years old is a considerably old age for concepti. Therefore, it is important to choose a product that’s right for her condition. Even though many Chinese herbal medicines have some effect on promoting blood circulation, we recommended a particular one called Shawkea T-1, which aims to improve egg quality by increasing granulocytes around the egg. This product has been sold in major reproductive hospitals in Japan for over 20 years. Through many years of clinical trials at Hanabusa Women’s Clinic in Japan, Shawkea T-1 has proven to significantly increase both the blastocyst acquisition rate and PGS-normal blastocyst rate. Hanabusa Women’s Clinic in Japan has also been enforcing the idea of nourishing the body by boosting the body’s internal power while getting external IVF treatment at the same time. They recommend Shawkea T-1 as the standard fertility supplement, aiming to improve egg quality by empowering the body internally.
In Feb. 2020, COVID-19 Delayed Mrs. C From Going to Japan for Treatment. She Used the Waiting Period to Nourish Her Body. A Surprise Then Followed.
Mrs. C tried Shawkea. Not long after she started using this product, she experienced a mild stomachache and a delayed menses. It was cold in China throughout December. We suggested that she take this product at room temperature. We informed her that a delay in menstruation was evidence that T-1 worked because it adjusts the reproductive endocrine system. With all her questions answered, Mrs. C continued to take this product.
Mrs. C’s original plan was to go to Hanabusa Women’s Clinic in Japan after her period came in February. The coronavirus outbreak happened unexpectedly, so she had to postpone her trip to Japan. Knowing the outbreak would last for a while, she stayed calm and continued to nourish her body and improve her egg quality. During this time a little seed of life was quietly sprouting…
On March 14, 2020, Mrs. C. shared her good news with us. The excitement and happiness that was shown in her text messages were more than words could ever say. She said that she never expected to be this lucky. She became pregnant naturally! It was Shawkea that made this long-awaited dream of pregnancy come true.
Dialogue on the Left:
Abby: It’s very necessary to continue taking our product. Take Shawkea Pine Knot Extract until the pregnancy is more stabilized at 16 weeks. You can take the Shawkea T-1 oral liquid until after the baby is born.
Mrs. C: Thank you!
Dialogue on the Right:
Abby: This product prevents pregnancy-related hypertension and compromised kidney function. Also, it can purify amniotic fluid which will benefit your baby’s skin.
Shawkea Pine Knot Extract reduces your chance of having blood clots. This is especially good for you at this time.
Congratulations! You became pregnant naturally!!
We have had many cases like yours in which people planned to do IVF but became pregnant naturally with the help of our products.
Mrs. C: This saved me so much time and money. Thank you so much for your help.
IVF is only one type of assisted reproductive technology. It does not mean that everyone that does IVF will be successful. Having good quality eggs is critical to success. Therefore, we must focus our attention on improving egg quality. Shawkea is proven to improve egg quality, and we hope Shawkea will bring you good luck on your fertility journey.