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    Sihau is offline Registered User
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    Fertility Advice

    Hi

    Can anyone recommend a good doctor in HK as I have some complication in conceiving and would like to get some advice.

    Thank you

    Si

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    Sapphire40 is offline Registered User
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    I can highly recommend Dr Doo at the Women's Clinic in Central. We are pregnant through IVF with him. Or any of the doctors there. I believe also Dr Ronald Ho is very good as well as he has treated some of my friends, both whom have children now.

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    Loveisgood is offline Registered User
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    Hi Sapphire40,
    I hear Dr Doo is great too, do you know or have tried other doctors apart from him? Hoping to gather more info as I am looking into IVF.
    Thank you!

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    Liquorice is offline Registered User
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    Hi Loveisgood. I have used Dr Doo (The Women's Clinic) as well as Dr Lo (Prolivfic).

    With Dr Lo I went through all of the exploratory infertility consultation (tests etc.), monitored cycles with clomid, a couple of IUIs and then on to IVF. Of the first IVF cycle the fresh transfer failed, but the first frozen transfer resulted in my little boy, then attempts to use the rest of the frozen embryos failed. We then did another full cycle of IVF (with about 7 embryos) but none of the transfers (fresh nor frozen) were successful.

    We then decided to try another doctor so went to see Dr Doo. I got pregnant on the first IVF cycle we tried with him, fresh transfer.

    Comparing the doctors, I found Dr Doo's IVF clinic at the Sanitorium to be much more professional than Dr Lo's somehow, but that could just be because Dr Lo's clinic never really had much interaction directly with me as the patient. I learned more just talking to the nurse at the Sanitorium for 45 minutes than I learned in 2 cycles with Dr Lo. Also, Dr Lo typically does 3 day transfers (always refused to attempt 5 day with me), but Dr Doo does 5 day transfers. Apparently Dr Doo's clinic has a lot of experience and a very high success rate in bringing embryos to blastocyst. With Dr Lo, across both cycles, I had the same amount of eggs retrieved (10) and around the same fertilized (7). Whereas with Dr Doo I had 15 retrieved and 12 fertilised (and 7 brought to blastocyst). This is only across 3 cycles so could just be chance, but I feel it could also be down to the skill of the doctor and embryologists.

    The only thing about Dr Doo, though, is that his consultation fees were much higher than Dr Lo's. Each consultation is around $2k (consultation + ultrasound), whereas Dr Lo would charge much less than this ($600 or so as I recall, whether with ultrasound or not).

    This matters less if you are doing IVF as Dr Doo doesn't charge full consultation for all visits so it worked out to approximately the same for us (give or take $10-15k), but if you are doing anything less than IVF Dr Doo is expensive in my opinion. Before we did the IVF cycle with Dr Doo I had just a monitored cycle with some low level stimulation with him. It cost me around $20k. I could have had a full IUI with Dr Lo for that price.

    Anyway, depends on your budget / stage in the fertility "journey". If you know you want to go straight for IVF I'd recommend Dr Doo. But if you want to do more exploratory things (clomid, monitored cycles, fertility testing, IUI) and money is an issue then perhaps go with another doctor.

    I don't want to be down on Dr Lo, as he is very nice and competent and he did help me get my first little boy so he certainly does have success. Just that in my case a 5 day transfer turned out to be the quickest and most cost effective way for me than plodding on with 3 day transfers that didn't work (of 14 3-day embryos only 1 was successful).

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    Loveisgood is offline Registered User
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    Hi Liquorice,
    Thank you so much for your detailed info, really appreciate it! It's so important to find the right doctor for this process and feeling comfortable with them too. Despite their experiences/skills, is important that they don't rush you during consultation as well, we have a reason to seek their advice/help. I am certain there's many good ob/gyn in HK but I guess if your looking into IVF then you need to be more selective as who has more experience in that matter.

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