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  • Ice Seguerra, Liza Dino Try for a Baby Through In Vitro Fertilization

    The couple is one step closer to fulfilling their dreams of having a child.
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
Ice Seguerra, Liza Dino Try for a Baby Through In Vitro Fertilization
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  • After contemplating about it for a long time, couple Aiza "Ice" Seguerra and Liza Diño have taken the first big step to become parents via in vitro fertilization (IVF).

    "In vitro" (literally, "in glass," referring to a test tube) is "a complex series of procedures used to treat fertility or genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child. During IVF, mature eggs are collected (retrieved) from your ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. Then the fertilized egg (embryo) or eggs are implanted in your uterus," according to Mayo Clinic

    Since they first got married in December 2014 in the U.S. where same-sex marriage is legal, the couple has been vocal about their desire to conceive a child and a sibling for Amara, Liza's daughter from a previous relationship.

    In September 2018, Liza told Pep.ph that they were already doing preparations for IVF. "'Yung check-up niya, for the ano, kung fertile or what, oo. May ganoon di ba? Magha-harvest na siya.


    "At least, we’re making small steps...ngayon, kahit papano may nangyayari na. May nagsimula na. And now, gagawin na sa November yung procedure."

    The plan is to harvest egg cells from Ice and for Liza to carry the fertilized egg as surrogate. At the time of the said interview, they had yet to find a sperm donor.

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    Four months later, the couple is thrilled that the plans have started to materialize. Liza's Instagram post last night, January 24, documents the moments at the hospital right before Ice's eggs were harvested. (What happens during egg retrieval? Read about it here.)

    "Today is THE DAY. Ice's eggs are going to be harvested after a 12-day "turok sa lubot" (butt injection) process. 

    "I'm here at the waiting room, and ngayon lang sya nagsisink-in sa akin. We are really doing it!!! And today marks the first phase in our journey to have a baby," she wrote. 

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    The former beauty queen revealed in her post that the process actually began for Ice in October last year.

    "Since last year October, Ice has been preparing himself for this day. He started taking Estrogen pills to prepare his body for the process. Sya lang yata ang transman na nagtetake ng estrogen (hahaha!) but he is determined, WE are both determined that we're going to try to fulfill our wish to have a new member sa family, Amara's wish to have a sibling and mommy C and Daddy Dick's wish na magkaron ng sarili nilang apo. "Ice has been very diligent sa pagtake ng pills nya. And ito ngang 12-day process na gawing pantay-pantay ang laki ng mga eggs nya, sobrang naging patient and optimistic sya."

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    Liza also describes in another Instagram post that the months leading to this day have not been easy. 

    "For the first four days, Ice's eggs are not growing and his right ovary is not producing eggs significant enough to be harvested so natakot kami ng slight kasi baka hindi enough yung maharvest and for a time ako yung natatakot na baka hindi magrespond yung body nya sa meds. But ito na nga, finally, nagstart mag grow ng eggs nung mga 6th until we got to this day."


    An hour after her first post on Ice's procedure, Liza was happy to announce on Instagram that the process went well.

    "Successful procedure!!! Thank you Lord. They were able to harvest 3 good eggs from Ice. Yung iba daw maliit na talaga. Tamad na daw kasi magproduce ng eggs ang ovaries ni Ice. Hala! Feeling ko narinig ng ovaries ni ice yung sabi nya na ibebenta na nya kasi unused. Haha! But at least we were able to retrieve 3." 

    Liza shared her happiness about this milestone in their lives.

    "I'm so proud of him. Sobra. When we had our check up and we finally made that decision na this is the right time sobrang full on commitment ang binigay nya," she wrote.

    In another post, she said, "I'm shamelessly asking for your PRAYERS and POSITIVITY para maging successful yung harvest process nya. Salamat sa lahat ng sumuporta sa marriage namin ni Ice at sa naniwala na we can live our lives like normal families. This is a big step for us and I just hope that everyone gives their love and support."

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