Feminism, Fertility and Reproduction

Irish Research Council

 

Professor Mary Wingfield will speak about Fertility and the Future at the Feminism, Fertility and Reproduction conference being held by the Irish Research Council at NUI Galway today, 4th December.

Fertility Nurse Conference, Sharing Best Practice

Fertility Nursing

MFC took part in the Sharing Best Practice, Fertility Nurse Conference in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin held on the 22nd and 23rd of November.   Merrion Fertility contributed to two presentations at the event.  Joyce Leyden, Senior Embryologist with MFC (above right), presented on Implementation of the Children and Family Relationships Act on fertility clinics and patients requiring donor gametes.

Eileen Barrett, Clinical Nurse Manager with MFC (below, second from right) presented on Fertility Preservation for Adolescent boys and girls.  Other members of MFC staff that attended were Olivia McSharry, Fertility Nurse, Helen Groarke, Senior Fertility/Research Nurse and Caroline Keogh, Senior Fertility Nurse.

Fertility Nursing

IVF Add-Ons: Do à La Carte Menus Serve Infertility Patients?

IVF Add-Ons

“Add-on” treatments and medications in IVF are highly controversial in the infertility field. At Merrion Fertility Clinic, we believe that strong evidence from clinical trials is needed before add-on treatments should be offered as part of the IVF cycle. These experimental techniques are expensive and poorly regulated, meaning that they can be introduced into routine practice before they have been shown to improve live birth rate.

In some cases, they may even have adverse effects on patients. A recent series of articles by specialists in the field, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, looked at add-on treatments used by fertility clinics. All concluded that there is still not sufficient evidence to show that these techniques work or what their long term effects are for patients and their babies.

To read more, please follow the link below:

https://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(19)32454-9/fulltext

 

Dr Nita Adnan – new member of the MFC Clinical Team

Dr Nita Adnan

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to a new member of the MFC Clinical Team.  Dr Adnan has been working as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in National Maternity Hospital since 2017 and recently joined Merrion Fertility Clinic.   You can find out more about Nita and the MFC Clinical Team on the following link:

https://merrionfertility.ie/about/why-mfc/clinic/our-clinical-team/

 

Family Conversations: Donor Talks

NISIG

 

Saturday 19th October 2019

12pm to 4.30pm.  Registration from 11.30am

Are you the parent or prospective parent of a donor child/children?  Are you wondering how to initiate conversations with your child/children about their donor origins?

NISIG is organising this wonderful opportunity to meet with SMBC, parents of donor conceived children, a donor conceived young lady, a mother of twins through surrogacy and a grandmother.  They will all share their experiences in order to help you on your journey.

There will be a panel discussion followed by ample time for questions and answers.

To find out further information please see http://nisig.com/

Welcome to our new General Manager

Georgina Kearney

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to a new member of the MFC management team.  Georgina Kearney has been appointed as the general manager for the clinic and will oversee all non-clinical activities, including finance, customer service and quality, and will ensure that the clinic is fully supported in carrying out its objectives.

What is the IVF Process?

ivf process The IVF process is emotionally intense, physically draining and  expensive. But advanced medical knowledge and pioneering lab techniques are making the ‘take-home baby rate’ for women and couples better than ever, writes Danielle Barron.

Merrion Fertility Clinic featured in the Sunday Business Post and answered the most common fertility questions.

Keep reading to see full article.

 

 

The IVF Process

Whether it’s Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) or standard In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), the procedure is the same for the couple. Professor Mary Wingfield, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the National Maternity  Hospital, and clinical director of Merrion Fertility Clinic, outlines what a typical IVF cycle involves. “We try to get between ten and 15 eggs, and to achieve this the woman has to go on fertility drugs that she self-injects for ten to 15 days.”

The eggs are removed vaginally, and on the same day the man produces a sperm sample. The eggs and sperm are placed in culture, and by the following day, it will be obvious which eggs have been fertilised and are on their way to forming embryos.

Three to five days later, all proceeding well, an embryo is selected to be put back into the woman’s womb. Any extra viable embryos are frozen to be used in the future.

ivf process - newborn

IVF Success Rates

The good news is that there have been a number of incremental improvements in IVF over the years, which has seen the “take-home baby rate” soar from 10 per cent to 30 per cent on average, says Wingfield.

“It’s much better than it used to be. If the woman is under 35, then with one treatment it is 50 per cent – you can compare that to couples with peak fertility who will only get pregnant every third time they try.”

To get pregnant naturally, around 15 million healthy sperm are needed, but for IVF you need about 100,000. Of course, just one sperm and one egg make a baby, but understandably with an IVF cycle they like to maximise your chances.

For more common causes of poor sperm production and motility (the movement and swimming of the sperm), urologists have a range of strategies and interventions that can help improve sperm quantity and quality.

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