Christmas Opening Hours

We will be closed from 4pm on Thursday, 21st December and will re-open at 8am on Tuesday, 2nd  January.

If you are an existing patient and have a serious concern please contact The National Maternity Hospital on 01 6373100.  Otherwise, you may leave a voicemail message on tel. no.  01 6635000 and this will be dealt with by one of our nurses on Thursday, 28th and Friday 29th  December.

Merrion Christmas Card

Endometrial scratch

Endometrial scratch is a procedure offered by MFC to suitable patients. It involves taking a biopsy of the endometrium or lining of the uterus (womb). If it is done approximately 7 days before starting stimulation for an IVF cycle, it has been shown to improve pregnancy success rates in some women. These are women who have had two or more previous embryo transfers with good quality embryos but where implantation has not occurred and they have not conceived.

ES still requires further international study to determine if it is of benefit in other groups e.g. women trying naturally, IUI, first IVF cycles or frozen embryo cycles. A large international review has just been published by the Cochrane Library which confirms a benefit for some couples but which urges caution until the results of bigger studies become available.

If you would like to discuss ES, please contact us at 01 6635000.

Click here to read Irish Examiner article on endometrial scratch.

Click here to listen to Dr Mary Wingfield speaking on Newstalk

Using Apps to Predict Fertility

Recently published research indicates that electronic resources used by the public to predict fertile windows are “generally inaccurate”. While they may help women to calculate their day of ovulation, we know that women are also fertile on the five days coming up to ovulation. This six –day period is called the fertile window and can vary from cycle to cycle if the woman has an irregular cycle.

Only one of 20 web sites and 3 of 33 apps studied were found to be accurate.

While these devices may help a woman track her cycle, it is important that women don’t rely on them. Please feel free to discuss this with oyur doctors at your appointment.

 (Setton, Robert A., Christina H. Tierney, and Tony Tsai. “The Accuracy of Websites and Cellular Phone Applications in Predicting the Fertile Window [12G].” Obstetrics & Gynecology 127 (2016): 62S).