Professor Mary Wingfield speaks about how the public fertility fund has still not been finalised. The Government approved the IVF financial aid plans in October 2017 and a specific €1m fund was then announced by the Taoiseach last December. MFC continue to advocate for public funding of IVF for all Irish patients.
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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:
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/
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.
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.
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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 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.
MFC and Prof Mary Wingfield would sincerely like to thank the kind donor who recently gave a very generous donation to help fund fertility treatment for people in need. This donation will make a big difference in people’s lives and will be administered via our sister charity, Merrion Fertility Foundation.
The Foundation was established to provide financial assistance to those who require assisted fertility treatment and who are unable to afford it.
If you would like to find out more about MFF or if you wish to donate please click on the following link:
As a not-for-profit clinic, we at Merrion Fertility Clinic and the National Maternity Hospital are passionate about fairness and making our treatment as affordable as possible for all our patients. We urge patients and the general public to carefully consider all the information regarding different treatments and pricing.
And we encourage you to write to the Minister for Health advocating for public funding of IVF for all Irish patients.
Meet Eileen Barrett, Nurse Manager, and Patricia Crummey, Senior Fertility Nurse who attended the annual INSIGHTS Fertility Nurses meeting in Birmingham this week.
The meeting gives a wonderful opportunity to fertility nurses throughout Ireland and the UK to network and discuss aspects of assisted reproduction and processes in their respective units.
The Irish Cancer Society hosted their ‘Living Well with and Beyond Cancer’ 2019 national conference on Saturday September 7th in Dublin. This annual conference provides information and support to enable people to live well after a cancer diagnosis.
MFC clinical fellow Dr Maebh Horan gave a talk on fertility preservation in childhood cancer, and discussed the challenges and emerging technologies that offer young survivors hope of achieving parenthood after cancer.
For more information on the 2019 conference, please see the link below: