Prof. Mary Wingfield attending RCPI Conference

Are You Pregnant or Planning a Pregnancy?

‘From Fertility to Birth’

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists are welcoming members of the public to a free public meeting on fertility, pregnancy and childbirth on the 9th March 2017 from 18.00-

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Our clinical director Prof. Mary Wingfield will be joined on the day by Prof. Louise Kenny and Prof. Fergal Malone, and will be speaking about fertility, assisted reproductive technology and IVF.

On the evening, you will also hear expert advice on topics such as:

  • Taking care of your mental and physical health during pregnancy; common health conditions in pregnancy such as high blood pressure, its causes and treatment
  • Antenatal care and what to consider for the birth of your baby

All three speakers have a wealth of experience gathered over many years looking after mothers and babies in Ireland and abroad.

On the night, you will have an opportunity to ask questions and hopefully go home feeling reassured and better informed about your journey through pregnancy.

To book this conference and for more information please click here. You can also follow #rcpibabytalk on Twitter for further updates.

BBC Panorama – Inside Britain’s Fertility Business

“Fertility treatment can be an expensive business. Reporter Deborah Cohen investigates how some clinics sell add-ons – the extra drugs, tests and treatments offered on top of standard fertility care. Some can add hundreds or thousands of pounds to a bill. Exclusive new research shows a worrying lack of good evidence from trials to show these can improve the chances of having a baby. Panorama goes undercover to reveal how patients aren’t always told everything they need to know when they ask some clinics about these treatments.”

For more on Merrion Fertility Clinic’s policy on evidence based care and our not for profit status, please see link 


Getting in Shape for Fertility

Dr Mary WingfieldMerrion Fertility Clinic, attached to the National Maternity Hospital in HollPhotoes Street is a leading fertility centre, providing reproductive medicine and surgery with state of the art technology and record pregnancy rates. As Ireland’s only not for profit fertility clinic, the expert and caring team at MFC is committed to individualized care plans based solely on evidence based medical practice.  Dr. Mary Wingfield, Clinical Director, gives advice on optimising fertility.

Sooner is Better

  • Women are most fertile below 35, men below 50.
  • Miscarriages increase with age.
  • Work, mortgages, travel will wait – your biological clock won’t – go for it!



  • Eat lots of fresh vegetables and moderate amounts of fruit.
  • Avoid processed foods and refined sugar.
  • Choose wholegrain rather than white flour/pasta/rice.
  • Nuts and seeds are full of vitamins and anti-oxidants.
  • Chose oily fish and a vegetarian option at least once a week.
  • Dairy products provide calcium and vitamin D.


  • A healthy BMI is 19-25
  • For women who are overweight, losing weight (7-10% of current weight) often leads to pregnancy – especially in women with Polycystic Ovaries.
  • Being underweight is not good either – it can stop you ovulating and is not good for baby’s growth


  • Everything in moderation
  • It is important to keep fit but don’t overdo it.
  • Excessive exercise affects ovulation in women and sperm production in men.

Safe sex

  • Prevent sexually transmitted infections by being careful with partners and using condoms.Infection can damage women’s tubes and men’s sperm.




  • Smoking reduces female fertility.Smoking reduces male fertility.
  • Smoking increases the chance of miscarriage and all pregnancy problems.

Seek Medical Help

  • If you have any concerns and particularly if you have had gynaecological or testicular problems, talk to your doctor or contact us at Merrion Fertility Clinic.

Merrion Fertility Clinic is proud to be a leader in the area of reproductive medicine and surgery, providing a wide range of advanced fertility treatments and achieving record pregnancy rates.  As Ireland’s only not for profit fertility clinic, MFC is committed to individualized care plans based solely on evidence based practice.  Dr. Mary Wingfield, Clinical Director, gives advice on preparing for fertility.


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Fitness & Fertility

Prof Mary Wingfield, discusses fertility and exercise with Mary Jennings.

She advises that exercise certainly helps to reduce the stress associated with infertility and also to manage body weight.

Studies in Australia and the UK have shown very clearly that if overweight women with infertility lose approximately 10 per cent of their body weight, more than half of them will conceive. She recommends fitness and diet together to make the best impact. Many studies show that obesity affects fertility, particularly in women with polycystic ovaries [PCOS].

Read here for more.

Professor Wingfield discusses the impact endometriosis can have on fertility

Professor Wingfield discusses the impact endometriosis can have on fertility with Arlene Harris.

“It is estimated that one third of women with endometriosis have fertility issues; however, many don’t and endometriosis has been found in women who have several children.

Very bad endometriosis can cause adhesions or scarring within the pelvis and this damages the ovaries, making it difficult for an ovulated egg to find its way into the fallopian tube. In milder forms, the endometriosis lesions cause inflammation or a reaction in the pelvis and toxins are produced which can affect sperm, eggs or embryos.”

Click here to read the Independent’s article on Endometriosis.