Mediterranean Style Diet and IVF

When the sun shines, it can feel like Ireland has moved a little closer to the Med. You may find that you eat more salads and fruit in summertime, and the good news is that as well as being delicious, this change in eating pattern could be beneficial if you are preparing for IVF. A Mediterranean style diet may help to improve IVF success rates for women under 35 years of age who are not obese, a recent study suggests.

Mediterranean Diet

The researchers looked at the eating habits of 244 women undergoing their first IVF treatment at a clinic in Greece during a 3 year period. None of the women included in the study were obese and they were aged between 22 and 41 years old. The women’s diets were rated using a validated scoring tool, and then researchers looked at whether their diet score had any association with the outcome of their IVF treatment.

The MedDietScore (range 0–55) assesses how closely people follow the Mediterranean diet. Eating foods close to a traditional Mediterranean dietary pattern (non-refined cereals, fruits, vegetables, legumes, olive oil, fish and potatoes) are awarded scores 0 to 5 for never, rare, frequent, very frequent, weekly and daily consumption. Foods away from the Mediterranean pattern (red meat and processed meat products, poultry and full fat dairy products) score negatively.
Among women younger than 35 years, a 5-point increase in the MedDietScore was associated with ~2.7 times higher likelihood of achieving clinical pregnancy and live birth. This meant that the women in this study with the highest scores were more than twice as likely to have a baby than those with lowest scores.

It’s important to note that the design of the research means that we can’t predict that the benefits seen by the women in this study would translate to all other women undergoing fertility treatment, or to obese women, and the same results were not seen for women over 35 years. However the researchers suggest that following a Mediterranean style diet may help to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy for women undergoing IVF treatment.

“Adherence to the Mediterranean diet and IVF success rate among non-obese women attempting fertility” Karayianis et al Human Reproduction, Volume 33, Issue 3, 1 March 2018, Pages 494–502

If you would like to make some changes to your own diet, try this simplified version of the Mediterranean diet score. Focus on a few key changes every week to increase your score as part of your overall plan. Include a supplement of 400mcg Folic Acid and at least 10mcg Vitamin D3 from at least 3 months before any treatment.

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Sinéad Curran, dietitian

MFC collaborate with UCD Perinatal Research Centre

The UCD Perinatal Research Centre, based at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, coordinates national and international collaborative research in maternal health and its impact on maternal and infant outcomes. Led by Centre Director Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe, the Centre is internationally recognised for its research in maternal and fetal health, diabetes and nutrition in pregnancy and the impact of maternal health on long-term health of Mum and infant.

The Centre is having its official launch on Thursday 15th March 2018 and we are delighted to announce that Merrion Fertility Clinic have collaborated with the centre on research in the area of reproductive medicine on their website.

Click on the following link for more information on Merrion Fertility Clinic’s research studies.






Prof. Wingfield speaks at the Oireachtas

Prof. Mary Wingfield spoke at a meeting at the Oireachtas on the 28th February 2018 regarding the proposed Assisted Human Reproduction Bill. Dr. John Waterstone and Dr. John Kennedy were also in attendance.

Prof Wingfield was a member of the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction, which produced its report in 2005, and she is delighted to see that, except for the proposals on parenthood in surrogacy, the draft Bill accords with the recommendations of the Commission.

Click here for her opening statement.

To view the full meeting please click on this video link.

Prof. Mary Wingfield’s interview on ‘The Pat Kenny Show’

Please click on the audio link below to listen to Professor Mary Wingfield’s interesting discussion on everything fertility with Pat Kenny on Newstalk, she also answers some of the listeners’ questions.

If you wish to make an appointment at Merrion Fertility Clinic to check your fertility status and to have a consultation with one of our fertility doctors’, please phone us on 01 6635000 or complete our online self-referral form.

For more information on Prof. Wingfield’s book please visit ‘The Fertility Handbook’.

Only Constitutional Right of Unborn Is Right To Life

The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the unborn has no constitutional rights outside the right to life inthe Eighth Amendment.

In a landmark judgment on Wednesday, the seven-judge court ruled that the High Court was wrong to find the unborn has constitutional rights outside Article 40.3.3 and was also wrong to find the unborn is a child within the meaning of Article 42a.

For the full article please click on the following link

MFC feature in Irish Tatler magazine

What Its Really Like…

Please click here to see the full article on a couple’s IVF journey and Professor Mary Wingfield’s answers to some of the most commonly asked questions in relation to fertility, IVF misconceptions and lifestyle.

Please click on the following links for more information on IVF, other fertility treatments offered at Merrion Fertility Clinic and the costs involved.

We offer a First Step Fertility Check package for couples who would like to check their fertility status and have a consultation with a fertility specialist. If this is something you are interested in please complete our online self-referral form.

IVF Cost: Online Self Referral Form

Red Weather Warning

To All MFC Patients,

In light of the Status Red Weather warning in Dublin and in the interest of patient and staff safety, MFC will be open for patients currently undergoing fertility treatment who require essential scans etc. as part of their treatment. The clinic will be closing as soon as these patients have been seen.

If you wish to reschedule your appointment please contact us at or phone 01 6635000 and we will contact you as soon as possible.

If there is any further deterioration in the weather and it is deemed necessary to close the clinic, we will alert you through social media and our website.

If you have a medical emergency please contact The National Maternity Hospital on 01 6373100.


2018 Irish Healthcare Centre Awards!

We are thrilled to share the news that both the Merrion Fertility Clinic Research Team and the patient support group have been shortlisted for the 2018 Irish Healthcare Centre Awards under the following categories ‘Research Team of the Year’ and ‘Healthcare Initiative – Mental Health Care’.

The Award Ceremony will take place on Friday the 9th of March in the beautiful Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.


To find out more about MFC’s research and publications please click here or if you wish to book appointment at the clinic you can click on the links below.

IVF Cost: Contact Us

IVF Cost: Online Self Referral Form