Research and clinical staff from Merrion Fertility Clinic presented their findings recently at the Fertility 2020 Conference in Edinburgh. Clinical Fellow, Dr Lucia Hartigan, described her work on fertility preservation practices and referral pathways for children and adolescents with cancer in Ireland.
Doctors Fiona Reidy and Maebh Horan described the clinic’s ongoing collaborative project with Trinity College Dublin on the role of endometrial inflammation in early pregnancy.
The 2020 Joint Conference of the Association of Clinical Embryologists, British Fertility Society and the Society for Reproduction & Fertility is currently being held in Edinburgh. The theme for the joint annual conference is ‘Reproduction in a changing world.
MFC is well represented at the conference with staff from our clinical, nursing, embryology and research departments. For more information on the conference please click on the link:
The clinic will be closed from 4pm on Monday, 23rd December and will re-open at 8am on Thursday, 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 Monday, 30th and Tuesday, 31st December.
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.
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.
“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:
A former MFC patient and her husband embarked on a five year IVF journey which resulted in the birth of their precious son in January last year. As a message to the one in six Irish couples who have infertility issues Ruth has written this beautiful letter to her son.
Please click on the audio link below to listen to Professor Mary Wingfield’s interesting discussion on egg freezing on yesterday’s RTE’s Drivetime programme:
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.
To read the full article please see below:
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: