Prof Wingfield’s study with Trinity College selected for an Award

Prof Wingfield’s study with Trinity College Dublin on uterine natural killer cells in endometriosis has been selected for a RAMI Research Award in the Biomedical Science category! See below for information on this publication.

This category received a large number of submissions, so this is a significant achievement.

The RAMI Research Awards 2017 will be held on Wed 29th November, and winners will receive a RAMI bronze medal and educational bursary.

Congratulations Prof Wingfield!!

Natural Killer Cells and Infertility

The role of natural killer (NK) immune cells in infertility is the subject of much controversy in reproductive medicine. It is important to note that circulating blood NK cells and NK cells found in the uterus have very different profiles and functions. Scientific studies in animals indicate that NK cells are in fact essential for pregnancy and development of the placental blood supply.

A recent collaborative study between Merrion Fertility Clinic and Trinity College Dublin found more immature uNK cells known as progenitors in endometrial tissue from women with endometriosis as compared to healthy patients, suggesting that uNK development is altered in the endometriotic uterus. Further analysis of these endometrial tissue samples revealed reduced levels of a growth factor called SCF in women with endometriosis, which may underlie the impaired maturation of uNK cells.


To read more about this research study, please follow the link below:

MFC Doctor presents at NMH GP Study Day

09.15 – 09:55hrs: Registration Tea/Coffee & light breakfast – Boardroom, NMH

10.00 – 11.00hrs: WELCOME Dr. Rhona Mahony, Master, NMH – Boardroom and Lecture Theatre, NMH PLENARY SESSION

HPV – Boardroom and Lecture Theatre, NMH Prof. Donal Brennan, NMH/UCD

MN-CMS – Boardroom and Lecture Theatre, NMH, Dr. Michael Robson, Consultant, NMH / Tina Murphy, Project Manager

All workshops are 45 mins (will run concurrently). A. (11.05hrs-11.50hrs) B. (12.00hrs-12.45hrs) C. (12.55hrs-13.40hrs). Lunch at 13.45hrs.

To ensure good interaction and discussion group sizes are limited in each workshop.

Programme includes a choice of 3 of the following workshops, early respondents will get their 1st choice.

11.05 – 13.40hrs

  • Current Controversies in Urogymaecology Prof. Declan Keane Clinical Director, NMH
  • Pregnancy in the Older Woman Dr. Stephen Carroll, Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, NMH
  • Vaccinations in Pregnancy Dr. Susan Knowles, Consultant Microbiologist, NMH
  • Challenges in Adolescent Gynaecology Dr. Venita Broderick, Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, NMH
  • Fertility – evidence based practice Dr. David Crosby, Clinical Research Fellow, Merrion Fertility Clinic and NMH
  • Management of Menopause in Primary Care Dr. Mary Short GP

To freeze or not to freeze!?!

What women want? A scoping survey on women’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards ovarian reserve testing and egg freezing.


A recent publication by MFC research staff looks for the first time at Irish women’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards ovarian reserve testing and egg freezing in order to preserve their fertility.

The study, led by Dr. Yvonne O’ Brien (Clinical Research Fellow at MFC), surveyed 663 women aged 18–44 years through the use of social media. Dr. O’Brien found that a majority (60%) of women surveyed had knowledge of ovarian reserve testing, and 64.8% would be interested in having testing performed. Younger women (<30 years of age) and single women were more likely to be interested in checking their ovarian reserve. In addition, the vast majority (89.7%) of women surveyed were aware of oocyte cryopreservation, and 72.2% agreed that they would consider freezing their eggs to preserve fertility. Interestingly, a majority (62.1%) of study participants believed that it is a woman’s right to postpone pregnancy for social reasons and to freeze her eggs, with no significant difference in options noted between younger and older women.

Overall, this study concludes that Irish women are highly knowledgeable about ovarian reserve testing and social egg freezing, likely reflecting increasing awareness of these issues among the Irish public. The study also shows that women are very open to the use of these modern technologies in an attempt to avoid unintended childlessness.

To read more about this research study, please follow the link below:

Please click on the following link for information on other MFC research studies

Cabinet approves legislation for IVF funding

After many years of advocating for funding for IVF treatments Merrion Fertility Clinic is delighted to see that the Cabinet has supported Simon Harris’s  proposal to introduce legislation for financial aid for fertility treatments.  The World Health Organisation recognises infertility as a disease, and Ireland and Lithuania are the only two EU countries not to offer state-funding for assisted reproduction.

For the many Irish couples who cannot afford the €4,000 to €6,000 cost of one IVF treatment cycle, the commitment of government funding is very welcome and long overdue.

For further information please click here for the full RTE article

Donor Conception Families Ireland

NSIGFamily Conversations: Donor Talks


Saturday 21st October 2017

12pm to 4pm

Registration from 11.30am

Thurles, Co. Tipperary

€30 per person (tea/coffee included)

  • Are you the parent of a donor child/children?
  • Are you wondering how to initiate conversations with your children about their donor origins?

NISIG is organising this wonderful opportunity for parents of donor conceived children to meet with two sets of parents who have donor egg children and donor sperm children, an adult donor teenager and a grandmother. They will all share their experiences in order to help you on your own journey.

There will be a panel discussion followed by ample time for questions and answers.

For all booking enquiries:

Note: this event is strictly members only.

For more information on membership, please see or email

Donor Sperm at MFC

We are delighted to announce our new Donor Sperm service.

Getting pregnant using donor sperm is a form of assisted reproduction, where the sperm used for the treatment has been donated by someone not in a relationship with the woman who wishes to conceive. Treatment using donor sperm is an option used by patients in a number of scenarios:

  •  If you are a single woman
  • If you are in a same sex relationship (lesbian)
  • If using your partner’s sperm would be extremely unlikely to be successful / if your partner does not produce sperm / if your partner has a genetic condition which could be transmitted to offspring

Donor sperm is imported by Merrion Fertility Clinic from international sperm banks. (There are no sperm banks in Ireland). The sperm is chosen by you (with our help) and stored here until it is ready for use during your treatment. Treatment involves IUI (intrauterine insemination) or IVF.

Using donor sperm is a major decision and you should take your time. For further information please see our Donor Sperm Information or click on the following link to make an appointment at Merrion Fertility Clinic.

Prof. Wingfield’s Interview on Newstalk

Prof. Mary Wingfield discusses new research which suggests a significant drop in sperm counts in men in the Western world, with Dr. Ciara Kelly on High Noon, Newstalk.

“Researchers behind the study have made the catastrophic statement that if the trend continues humans will become extinct”


Please click on the link below to listen to the interview and hear her informative response.

Prof. Wingfield’s Newstalk Interview  (Sperm counts, homeopathy and George on CTE)

For more fertility advice and information for both men and women, please see Prof. Mary Wingfield’s book ‘The Fertility Handbook’ 

Prof Mary Wingfield launches new book

Professor Mary Wingfield is delighted to announce the launch of her new book

The Fertility Handbook

Everything you need to know to maximise your chance of pregnancy


In The Fertility Handbook Professor Mary Wingfield, has created the most up-to-date and authoritative guide for maximizing your chance of conceiving.

For anyone planning to have a baby soon or already trying to conceive but without success so far, it provides an in-depth explanation of natural fertility and assisted conception, including:

  • How to maximise your chance of conceiving naturally, with chapters on lifestyle, nutrition and the role of stress
  • The common (and uncommon) causes of fertility problems and the recommended treatments
  • Demystifying complex treatments such as IVF
  • Up-to-date information around surrogacy and funding for fertility treatments
  • Options for single people and same-sex couples who want to have children

The Fertility Handbook presents a comprehensive, holistic approach to fertility and establishes the facts clearly – particularly for older couple who are trying to conceive.  Professor Wingfield has helped hundreds of people to conceive over the last 30 years and in this pragmatic, comprehensive and accessible book she offers hope for anyone who wants to maximize their chances of pregnancy.

All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Merrion Fertility Foundation, which provides financial assistance to couples who need fertility treatment but cannot afford it.  For more information on the Foundation click here 

Please click on the links below if you would like to purchase ‘The Fertility Handbook’. This is also available to purchase in all leading bookshops.

Photos from Prof. Mary Wingfield’s book launch in the Gutter Bookshop on the 9th June 2017 :