Outpatient hysteroscopy presentation

Outpatient hysteroscopy clinics are conducted on a weekly basis in the Gynaecology Outpatient Department in the National Maternity Hospital.

Over 300 women were seen in this clinic in 2015 and almost 200 women had a hysteroscopy. The women seen in this clinic have a variety of issues including post-menopausal bleeding, infertility, suspected uterine abnormalities and recurrent miscarriages. This out-patient service ensures that women avoid having unnecessary general anesthetics but still get appropriate investigations and management of their conditions.


Dr Yvonne O’Brien and Dr Mary Wingfield presented their findings of a study that was carried out in Merrion Fertility Clinic at the Irish Fertility Society meeting in Clane on the 13th May 2016. They reported how 117 couples who attended the clinic for investigations of sub-fertility in 2015 had spontaneously conceived. They highlighted the fact that many couples do not need treatment and that it is important for clinics to have a holistic approach to couples with difficulty conceiving. History, examination and appropriate investigations are essential in the management of couples with sub-fertility.

At Merrion Fertility Clinic, we strive to create and offer a balanced, holistic approach to the investigation and treatment of sub-fertility. We individualise people’s care, offering couples the most suitable options for them. We acknowledge that for some couples IVF is the most suitable treatment option. But we also are very aware that not everyone needs or wants IVF and we are in a position to offer other options which can be as successful as IVF for many of our patients including ovulation induction, surgical interventions and complimentary therapies including acupuncture and psycho-sexual counselling if appropriate. Continue reading

Egg Freezing at MFC

We are delighted to announce our new Egg freezing (Oocyte Vitrification) service.

Egg freezing has been around for a while and success rates are improving all the time. Having said that, the success rates are variable and it would always be preferable for a woman to try to conceive as soon as she can rather than postponing pregnancy and freezing her eggs. Egg freezing is less effective than natural pregnancy and requires ICSI, a type of IVF.

It is an option to consider for women who not currently in a position to conceive but hope to do so in the future. This includes women who are concerned that they are getting older and have not met the right partner or women with cancer, severe endometriosis or low ovarian reserve.

The younger the woman the better the success rates so we recommend you talk to us sooner rather than later if you are wondering about freezing.

“State will fund fertility treatment for couples – Varadkar”

Monday 1 February 2016

Click on the link below to read the full article.

Fertility treatments for couples who are finding it difficult to have a baby naturally are to be publicly funded under new proposals to be announced by Health Minister Leo Varadkar today.

Eilish O’Regan

Irish Independent


Dr Cathy Allen at Merrion Fertility Clinic talks to Anton about Leo Varadkar’s promise of state funding for fertility treatments. Listen to playback interview 12 minutes into part 1 here.

State funding for IVF will help give hope to desperate couples – http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/sinead-moriarty/state-funding-for-ivf-will-give-some-hope-to-desperate-couples-34415550.html