GP Info

Investigation & management

General Practice Information

At Merrion Fertility Clinic, we are acutely aware of the importance of a patient’s General Practitioner in investigating and managing fertility and pregnancy issues.

We accept GP referrals by letter, email, fax and electronically, via various GP software systems, including Socrates, HealthOne and HPM, and online via the Healthlink system. You can also advise your patients that they can self-refer on this website.

We welcome any queries or suggestions that you may have. Please email our GP Liaison Officer at info@merrionfertility.ie

Lifestyle Advice

Please download the leaflet below, which details the importance of:

  • Female age and early referral of those over 35 years
  • Stopping smoking and recreational drugs
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Optimising BMI (Merrion Fertility Clinic only recommends treatment for women with a BMI of between 19-30)
  • Recommendations on frequency and timing of sexual intercourse

Initial Investigations

It is helpful if those patients who are being referred to Merrion Fertility Clinic for treatment have the following tests completed prior to their initial fertility appointment:

  • Progesterone (7 days before next period)
  • Rubella blood test
  • AMH (can be arranged by Merrion Fertility Clinic)
  • Chlamydia swab
  • TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone)
  • Smear test (up to date)

Semen Analysis

Semen/sperm analysis should be completed within the previous 12 months prior to the initial fertility consultation appointment. It is preferable, but not compulsory, for this test to be carried out at Merrion Fertility Clinic.

A GP letter of referral is required to make a semen analysis appointment. 

Transvaginal Ultrasound Scan

For patients of Merrion Fertility Clinic, we require a GP referral to our clinic for a transvaginal ultrasound scan. 

It is important that this ultrasound scan is carried out in Merrion Fertility Clinic as our team will focus on specific fertility parameters which are not always assessed at general hospitals/clinics.

Healthlink System

We now accept referrals via various GP software systems, including Socrates, Healthone and HPM, and online via the Healthlink system. Find us under Merrion Fertility Clinic.

Referral

We recommend that all patients be referred for specialist review after regular unprotected intercourse for over 12 months.

Earlier referral should be considered if the female is over 35 or if there is a known fertility factor in either the male or female history such as:

  • testicular issues
  • oligomenorrhoea
  • amenorrhoea
  • endometriosis
  • pelvic disease
  • recurrent miscarriage
  • ectopic pregnancy
  • family history of early menopause

Referrals can be sent by:

  • Post to: Merrion Fertility Clinic, 60 Lower Mount St, Dublin 2
  • Fax to 01 6635070
  • Email to info@merrionfertility.ie
  • Referrals can also be made on this website using the button below