IVF Add-Ons: Do à La Carte Menus Serve Infertility Patients?

IVF Add-Ons

“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:

https://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(19)32454-9/fulltext

 

Donation – Thank You!

Donation

MFC and Prof Mary Wingfield would sincerely like to thank the kind donor who recently gave a very generous donation to help fund fertility treatment for people in need. This donation will make a big difference in people’s lives and will be administered via our sister charity, Merrion Fertility Foundation.

The Foundation was established to provide financial assistance to those who require assisted fertility treatment and who are unable to afford it.

If you would like to find out more about MFF or if you wish to donate please click on the following link:

https://merrionfertility.ie/a…/merrion-fertility-foundation/

Fertility Preservation in Cancer

Childhood Cancer

 

The Irish Cancer Society hosted their ‘Living Well with and Beyond Cancer’ 2019 national conference on Saturday September 7th in Dublin. This annual conference provides information and support to enable people to live well after a cancer diagnosis.

MFC clinical fellow Dr Maebh Horan gave a talk on fertility preservation in childhood cancer, and discussed the challenges and emerging technologies that offer young survivors hope of achieving parenthood after cancer.

For more information on the 2019 conference, please see the link below:

https://www.cancer.ie/events/national-conference-cancer-survivorship-living-well-cancer

Children and Family Relationships Act 2015

We are delighted to say that we received confirmation from the Department of Health yesterday that the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 will now not commence until the 5th May 2020.  This is good news as it gives us, the fertility clinics, and the Department of Health time to ensure that all the necessary arrangements are in place before the Act is commenced.  It also means that patients have more time to discuss and plan their options.

We will be very happy to discuss this further with you at your next appointment at the clinic.

 

July 12th: General Scheme of the AHR Bill

Assisted Human Reproduction Bill

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health today published its report on the General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill. This proposed Bill aims to provide a legal framework for AHR treatments in Ireland and outline provisions for establishment of a national AHR regulatory authority.

As Clinical Director of MFC and an internationally-renowned fertility expert, Professor Mary Wingfield has been a vocal advocate over many years for patient rights in the context of this proposed legislation, and was an invited participant at a meeting of the Joint Committee in February 2018.

 

Boosting male fertility

Male Fertility

In at least 50% of cases of male factor infertility, the cause is unknown. A number of lifestyle factors have been shown to affect male fertility. These include diet and nutrition, body weight, levels of exercise, stress and use of tobacco and drugs. Tackling obesity, improving your diet and incorporating moderate-intensity aerobic exercise into your daily life can boost fertility, improve chances of conception, and allow you to be proactive about your role in conceiving a baby.  To read more please follow the link below:

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/25/health/male-infertility-food-drayer/index.html

New Research Funding for MFC Clinician

Research

MFC is delighted to share that our clinical research fellow Dr. Lucia Hartigan recently received research funding from the National Maternity Hospital Medical Fund.

In collaboration with UCD School of Medicine, Dr. Hartigan will use this funding to investigate new biomarkers that may help predict the developmental potential of an oocyte, and improve ART outcomes.

Congratulations Lucia!