Cork Fertility News & Opinions

Tips for choosing a Fertility Clinic

12th Jan, 2017

Tips for choosing a Fertility Clinic When choosing a fertility clinic, there are some important factors consider: 1.      What services are offered at the clinic Research the services the clinic offers and ensure the treatment o

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15 ways to become fertility aware in 2017

11th Jan, 2017

For many people the New Year can be a time to embrace new beginnings and focus on where you are and where you want to be.Whether actively trying for a baby or planning a family at a later stage in life, reproductive health is hugely important for both men

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Desperate couples at risk of exploitation - fertility expert

1st Dec, 2016

The Government needs to hasten plans to regulate fertility clinics in Ireland to avoid the potential "financial exploitation" of patients, it was claimed yesterday. Dr John Waterstone, medical director of Cork Fertility Centre, was responding to allegatio

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5 Crucial Things You (BOTH) Should Know About Male Fertility

4th Nov, 2016

Its Movember time again and, while this month offers a chance for men to channel their inner Tom Selleck, it's also an opportunity for an open discussion on male health. Men can be far slower to seek help compared to women, particularly around the issue o

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Irish IVF couple: I was ready to give up... this was way too emotionally draining

7th Sep, 2016

But Dr John Waterstone, the medical director of the Cork Fertility Centre, claims some clinics are taking advantage of desperate parents-to-be. He told TV3's documentary IVF Couples, which aired on Tuesday night, that couples need to be unders

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Whats the reality of going it alone through sperm donation?

7th Sep, 2016

Cork woman Maria O’Sullivan (41) is the mother of two children conceived through a sperm donor, Zavier (5) and Aurora (20 months). Her eldest daughter, Freya (all pictured), who was conceived naturally, had just turned nine when she decided to look i

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Tips on choosing the right fertility clinic for you

29th Aug, 2016

When the time comes to choose a clinic, there are a number of factors to consider, with one of the most important being success rates. Pregnancy rates will often be quoted on a website, but you also need to look at the live birth rate – the number o

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When you should start seeking fertility help

29th Aug, 2016

With so much media coverage of celebrities seeking fertility treatment and documenting their IVF journeys, the anxiety around trying to conceive when nothing is happening can become amplified for women and couples. If you and your partner have made the de

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15 things to know about periods

16th Aug, 2016

Getting to know your menstrual cycle can provide a wealth of information on your reproductive and fertility health, according to fertility nurse specialist Mary McAuliffe. For couples who are trying for a baby, she says that keeping a diary of your mon

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The ethics of fertility

11th Aug, 2016

Dr John Waterstone, Medical Director of the Cork Fertility Centre, tells Catherine Reilly about the challenges facing fertility services and the urgent need for regulation The area of fertility is rapidly changing. Science is delivering new possibilities,

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Irish couple who battled infertility expecting child following pioneering treatment in Cork Fertility Centre

2nd Jun, 2016

An Irish Fertility Clinic has announced the first pregnancy as a result of an advanced new treatment, which aids couples battling with male infertility. Cork Fertility Centre announced that a couple is expecting their first child following a M

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Men with fertility issues can now be biological dads

2nd Jun, 2016

A pioneering new treatment for men with fertility problems has led to its first reported pregnancy in Ireland. The new technique increases the likelihood of men becoming fathers without needing to use donor semen. Microsurgical Testicular Sperm Extractio

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Cork Fertility Centre announces first reported pregnancy following Micro-TESE in Ireland

2nd Jun, 2016

We are delighted to announce the first reported pregnancy as a result of an advanced sperm retrieval technique, Microsurgical Testicular Sperm Extraction (Micro-TESE) in Ireland. This development offers new hope to men struggling with sperm-related fertili

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Lack of evidence for adjuvant treatments confirmed by British Fertility Society

17th May, 2016

To view the scientific paper please click here. Cork Fertility Centre takes pride in providing the highest standard of fertility treatment with evidence-based medicine the cornerstone of our good clinical practice. We at Cork Fertility Centre welcome the

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'Where there's one sperm there's a way': Male infertility is common but treatable

16th May, 2016

Infertility among men is a common issue but it’s one that is rarely talked about.  A doctor from Cork Fertility Centre said the procedure for men to get checked out is “non-invasive and not expensive compared to what a female has to do&rd

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Leaving Cert biology should include sections on womens fertility

12th May, 2016

Any new Leaving Cert biology textbooks should include sections outlining how women’s fertility falls sharply during their 30s, according to fertility experts. Dr John Waterstone, president of the Irish Fertility Society and medical director of the C

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International Donor Egg Seminar

9th May, 2016

Together Cork Fertility Centre and Shady Grove Fertility will be conducting a free patient seminar about our collaborative International Donor Egg Program. This integrated program allows patients to access the exceptional services provided locally by Cor

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Tips to help safeguard fertility health

4th May, 2016

It is important for men and women to know that their fertility health is not beyond their control. Some people will struggle with fertility issues, which can be male or female related, a combination of both, or sometimes can be unexplained. For most men an

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Young people's chances of parenthood at risk due to lack of fertility knowledge

18th Apr, 2016

Experts have said young adults are putting their future chances of becoming parents at risk by their lack of knowledge about fertility. Many young people don’t learn about their reproductive health until they’re trying to conceive, they said.

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Irish couple's unexpected joy as they conceive twice with IVF: 'I tell my babies that they're my little miracles'

12th Apr, 2016

Sandra and Gavin McSweeney tell our reporter about the unexpected joy of conceiving not once but twice via IVF Anyone who has been through it, will tell you that IVF can be tough. There are the frequent doctor's appointments, the injections, the procedure

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Cystic Fibrosis Ireland Annual Conference 2016

4th Apr, 2016

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland Annual Conference 2016 will take place from Friday 8th – Sunday 10th April 2016, in the Clarion Hotel Sligo. Dr. Tim Dineen, Head of Laboratory Services at Cork Fertility Centre is delighted to attend the event as a guest

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Working life: Laura Hackett, fertility nurse at Limerick Fertility

4th Apr, 2016

6am I’m a big fan of yoga so I get a good 40 minutes in before leaving for work. It’s easier to get up as the mornings get brighter.  7.30am I head into the clinic, a satellite of the Cork Fertility Centre, and my first task is to g

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When Your Friend Is Going Through Fertility Treatment This Is What To Do

21st Mar, 2016

Mary McAuliffe, fertility nurse specialist and head of clinical services at Cork Fertility Centre shares her tips on how to really help someone through this difficult time.  “We often find that women and couples don’t even

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Dr. Tim Dineen, Head of Laboratory Services, discusses his role as leading embryologist

29th Feb, 2016

I am head of the laboratory at Cork Fertility Centre. My main role involves the fertilisation of eggs through in vitro fertilisation (IVF). In traditional IVF, with normal sperm count and motile sperm, we add the sperm to eggs and let nature take its cours

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15 Ways To Become Fertility Aware

12th Feb, 2016

Whether actively trying for a baby or planning a family at a later stage in life, reproductive health is hugely important for both men and women. Simple things like lifestyle choices, exercise habits and medical history all play an important role in fertil

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States fertility care plan to relieve pressure

2nd Feb, 2016

The Government’s decision to fund infertility treatment will relieve some of the pressure on women who already face a hugely stressful and emotional journey, a leading support group has claimed. Health Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed his intenti

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Survey finds startling percentage of adults don't know when fertility declines

12th Jan, 2016

More than three quarters of Irish adults have no idea what age their fertility will start to decline. A new national study has also discovered that more than half of us think our fertility will start to decrease at 35, that is five years after it actually

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Most adults do not know when fertility levels decline

12th Jan, 2016

More than seven in 10 adults do not know when fertility declines, a study shows. A national survey reveals that 41% of Irish people incorrectly believe that fertility starts to decline at the age of 35 when, in fact, it occurs five years before that. The

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Women need to know the truth. Fertility takes a plunge after age 35

4th Jan, 2016

With the general election looming in early 2016, it’s time for those candidates who purport to be invested in long term planning about the future of the country to step up to the plate and make a case for a state-funded, nationwide education campaign

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Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) introduced at Cork Fertility Centre

12th Nov, 2015

Cork Fertility Centre is continuing to lead the way in bringing ground-breaking technologies and fertility treatments to Irish families, with the announcement of the birth of the first baby after pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) in Ireland. PGS is

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First baby is born in Ireland using new IVF technique

11th Nov, 2015

 A couple are celebrating the birth of a child after using a new embryonic screening technique. The baby is the first to be born in Ireland using the technique, which offers hope to women who have had repeated miscarriages or have gone thro

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First baby born in Ireland following ground breaking new IVF treatment

10th Nov, 2015

A Cork woman has become the first in Ireland to give birth following a complex new IVF treatment at a leading fertility clinic. The healthy baby girl was born last week at Cork University Maternity Hospital, following Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening wit

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A Cork woman has become the first in Ireland to give birth following new IVF treatment.

10th Nov, 2015

The healthy baby girl was born last week at Cork University Maternity Hospital. The woman and her partner were recommended Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) with IVF at Cork Fertility Centre following a number of unsuccessful IVF cycles. PSG involv

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Woman (33) welcomes Ireland's first baby born following ground-breaking new IVF treatment

10th Nov, 2015

A Cork woman has become the first in Ireland to welcome a baby after undergoing a new complex IVF treatment. The mother (33) gave birth to a healthy baby girl two weeks ago in Cork University Maternity Hospital following Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening

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Top Tips for Taking Care of Your Mental Health

30th Oct, 2015

There is very good reason to be positive about fertility treatment, the medical advances of late have been ground-breaking and success rates are hugely encouraging. But it’s essential to be prepared for the emotional side of the experi

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Today FM's Anton Savage discusses My Fertility Check with Mary McAuliffe

30th Oct, 2015

Because We Control Contraception, Doesn't Mean We Can Control Conception Anton Savage from Today FM speaks with CFC's Mary McAuliffe about raising awareness of the link between age and fertility, especially amongst men and women in their twenties.&nb

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Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD): A Case for State Funding

28th Oct, 2015

The advent of successful Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis has been very encouraging for people at risk of passing on debilitating genetic conditions. PGD is an advanced fertility treatment which enables couples, who are at known risk of a specific geneti

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PGD and PGS Treatment Available at Cork Fertility Centre

22nd Oct, 2015

Cork Fertility Centre, one of the only two centres in Ireland to provide Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) treatment, and the only centre to have a recognised successful programme in place, have an establ

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Healthy baby born after PGD fertility treatment

1st Oct, 2015

Couples at risk of passing on certain genetic conditions to their children should be provided with financial support from the Government to undergo the advanced fertility treatment, PGD, a leading fertility doctor has claimed. PGD (pre-implantation geneti

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Couple celebrate birth of child free of rare inherited disease

1st Oct, 2015

An Irish couple who discovered they were both carrying a potentially fatal gene when their first baby died have become proud parents of a girl free from an inherited disease. The couple had underwent a revolutionary diagnostic process prior to an embryo b

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Irish experts' fertility calculator warning

28th Sep, 2015

Scientists recently suggested that even if a woman wanted to have only one child she should not wait past the age of 32 to become a mother.  The so-called fertility calculator was drawn up by scientists in the University of Sheffield who crunched fer

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Should women be advised to have babies in their 20s?

29th Jun, 2015

In recent weeks, a number of consultant gynaecologists have spoken out about encouraging women to have babies while still in their 20s, rather than waiting until their 30s, when the risks of infertility and possible medical complications are higher. Some h

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My Fertility Check

29th Jun, 2015

My Fertility Check is a fertility assessment service available to individuals (both men and women) and couples. This fertility "check-up" is carried out by leading medical professionals in the field of reproductive medicine. It is ideal for those who are

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Ireland AM dicusses Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis Treatment with Dr Waterstone

18th Jun, 2015

Ireland AM met with Dr Waterstone and Emma and John O'Connor along with daughter Megan who became the first baby in the world to be born free of a fatal condition, mucolipidosis, as a result of Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis.   It is th

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AMH Testing Available

26th May, 2015

What is AMH? Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) is a new blood test for quantifying ovarian reserve. AMH is produced by granulosa (follicular) cells in the ovary. These cells play a role in the development of follicles and the maturation of eggs, during a woma

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What supplement advice can you give female patients trying to conceive?

26th May, 2015

While there are now numerous supplement preparations available commercially to women trying to conceive, no food or drug supplement has been proven beyond doubt to increase conception rates in female infertility. A 2013 Cochrane review of 28 randomised co

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New Diagnostic Test for Inherited Disorders

26th May, 2015

Staff at Cork Fertility Centre recently announced that an Irish couple, who have one daughter with mucolipidosis, a rare and life-limiting genetic condition, delivered a baby, Megan, unaffected by the condition as a result of pre-implantation genetic diagn

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Keeping Hope

11th May, 2015

On New Year’s Day 2012, Colin finished chemo, battle-weary but still alive. Heidi was delighted to have Daddy back at home, though knew there were times she would have to be quiet, to let him sleep. To let him recover. At first he was seen every six

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Newstalk Interview

5th May, 2015

Five-week-old Megan O’Connor is the first baby in the world to be born free of the rare genetic disease mucolipidosis as a result of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) with karyomapping carried out at Cork Fertility Centre. Megan O’Conno

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Dr Waterstone Opinion on the Children and Family Relationship Bill

19th Mar, 2015

New legislation governing egg and sperm donation will be introduced in Ireland. No consultation took place with clinicians who actually carry out these treatments and, unsurprisingly, the result is extremely disappointing. Under the new Children and Famil

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New Consultant Post

19th Mar, 2015

Cork Fertility Centre is delighted to announce that Dr Moya McMenamin, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, has joined the team. Dr McMenamin graduated from UCD Medical School in 2003 with honours and completed specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology tr

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Family Bill unacceptable for subfertile couples.

5th Mar, 2015

The Children and Family Relationships Bill has not dealt with legal parenthood after surrogacy but only after donor conception. The proposed legislation has therefore failed to deliver on the very problem which originally prompted its inception (though it

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Statement from Dr John Waterstone

25th Feb, 2015

The Children and Family Relationships Bill has been described by Taoiseach Enda Kenny as the most important change to family legislation in the history of the state. This may indeed be true in many of the areas it seeks to address, but where the issue of

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An Unborn Irish Baby Is First In The World To Be Treated For Rare Condition

24th Feb, 2015

The couple underwent a procedure in an attempt to ensure that their unborn child will not suffer from mucolipidosis, a disease which sees many sufferers not survive past childhood. According to reports, both of the parents are carriers of the gene a

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Fertility clinics world-first in halting genetic disease

24th Feb, 2015

The baby, due next month, will be born unaffected by mucolipidosis — a rare inherited metabolic disorder where growth usually stops before a child reaches the age of two. Most people born with mucolipidosis do not survive past early childhood.

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World first for Irish fertility clinic

24th Feb, 2015

The couple, who were treated at the Cork Fertility Centre - one of only two fertility centres in Ireland licensed to carry out PGD - have a daughter with the rare disease, mucolipidosis. This is an inherited metabolic disorder which results in growth stopp

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World first for Cork Fertility Centre with successful PGD pregnancy for a fatal inherited disease

23rd Feb, 2015

Cork Fertility Centre announced that an Irish couple, whose daughter has the rare genetic disease mucolipidosis, are expecting a baby unaffected by the life limiting condition as a result of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). It is the first reporte

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Coping with Infertility

16th Feb, 2015

  Many may not wish family and friends to know about their problems and so find dealing with the subject of starting a family difficult and isolating. Men and women tend to have different emotional responses to conception difficulties, and it's not

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Caring for your relationship during fertility treatment

30th Jan, 2015

What can we do to care for our relationship? Communicate Communication means talking to your partner. It is very important to talk openly about any fears or worries you might have. Discuss your fears If you are having difficulties becoming pregnant you

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Helpful tips to improve your health and promote weight loss:

30th Jan, 2015

  If you are overweight, have an overall target of losing 5-10% of your body weight Set a realistic goal: aim to lose 1 – 2lb per week Eat breakfast each day Make a fruit salad in the morning and keep in the fridge to snack on throughout t

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Mixed reaction to Apple egg freezing offer

28th Oct, 2014

By Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner Apple has become the latest Silicon Valley giant to appear to make it easier for women to focus on their careers and delay having children. From next January, it will follow in the steps of Facebook by offering to fun

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Exactly what's involved in putting your fertility on ice?

28th Oct, 2014

By Rowena Walsh, Irish Independent When it comes to job perks, freezing your eggs may not be quite the treat you were planning to enjoy come bonus time. But it's the latest on offer for female employees at tech giants Apple and Facebook, who are already r

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Shame and stigma still attached to infertility

10th Oct, 2014

By Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner Helen Browne said infertility, which affects one in six people, was “still isolating, still stigmatising” especially for those living in rural areas where the issue was “not so much taboo” as &

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Patient Information Seminar

2nd Oct, 2014

This patient information seminar will give practical advice to couples on how to maximise their chances of conception and will explain the different treatment options available. As part of the seminar, there will be a series of short and informative talks

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Egg Donation Seminar

4th Sep, 2014

Information will be provided by Dr. John Waterstone, Cork Fertility Centre and by Dr. Gilbert Mottla, Shady Grove Fertility on their joint International Donor Egg Programme. This programme enables patients to access the support services provided locally by

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First Irish birth involving PGD

8th Jul, 2014

by Deborah Condon  The healthy baby girl, Bridget, was born on June 27 at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH). PGD allows people with a specific inherited condition the option of trying to avoid passing it on to their own children. People who

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Healthy baby Bridget makes Irish medical history

8th Jul, 2014

By Joe Leogue, Irish Indpendent A HEALTHY baby girl has been born following revolutionary treatment that allows couples at risk of a specific inherited condition to avoid passing it on to their children. John Waterstone, consultant obstetrician at CUMH an

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Birth of first baby screened for Cystic Fibrosis a milestone

8th Jul, 2014

Barry Roche, The Irish Times The birth of the first baby in the Republic following a technique to screen embryos for genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis prior to implantation has been hailed as a major milestone for Irish reproductive medicine. Ba

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First Birth following Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) in an Irish Fertility Clinic

7th Jul, 2014

The first birth following Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) carried out in Ireland has just been announced by Cork Fertility Centre. A healthy baby girl was delivered safely at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) on Friday June 27th. Dr John W

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Smoking and Fertility

16th Jun, 2014

In addition to the many health risks such as cancer and heart disease, smoking also directly affects fertility in both women and men. Before beginning fertility treatment we strongly advise you to give up smoking to significantly improve your chances

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Early Fertility Assessment

10th Jun, 2014

It is ideal for those who are thinking of starting a family or have been trying to conceive for a short time and would like an assessment of their reproductive health. Prior to your appointment, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire to allow a tho

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Free Fertility Seminar in Kerry

21st May, 2014

Following the successful launch of two new outreach clinics in Limerick and Waterford, clinicians from the Waterstone Group, will host a free fertility information seminar in Fels Point Hotel, Tralee on May 27th. This patient information seminar will give

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Call for Fertility Clinics to Publish Success Rate Charts

12th May, 2014

The medical director of Cork Fertility Centre, Dr John Waterstone, has called for the introduction of a new reporting system to increase transparency within the sector and help couples choose a clinic which has a proven track record for producing pregnanci

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Your Health When Trying For A Baby

16th Apr, 2014

Your Health When Trying For A Baby A healthy lifestyle has been proven to increase the chances of becoming pregnant naturally and is important for the short- and long-term health of your baby. It can also optimise your chances of becoming pregnant while r

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Understanding Male Fertility

31st Mar, 2014

At Cork Fertility Centre, we see men every week who think they are the only one with this problem, but in fact, in at least one third of all cases, sub fertility can be attributed to the male. Men can also be reassured that male factor sub fertility can be

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We are Expanding. New Fertility Clinics to open in Waterford and Limerick City.

18th Feb, 2014

New Fertility Clinics now open in Waterford and Limerick City. We are delighted to announce the opening of two new fertility clinics in Limerick and Waterford. The expansion of the Waterstone Group enables people to avail of our expertise in their o

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First pregnancy following Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) in an Irish Fertility Clinic

2nd Nov, 2013

The first confirmed pregnancy in Ireland using a new technique known as ‘Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis” has just been announced by Cork Fertility Centre. http://www.corkfertilitycentre.com/?s=page&id=24#pgd   Dr. Tim Dineen,

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Fertility experts at odds over egg freezing

3rd Sep, 2013

Irish Examiner By Eoin English and Catherine Shanahan Leading fertility experts have clashed over the merits of social egg-freezing, with one doctor warning women against wasting their money on trying to have a baby in this way.  John Waterstone, t

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Real effect of male fertility test to be examined

25th Jul, 2013

Irish Examiner   By Catherine Shanahan Whether an expensive male fertility test has any bearing on improving outcomes for couples with difficulties conceiving is being examined as part of a project at Cork Fertility Centre (CFC).  The sperm DN

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Clinic to screen embryos for cystic fibrosis

24th Jun, 2013

Irish Examiner By Eoin English A leading Irish fertility clinic is to begin screening embryos for cystic fibrosis (CF) to help couples facing difficult family planning choices. The Cork Fertility Centre has been licensed by the Irish Medicines Board to c

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Huge Interest in Donor Conception Information Day

26th Feb, 2013

Sperm donation: May be second choice but it's not second best Attitudes to egg and sperm donation have moved on a lot, with people much more open about the process A British couple who became parents to two children by sperm donation close to 30 years ag

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Clinics to begin tests for genetic disorders in embryos

9th Nov, 2012

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent – 09 November 2012 - Irish Independent COUPLES who want to find out if they are going to have a baby with an inherited disorder can now avail of controversial tests in Irish clinics for the first time. Embryos pr

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Cork Fertility Centre Announces First Clinical Pregnancy Using New Vitrification Technique

22nd Aug, 2012

THE FIRST CONFIRMED clinical pregnancy in Ireland using a new technique known as ‘Blastocyst Vitrification’ has just been announced by Cork Fertility Centre. The clinic, which has been providing assisted conception services for over a decade, t

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Fertility process raises pregnancy hope

18th Jun, 2012

Irish Examiner By Claire O’Sullivan A fertility clinic in Cork is the first in Ireland to introduce a service which promises a 90%-plus survival rate for frozen embryos, as they will be frozen 600 times faster than before. The new process, known a

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