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16th Mar, 2017

NATIONAL FERTILITY CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE OPENS IN CORK Irish-owned Waterstone Clinic, formerly known as Cork Fertility Centre, has opened a state-of-the-art national centre of excellence at Lotamore House in Cork. The 13,000 sq ft advanced fertility unit f


National fertility clinic opens in Cork

16th Mar, 2017

The 13,000 sq ft advanced fertility unit is a major architectural and technological achievement and features a world-class laboratory with the latest embryology technology. The new development has also brought a significant boost to employment in Cor


Couples seeking IVF are 'vulnerable to being exploited' with add-ons to fertility clinic bills

9th Mar, 2017

Couples seeking IVF are 'vulnerable to being exploited' with add-ons to fertility clinic bills. Irish couples could spend thousands of euro more on fertility treatment than they need to should they opt for expensive, yet unnecessary, additional tests and


Majority of 'add-on' fertility treatments not supported by science - damning report

2nd Dec, 2016

There is no evidence the majority of “add-on” treatments commonly marketed by private fertility clinics improve chances of having a baby, a damning new study reveals. An investigation by Oxford University found 26 of 27 routinely offered


Fertility Hedge Fund? Pros and Cons of Egg Banking

4th Nov, 2016

Freezing and storing your own eggs when you are not trying to get pregnant used to be rare. It was something young women with cancer might do, if treatment could badly damage their eggs or ability to ovulate. Not any more. Oocyte cryopreservation is now p


Women who regularly consume soft drinks may be reducing their chances of getting pregnant

17th Oct, 2016

Women who regularly consume soft drinks may be reducing their chances of getting pregnant, according to new research. A study of 524 patients found a link between artificial sweeteners, such as those used in “diet” sodas, and lower fertility r


The Top 10 Healthiest Foods on Earth (And How to Eat Them)

23rd Sep, 2016

Eating healthy has oodles of positive benefits - for the body and the mind alike. When we eat well we feel good, when we feel good we’re happier, when we’re happier we’re more productive… and the wonderful cycle continues. Increasi


Pregnant women wasting money on multivitamin supplements study

14th Jul, 2016

Experts say women should focus on taking the single vitamins folic acid and vitamin D An unknown number of women take supplements during their pregnancy that typically contain more than 20 vitamins and minerals. Most pregnant women who take multivi


Fertility treatment 'works for most'

12th Jul, 2016

Nearly three out of four couples that begin fertility treatment will eventually become parents, long-term studies suggest. The analysis of nearly 20,000 Danish couples found 65% had children within three years and 71% within five years. Doctors, presenti


Under the covers with mens sexual health issues

1st Jun, 2016

Under the covers with men’s sexual health issues Do a quick Google search for womens health. You will receive approximately 152 million results. Do the same for mens health and you will get 22.3 million. Is this sexism in another guise, or


Fertility watchdog increasingly concerned about dubious treatments sold by private clinics as experts warn childless couples

16th May, 2016

The UK’s fertility watchdog is becoming “increasingly concerned” that private clinics are offering ‘add-on’ treatments which have not been properly tested to see if they actually work, it can be revealed. In a series of inter


Zika outbreak: Travel advice

5th May, 2016

Zika virus has spread to more than 20 countries in the Americas. The unprecedented and explosive outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease is causing fear in the affected regions. While the effects are generally mild, the greatest concern is about a strongl


11 Things People Struggling with Infertility Want You to Know

18th Apr, 2016

Here are 11 things people struggling with infertility want you to know: 1) Being infertile is tough. Every day, we think about how we want to get pregnant but aren’t able. 2) Other people’s pregnancies hurt. Just being honest here. It&rsquo


Number of British women freezing their eggs soars

24th Mar, 2016

The number of women choosing to freeze their eggs to have babies later in life has soared, figures show. There had been a “substantial increase” in the number of women freezing their eggs, the Human Fertilisation and Embryo


Mobile phones can cook sperm, scientists say, and may lead to a huge decrease in fertility rates

22nd Feb, 2016

The effects are so strong that phones should be kept away from trouser pockets, experts have suggested. Mobile phones could be cooking the sperm of people who have them in their pockets, according to a new study. Talking on a phone that’s charging


Funding for fertility treatments due

9th Feb, 2016

The Minister for Health has announced plans to fund fertility treatment in conjunction with envisaged legislation. The aim is to provide public funding for assisted human reproductive (AHR) treatment in conjunction with the introduction of legislation in t


State will fund fertility treatment for couples - Varadkar

1st Feb, 2016

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. Currently, the treatments are only available privately from clini


How to Mindfully Support Yourself Through Your First IVF

13th Jan, 2016

Learning that your conception story is going to be completely different than the way that you had always imagined it can be a complete shock to your system. Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization specifically, is a rarely welcomed but necessary decision fo


Social egg-freezing: empowering but not an insurance policy against childlessness

30th Oct, 2015

It is 30 years since the first successful frozen egg pregnancy was conceived. For many years, egg freezing was considered to be a low-chance option for fertility preservation, needing 100 eggs to get one live birth. For young women with cancer who were fa


Matt Cooper discusses new IVF test that could more than double success rates to over 80 per cent

28th Oct, 2015

Matt Cooper discusses a new test that can double IVF success rates to over 80% with Prof. Dagan Wells from Reprogenetics, Oxford, UK. This test could be hugely beneficial for would-be parents who often face multiple disappointments and considerab


IVF test could more than double success rate to over 80 per cent

21st Oct, 2015

Experts have discovered that the levels of a particular type of DNA in a developing embryo are a crucial factor in whether a pregnancy will be successful and a simple test can be used to select the most viable embryos. The development has the potential to


Egg freezing just puts more pressure on women

21st Oct, 2015

When it comes to fertility there is one certain enemy: time. As women age, the quality of their eggs deteriorates and the quantity decreases as eggs are released every menstrual cycle. Eggs are also vulnerable to attacks on the body, which is why health pr


Fertility Supplements: Heroes or Villains?

28th Sep, 2015

We all want to be our healthiest selves, and we often get advice from friends, family, blogs (touche), and "Dr. Google". Supplements are big business in the United States, accounting for millions of dollars in sales each year. Many patients who are


Private clinics overcharge women for freezing eggs, says fertility expert Lord Winston

15th Sep, 2015

Women who freeze their eggs to have a child later in life are being overcharged by private clinics who do not disclose that their chances of pregnancy are slim, according to a leading fertility expert. Hundreds of women are choosing to freeze their


Is IVF a waste of time? Professor Robert Winston says couples struggling to conceive are missing out on cheaper treatments that

14th Sep, 2015

Infertility expert Professor Robert Winston has said better, cheaper and less-stressful options should be offered to couples struggling to conceive instead of IVF. Speaking on This Morning, the professor said alternatives - such as hormone treatm


Fertility experts in Japan divided over benefits of freezing eggs cryogenically

30th Jun, 2015

Public broadcaster NHK aired a current affairs program on fertility in 2012 that caused a stir nationwide. Titled “The Impact of Aging Eggs,” the program warned viewers that women in their 30s and 40s were flirting with disappointment by delayi


Sunshine boosts fertility by a third, study finds

22nd Jun, 2015

Couples hoping to conceive may find that heading to sunnier climes may improve their chances, according to experts. Fertilisation rates, live births, and the number of eggs all improved after women were in the sun. Scientists studied the IVF results


Eating fruit and vegetables can boost fertility - but men rarely take the advice

16th Jun, 2015

By Laura Donnelly, Health Editor, The Telegraph Eating fruit and vegetables could boost the chance of having a baby - but men are much "lazier" than women at taking such advice, researchers have warned. Regular consumption of fruit, vegetables and puls


Doctors should warn women considering egg freezing to prolong fertility that there is no guarantee of success, researchers say.

14th Apr, 2015

Sheryl Ubelacker,  The Canadian Press Published Monday, April 13, 2015 12:43PM EDT                            


Top 10 foods to help couples conceive...

8th Apr, 2015

Avocados Avocados are full of minerals, vitamins, essential fats, protein, carbohydrate and fibre.  They are a great source of vitamin E, which researchers have shown can be beneficial to improving the lining of the uterus and helping with embryo im


Top 10 Tips When Trying For a Baby

8th Apr, 2015

Trying for a baby can be a time of excitement and anticipation, but for many couples, particularly as time goes on, it can also be a stressful waiting game which leaves people feeling powerless and frustrated. Many couples feel that it is beyond their cont


Exposed: The worthless fertility treatments that can cost women desperate to become mothers 1,000pounds a time

23rd Mar, 2015

  Women are paying thousands for potentially dangerous fertility treatments  Tests and jabs offered by some private clinics branded 'useless' by doctor Some cost as much as £1,000 a time and are given to women repeatedly


Rare Disease Day 2015

24th Feb, 2015


The Cystic Fibrosis Ireland Fertility Grant Scheme 2015 - Now Open

18th Feb, 2015

Since this scheme was first rolled out in 2010, a total of 70 fertility grants have been awarded to members.  How much funding is available? The value of the grant for first-time applicants is €3,000. The value of the grant for second-time appl


5 Foods to Boost Fertility

6th Jan, 2015

Adding these five foods to shopping cart can help you to pivot away from heavily processed food choices, and find your path to optimal health, and perhaps, increased fertility. WalnutsFertility discussions usually focus on women’s aging ovaries, but


Seven Things to Boost Male Fertility

10th Dec, 2014

1. Ease back on the nespressos - scientific studies vary in their conclusions and it's difficult to separate caffeine intake from other lifestyle factors but some research suggests too much caffeine can reduce sperm count. Don't forget the caffeine in


Egg freezing: How I made an agonising decision over my fertility - on television

9th Dec, 2014

Early in 2014, I set myself a challenge: to decide whether or not to freeze my   eggs.  I was 42, single and childless. But I had a great life. How much did I really   want to change it by having a baby? Would I ever meet a suit


5 Foods That May Hurt Male Fertility

28th Oct, 2014

Guys, you’ve heard the standard advice for protecting your swimmers: Don’t wear tight undies. Keep your laptop far from, well, your lap. Stop smoking ASAP. But there may be an even easier way to shield your sperm —  watch what you ea


National Infertility Support and Information Group Conference 2014

2nd Oct, 2014

This year’s NISIG conference is taking place at the Hilton Dublin Airport on October 11th from 9am to 5pm and will address aspects of fertility and infertility in males and females.  NISIG are pleased to announce that Fertility expert Dr George


Top 10 ways your man can boost his fertility

23rd Jul, 2014

Infertility is most commonly associated with women, but around one third of  infertility cases are down to a problem with the man, with another third being  down to a problem with both partners. Recent studies have suggested that male fertility


If IVF 'success' is judged on the number of live births, the figures don't look so good

23rd Jul, 2014

Some of the figures quoted in the article seem overly optimistic – as does reporting on IVF at times – and this may be because it is not clear what the denominator is. For example, the statement that “pregnancy rates are fairly stable (30


Five surprising ways to boost your sperm count

10th Jun, 2014

The world’s largest study on the effects of lifestyle on the quality of sperm has been published this week, with some surprising findings. Researchers at the universities of Manchester and Sheffield found that smoking cannabis can have a severe


7 Fertility Myths, Busted

15th May, 2014

Here are seven common misconceptions about getting pregnant: It takes a long time to get pregnant after stopping birth control pills. Many women think that, after they stop taking birth control pills, it will take them six to 12 months to get back to reg


Private fertility clinics see rise in number of women freezing their eggs, but it's thought they have just EIGHT per cent chance

20th Apr, 2014

By Sophie Borland and Scarlett Russell Mailonline 21 babies were born out of 253 fertility cycles between 1991 and 2012 Is the equivalent of around an 8% chance of conception Private clinics typically charge between  £5,


Menopause test offers fertility warning

10th Apr, 2014

Menopause test offers fertility warning By Natalie Akoorie, NZ Herald News A genetic test that can predict menopause - allowing women to better plan when to start a family - could be available within five years. The test will enable women to plan for nat


10 Things You May Not Know About Your Fertility

1st Apr, 2014

1. Your fertility is mostly determined by genetics, which influences how many eggs you are born with. Doctors believe that the number of eggs you have at birth determines the length of time you will remain fertile. At birth, women have about two million eg


What Is Egg Freezing and Why Have You Been Hearing So Much About It?

31st Mar, 2014

IVF Pregnancy Rates Using Frozen Eggs Are Comparable to IVF Using Fresh Eggs While celebrities like Maria Menounos and Sofia Vergara have talked about their decision to freeze their eggs there is still a lot of confusion. First, what exactly is egg freezi


A Threat to Male Fertility

24th Mar, 2014

To study the impact of everyday chemicals on fertility, federal researchers recently spent four years tracking 501 couples as they tried to have children. One of the findings stood out: while both men and women were exposed to known toxic chemicals, men se


What to consider when choosing a fertility clinic

7th Mar, 2014

Choosing a fertility clinic is a particularly critical decision that should not be taken lightly. It can be very overwhelming when couples are faced with trying to make a decision that will have such an important impact on their life. In order to find the


Fertility experts urge one embryo at a time

2nd Dec, 2013

New federal statistics show an epidemic of twins among IVF patients, and two babies come with added risk during pregnancy. Reproduction experts are now urging more women in fertility treatment to try it one embryo at a time. View what the experst say: htt


Despite advances, delaying childbirth may still come at a cost

11th Nov, 2013

THE reasons women postpone having babies are complex - and include the availability of safe and effective contraception, preferring to be in a stable relationship with a supportive partner, wanting to build a career and achieve financial independence, or e


First pregnancy in Ireland using new screening technique

7th Nov, 2013

The first confirmed pregnancy in the State using a technique to screen embryos for genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis prior to implantation has been announced by a fertility clinic in Cork. The Cork Fertility Centre is one of just two clinics in t


First 'gene screened' Irish baby due in July

7th Nov, 2013

A COUPLE with cystic fibrosis are set to give birth to Ireland's first genetically screened baby next July. The couple have been treated at the Cork Fertility Clinic, which is one of just two centres licensed by the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) to carry ou


Don't leave babies until your thirties, women are told

10th Sep, 2013

The Telegraph By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent Women who want a family should start thinking about having children in their twenties and begin no later than 35, a group of leading fertility experts has warned. Most women’s fertility begins


World-first pregnancy for Aussie woman

3rd Sep, 2013

Australian doctors have achieved a world first by helping a woman become pregnant from ovarian tissue grafted into her abdomen. The woman asked for the tissue to be frozen seven years ago, when her second ovary was removed because of cancer. Now she is 2


The amazing story of IVF

23rd Jul, 2013

  There's an old bell jar that sits on top of a cupboard at a Cambridgeshire fertility clinic where history was made; it was in a dish inside this jar that the world's first IVF baby spent the hours after her conception. With the success of in vitro


Want a baby but no sign of Mr Right? Fear not ...

21st Jul, 2013

Irish Examiner By Catherine ShanahanBY the time we hit 30, most women have been bitten by the baby bug. For those who have met Mr Right, there is opportunity to try for that child. For those who have not, motherhood may look like a long shot. Certainly,


IVF may be boosted by time-lapse embryo imaging

17th May, 2013

Time-lapse imaging which takes thousands of pictures of developing embryos can boost the success rate of IVF, according to British research.The method, reported in Reproductive BioMedicine Online, can be used to select embryos at low risk of defects.Scient


The clinical utility of sperm DNA integrity testing

1st Mar, 2013

Sperm DNA damage is more common in infertile men and may contribute to poor reproductive performance. However, current methods for assessing sperm DNA integrity do not reliably predict treatment outcomes and cannot be recommended routinely for clinical use


Cork Fertility Centre Offers Embryo Screening for Cystic Fibrosis

9th Nov, 2012

Irish couples at risk of having a child with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Ireland’s most common genetic disease, will no longer have to travel abroad to avail of Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) treatment. Cork Fertility Centre has been licensed by


Frozen eggs aid wannabe Irish parents

26th Aug, 2012

A technique that flash-freezes embryos has resulted in 13 pregnancies here this year   Gabrielle Monaghan Published: 26 August 2012 The Sunday Times   The first Irish babies conceived from embryos flash-frozen at IVF clinics will be born at t



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