General guidance suggests that couples should be referred for assessment by a fertility specialist after 12-18 months of trying to conceive unsuccessfully. In some cases it may be necessary to refer patients sooner. Immediate referral should be considered for the couple where the following circumstances apply:
Cork Fertility generally only accepts referrals from GPs or other specialists. Referral letters should include as much information as possible with relevant Gynaecological, reproductive, medical and social history. Please include patient phone contact details for ease of communication.
Once a referral is received, staff will contact the patient with an appointment date and time. We usually suggest 4-6 weeks to allow time for blood tests to be processed and semen analysis to take place.