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ireland, a leading centre for egg donation?

Sims Clinic, Ireland’s largest IVF unit, has announced details of their new European Egg Donation (EDE) Programme, offering a range of egg donors with proven fertility available immediately.

Patients can now experience one-to-one treatment with consultants whom are leaders in the field of reproductive medicine in Dublin. 

Sims IVF has built a 7-year relationship with Intersono in the Ukraine, a leading IVF Clinic, chosen because in Western Europe, where the trend is to have children later in life, the number of recipients outstrips the number of available donors. READ MORE



It's called oncofertility - a new term coined by Dr. Teresa Woodruff of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine - meaning fertility preservation for young cancer patients. 

Her research in reproductive endocrinology has increased awareness of fertility management and the role it plays in quality of life for the increasing number of women who are also young cancer survivors.

In a wide ranging interview with Northwestern University’s Medill school Reports, in Chicago, Dr Woodruff says ''Oncofertility involves all the dimensions of a patient’s decision process and the provider’s information. It is the ethics, the law, the religious constraints..of fertility management'

You can read the full interview here.

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Geoffrey Sher, co-founder and Executive Medical Director of the Sher Institutes for Reproductive Medicine (SIRM), has written a fascinating blog, about a study published online in the journal Fertility and Sterility which claims that about 44% of 7, 000 Australian women aged 28-36 years who said they had experienced difficulty conceiving for at least a year, subsequently achieved a pregnancy without having to undergo any type of fertility treatment. 

The authors concluded that almost half of “infertile” women in this age category probably don't need treatment.

But, says Dr. Sher, it's not as simple or straightforward as that.


What do I tell my family?


publication date: Feb 13, 2012

Father in IVF case seeks fuller role in life of son 

The Court of Appeal last week heard an appeal concerning the contact arrangements for a son conceived by IVF treatment. The child lives with his mother and her lesbian partner. 

The father, who had been married to the mother in a 'marriage of convenience', is seeking staying contact and holiday contact with the boy, now two years old. 

The mother claims that prior to conception the father had agreed that the mother and her partner would be primary parents of the child. It was agreed, she says, that the father would not seek to enforce his 'paternal rights'. The father claims that he was more than a mere sperm donor and wishes to play a fuller role in the boy's life.

Recognising the importance of the case, the three Appeal Court judges have now reserved their decision until an unspecified later date. More details from The Daily Telegraph website.

Parents pay for life-saving op and then IVF

When Laura Wright needed pioneering surgery in the USA to save her life, her parents stepped in with £150,000. The treatment was successful, but it left Laura unable to have the family she desperately wanted. 

So her patents stepped in once again - and funded the £25,000 cost of seven cycles of IVF treatment to give their daughter the two sons she had dreamed of.

Laura, now 34,lives with her husband Rob, 38, in Liphook, Hampshire. ‘I just can’t find the words to thank my mum and dad for what they have done for me. They have never given up on me, and because of them I can have the life I’ve always dreamed of, she said. 'I’m still alive and I have the two most gorgeous sons. And its all thanks to mum and dad who have made it all happen for me.’ 

You can read her full story on The Daily Mail website.

Man claims clinic destroyed sperm

A Northern Ireland man has spoken of his distress after a sperm sample stored with a Clinic in Belfast was destroyed. The BBC report claims that  Shane Breen from County Down provided the sample in 1983 before he began chemotherapy treatment. 

He learned it was no longer available when he and his wife went to the clinic hoping to start a family. 'I was devastated. I just couldn't believe it when the call came through, I couldn't bring myself to talk to my wife for a day and a half,' said Mr Breen.

His sperm was frozen 27 years ago, following treatment for cancer. In 1991, the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) introduced new rules putting a 10-year limit on storing sperm samples. 

However, the guidelines stated that patients affected should be notified well before the deadline. As Mr Breen's sample was deposited in 1983, the guidelines were relevant.

The clinic claims that letters were sent at the time, to both his GP and home address, claims which Mr Breen denies.