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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.


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A to Z of terms and acronyms

When you begin fertility treatment it can seem like doctors are speaking a foreign language; they’re so used to the acronyms and medicaljargon - but for most of us, it can seem bewildering. 

Similarly the 'fertility community' has a lot of terminology of it's own.

Don’t be afraid to ask them to slow down or explain things in more simple terms - it’s important you understand everything that is going to happen to you. 

You may want to record your consultation so you can play it back later or take notes you can later refer to.

The following is a plain-speak guide to some of the  most commonly used medical terms and abbreviations you may come across – but it’s not exhaustive – so please forgive any omissions. Click on a letter below for more...

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N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z


Adoption UK

COTS and Triangle - Childlessness overcome through surrogacy

Directgov adoption advice

Fertility Friends


Miscarriage Association

NHS Choices

One at a time

Royal College of Obstrecians

SANDS Stillbirth and neonatal death charity

Surrogacy UK

The British Fertility Society

The Donor Conception network

The UK's National Institute for Clinical Excellence guideline on Antenatal Car


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