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# Fertility

Last year
2022
# budget 2023
IVF publicly funded through private clinics won't start until September 2023
The public system will be built up over the year to provide IVF services through six fertility hubs around the country.
# Reproduction
Publicly-funded IVF to begin in 2023 with 'regional fertility hubs' before that
The Department of Health had previously been reluctant to provide a timeline for services.
All time
# fertility mix up
California parents sue after getting another couple’s embryo
The babies, both girls, were born a week apart in September 2019.
# Covid-19
Coronavirus: No deaths and 437 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The latest figures were confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team this evening.
Voices
Opinion: 'All couples should have the right to become parents when faced with infertility'
The Government needs to take action and implement the model of care for infertility, writes Emma Mc Dade.
# still waiting
Department of Health can't give timeline for rollout of publicly-funded IVF
Expert says linking IVF funding with the commencement of legislation is a ‘way of putting it off’.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, Pfizer's head of research did not say the Covid vaccine is 'female sterilisation'
Social media posts making the claim have been shared thousands of times in recent days.
# Fertility
'It's a huge source of stress': Women going abroad for IVF hit out at mixed messages over travel restrictions
Hundreds of people travel abroad for fertility treatment every year because they cannot afford it in Ireland, but Covid-19 has further complicated the situation.
# Infertility
Explainer: When will IVF treatment be provided through the Irish public health service?
New fertility hubs will be open next year, with IVF available in 2021.
# Infertility
€2 million in funding for IVF and fertility treatment set to be announced by government
One course of IVF treatment can cost between €4,000 and €4,500.
# The Late Late Show
Many people relate to my story of miscarriage, says Andrea Corr
The Corrs musician was speaking on the Late Late Show last night.
# still waiting
'Absolutely outrageous' that promised public fertility fund still not finalised
Department of Health says rollout of €1 million fund announced last year ‘under consideration’.
# Bernard Norman Barwin
Canada doctor's licence revoked for using own sperm to inseminate patients
The 80-year-old doctor did not appear at the hearing, but through his lawyers pleaded no contest.
# First Lady
Michelle Obama speaks about having a miscarriage and conceiving her children using IVF
The former first lady says women need to be open with other about their bodies.
# Fertility
Baby Bust: New report finds we're having fewer and fewer babies
Published by the Lancet, the report has found several countries are not delivering enough babies to maintain their population numbers.
Voices
Donor-conceived children: It's time to ban anonymous sperm donation
Recent studies on donor-conceived children reveal that an overwhelming number of such individuals want information relating to their donor, writes Dr Brian Tobin.
# Fertility
Male depression may lower pregnancy chances among infertile couples
The findings come from a study by the American National Institute of Health that looked at couples being treated for infertility.
Voices
Opinion: 'Corporate egg freezing is a great idea for the women who want that option'
However, egg freezing is a choice and should always be a choice, writes Meriem Ahmed.
# Fertility
Human eggs grown in lab for first time raise hopes for new fertility treatments
The lead researcher called it a “very exciting” development.
# Genetics
UK allows doctors to make babies using DNA from three people
The technique is being used to help prevent women passing on fatal genetic diseases to their children.
# Fertility
Ibuprofen during pregnancy could harm fertility of unborn baby girls - study
One in three women are estimated to use ibuprofen in the first three months of pregnancy.
# Ibuprofen
'Take the smallest dose for the shortest period of time': Ibuprofen linked to male fertility problems
The study found healthy, young men developed fertility issues after taking the drug for six weeks.
# Fertility
Government to pay for couples to have IVF treatment
The new legislation will also regulate surrogacy and the use of embryos for research.
Voices
'Many times I just keep smiling to avoid crumbling into a crying mess'
People should think before they speak when it comes to fertility issues, Julie Ronaghan writes.
Voices
Fertility treatment: 'There may be no happy ending, but we wouldn't change anything'
Sadly, science does not yet have all the answers, writes Professor Mary Wingfield.
# Ukraine
Doctor defends 'three-parent baby' technique amid criticism
Valeriy Zukin has used the procedure to help infertile couples have children.
# Breakthrough
Infertility problems in mice solved with 3D-printed ovaries
It’s hoped that 3D-printed skin, ears, bone scaffolds, and heart valves could solve a number of medical issues.
# Natural Cycles
The first birth control app to be officially approved as a contraceptive uses an age-old method
As a fertility-awareness based contraceptive method, the app will only work well for some people.
# Pregnancy
'I was tested to the limit': How hypnobirthing is helping women during labour
“Some people think it’s new age, hippy dippy. It’s anything other than that. It’s very practical, down to earth.”
# Fertility
The first three-parent baby in the UK could be born next year
The technique would allow mothers who carry disease-causing mutations in their genes to give birth to children free of the illness.
# Fertility
Want to get pregnant? Try getting your tonsils out
The study has furthered the theory that having your appendix or tonsils removed actually improves fertility rates.
# Health
A Spanish fertility clinic that plays music to foetuses has bought a surgery in Kildare
The Clane Fertility Clinic is going to start using the technique to help the IVF process.
# sperm extraction
Landmark: First pregnancy using innovative fertility treatment in Ireland
The Cork Fertility Centre has announced the breakthrough.
# Pregnancy
'Where there's one sperm there's a way': Male infertility is common but treatable
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”.
# TRYING FOR A BABY
Struggling to conceive? State funding could soon cover the cost of fertility treatments
Funding will be made available as part of a bill due to be published in the first half of 2016.
Voices
When a couple faces the reality of infertility, it can send them into crisis mode
Ovulation calendars, doctors’ appointments, tests and treatments start to take over.
Voices
'Women need to know the truth. Fertility takes a plunge after age 35'
Men as well as women need to be educated about reproductive responsibility. We need a nationwide education campaign on fertility awareness, writes Dr John Waterstone.
Voices
'My failure to conceive makes me feel like I'm not functioning as a woman'
An anonymous contributor talks about her struggle to conceive and the emotional impact it can have on a person.
# Fertility treatment
Lovely photo of baby girl surrounded by IVF syringes goes viral
The image has prompted an outpouring of heartfelt messages from other parents who have conceived through IVF.
# Biological clock
Poll: Should girls be taught about their fertility at school?
One expert thinks women need to learn about their biological clock at an earlier age.