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# Infertility

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# 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.
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.
# 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.
# there's a fap for that
It's now possible to test sperm quality with a smartphone
An optical attachment analyses video of semen.
# 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.
Voices
Infertile, dating and 33: How do you bring up an inability to have children?
“You can’t just bring up the “do you want kids” conversation over your first date martini,” writes Clare McAfee two years after her ‘horrible diagnosis’.
# sperm extraction
Landmark: First pregnancy using innovative fertility treatment in Ireland
The Cork Fertility Centre has announced the breakthrough.
# moral dilemma?
"In theory you could do anything you wanted with a human embryo in Ireland"
A new, controversial embryo-growth breakthrough could help science in the study of infertility. However, fears abound that the research breaches ethical guidelines.
# STI
Super-gonorrhoea a 'serious threat' in Ireland
The HSE says it’s something they’ve been taking seriously for a long time.
Voices
Why do people say this: ‘They’ve been married a while now? What’s keeping her?'
To be told you cannot conceive on your own is devastating, cruel and unfair, writes Jennifer Ryan Moran.
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
'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.
# pcos
Do you suffer with polycystic ovary syndrome? New research hopes to help you
Up to one in five women are estimated to be affected by the condition.
Voices
A Personal Story: My life with Turner Syndrome
At 28, Turner Syndrome continues to dominate my life and now the time is right to step out from the invisible wall I seem to have built around myself.
# Infertility
Not legislating for surrogacy is 'simply kicking the can down the road'
The Medical Director of Sims IVF says removing surrogacy from the Child and Family Relationships Bill is a lost opportunity.
# Male Fertility
More research needed into possible link between infertility and mobile phones
An Irish support group has asked couples not to panic about a recent study.
# jumbo dumbo
Junk in that trunk: The weight problem facing elephants
It’s not as funny as it sounds.
Voices
Opinion: I'm not genetically linked to my son or daughter but, honestly, it just doesn't matter
Dealing with my own infertility and the emotional journey that is IVF was full of anguish, but now we have our beautiful twins – and I love them so much it’s overwhelming.
Voices
Opinion: It's still hard to express the sadness that comes with being unable to have children
In the past, people with cystic fibrosis typically died in childhood. But now that we have longer lifespans we are often faced with a new problem: infertility.
Voices
Opinion: Infertility can be utterly devastating for a man – don't allow him to suffer in silence
There can be an emphasis on the woman when talking about infertility, but men hurt deeply too.
# Speaking out
Celebrities commended for highlighting their infertility problems
The National Infertility Support and Information Group is working ‘to banish the taboo’ around infertility.
# Globozoospermia
Irish researchers discovering more and more about male infertility
Male infertility is responsible for about 50 per cent of infertility in Ireland.
# Fertility
New IVF treatment could result in couples having successful pregnancies
The ‘time-lapse’ technology can pinpoint the abnormalities in human embryos that cause IVF failure or miscarriage and raises live birth rates by 56 per cent.
# Infertility
Potential infertility cure: stem cells create viable eggs in mice
It’s a long way from working in humans but researchers have made a leap forward.
# Fertility
Frozen - over fresh - embryos may improve IVF success
Senior clinical embryologist at Beacon Court in Dublin welcomes the new research stating embryo freezing and waiting for a better conditioned womb linings may be the way forward.
Voices
Column: Having children doesn’t define men, so why should it define women?
Maeve Binchy’s books would have been different if she’d had children, according to one newspaper. Abigail Rieley asks: Why do we put this pressure on women?
# Catholic Church
Pope says marriage is only place 'worthy' of conception
Pope Benedict also said that infertile couples should shun artificial procreation.
Voices
Column: ‘Deep down, I am still angry at the unfairness of it all’
Helen Browne describes her experience of infertility, and asks for people to be more sensitive to this painful condition.
# Fertility
Scientists grow sperm in laboratory
Japanese researchers have cultivated sperm from the testes of baby mice.
# Living
Babies born through IVF may have twice the risk of cerebral palsy
New research shows that the treatment itself may double the risk.