Researches discuss computer-automated, time-lapse embryo photography of embryos

The annual ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) conference was held in Munich at the end of June. This event sees exciting new research being presented by researchers working in the area of reproductive medicine from all over the world.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and 5 other fertility clinics presented results that showed how a non-invasive embryo test can improve embryo selection and result in a higher viable pregnancy rate, 54% compared to 34%.
This test uses computer-automated, time-lapse photography to monitor embryos in the laboratory. This allows embryos to rest undisturbed in their incubator without the risk of cold exposure or damage, due to moving embryos, to observe their development under a microscope.

This process is also called EEVA (Early Embryo Viability Assessment) or CAREMaps.
For more information please read the following link: Computer-automated, time-lapse embryo photography may increase success of in-vitro fertilisation - Penn Medicine News Release

Dr. Marilyn Glenville, The Natural Health Roadshow comes to Cork

Dr. Marilyn Glenville will visit Cork next week. She has organised a series of talks around the country on stress, weight gain and how to balance your hormones naturally. The seminar will be held in the Wednesday 5th March, Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay. Tickets can be purchased from Here's Health (
It should be a very interesting talk and if you are free on the night, I would highly recommend going.

My Christmas Holiday Read - 'Getting Pregnant Faster’ by Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD

With the end of the festive season and New Year resolutions on the horizon, some couples will decide it's time to face fertility problems. I thought it might be helpful to review a good starter fertility book over the holidays.

There are thousands of books on fertility but not all of them are aimed at couples that haven’t studied biology. I wanted to find a book that would be full of useful suggestions and engaging for all readers.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville is a leading british nutritionist that specialises in fertility. She is responsible for developing one of the highest quality fertility supplements on the market, NHP Fertility Support for Men and Women. I had seen Dr. Marilyn Glenville making presentations online, and loved the relaxed easy manner in which she explained fertility jargon. She brings this style to her book ‘Getting Pregnant Faster’.
Click here to see Dr. Marilyn Glenville speak on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) & Fertility

The book is clearly laid out in eight steps. The first four steps focus on boosting fertility naturally, through diet, lifestyle, fertility supplements and avoiding environmental and occupational hazards. Step five deals with STIs. Step six is about timing intercourse in order to maximise your chances of conception. Step seven covers fertility testing and step eight summarises assisted conception techniques for those couples that will require treatment.

Plain language is used throughout the book, but everything is backed up with statistics and references. She encourages couples to make every effort they can before seeking medical help.

She speaks the truth; I have seen the effects of how changes in diet and lifestyle can bring about dramatic improvements in male fertility.

If you are looking for an informative, helpful read to start you on the road to conception, this book is ideal.
‘Getting Pregnant Faster’ by Dr. Marilyn Glenville is available for purchase on

Promising research could lead to a new male contraceptive pill

Promising research from the Monash University, Australia could lead to the development of the elusive male conceptive pill. Current products are fraught with side effects or are not completely effective. There are millions of sperm in an ejaculate but it takes just one sperm to fertilise an egg. Until now, most scientists have modelled their efforts on the female pill which disrupts ovulation by interfering with hormonal signals. Monash scientists are taking a completely original approach which doesn't interfere with male hormones, but instead focuses on the ducts through which sperm must pass during ejaculation. The new male pill would prevent these ducts from transporting sperm. Other than preventing the transport of sperm, this approach seems to have no affect on normal sexual function.

Lead researcher, Dr Sab Ventura commented,
"We've shown that simultaneously disrupting the two proteins that control the transport of sperm during ejaculation causes complete male infertility, but without affecting the long-term viability of sperm or the sexual or general health of males. The sperm is effectively there but the muscle is just not receiving the chemical message to move it."

To read about this research please click the following: 'Male contraceptive pill 'a step closer'

In Vitro Activation - A new technique for women with premature ovarian failure

I read this great article about a new technique researchers are calling IVA (In Vitro Activation). The technique is still classed as experimental, but researchers were able to collect mature eggs for IVF from women that had suffered premature ovarian failure.
The average age of women taking part in the trial was 37, and these women had stopped menstruating approximately 7 years prior to this.
Out of the 27 women who took part in the clinical trial, 13 women still had follicles with the potential to develop, 8 of these responded to this new treatment and 5 developed mature eggs. Of these 5, there has been one baby, one pregnancy and two are still waiting for embryo transfer.

This technique is currently being studied in conjunction with premature ovarian failure but will be applied to other causes of female infertility in the future.

To read about this research please click the following: 'Egg Growth Induced in Infertile Women, One Gives Birth'

Cork Fertility Clinic Launch

An article was published in yesterdays Irish Examiner dealing with the launch of the new fertility clinic in Cork. It really is good news for Cork couples who now have more choice and access to a broader range of tests and cutting edge technology.

To read about this story please click the following: 'Fertility clinic to see 300 couples annually'

In The News

Fertility Check and Sims IVF are now offering a wide range of tests in relation to female fertility at their new satellite Cork Fertility Clinic. Patients can self refer and will be seen by a Sims consultant at our premises in Cork.
Some national and local newspapers have covered these developments. To read more about it you can read 'Irish Examiner Article' or 'The Avondhu Article'

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Fertility Check/Sims IVF Fertility Open Day a Success!

The Fertility Check/Sims IVF Open Day held in the River Lee hotel on Saturday the 15th of June was a great success. The room was packed from 12 noon until closing time just before dinner. A number of talks were presented outlining the latest advances in reproductive medicine. There was also a talk dealing with the psychological impact of infertility.

Video snippets of the talks will be available on this website soon.

On the right is a photo from the Open Day. It includes Graham Coull (Sims IVF, Lab Manager), Dr. Michelle O'Connor (Fertility Check, Cork) and Dr. David Walsh (Sims IVF, Director).

Fertility Check One Year in Business

Fertility Check is celebrating one year in business as of last month! We were so busy we didn't even notice the time passing. It's been an exciting year and we've met many wonderful people along the way who have helped Fertility Check deliver the high quality service its customers have come to expect.

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