Today marked the celebration of the first baby in Ireland born to Elonva compliments of our very own Dr Lyuda. Elonva or Corifollitropin alfa is a long acting gonadotrophin which aims to remove the burden of daily injections from suitable patients.
This week, our team has discussed new guidelines for the management of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies. Thankfully ectopic pregnancies are a relatively rare occurrence, but they do require swift and decisive action. We discussed the case of a patient with multiple failed cycles, two at Sims and two elsewhere. Our new FMR 1 test showed up a low, norm allele ratio on the fragile X gene so we can now counsel this patient that she needs a specifically modified protocol (with more embryos transferred), to match the normal chances of successful pregnancy. In addition, her stress markers were high, so a three month break with DHEA supplementation was recommended. Dr. David Walsh, MRCOGSims IVF
Sims IVF installed the Eeva™ (Early embryo viability assessment) test which involves time lapse technology in January 2013.
Preliminary audit of the first cases of time lapse selection tool utilising the Eeva system at Sims IVF has confirmed recently published results from a British study (below).Our audit of Eeva completed this year confirms the major benefits of Eeva in selecting viable embryos. 55% of our patients who had one or more embryos with high implantation potential by Eeva achieved a pregnancy.The British study focused on the transfer of blastocyst embryos, and quite remarkably in the Irish population, all of our Sims patients with one or more either high implantation Eeva embryos transferred at the blastocyst stage achieved a pregnancy.This preliminary assessment in an Irish population confirms the major benefits of Eeva selection in identifying those patients with the best chances of achieving pregnancy and maximising their chance of conceiving.The message for us as clinicians at Sims is that we need to be much more proactive in combining the structural benefits of assessment at the blastocyst stage with the functional assessments of the genetic potential of the embryo with the Eeva timelapse selection tool.This combination of technologies in our hands results in an extremely high chance of pregnancy. We are continuing further investigations to further establish the benefits of Eva selection in routine IVF practice.
Ann Bracken, Mind/Body Programme facilitator and Fertility Counsellor featured in Modern Medicine - The Irish Journal of Clinical Medicine.
Ann Bracken, Mind/Body Programme facilitator and Fertility Counsellor featured in November 2011 issue of Irish Tatler Magazine.
Ann Bracken, Mind/Body Programme facilitator and Fertility Counsellor discusses the benefits of taking an integrative approach to managing stress in fertility treatment in Easy Parenting Magazine
The SIMS Mind/Body Programme will benefit those who wish to positively manage stress and promote conception. Couples and individuals will attend a 1 x day programme in a small group setting. The next Saturday programme will be on Sat. 24th September, 2011.
On June 8th Minister Dr James Reilly TD opened Ireland’s largest IVF clinic, the Sims Institute of Medical Science. The Clinic relocated to a state of the art IVF and Reproductive Medicine centre located in a dedicated 25000 sq ft building in Clonskeagh Dublin. At the launch, Dr Tony Walsh, Founder and Medical Director of Sims said, "We are delighted to announce that the Sims Institute is to take on 20 new employees over the next 12-18 months to meet demand from patients from Ireland and abroad for fertility testing and treatment. Sims IVF currently employs 45 people."