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Miscarriage of the developing foetus is undoubtedly a traumatic event in the life of any would-be mother. It is perceived in general as a normal part of reproduction, “a fact of life” which is just something we have to get past and move on from. The statistics confirm its prevalence in Ireland with over 20 per cent of all pregnancies ending in miscarriage. The cause of miscarriage is often difficult to pin down and can indeed be sporadic and multifactorial with elements of anatomy, genetics, immunology and infection playing a role.  

IVF for Caroline

Ciara and Noel O’Brien talk openly about their struggle to conceive. By Denise Smith.

National Fertility Awareness Week 17-24 July

National Fertility Awareness Week 17-24 July Designed to educate and support Irish women and men on all aspects of fertility, the Sims IVF National Fertility Awareness Week seeks to provide support, advice, and information about treatments to help those challenged in some way by infertility.

Sims notes the association between IVF & ovarian cancer reported today

This is consistent with a similarly enhanced risk with another drug used in infertility management, namely clomiphene citrate and suggests this is a likely to be associated with the need for fertility treatment rather than the treatment itself. This view is supported by the fact that the increase was not noted in women having treatment because their partners had sperm issues. Even if this association is not caused by the treatment per se, we still require to help our patients and to that end announce today that we will provide a scan for any patient of Sims who is concerned about a risk of ovarian cancer after IVF and has one or more of the following unexplained symptoms: