For couples eager to conceive, Sims IVF Cork at Citygate in Mahon is providing totally free 'His & Hers' fertility testing for the month of May.
The testing, which is worth €300 per couple, consists of a panel of advanced tests which gives a clinical overview of the couple’s current fertility status. Tests are performed on both partners followed by a scheduled consultation with a consultant.
According to the World Health Organisation, one in five people in Ireland are now experiencing fertility issues, so anyone worried about their current or future fertility should take this opportunity to book their free assessment at Sims IVF Cork.
“Ireland currently has one of the highest infertility rates in Europe, for various reasons, although excellent exploratory tests and the most advanced treatments are now available,” Dr Alejandro Aldape of Sims IVF Cork says.
Copies of the test results are issued promptly and can provide crucial reassurance for concerned couples.
“Anxiety is a proven impediment to successful conception, so we would always encourage couples and individuals who have any worries at all to come in to us for some simple tests,” Dr Aldape says. “When your mind is at ease, getting pregnant can become easier.
“And if a problem is identified, then we can help.”
With Irish women having their first child at an average age of 29.8 years, Ireland is now fifth highest on a global ranking of the oldest first-time mums.
Increasing infertility rates in Ireland is largely due to pregnancy now being delayed until relatively late in life, when egg quality is declining, according to Dr Aldape.
The medical team at Sims IVF Cork host regular fertility seminars that are open to the public.
Those attending learn how the process of fertility works and how modern testing and treatment optimise the chances of having a baby.
Causes of infertility and the latest advances in fertility technology are also explained.
The free testing offered for the month of May includes assessment of the woman’s levels of AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone), an essential tool for measuring ovarian reserve. This indicates the number of viable eggs available, which is fundamental to fertility assessment and treatment.
Semen analysis to establish the number of sperm, and the health and motility of the sperm, is another important test which will help determine any intervention that may be required where couples are trying for a baby.
Donor eggs are now an increasingly popular choice in Ireland for couples who have exhausted other options and failed to conceive, Dr Alejandro Aldape says.
“The chance of successful conception using donor eggs is significantly higher than performing IVF with the woman’s own eggs, especially where she cannot produce eggs, or they are poor quality, which is often the case with older women”, he explains.
Using donor eggs from a younger more fertile woman results in a clinical pregnancy rate of over 60% per embryo transfer, making this treatment a popular option, especially for women in their late thirties or forties whose fertility is in decline.
The Sims IVF website at www.sims.ie/cork has more information on the clinic’s free advice seminars, consultations and, for the month of May in Cork, free couples fertility testing.
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