Tuesday 27 September 2016

Irish couple who battled infertility expecting child following pioneering treatment in Cork Fertility Centre

Published 01/06/2016 | 12:22

Irish couple who battled infertility expecting child following pioneering treatment in Cork Fertility Clinic
Irish couple who battled infertility expecting child following pioneering treatment in Cork Fertility Clinic

An Irish Fertility Clinic has announced the first pregnancy as a result of an advanced new treatment, which aids couples battling with male infertility.

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Cork Fertility Centre announced that a couple is expecting their first child following a Microsurgical Testicular Sperm Extraction procedure, an innovative new technique which a male patient undergoes ahead of IVF.

The procedure, used successfully for the first time in Ireland, battles against male infertility and increases the possibility of conception without having to use donor sperm.

The fertility specialists report that the client in this case had previously had testicular surgery which affected his sperm reduction and fertility, however the procedure helped he and his partner achieve a successful pregnancy through IVF in its aftermath.

Cork Fertility Centre’s Consultant Urologist and Andrologist, Dr Ivor Cullen said the procedure achieved a “landmark pregnancy”, the first of its kind in Ireland.

“This is a landmark pregnancy and very positive news regarding the treatment of male infertility and in particular azoospermia. Azoospermia is a condition where no sperm cells are found in a semen sample, perhaps as a result of a hormone imbalance or other medical problem. It offers renewed hope to these men, and to men who have been diagnosed with defective sperm production, or had previous unsuccessful conventional sperm retrieval procedures.”

The procedure is recommended to men who cannot produce sperm, and involves carrying out targeted dissection of tiny tubes within the testicle, which are more likely to contain sperm.

Head of Laboratory Services at Cork Fertility Centre, Dr Tim Dineen, also commented “The team at Cork Fertility Centre is delighted for this couple and would like to extend our congratulations. This procedure involved precise surgery and robust laboratory techniques; we will continue to pioneer innovative and evidence-based procedures and techniques, such as Micro-TESE, that help and benefit our patients overcoming their fertility struggles.”

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