Saturday 19 August 2017

New technique offers fertility hope

A breakthrough at Cork Fertility Centre means there is a greater possibility for affected couples to have children without having to use donor semen
A breakthrough at Cork Fertility Centre means there is a greater possibility for affected couples to have children without having to use donor semen

Cork Fertility Centre has announced the first reported pregnancy as a result of an advanced sperm retrieval technique, Microsurgical Testicular Sperm Extraction (Micro-TESE) in Ireland.

It said this development offers new hope to men struggling with sperm-related fertility issues.

It means there is a greater possibility for affected couples to have children, without having to use donor semen. It was carried out on a patient from Cork and involved the centre's scientific team, before the man and his partner underwent IVF treatment.

The patient previously had testicular surgery which affected his sperm production, and as a result required Micro-TESE.

Dr Ivor Cullen, urologist and andrologist, is one of only a few urologists in Ireland qualified to carry out this highly specialised surgery.

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