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Out of action: IVF clinics across the country have been closed due to the Covid-19 crisis. Stock Image

Out of action: IVF clinics across the country have been closed due to the Covid-19 crisis. Stock Image

Out of action: IVF clinics across the country have been closed due to the Covid-19 crisis. Stock Image

Women with cancer are among those who cannot have their eggs frozen ahead of chemotherapy because of the closure of IVF services.

Last month, hundreds of families were left in limbo after IVF clinics across Ireland were shut down because of Covid-19.

Cancer patients are warned that treatments such as chemotherapy can cause infertility for some patients, and some women may consider freezing their eggs. Most of these women are treated at the Rotunda IVF clinic, a private clinic that gets HSE funding for egg freezing for women with cancer.


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