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Access to infertility services, and the hospital's Infertility Clinic, is through referral from your family doctor.

A couple may be said to be infertile if a pregnancy does not occur within 12 months of actively trying to conceive. In these circumstances, a woman who has never been pregnant is said to have primary infertility, and a woman who has been pregnant previously is said to have secondary infertility. In Ireland, about 1 in 7 couples are infertile.

Women who are trying to become pregnant should take folic acid before conception, and for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, to help neural tube defects, such as Spina Bifida or Anencephaly.

Couples who are trying to have a baby are strongly recommended to stop smoking and minimise their alcohol intake. This improves the chances of a successful conception and pregnancy.

Couples who are trying to have a baby should have regular sexual intercourse throughout the menstrual cycle. There are no advantages to using temperature charts, or other ovulation kits.

If you have any specific concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to ask your family doctor, or any of the staff in the Infertility Clinic if you are referred as a patient.

Useful Link

National Infertility Support and Information Group

Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital
Cork St.
Dublin 8.

Tel: +353-1-408 5200
Fax: +353-1-453 6033

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