Women seek fertility treatment in Spain by Lynne Kelleher Last year 123 Irish patients underwent fertility MORE than 250 Irish techniques. women over the age of 40 The clinic revealed that have jetted out to a leading two-thirds of the Irish Spanish fertility clinic over couples undergo in vitro the past five years to attempt fertilisation (IVF) treatment to have a baby with the due to infertility problems donated eggs of young with the male partner. European females. The study reveals that 73% Since 2005, 379 Irish of the Irish women were women between the ages of implanted with donor eggs 30 and 49 have travelled to while 9% used both donated the Institut Marques in eggs and donated sperm, Barcelona in an attempt to and just over 1% using just become mothers, with seven donated sperm. out of 10 (265) over the age The clinic is supplied with of 40. fresh eggs every week from The success rate for Irish between 15 and 20 healthy mothers is more than 60%, European women between with 219 babies born to the age of 18 to 35, with single mothers and couples the donors screened for any who received treatment in genetic illnesses. the last five years, including Some 31 Irish couples 18 sets of twins. opted to adopt an embryo at But a study carried out the clinic in their attempt by the clinic, which will be to have a baby and the presented at the Fertility remaining 26 couples 2011 Congress in Dublin underwent IVF with their this week, reveals how a own sperm and eggs. new technique for examin- A specialised Fish ing embryos before they are technique, pioneered at the implanted in the womb Institut Marquès, is now more than doubles the being applied to analyse all chance of women of embryo chromosomes in a advanced maternal age single cell to identify which becoming pregnant. embryos derived from IVF The number of Irish are healthy enough for patients at the clinic, which transfer to the uterus of the specialises in the diagnosis woman. and treatment of couples More than 400 experts with long-standing unex- in fertility are expected plained infertility, has almost to attend Fertility 2011 doubled every year since from today to Friday at 2005 when 12 patients the Dublin Convention received fertility treatment. Centre.