Newbridge couple on TV3 programme on fertility treatments

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Newbridge couple on TV3 programme on fertility treatments
14:35 Friday 22nd of September 2017

A Co Kildare couple will feature on The Babymakers on TV3 on Monday at 9pm

The third episode introduces Newbridge couple Fiona and Eoghan.

One in six Irish couples struggle with fertility in their desire to complete their families.

Over the course of one year, 'The Babymakers' follows six couples across Ireland as they go through different fertility treatments at one of Ireland’s most established IVF clinics.

In episode three, we get introduced to Newbridge couple Fiona and Eoghan. We meet a few days into their IVF cycle.

Fiona has a huge needle phobia and often cries and screams during the numerous daily injections she must take to stimulate the growth of her eggs.

Their first cycle is cancelled due to Fiona's poor response to injections; and they brave a second cycle.

Eggs are collected, but the following morning the embryologist in the lab has to call them with the terrible news that no embryos have been created as Fiona's eggs and Eoghan's sperm did not mix at all. This happens in less than 5% of cases.

We also meet the only same sex couple to feature in the series, Emma and Bianca. Emma will undergo the IUI procedure, which means injection of donor sperm as well as having to take injections in advance to make her more fertile for a very specific date for IUI. We see them go through the process of finding the right donor sperm, browsing donor sperm websites in Denmark and the US to find the right match. They also discuss the future conversations they will have with their child about how it came to be. Emma goes through injections to finally reach the IUI and two weeks later they take the pregnancy test - which is positive and confirmed by the clinic the next day.

The Babymakers is on TV3 Monday 25th September at 9pm.

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