How the SpermComet® could be the key to your longed for family

So this week the SpermComet® team were delighted to learn the journey of Brid and Patrick; recent Galway Fertility Clinic patients who, with the help of the SpermComet® test, achieved their dream of starting a family.

Like 1 in 6 couples in the UK, after a year of trying to conceive Brid and Patrick were unsuccessful and decided to visit a fertility specialist in order to start investigating their fertility.

At the Galway Fertility Clinic, Fertility Consultant Dr Egan, found that there were a number of factors that may have been impacting their results. Patrick was found to have a poor sperm count and anti-sperm antibodies and Brid was diagnosed with Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCO) in addition to fibroids in her uterus.

The first issues that Dr Egan decided to deal with was surgery to remove the fibroids and after recovery the couple prepared themselves for their first round of IVF treatment.

During the procedure two eggs fertilised and developed on to become embryos and these were transferred into the uterus but after two weeks Brid and Patrick took a pregnancy test and unfortunately the treatment had not been successful.

On returning to the Galway Fertility Centre Dr Egan decided that instead of rushing into another round of IVF it would be beneficial to examine what was going on INSIDE Patrick’s sperm in a bid to find out why the couple had low levels of fertilisation.

A frozen sample was then sent to us at Lewis Fertility Testing, where we tested the sample for DNA damage. Results found that Patrick had what is considered to have high DNA damage with a result of 54%. Those who fall under this bracket are advised that they have a high risk of failure with IVF treatment.

After further treatment and yet another heart breaking negative result Brid and Patrick  decided to improve their diet and lose weight in a bid to improve their fertility.

On receiving Patrick’s repeat SpermComet® test results it was clear that the couples efforts had paid off and the level of damage had decreased to 20%! At SpermComet® this amount of damage is not classed as a significant problem and should not have an  effect on getting pregnant..

With this new result came new confidence and the Galway clinic decided to try one more time!

On this occasion 11 mature eggs were collected, and seven fertilised. The couples anxiously awaited the daily call from the embryologist to give them an update on the progress of their embryos.

Jenny Cloherty, Lab directory in Galway fertility Clinic explains how the use of the time lapse camera inside the incubator helped to keep track of the embryo development. “In Brid and Patrick’s cycle we decided to keep their embryos until day 5 to make sure they became blastocysts, and in the end had four good quality blastocysts.”

“We transferred the two best embryos and froze the other two in liquid nitrogen for a later cycle.”

At last to the shock of the couple, Brid recorded a positive pregnancy test .The early pregnancy scan carried out by the midwife in Galway Fertility Clinic a few weeks later gave them the reassurance of seeking a pregnancy sac with a foetal heart.

Their little girl Isabel is now almost one year old, and the couple can hardly remember life without her.

Professor Lewis’ comment on the story:

– We really do love hearing success stories from our clients and partner clinics – Its why we do what we do! Patrick and Brid are a perfect example of how the SpermComet® can help couples in their ART journey. Best wishes to all who read this and we hope your fertility journey is just as successful”


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