In Ireland, up to 3,000 babies are born each year as a result of and other hi-tech interventions,with eight assisted human reproductive clinics offering a range of fertility treatments, from IVF to egg freezing and artificial insemination.
Irish couples who desperately want to start a family are going to Spain, Denmark and the Czech Republic Fertility Clinics, joined by same-sex couples as well as single women who want to conceive before it is too late.
One in six people in Ireland is affected by fertility issues and almost 8,000 Irish couples undergo fertility treatment every year, the National Infertility Support and Information Group (NISIG) has said.
With a one-in-five infertility rate, more Irish couples are turning to in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). Treatments include IVF, sperm donation, donor egg treatment, reproductive immunology, and EEVA, the early embryo viability assessment test.