An expert on reproductive health and the Catholic Church, Dr Nicola Seminara, has published a research paper on the role of fertilisation in the fertilisation of eggs.
Dr Seminaras research was based on data collected by a US clinic.
The US study was commissioned by the US government in 2014 to monitor fertility rates in the US and was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The study analysed the relationship between fertilisation rate and number of IVF cycles.
Dr Shamsuddin Chaudhry, a fertility specialist at the Mayo Clinic, said that the US study had several methodological flaws.
Dr Chaudhrry said: “They have no data on the quality of IVFs that were used to obtain the data.”
And they had no information on IVF procedures.
“There was no data about how many embryos were produced or how many were transferred.”
They have never told us what the quality is of these IVF clinics, nor have we been told the number of embryos transferred and how many transferred embryos were transferred.
“The Irish Times understands that Dr Seminaro had been working with the US clinic since 2014.
Dr Paul Farrell, professor of reproductive health at St Mary’s College, Dublin, said:”We’re aware of this paper and we are not aware of any similar data, so we’ll wait and see what happens in this case.”
If they have some kind of data on IVFs, then we will certainly look into it.”
Dr Semineas research has been published in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility and is available to download here.