We are all aware that the Covid 19 is changing the way we are living and you are likely wondering how this will affect your infertility treatment. Some of you have heard reports that the Surgeon General is recommending that hospitals cancel elective surgeries, and for IVF centers that are attached to or are part of a larger hospital system, they need to reduce patient load to free up anesthesiologists to care for the ill. The Reproductive Health Center might be similarly affected as the virus moves through our community, and anesthesia for procedures is difficult to get.
The Reproductive Health Center is continuing to evaluate and treat patients and IVF cycles are, at the current time, continuing as scheduled. Please be assured, that we will not start IVF cycles if we believe we will not have the medical staff to safely and effectively complete the cycles. We will also discuss with you the right timing for your embryo transfer, as some of you may prefer to wait until we have more information about the spread of the virus before your transfer.
We are also practicing social distancing and are requesting that patients do not use our waiting room, but rather wait in their cars (we can text you when we are ready for you) or outside the building (the weather has been lovely) until we come get you for your appointment. We are also sanitizing all exam rooms and surfaces in the office regularly. We are also happy to do fertility evaluations over the phone or through a Tele-medicine application (call the office for details). And, of course, we request that if you are sick you call us to cancel your appointments.
So what about Covid 19 and pregnancy? Given that pregnancy is considered an immunocompromised state, we are being very careful and cautious with our patients as the disease severity may be increased in pregnant patients. Fortunately, mother to child transmission (during pregnancy or birth ) has not yet been identified with ongoing studies reporting that babies delivered of mothers with the virus do not show evidence of viral transmission. Again, as new information becomes available, we may alter our decisions about embryo transfer and pregnancy.
Our advice for patients is to:
- Stay healthy, wash your hands after being anywhere that someone else has touched anything, and wash for 20 seconds.
- Embrace social distancing
- Avoid being around others who are sick
- Avoid unnecessary travels
- Remain calm and optimistic and stay informed with verified news sources (don’t always trust social sites for news)
- Understand that if you do become ill, we will postpone your treatment cycle.