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Mar 18

COVID-19 and Fertility

For those of you undergoing treatments for fertility and pregnancy, we understand what you must be going through during this time of heightened uncertainty. We feel that dispelling the myths and providing you with evidence-based, updated information is the best way to empower ourselves as a community. There is an overwhelming amount of information available on the internet, some more useful than others. We have sifted through it to provide you with the most relevant information below:

For Patients Who Are Currently Pregnant

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) practice advisory very little is known about the effect of COVID-19 on pregnant women and infants. The good news so far is that newborns of infected mothers have not tested positive for the virus. However, since pregnant women, in general, are at greater risk of severe complications from similar illnesses, please continue to exercise caution and practice social distancing.

There is not a whole lot of evidence-based information regarding pregnancy and COVID-19 at this time, but we will do our best to keep you informed as we find out more information.

Study published on February 12th: Clinical characteristics and intrauterine vertical transmission potential of COVID-19 infection in nine pregnant women: a retrospective review of medical records

  • This study looked at the medical records of 9 mothers and their newborns. Amniotic fluid, cord blood, neonatal throat swab, and breastmilk samples all tested negative for the virus.

Study published on March 26th: Antibodies in Infants Born to Mothers With COVID-19

  • This study was performed on 6 mothers and and their newborns. The babies had antibodies to the virus at the time of birth.

For Patients Planning for Pregnancy

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has issued new guidelines specifically for patients undergoing fertility treatments. Here’s what that may mean for you and your care moving forward.

If You Have Not Yet Started a Cycle

If you have not yet begun a stimulation cycle using oral or injectable medications or starting an IUI, IVF retrieval or a frozen embryo transfer, ASRM recommends that your cycle be postponed. ASRM is recommending that clinics suspend all elective surgeries and non-urgent diagnostic procedures. In the meantime, you can continue with nutritional supplementation and herbal formulations in support of when you can resume treatment.

If You Are Currently “In-Cycle”

If you are already “in-cycle”, ASRM is recommending clinics continue to provide individualized care. The guidelines state, however, that if you have not yet performed an IVF transfer, the current recommendation is for all clinics to strongly consider canceling or postponing both fresh and frozen embryo transfers until further notice. If you have already transferred and are awaiting the next steps, it is encouraged to minimize in-person interactions and instead take advantage of telemedicine options such as phone and video consultations.

As of now, we are doing our part to decrease the rate of spread of the virus and to keep you as safe as we can. We will continue to update you with information as it surfaces. If you have any questions or concerns, know that we are here for you and please do not hesitate to reach out.

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