Will I need to be tested for COVID-19 to move forward with fertility treatment?
Possibly - we're requiring all patients who are undergoing anesthesia to be tested for the disease (procedures like egg retrievals and other surgeries). Why? Because COVID-19 compromises your respiratory system, and anesthesia can exacerbate that.
Do I have to wear a mask in the office?
Yes, and unfortunately, we cannot let you in the office without one. If you cannot find one to purchase, they are easy to make at home! See our how-to video here.
Are you conducting all appointments in the office now?
We are still using video conferencing for all new patient appointments, nutrition counseling, genetic counseling, emotional support, and fertility coaching. All testing, bloodwork, procedures, and other in-person necessities will be conducted in the appropriate office.
Is my spouse allowed to come to the appointment with me?
Unfortunately, we cannot allow anyone other than the patient into our offices at this time. Of course, spouses and other support persons can attend your telehealth consultations, but for in-office visits, they will need to stay home.
How do I know your office is safe?
That is our top concern, too. Your health and safety, as well as our staff's, is of utmost importance. We are screening our entire staff for signs of COVID-19 every day and are also screening all patients that enter the building. Upon arrival for your appointment, we will ask about your contact with the disease and any symptoms you may be experiencing. Additionally, we will take your temperature, and then finally, we will ask you to wash your hands. As mentioned above, we are also requiring everyone in the office to wear a mask.
If I become pregnant and then acquire COVID-19, will the baby be in danger?
Presently, there is no evidence that you cannot or should not be pregnant during the COVID-19 outbreak. According to preliminary research, a fetus appears unaffected if a mother acquires COVID-19. But we’ll be completely honest, this is all very new. This research is based on a very small number of women and more information is needed to be sure of anything. However, the initial rounds of results are looking promising for pregnant women everywhere. ASRM and the CDC recommend avoiding pregnancy if you or your partner has COVID-19 or have been exposed simply because of the unknowns, not because of any foreseen adverse reactions.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or, at least two of these symptoms:
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
*This list does not include all possible symptoms. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately and stay at home.
Should I be nervous?
As a fertility patient, you’ve heard the term “just relax” so many times, you’ve lost count. So, we will never tell you to not be nervous, or to calm down. This outbreak is a big deal, and it seems like it’s all anyone talks about. We completely understand your concerns. What we will say, though, is that we’re here for you.
Please know that we would never advise you to do something you’re not comfortable with or something that’s contraindicated. We are in your corner and are keeping up with the science, technology, and health risks of it all so that we can best care for you and your needs.