I am about to start my fertility cycle (IUI or IVF) - should I cancel?
If you are healthy and virus-free, you should consider continuing treatment. However, at this time, guidelines are changing quickly, so we recommend that you call your physician and / or care team to discuss how to move forward.
Presently, there is no evidence that you cannot or should not be pregnant during the COVID-19 outbreak. However, if you are feeling ill (having a fever and/or cough), you should postpone your treatment. We can pick it right back up once you are healthy again.
I'm in the middle of my fertility cycle (IUI or IVF) - should I cancel due to COVID-19?
Similar to the above, if you are healthy and virus-free, you are safe to continue treatment, so long as your physician and care-team authorized you to do so. However, if you are ill or have been in direct contact with someone with COVID-19, we recommend cycle cancellation.
If I become pregnant and then acquire COVID-19, will the baby be in danger?
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 simply because of the unknowns, not because of any foreseen adverse reactions.
Should I come in for my appointment?
Most of our appointments have moved to telemedicine, with the exception of morning monitoring, which we now required to be scheduled through your care team until further notice.
We are doing everything in our power to keep our office a safe space so that we can ensure the best care to you, our patient. For those who are planning next steps, we are also offering virtual appointments during this time.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the CDC, the symptoms you should be on the lookout for are the following:
- Shortness of breath
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately and stay at home.
Additionally, if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, please seek medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
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. No matter what you decide to do.
Please know that we would never advise you to do something you’re not comfortable with or something that’s contraindicated. If your preferred method is to wait, let’s wait. If you want to continue on, let’s continue on. 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.