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Coronavirus Safety, Answers, and Next Steps

A Complete Guide to COVID-19 for Fertility Patients

Last reviewed: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 

A Note from Your RMA of CT Family

We are constantly updating the information below as new mandates and recommendations are supplied by the CDC and CT Department of Health. Make sure you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date on all RMA of CT COVID-19 policies and safety regulations. Check out the video below from our Medical Director, Dr. Mark Leondires, for information on the COVID-19 travel advisory and how we're keeping you safe.

 

 

First and foremost, we want you to know that your health is our number one priority.

We are continuing to take COVID-19 seriously, and our patients’ concerns have been heard. We want to personally thank you all for your patience and cooperation during this time. RMA of CT is staying up to date about the role this virus is playing in our day to day lives, and we are doing everything we can to keep your safety and your fertility treatment our top priority.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Please review the information below for the latest on how the current COVID-19 travel guidelines may relate to your treatment plan.

If you are currently a patient in treatment and live outside of the tri-state area (CT/NY/NJ), you can expect to hear from your care team regarding our most up-to-date protocol to keep your cycle/screening appointment as scheduled. We encourage you to review the complete guide to Connecticut's COVID-19 Travel Advisory, which includes helpful FAQs and a list of states currently affected by this advisory.

Office Hours

Norwalk:
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday - Friday, Weekends by appointment only

Danbury & Trumbull:
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday - Friday

Stamford:
6:45 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday - Friday

Our goal is to do our part in minimizing the spread of the virus while maintaining the needs of our patients.

All visits are by appointment only. No walk-in appointments will be permitted. Please call for an appointment or speak to your nurse or navigator via email or telephone with questions.

Please read through our current policies and procedures below. We do our best to give you all the facts about the status of COVID-19 and keep you up to date.

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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Curious about the COVID-19 vaccine? Let's talk.

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines?

How does the vaccine work?

How effective are the available COVID-19 vaccines?

Does the vaccine cause infertility?

If I am pregnant or trying to conceive, should I get the vaccine?

Policy & Procedure FAQs

Get answers about our current COVID-19 policies, procedures and more.

 

Are you conducting all appointments in the office now?

What should I do when I arrive for my appointment?

Is my partner/spouse allowed to come to the appointment with me?

What are the current RMA of CT mask policies?

Do I have to wear a mask in the office?

How do I know your office is safe?

How might all of this impact my fertility treatment?

Will I need to be tested for COVID-19 to move forward with fertility treatment?

If I become pregnant and then get COVID-19, will the baby be in danger?

Should I be nervous?

In-Office Protocol & Procedures

If you are coming into our office for a scheduled appointment, please take note of the following protocol we are enforcing.

  • Morning monitoring will be by appointment only. The goal is to minimize the number of patients in the waiting room at the same time.
  • Show up on time. Not early, not late. This is to make sure there's no overlapping with our patients, minimizing everyone's exposure to one another. This keeps you safe, as well as the patient before and after your appointment.
  • Upon arrival, please stay in your car. Our check-in process is now via text so as to limit the number of people in the office at one time. Please follow the prompts you will receive on the day of your appointment and only proceed into the office when notified.
  • Male patients producing specimens will be asked to produce off-site and drop off the specimen at a set time. Collection kits with paperwork will be provided.
  • Only patients will be allowed into the Surgical Suite for retrievals and embryo transfers and any scheduled surgeries. We recommend partners wait in a location outside the facility.
  • Only patients should come into the office for their appointment. Unfortunately, partners, children, and other support persons cannot accompany you for any visit to the office or come into the waiting room at this time. We kindly ask that they wait in the car, or outside our office.
  • Upon arrival at the office, everyone (including staff) will be screened. This includes taking your temperature, checking on your history of COVID-19 connections, and asking about any COVID-19 symptoms you may be experiencing. We will also ask you to wash your hands once in the office.
  • Patients will be asked to not come to the office if they have a a cough, fever, shortness of breath or other flu-like symptoms. We also ask that you take your own temperature the morning of your visit, and if it is greater than 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit, please call us to discuss next steps.
  • If you are undergoing any surgical procedures that require anesthesia, you must be tested for COVID-19 several days prior to your procedure. Your clinical team will help you coordinate those details.

If you have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19, please let us know immediately. We ask the same of our staff. If you have been exposed, you most likely will not be able to continue treatment in your current cycle. We apologize in advance, but we must be safe and follow the regulations set up by state and federal agencies.

We understand that some of these changes may be difficult, but they are necessary to keep everyone safe and maintain our ability to continue to provide fertility care.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we navigate the best, safest path forward.

Sincerely,
Your Fertility Care Team
RMA of Connecticut

 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea 

      *This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately and stay at home.

 

Best Preventative Measures

Let’s take every precaution we can so that our patients, staff, and extended families stay safe:

  • When leaving your home, grab a mask and be sure to always keep it on in public settings
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your inner elbow if you sneeze or cough
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid sick individuals, large crowds, and physical contact with others
  • Clean and disinfect your work area and home
  • Avoid non-essential travel and practice social distancing
  • Know if you are in the at-risk population (older adults and people who are immuno-compromised) as those need to be even more vigilant

*Quick note: We are working on innovating our greetings during this time! 🖖🙏👋

 

Resources

If you have a question about your personal health before coming in for a scheduled appointment or morning monitoring, please call your nurse or navigator.

Otherwise, we recommend staying up to date with the following resources:


If you are interested in booking a virtual appointment at this time, but still have a few questions, please call us at 203-956-2265, or click the button below to submit your question(s).

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