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A Complete Guide to COVID-19 for Fertility Patients

Last reviewed: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 

A Note from Your RMA of CT Family

We are constantly updating this page 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 our latest video below from Dr. Cynthia Murdock on all of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines, vaccine safety for patients trying to conceive or pregnant, and much more. 

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

As the world begins to open back up, we are continuing to take COVID-19 seriously, and want you to know we are prioritizing the safety of all our patients and staff. 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.

Office Hours

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

Danbury, Trumbull & Harrison:
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's the difference between Pfizer/Moderna vs Johnson & Johnson vaccines?

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/support person 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?

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

How might all of this impact my 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 protocols.

  • Masks must still be worn by all patients and support persons for the duration of your visit. 
  • Please practice social distancing in our waiting rooms to keep everyone safe.
  • Morning monitoring is 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 for morning monitoring, 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.
  • For surgical procedures, one parter/support person is allowed to accompany you and remain in the reception area during your procedure.
  • For embryo transfers, one masked support person is permitted in the room with you. (Gestational carrier and intended parent cases are the only exceptions.)
  • For the following appointment types: IUI, and all ultrasound appointments including SHG and pregnancy ultrasounds, one masked support person can accompany you in the exam room. (Gestational carrier and intended parent cases are the only exceptions.)
  • At this time, we're recommending that patients leave children at home for scheduled in-office appointments out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19. If you absolutely must bring children to your visit, it is required that everyone wear a mask or face shield, otherwise, we cannot permit you to enter. 
  • 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 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, COVID testing is not needed if you have a vaccination card with proof of full COVID vaccination (must be two weeks after your final vaccination date).

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 

      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
  • Clean and disinfect your work area and home 
  • Practice social distancing when possible and if you choose to travel, do it safely
  • Know if you are in or around an at-risk population (ex: older adults and people who are immuno-compromised) as those need to be even more vigilant 

 

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:


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