COVID-19 & Fertility Treatment - Your Questions Answered

Following the latest government statements and commonly asked questions from our patients, we have updated our list of FAQs to reassure and guide our patients.

Can fertility treatment still go ahead in lockdown?

Following the announcement of a second national lockdown beginning 5th November, the HFEA have advised that fertility clinics may continue to safely provide treatment to patients, provided internal policies are updated in line with the latest guidance. The national guidance coming in effect on 5th November includes permission to be outside your home “for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies.”

Are virtual appointments still in place?

Where appropriate some aspects of your treatment may be carried out remotely via Zoom in order to limit the number of visits to the clinic. These may include initial consultations and appointments for consenting and medications teaches for IVF treatment.

Can my partner attend scan appointments with me?

Currently we are limiting the number of people within the clinic itself so whilst your partner may travel to the clinic with you we would ask that they wait outside the building for the duration of your appointment.

Do I need to have a Covid-19 test before starting IVF treatment?

Patients and/or their partners with symptoms of Covid-19 should be advised to have the test and follow the ESHRE published scenario-based recommendations.

  • If patients and/or partners are symptomatic approximately 2 weeks before starting the assisted conception cycle, treatment should be postponed and they should undergo testing.
  • If patients and/or partners are symptomatic and/or positive before starting controlled ovarian stimulation, the treatment cycle should be postponed.
  • If patients and/or partners are symptomatic and/or positive before egg retrieval or embryo transfer, treatment should be postponed or elective embryo freezing performed, respectively.
  • Only patients at high risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome or undergoing fertility preservation for cancer will continue treatment irrespective of symptoms and/or testing but will follow a strict freeze all policy.

What is the current advice for pregnant women?

The RCOG are advising that there is no evidence that pregnant women are more likely to get seriously ill from coronavirus however pregnant women have been included in the list of people at moderate risk as a precaution.

Pregnant women should continue follow the latest government guidance on staying alert and safe (social distancing) and avoid anyone who has symptoms suggestive of Covid-19. If you are in your third trimester (more than 28 weeks’ pregnant) you should be particularly attentive to social distancing.

If you have questions not covered here please do contact us at contact@reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk or on 01925 202180.

Further information is also available on the following websites:

www.hfea.gov.uk
www.rcog.org.uk
www.gov.uk/coronavirus