On 29th May three major professional societies – the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) – released a joint statement on the provision of fertility care during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Stating that ASRM, ESHRE and IFFS have come together to jointly affirm the importance for continued reproductive care during the Covid-19 pandemic, the societies noted that ‘reproduction is an essential human right that exists regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or country of origin’.
They identified the following essential principals for reproductive medicine care in the age of Covid-19, recommending that reproductive medicine professionals should continue to:
- Advocate for the well-being of patients.
- Monitor local conditions, including prevalence of disease, status of government or state regulations, and availability of resources.
- Implement proactive risk assessment within their practices.
- Prioritise care and judiciously allocate use of limited resources using medical criteria.
- Counsel patients about all options, including deferring evaluation and treatment.
- Adhere to active risk mitigation strategies to reduce the risk of viral transmission.
- Develop clear and codified plans to ensure the ability to provide care while maximising the safety of their patients and staff.
- Remain informed and stay current regarding new medical findings.
- Develop or refine robust emergency plans.
- Be prepared to interrupt medical treatment if conditions warrant discontinuation.