Stopping fertility treatment for Covid-19

At this point in the Covid-19 global pandemicThe British Fertility Society (BFS), American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) have issued advice that no one should start any new fertility treatment cycles at this time.

This advice, which was not issued lightly, comes during the worst public health crisis in more than a century

In light of the lack of information on the effects of Covid-19 on embryos and pregnancy, it is their view that all fertility treatment cycles should be halted.

While this is a serious decision made for the public good, those struggling with infertility will no doubt be disappointed.

In addition to fears over the health of their loved ones and the state of the world in general, women scheduled to undergo treatments are reporting the feeling of hopelessness and upset at the news.

The global pandemic has restricted movement, devastated the economy, and worried people around the world

More coronavirus cases are on their way and there is no end in sight. This leaves those with fertility issues in limbo as their cycles and appointments are put on indefinite hold.

At IVFbabble we plan to keep you up to date with the latest news and publish articles about the real life experiences of women and men who are struggling to conceive, and their emotions during this pandemic

If you would like to share how you are dealing with what’s happening right now, we would love to hear from you. We are all so much stronger together.

We will be with you every step of the way through this pandemic, providing information and support for anyone dealing with infertility . . . and send everyone so much love

For now though, here is the summary of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines and to find out more from ASRM visit here

For anyone planning to start a cycle

Anyone planning to begin a stimulation cycle or start an IUI, IVF retrieval or a frozen embryo transfer, your cycle should be postponed.

For anyone planning an IVF transfer

Anyone planning an IVF transfer should cancel or postpone their fresh or frozen embryo transfer.

For anyone who is the middle of a cycle

If you have already started your cycle (or you are classified as belonging to a very small exception category), the ASRM and BFS are suggesting that individualised care continue, on a case-by-case basis.

For anyone with an upcoming procedure or appointment scheduled

The recommendations state that the clinics should suspend all non-urgent procedures. Certain appointments can be conducted online via video chat.

 

Have you had your IVF or IUI cycle paused or cancelled? Please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you and to share your story with others who are feeling so alone through these testing times

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