For many women and men around the world, coronavirus has stoked the fear that they are allowing their chance to have a baby slip through their fingers.
While some industry experts are hopeful that treatments may be able to resume within a few months time, others are not so optimistic. Some say that fertility treatments might be put on hold for 6 months or longer. In most cases fertility treatments are classified as ‘elective treatments,’ which have been suspended across much of the world.
As fertility treatments are cancelled or postponed indefinitely, people are speaking out about their distress and panic.
Shalako and Luke Zuvich are a Perth couple who have been trying to have a baby for 5 years
Shalako suffers from a chromosomal condition called Turner syndrome, which means that she likely faces an early menopause. She says, “I’ve wanted to be a Mum since I was 10 and I’ve spent the last five years sinking everything into it. So my time, money, everything into trying IVF.”
As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, her first IVF appointment was cancelled. “I was heartbroken. Devastated. Waiting for a few months isn’t an option for us,” Shalako says.
Brisbane’s Gloria Quiroga has been taking fertility medications for months to prepare her body for IVF, but her IVF treatment has been postponed
This is predicted to be at least until May, but likely to be longer. She feels like she is in limbo. “I’m doing this treatment that is so hard for my body. It is a very strong drug with very strong side effects. I wonder if I continue? Do I not continue?
“It’s so stressful for me. And I’m 39-years-old and I just feel that this situation has put me under additional stress. As you get older, your chances of conceiving reduce. I’ve been trying for four years to have my second child.”
Dr Paul Atkinson is the medical director of Adora Fertility in Brisbane. He revealed that while his clinic is completing treatment for about 1,000 women in the middle of cycles, they cannot “ethically” begin new cycles for women like Ms Zuvich or Ms Quiroga at this time during the epidemic.
“We made the difficult but ethically responsible decision to not start new cycles during this acute phase because the trajectory of this pandemic indicates that in two to four weeks’ time the risks to patients will be too high,” Dr Atkinson explained.
“We are also protecting the health and well-being of our staff and their families, prioritising the resources for front-line health services and doing our part to help the wider community effort to get this pandemic back under control.”
While everyone is hoping that this medical crisis is in hand within a month or two, the reality is that fertility treatments could be suspended for a year or longer
In the meantime, countless women and couples are in limbo, suffering as their hopes to start or grow a family are put on hold indefinitely.
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