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Clinical FAQ: The latest fertility & ART guidance

April 24, 2020

This has been a particularly challenging few months for those trying to conceive. Ovia Health has received a number of fertility and ART questions from our community. We’ve collected the most asked questions here for our clinical team to answer as they monitor the latest fertility and ART information.

Why is my fertility clinic delaying/cancelling treatments if I don’t have COVID-19? How long will this delay last?

To slow the spread of COVID-19 and reserve the medical system’s limited resources for the most critical situations, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommended in March that all fertility treatments that weren’t “essential” be postponed. In many localities, non-urgent treatment cycles still haven't started. And embryo transfers and non-emergency diagnostics procedures aren’t taking place. In better news, the spread of COVID-19 and the resulting pressure on the health care system has lessened recently in some areas. On April 24, ASRM provided new guidance to fertility clinics to help them decide whether they are ready to resume some or all fertility treatments, based on their local situation and resources. Updates are posted for the public here when they become available. Stay in touch with your clinic for the latest information.

Understandably, getting pregnant – especially after a long wait or enduring difficult procedures and/or losses – may be your top priority, and this is painful news to hear. You can stay up-to-date here.

Is there any medical reason why I’m not getting my treatments right now? Is it risky to get pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic?

There is currently no clinical evidence to suggest that people should avoid becoming pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you do become pregnant, the availability of prenatal care will look a bit different. You can read more about this here.

Facing infertility and fertility treatments was hard enough. Having treatments delayed or cancelled is stretching my emotions to the limit. Where can I turn for specialized support with this?

The National Infertility Association (RESOLVE) is an excellent starting point for finding support and guidance during this challenging time. In addition to their free HelpLine, they offer a COVID-19 Resource Center with information and webinars that may speak to what you’re going through, from “How to cope with the news that your cycle was postponed” to virtual support groups that are continuing to meet while social distancing.

I need time-sensitive sexual or reproductive health care (e.g., birth control, STD testing, abortion services). What should I do?

If you don’t have a primary care physician or OB/GYN (or if you have one but don’t currently wish to use them), Planned Parenthood is a great option. Planned Parenthood is using telemedicine like phone and video appointments to expand access to these sorts of services during COVID-19. In most places, urgent procedures and visits are still taking place with the appropriate precautions in place to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Appointments can be scheduled by phone or on their website.