A Message for Patients from The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology

The goal of this communication is to help give patients a clear understanding of the March 17 ASRM COVID-19 Task Force guidance. 

SART knows that it can be devastating for people who have been trying to build their families to now have to delay treatment due to COVID-19.

On March 17, 2020, recommendations were released for how physicians and their medical practices that offer fertility care should proceed with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Most medical societies in the U.S. have been offering guidance to their members over the past 5-10 days.  This communication from SART is a frequently asked questions (FAQ) on those Recommendations for current and future patients who need fertility medical treatments. This document will be continuously updated with more FAQ’s and revisions to responses if new information becomes available. We encourage you to contact SART at sart@asrm.org

Will postponing my care affect my ability to have a child?

I hear that elective medical procedures in my geographic area are supposed to stop; are IVF and other fertility treatments considered “elective”?

Can my clinic prevent me from getting infected by screening patients and staff?

Is there a risk that my cycle could be cancelled if I proceed with treatment now?

Are my frozen embryos, eggs, or sperm safe?

Should I take steps to avoid pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic?

What can I do now?

This is really hard for me to handle. What resources are available to me?



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