A Message for Patients from The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology

(updated September 12, 2020)

The goal of this communication is to help give patients a clear understanding of the ASRM COVID19 Task Force guidance.   For more information, please refer to: https://www.reproductivefacts.org/news-and-publications/covid-19-resources-for-patients/.

We understand 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.

The ASRM COVID-19 Task Force is providing recommendations regarding how physicians and their medical practices that offer fertility care should proceed given the COVID-19 pandemic. The Task Force is updating these recommendations frequently.  This communication from SART and ASRM 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?

I want to pursue IVF or other fertility medical treatments. Should I delay care during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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?

When can I resume fertility and medical treatment?

I think I am pregnant; should I get the ultrasound and lab testing to confirm the pregnancy?

I have been diagnosed with cancer and chemotherapy is recommended. Can I still attempt to freeze my eggs (or sperm if male)?

If I get sick or test positive for COVID-19, when is it safe to become pregnant?

I’m pregnant. Is there a risk that a COVID-19 infection will affect my pregnancy outcome?

What is the risk that a COVID-19 infection will affect my unborn child?

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



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