18 March 2020

Coronavirus and Assisted Reproduction: Next steps

By the Editorial Comitee IVI Blog

We continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 as we know best: with good judgement, common sense and always prioritizing the health and safety of our patients and society in general. And a fundamental factor in achieving this is information, the key to defining the best way to act and respond to the uncertainty that may arise regarding the combination of coronavirus and assisted reproduction.

For this reason, as you know, we are keeping you up to date of all developments in this situation and how this health alert can affect your process, because you have our full support and involvement to offer you all the tools available, always in accordance with the health authorities’ recommendations.

In this sense, the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF) states:

Given the current regulations in our country with the declaration of the state of alert, which involves making the health facilities in our country available to the community and restricting the mobility of the population, the SEF advises a reduction of activity in Spanish reproduction centres.

Given the circumstances and adhering to this recommendation, we have opened a special telephone line, 900 924 577, to answer any questions that may arise in this regard. You can also find constantly updated information on our corporate channels, where, in addition, you can share with us any questions or concerns, which we will respond to as quickly as possible.

We inform you of the minimum services offered at this time at our clinics, maintaining:

  • IVF and egg donation cycles that have already started. At this point, we recommend vitrifying the embryos and not transferring until the critical peak of the spread of COVID-19 has passed.
  • Gestational visits that are already scheduled.
  • Medical emergencies of patients who need to attend the clinic.

Ceased until further notice:

  • The start of all assisted reproduction treatment.
  • Artificial insemination cycles that have already started. In these cases, the physician in charge of the treatment will contact the patients.
  • Any type of embryo transfer. In those scheduled, the physician in charge will contact the patients.
  • All visits to the centre, which will now take place online.

Above all, we would like to thank you for your trust at this time and we remind you that in our FAQ’s you can find answers to some of the most common questions about coronavirus and pregnancy.

How can COVID-19 affect pregnancy?

As explained by ESHRE, the largest European institution on assisted reproduction, although no negative effects have been demonstrated so far, it is recommended to let the wave of COVID-19 pass before seeking to get pregnant.

We will continue to keep you up to date!

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