All our clinics in Spain are open and our patients have gradually resumed their treatments after evaluating each individual case.
It is worth noting that for an important group of our patients, reproductive treatment is an urgent need in order to achieve their goal of becoming mothers, since time has a very negative impact on their fertility.
Right from the start, IVI has focused on guaranteeing the safety of its patients and staff, which is why we have taken protective measures that we ask you to follow, and which will be adapted to the current situation of the pandemic at any given time.
SARS-CoV-2 is likely to be with us for a long time, with varying effects on our society, and we know that delaying treatment for a long time can have a negative effect on certain groups of infertile patients. Some patients cannot wait to start treatment.
Spontaneous pregnancy has not been contraindicated by any scientific society nor is sexual intercourse considered a possible mode of transmission of the virus at present.
In Spain, according to the Spanish Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, pregnant women may contract the disease in a mild or asymptomatic way as is the case with around 80% of the general population. There is also no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy is associated with an increased incidence of medical or obstetric problems. Although there are risk factors that may be associated with increased complications of COVID-19 during pregnancy, including: chronic high blood pressure, obesity and pre-gestational diabetes.
Is the possibility of an online consultation still available?
The first online visit was already a reality at IVI, we had been preparing for telemedicine for a long time, but now more than ever, the first online visit is here to stay. All those patients who wish to do so can make their first visit online, with an on-site follow-up and extension of tests (diagnostic pack). As always, you can request a first visit, online or in person, either on our website or on our telephone number (900 847 300).
What should I do before I get to the clinic? Preventive measures
From November 23, 2020 all travellers entering Spanish territory from a high-risk country must provide a negative PCR test. You can check with your country’s authorities if its situation requires you to take this test, which must be carried out up to 72 hours before your entry into Spain and will be accepted both on paper and in digital format. At this time, antigen tests are NOT valid for this purpose.
At IVI, with regard to treatments, both the PCR and the antigen test will be considered valid for carrying out any type of reproduction treatment in Spain.
In order to maximize security measures at clinics to avoid internal outbreaks and infection of patients and staff, these are the prevention measures we ask patients to take before entering the clinic:
Once inside the clinic
Will I have any diagnostic tests done before I start treatment?
IVI’s aim is to provide maximum safety for both patients and our employees during the treatments. For this reason, in addition to the measures already mentioned, we are going to carry out antigen detection tests for COVID on all patients who will be starting treatment and shortly before performing the surgical procedure to obtain the eggs during an IVF cycle or before embryo transfer or insemination. Antigen detection is a rapid test with a highly reliable result in about 15 minutes. In the case of foreign patients who are required by the authorities to provide a negative PCR before entering Spanish territory (maximum 72 hours), this test will be considered valid.
Is there any risk of my genetic material being infected in the laboratories?
No. So far, what we know from current publications is that it is very unlikely that the virus could be found in eggs or sperm.
In addition, all our laboratories are prepared to work with type 2 infectious agents, such as SARS-CoV-2 so there would be no risk at this point.
Dear patient, we must avoid at all costs our daily activities leading to a new increase in the number of infections and patients. For this reason, at IVI we are taking all the necessary measures recommended by scientific and evidence-based organisations.
Help us to comply with these measures!