As if infertility wasn’t already stressful enough; the COVID-19 pandemic has definitely increased the stress on those trying to conceive. At GENESIS, the safety and health of our patients and staff are very important to us. We are exploring ways to take care of our patients while reducing the risk of spreading the virus.
Recently the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) made some major recommendations for fertility doctors & patients in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. You can read through all their guidelines here, but below we’ll give you their key recommendations and what it may mean for you.
Patients Planning to Start a New Treatment Cycle
Patients Planning an IVF Transfer
ASRM has recommended clinics to strongly consider cancelling or postponing all IVF transfers, whether fresh or frozen, until further notice.
Patients Currently “In-Cycle”
If you are already “in-cycle” or require urgent fertility treatment, ASRM is recommending clinics continue to provide individualized care.
All elective surgeries and non-urgent diagnostic procedures are recommended to wait until the COVID-19 pandemic diminishes.
Patients with Scheduled Appointments
To minimize in-person interactions, one method recommended by federal authorities and the ASRM, is to provide healthcare through video conferences. GENESIS has been using telehealth for several years. If you are scheduled for a follow-up appointment, rest assured you can still see your physician – virtually!
For over a decade GENESIS has been using electronic medical records (EMRs). A new digital chart is created for every patient, linking all information about her with that of her partner, as appropriate. The complete medical history, fertility assessment, physician notes and treatment plans are all documented electronically. This makes video conferencing very convenient for patients. Plus partners and family members can attend the consult from multiple locations.
Not yet a patient?
Infertility does not discriminate and people struggling with infertility still need answers. At GENESIS we want to keep people better informed about the journey ahead of them; so when social distancing is over they can be ready to move forward confidently. To do this, we are also seeing new patients using video conferencing.
We realize these new recommendations could potentially have a huge impact on your family building plans. You may feel disappointed or confused. But, as always, GENESIS is here for anyone needing answers. Our mission is to help patients realize the dream of parenthood. We are all in this together and will get through this difficult time.