As the new COVID-19 waves of infection incur new challenges on our healthcare system and the governments strive to vaccinate everyone, couples undergoing IVF treatments have had their own set of concerns. With the novelty of the coronavirus and insufficient research on its effect on fertility, many couples planning their IVF treatment in Dombivli and around Mumbai have raised questions about their fertility treatment plans.
If you are one of them, this article will help you know the answers to most, if not all, of the basic questions related to COVID-19 and infertility and give you a clear idea of what you should and should not do during the pandemic.
Should I Delay My IVF Treatment To After The Pandemic Ends?
The first point to note here is that healthy adults in their reproductive age aren’t considered in the high-risk group of COVID infection. However, anyone can get infected if mandatory precautions aren’t followed.
Many IVF clinics, including Akruti IVF center in Dombivli, are taking all the necessary precautions to protect you at the clinic. All the necessary tests, such as blood tests, ultrasounds, semen sample collection, etc., are readily performed with utmost hygiene and safety due to the criticality of the process.
Clinical laboratories also have a HEPA filtration system that maintains air quality, infection control, and rigorous hygiene at all times. All in all, the risk of COVID transmission among couples, doctors, staff, or even through embryos, eggs, or sperm samples is next to impossible.
So our suggestion is to continue your IVF treatments or consult an expert to start them if you haven’t already.
Is It Safe To Take Covid-19 Vaccines While Undergoing Ivf Treatments Or While Being Pregnant?
A large-scale study of about 20,000 pregnant patients from the USA who have been vaccinated has shown that the vaccines do not pose ant known threat to pregnant women. As for patients with infertility, many experts have confirmed that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people undergoing IVF treatments. However, we still suggest that you consult your infertility specialist in Thane before having your vaccinations to ensure that your specific infertility treatments won’t be affected.
Also, do not be worried about planning pregnancy immediately after getting your vaccines, as it won’t have any negative effects on the baby or the mother.
Can The Coronavirus Or Its Vaccinations Reduce Fertility?
No study has shown that COVID-19 infection or Covid vaccines can reduce fertility or affect one’s fertility factors in any way. However, IVF specialists will not carry out any IVF treatment in a patient who tests positive.
To ensure every patient’s safety, our IVF specialist in Thane suggests two RT PCR tests: first, at least a week before the procedures, and second, before starting the procedure. If the patient tests positive in any of these, the IVF procedures can be postponed until the patient recovers completely.
What Precautions Should I Follow While Undergoing IVF Treatments During The Pandemic?
The chances of COVID infections in infertility patients are similar to that of anyone else. Hence, you have to follow all the suggested safety precautions while visiting your IVF hospital in Thane or any other location. We would like to revise those precautions as follows:
Wear a single non-fabric or double mask when visiting the clinic or any public place.
Frequently wash and sanitize your hands when traveling between home and the clinic.
Opt for video consultations if visiting the clinic isn’t necessary.
Clean and disinfect all items that you bring in from the outside.
Maintain a 3 to 6 feet distance from others while at the clinic.
At Akruti IVF, we have been adding extra layers of safety at our clinic since the beginning of the pandemic. We have strived to integrate all possible safety measures into our readily safe treatment process, right from all-time PPE gears for doctors, contactless sample collection methods, and strict patient management to video consultation sessions.
If you have more questions regarding infertility and the pandemic, feel free to reach out to our infertility specialist in Thane through WhatsApp or email any time.