Q: I want to pursue IVF or other fertility medical treatments. Should I delay care during the COVID-19 pandemic?A: It is very hard to deal with uncertainty, especially when you are pursuing the dream of family and unexpected challenges are in the way. Currently, the U.S. is a patchwork of different federal, state and local regulations and recommendations that may make starting or continuing your medical treatment difficult. In many states, the governor or state legislature has restricted fertility clinics from performing medical procedures such as IVF during the pandemic, and have even imposed fines and penalties for healthcare providers who violate the laws.
While ASRM vigorously advocates for fertility care and reproduction as an essential right, there are considerable risks to your health should you become exposed to COVID-19. Fertility care requires interaction with many individuals and any person-to-person interactions increase the likelihood that you may become infected. In most cases, ASRM recommends postponing infertility care until after the crisis passes to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 because the virus can cause you to become very sick, requiring prolonged hospitalization or even death. Until the peak of the crisis is past, the ASRM COVID-19 Task Force recommends:
- Postponing oocyte retrievals
- Postponing embryo transfers
- Postponing diagnostic tests