Important Information About Covid 19 and Fertility
Covid 19 is in the same family as other Corona Viruses that we have faced and conquered in the past, namely, SARS and MERS. This virus is passed by microdroplets that are expelled when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can live on various services from as little as 30 minutes to 3 days. While most people who become infected with Covid 19 will be silent carriers or have symptoms similar to that of a cold or flu, some people will be severely affected and as you are hearing, people can die. The people who we need to protect the most are our elderly, those that are immunocompromised and especially people with any lung disease.
We all must be careful with every surface that we touch, assuming there could be Covid 19 virus on it. I recommend washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap or if unable to wash use antibacterial gel with vigorous rubbing. Take special care in regularly cleaning items that are handled often like cell phones, computer keyboards, glasses, wallets, handbags and keys. When shopping, use gloves or clean your hands afterwards and before touching any personal items. If buying fruit and vegetables they need to be washed with soap and water and assumed to have virus on them until properly cleaned. There should be no play dates and if a spouse is in a high risk profession, clothes and shoes should be removed before entering the house followed by a shower. If there is any additional risk that those spouses bring home they should be isolated to a specific part of the house and I would recommend that disposable plates and utensils be used if possible.
Lastly, regarding Covid 19 and pregnancy, based on previous data with SARS and MERS and limited data from China, it appears so far there is no increased risk of miscarriage or birth defects. The biggest risk currently are pregnant patients in the third trimester who may be at increased risk for preterm delivery. Regarding the infertility patient, this is one more emotional and physical hurdle that we will get through together! We will get past this and we still expect to get you pregnant this year. I recommend we contine to evaluate you and prepare by making a plan then hit the ground running as soon as possible. Pregnancy rates are very high and this is just a brief pause. Regarding patients who have diminished ovarian reserve and/or are older, we know that even a one month delay feels like it will change your prognosis. I am here for you and I encourage you to call me so I can work together to come up with a plan. If any of my patients have any concerns regarding either their fertility treatment or Covid 19 I am happy to answer your questions. We are in this together!
All the best,
Ilene Hatch, M.D.
Fertility Center of Southern California is dedicated to helping couples fulfill their dream of achieving a family, while providing patients with personalized care and attention. Our highly trained physician can meet with you to recommend diagnostic and treatment plans tailored to your specific need. In order to make the most of your initial consultation, it is best to provide our office with all of your pertinent medical records prior to your first scheduled appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Reproductive endocrinologists are highly trained physicians who complete a four-year residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology. In addition, Reproductive Endocrinologists complete another two to three years of sub-specialty fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr Ilene Hatch is Board certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology.
Dr. Ilene Hatch is a highly specialized medical doctor who manages problems related to the reproductive system which include but are not limited to:
- Hormonal disorders
- Menstrual problems
- Pregnancy loss
- Early menopause
- Genetic disorders
If you are facing infertility, your doctor will first run a variety of tests to determine the cause. Treatments aim to increase your chances of conceiving, and may include:
- Fertility drugs
- Artificial insemination
- Infertility surgery
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Testicular biopsy (TESE)
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- Donor egg/donor sperm cycles
- Gestational carrier cycles
- Donor embryos
- Fertility preservation
- PreImplantation genetic screening and diagnosis (PGD/PGS)
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