Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Allison Rodgers. She is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has been practicing medicine since 2004. Dr. Rodgers currently practices at the Fertility Centers of Illinois. Her personal experiences with both secondary infertility and pregnancy loss have given her a unique insight into reproductive medicine in order to help you beat infertility.
Dr. Rodgers and Heather discuss everything you need to know about COVID-19, trying to conceive, and pregnancy as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
We recorded a general primer on COVID-19, trying to conceive, and pregnancy on Sunday, March 15, and I encourage everyone to listen to it. However, some information has changed since then. ASRM put out new patient management and clinical guidelines on Tuesday, March 17.
- What is the ASRM COVID-19 Task Force?
- The task force will revisit these guidelines again no later than March 30
- Suspension of initiation of new treatment cycles, including ovulation induction, IUIs, IVF (including retrievals and frozen embryo transfers), and non-urgent gamete cryopreservation
- Strongly consider cancellation of all embryo transfers, whether fresh or frozen
- Continue to care for patients who are currently ‘in-cycle’ or who require urgent stimulation and cryopreservation
- Suspend elective surgeries and non-urgent diagnostic procedures
- Minimize in-person interactions and increase the utilization of telehealth
- Non-essential patient travel, especially to highly impacted areas, should be avoided when possible
- Management of the embryology and andrology labs
- Supporting the psychological and emotional needs of patients
- I know you can’t speak for every clinic, but how is FCI responding to these recommendations?
- What can patients be doing for their physical, emotional, and mental health during this time?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add?
- What words of hope would you offer to patients whose infertility journeys have suddenly upended by COVID-19?