IVF AND COVID-19.
The Outbreak of Covid-19 has sadly affected all aspects of our lives and more importantly our health.
As the spread of the virus continues Governments across the globe have had to take difficult decision in an attempt to protect the human race.
I have bee watching the trend and listened keenly to the news being shared. One thing that have been overlooked in all the main stream media outlet is the impact it has on IVF treatment. Once again infertility and IVT treatments takes bottom page on the list of important illness.
Stories being shared around the world shows that it is becoming increasingly difficult to access IVF treatments presently. Ash Mogg and her partner had waited almost a year to a publicly funded list in Ontario and were about to begin the process in two weeks, but their hospital has suspended the treatment indefinitely.
Health Authorities across the world have taken the decision to halt all IVF treatment. The Times of Isreal reported that Isreal has stopped all new IVF treatments over the coronavirus fears. Due to the fear that it could spread in clinics and potentially harm foetuses.
Similar decision has also been taken by the European Society of Human Reproduction and the Embryology and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
These decisions were no doubt taken seriously with the safety of everyone affected.
The risk involve with continuing is too great to take. Apart from the risk for the medical technical performing the treatment, there is an increased risk for the patients undergoing the treatment due to the delicate nature of the process and close monitoring during the egg transfer phase, blood testing phase.
The waiting rooms of many IVF clinics are often small and holds between 30 to 40 women and their spouses at any given time. And, given the guidelines on social distancing, enforcing this will be difficult.
Furthermore, there is the added risk during the transferring of the embryo requiring extreme hygiene measures. This is a new virus and it is still unclear what effect if any it may have on foetuses.
the way it is spreading calls for urgent and severe measures to be taken. Never before has the world been shut down even in times of war.
Although the severity of the situation has left many couples heart broken, as their dreams of becoming parents are further, put on hold.
It is especially painful and heart wrenching for those who have had to stop their treatment mid-way. For some women, age is not on their side making this extremely hard to deal with.
I cannot imagine being in your place, I can only encourage you to keep your eyes on the goal. Now more than ever, stay strong. This too shall pass.
Practical things to do to as you wait.
If you must follow the news, limit it to specific times of the day.
Engage your mind with positive messages. Limit your exposure to social media, news outlets and other sources of negativity that may cause you to worry and panic.
- Keep up to date with what is happening in the world of fertility treatment. Your hospital will also be sending out communications during this time to keep you updated on the developments.
Do something you have always wanted to do. If your city is locked down, take up gardening spring is here clear out the shed and bring out the flower pot
Plant some potted herbs or your favourite flower, watch it grow and bloom and as it does, say a prayer of hope faith that you too will grow and bloom soon with your own baby.
Take an online course learn a language, cooking skill, book club, dance class. The list is endless.
Iife must go on because here there is life, there is hope. My prayer through this is that we will all
I find our true purpose and embrace the real meaning of life.
Your partner in Hope