As COVID-19 continues to spread in our state and across the US, we are carefully monitoring recommendations from our state and local governments, as well as the CDC and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Our office is open and will remain open to our patients until instructed otherwise. We are offering all current and new patients the opportunity for telemedicine appointments where appropriate – please contact our staff if interested in this option.
The health and safety of our patients and employees is of the utmost importance. Please call and speak to a member of our healthcare team PRIOR to presenting to our office for ANY appointments/cycle monitoring appointments if any of the following conditions occur:
- High likelihood of having COVID-19 – fever and/or cough, shortness of breath, and either exposure within 6 ft of a confirmed COVID-19 patient and within 14 days of onset of symptoms, or a positive COVID-19
- Have been in close contact with an individual with a presumed/confirmed case of COVID-19
- If you have traveled to an area deemed high risk for COVID-19 transmission by the CDC
- No new cycle starts for IUI or IVF
- No new cycle starts for embryo thaw
- We will reassess in two weeks
- No cancellation fees
What is FINO doing to screen patients for COVID-19 and implement “social distancing?
- We are requesting that patients wash their hands upon arrival to the office
- We are taking patients’ temperature upon arrival
- Hand sanitizer is accessible throughout the office
- We are arranging scheduled appointments to minimize patient volume in the waiting room throughout the day
- We are actively cleaning our waiting room to minimize potential exposure
- We are requesting that only the patient and her partner attend the visit
Will my appointment be postponed?
We are continuing to see new patients and follow-up visits in our office during this time. Patients also have the option to have their appointment via telemedicine utilizing Facetime or Skype.
What can I do to reduce my chances of acquiring COVID-19?
We recommend following the CDC guidelines on prevention of COVID-19 spread.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Social distancing
- Avoid crowds larger than 10 people
- Limit travel
Does COVID-19 have an impact on fertility and/or pregnancy?
No. There are no published reports that COVID-19 has a negative impact on fertility and/or pregnancy.
What if I am in a treatment cycle now?
We are continuing to monitor our patients who are in treatment cycles. Patients in active cycles will be allowed to continue until completion of the cycle. We will strongly recommend that all embryos/oocytes retrieved be cryopreserved. In the event that your current treatment is either interrupted or cancelled due to COVID-19 (or quarantine precautions mandated by local/state/federal regulations), FINO cancellation fees will be waived. Patients will be credited any amount already paid toward future treatment at FINO.
I am scheduled to begin treatment soon. Will my treatment be delayed?
Assisting families on their fertility journey is one of our core missions at FINO. As the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic evolves, treatment guidelines from the American Society of Medicine (ASRM) will change. In accordance with recommendations from ASRM, we are temporarily postponing all treatment cycle starts including:
- Oral ovulation induction cycles with clomiphene citrate or letrozole
- Intrauterine inseminations
- Injectable cycles
- All embryo transfer (frozen or fresh)
- Non-urgent oocyte cryopreservation (emergent oocyte cryopreservation will be allowed)
Please contact our office with any additional questions or concerns regarding your treatment here at the Fertility Institute.