Fertility and the impact of COVID‑19
COVID-19 affected lives in many ways, including those who started or were thinking about starting fertility treatments. For many reasons, singles and couples had to rethink their plans, at least for a while.
- Early in the pandemic, fertility clinics were closed. While this was important to keep patients safe and help stop the spread of the virus, it was also very disappointing for many. Closed clinics meant stopping or delaying their treatments. Some clinics did re-open, and still more are open now, with strict rules in place to keep the virus from spreading.
- Some women and couples decided not to try to get pregnant because they were worried about what harm COVID-19 might do to themselves or their baby. Not much was known about the virus and many people and clinicians chose the side of caution.
- Some worried that they might bring COVID-19 to vulnerable family members or get COVID-19 from them.
- Some women couldn’t get an appointment to get their contraceptive devices taken out.
- When a woman did have an appointment or was ready to deliver, partners were not be able to be with them.
- A lot of people either lost their job or were worried that they might. Many couples were worried that they wouldn’t be able to afford having a baby, at least for a while.
These are some of the things that may add stress and anxiety to what you are already feeling. And there is still a lot that we can’t predict about COVID-19. For example, will the pandemic resurge? There is a lot to think about. Knowing when it’s the right time for you to get pregnant is up to you. Talk to your doctor about your situation and learn as much as you can so you can decide what is right for you. We are here to support you through every step of your journey, whenever the time is right.
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