How does Coronavirus affect fertility and pregnancy?
Over the next several months many people may be exposed to COVID-19. How many of these people will become infected remains unknown. It is known that few of these people who become infected will suffer dire consequences unless they are immune compromised or suffer chronic medical illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses. The people most vulnerable appear to be those over 60 years of age especially if they have a chronic medical malady.
What happens if I become pregnant while ill with Coronavirus?
Conceiving while ill does not appear to increase risks to pregnancy unless there is a fever greater than 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.8 degrees Celsius). Elevated core body temperature may adversely affect sperm.
Does Coronavirus affect eggs?
It is not known if it affects oocytes. Initiating fertility therapy should be postponed if you have flu-like symptoms and for two weeks if you have been in contact with someone who has Coronavirus or who has been in contact with someone who has the disease.
Can Coronavirus be passed to a baby during pregnancy?
There is no elevated risk of becoming infected with Coronavirus during pregnancy. Pregnant women who do contract the disease do not appear to be more susceptible to severe COVID-19 symptoms. There is also no evidence that the virus can pass to the baby during pregnancy.
What else should infertility patients do during this pandemic?
Infertility is a life crisis and extremely stressful. Undergoing care for infertility should not be. This is challenging in the midst of a public health emergency like the Coronavirus pandemic. We at Fertility Centers of New England understand and are here to help you every step of the way. Maintaining calm together with a good measure of common sense following the guidelines provided in coronavirus.gov will see you through. Contact us and we will find the right path for you.
Additional information from American Society of Reproductive Medicine can be found by clicking here.