All our Covid updates in relation to fertility treatment can be found below.
Vaccination Information for Fertility Patients – 21st May 2021
We are aware that the advice on fertility treatments and Covid-19 vaccinations has been conflicting, so we have summarised what we feel you need to know if you are a patient undergoing or wanting to undergo fertility treatment in the UK with TFP:
- Men and Women do not need to wait to conceive after having the Covid-19 vaccine.
- Pregnant women with Covid-19 are at greater risk of severe illness compared to non-pregnant women.
- Current UK advice is that pregnant women should be offered the Covid-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group. It is preferable for pregnant women to be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines where available. There is no evidence to suggest that other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women, but more research is needed.
- The vaccine can be given at any time during fertility treatment. As some people feel unwell for a few days after vaccination some patients may prefer to avoid it around the time of procedures such as egg collection, embryo transfer or sperm production. However, there is no evidence that having the vaccine will affect the success rate of fertility treatment.
- The vaccine may be considered when breastfeeding.
- As per TFP guidelines, we will continue to minimise infection risks in the clinic through hygiene, social distancing, and PPE use.
- Sperm or egg donors need to wait 7 days after vaccination before donation.
- Patients should wait 28 days after recovery from Covid-19 infection before starting fertility treatment.
Fertility Treatment during Covid
We want to reassure both current and new patients that all our clinics remain open, fully operational and treatments are continuing as usual with our existing Covid safety measures remaining. We would also like to reassure patients that they can leave home to attend a medical appointment.
If you have any questions, do get in touch with us.
Our Covid safety measures include:
- Video consultations– we have introduced Skype consultations, counselling and nurse consents to reduce footfall in the clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Face masks – in line with Government advice you must wear a face mask when entering the clinic. Our staff will also be wearing PPE as per national guidelines dependent on the procedures that they are undertaking.
- Reception– you will be met at reception by one of our staff, with a SMILE (no handshakes!). They will ask you about any symptoms, request that you use the gel to clean your hands then take your temperature.
- Moving about in the clinic– you will then be directed to your appointment. Please adhere to the social distancing rules of two metres. Our staff will be wearing personal protective equipment as per national guidelines, but again always with a SMILE.
- Cleaning– a rigorous cleaning programme will be carried out throughout the day, paying particular attention to handrails, door handles, toilets and areas with a high touchpoint.
- Hand sanitiser stations – these are available throughout the clinic.
- Partners – partners are now permitted to attend for the following: egg collection, embryo transfer and pregnancy scans.
Covid-19 and Fertility Treatment Q&A
Is it safe to take the COVID-19 vaccine if I am currently or planning to have fertility treatment?
The HFEA has recently updated its advice, now stating that women who are trying to conceive do not need to delay pregnancy or fertility treatment after vaccination. It also advises that, if pregnant, women should discuss with their doctor the risks and benefits of vaccination, balancing COVID-19 infection rates and any underlying health conditions with the lack of safety data of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy.
How will my treatment differ?
Most patients will however find that their treatment cycle will be the same, just with the above-mentioned safety measures in place. We may discuss altering your treatment to maximise your safety if you have an underlying medical condition.
If I catch Covid-19, will I have to cancel my treatment?
For the safety of you, your embryos, and those around you, we would need to pause your treatment until you are well again if you test positive for coronavirus. HFEA guidance states that individuals should wait 28 days after recovering from Covid-19 before resuming or starting treatment.
Can I still have an in-person consultation?
Clinics are continuing to undertake consent, medical and counselling consultations for new and current patients via Skype or telephone.
If you are an existing patient, please do contact us via the Patient Portal to discuss any concerns you have. If you are looking to start treatment, then please do contact your nearest clinic.
If you are in self-isolation, develop a persistent new cough or a fever, please do not come to the clinic. Contact NHS 111 if you are unsure more guidance is AVAILABLE HERE
HFEA patient information AVAILABLE HERE
UK Government advice is AVAILABLE HERE
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists pregnancy advice is AVAILABLE HERE