Dr. Allen Morgan, MD, is the medical director/co-founder of Maxine + Morgan, an innovative women’s health and wellness company offering natural remedies for menstrual cycle symptoms. Allen is also the leading infertility specialist at Morgan Fertility and Reproductive Medicine in New Jersey (morganfertility.com).
Recently, COVID-19 has impacted many people's lives in the recent outbreak of this deadly virus. But how does this affect women who are pregnant and or trying to get pregnant?
According to the guidelines from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, women trying to conceive through assisted reproductive technologies should take a pause for now. Because we don’t know if the COVID-19 virus has an effect on the fetus we don’t want to put anyone at risk. The procedures that have been suggested to pause are in-vitro fertilization procedures, embryo transfer, and intrauterine insemination (IUI). If someone has embryos to be transferred during this period should be frozen.
Additionally, any unnecessary office visits to a fertility clinic should be paused, such as having a hysterosalpingogram (a test to see if your tubes are open). All blood testing should be paused as well. Once this pandemic is under control and we have a better understanding of the effects on them on pregnancy then at that time then we can advise couples to pursue family building.
Women who are pregnant and have any concerns about premature labor should contact their Obstetrician before heading to an emergency room to avoid having exposure to COVID-19. There has been a recent delivery of a baby who has the virus. It’s still too early to know what complications can occur in a fetus.
Lastly, the strategy of social distancing is important because the fewer people going to the hospitals will allow doctors, nursing, and staff to take care of everyone without being overwhelmed. Our medical providers are on the front line of this battle and we need to help them in any way we can.