Continuation of fertility treatments:
NCCRM will remain open and will continue to see patients for new patient appointments, workups and lab work. If you are healthy and pass screening criteria, you are welcome to come to the office for an in-person consult. As recommended by the ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine), NCCRM is not starting new IVF cycles. We are moving new cycle starts for one month and will evaluate as the situation changes. In the meantime, we are doing consultations (whenever possible by telemedicine) and will start new cycles as soon as it is safe.
Safely conducting appointments at NCCRM:
NCCRM is not located in the hospital. Every patient coming to our office is here for the same purpose. If you have been exposed to the Coronavirus or believe that you have symptoms consistent with the virus, we ask you to stay home and delay your fertility treatment to a later date. In an effort to best serve our patients in these unique times, we are also offering teleconferencing appointments, in addition to in-person appointments for new patient consultations, treatment planning for established and new patients, and preconception counseling.
Our decision to remain open for you was not taken lightly. As a practice, we carefully considered all of the available guidelines and the needs of our patient population. We fully recognize and appreciate the urgency that many of our patients feel in pursuing their journey to a healthy family. For many of you, time is the enemy. Your medical care is time-sensitive. NCCRM will do everything we are able to in these challenging times to work with you on your fertility plan during this unprecedented situation.
New Patient Consultations:
We want you to know that here at NCCRM we are constantly evaluating the most recent guidelines and recommendations from the various scientific and governmental agencies, including the CDC, ASRM, ACOG and SMFM.
Scheduling a consultation appointment will allow you and your doctor to talk about pretreatment testing and ways to get your body prepared for a pregnancy. Your doctor may suggest some pretreatments that may benefit your fertility. Sometimes these pretreatments are most beneficial for you to be taking for three months prior to conceiving.
We know this is a really difficult time, as many of you have had long, difficult and stressful fertility journeys. NCCRM’s goal is to be a resource for you during this time.
Facts about Covid-19
● There is no data (as of now) about risks of COVID-19 during conception and pregnancy.
● The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website is the recommended source for up-to-date, detailed information about COVID-19.
● The vast majority of people who contract COVID-19 will not require hospitalization; symptoms are often mild enough that one can recover at home.
● If you have flu-like symptoms, please contact your primary care physician.
● The steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 are generally the same as those for the flu.
● The best prevention is through washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
● Cover hands and nose with a tissue or a sleeve – not hands – when coughing or sneezing.
● Avoid traveling to areas with active outbreaks of COVID-19 and remain away from others that may have traveled for a minimum of 14 days.
● To avoid delaying treatment, avoid traveling to areas with current reports of COVID-19.
● If you have traveled to a country where COVID-19 has been reported, we recommend that you postpone treatments and office appointments until two weeks after returning home.
● If you are actively sick with a fever, please stay home until the fever has been clear of your system for 14 days post fever to prevent the spread of disease to our patients and staff.
● For current travel advisories and up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 website.