Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources

ACFS is open! In response to the ASRM COVID-19 Task force update from April 24, 2020 and the change in Arizona Governor Ducey’s Executive Order ending the complete ban on “elective” surgeries, ACFS is pleased to announce that fertility treatments are set to resume at our Scottsdale office in May!

If you are a current patient waiting to start treatment, please call our office to contact one of our coordinators. We will want to know the first day of your (or your partner’s) last menstrual period and when your next menstrual period is expected if applicable. This information will help us to prepare your personalized treatment plan.

COVID-19 Impact on Fertility Treatment

As many already know, on March 17, 2020, the ASRM COVID-19 Task Force issued a guideline calling for the suspension of new fertility treatment cycles due to concerns about the growing coronavirus pandemic. This guideline came as a complete shock to many, and the sudden disruption in fertility treatment was difficult for both patients and fertility clinics alike. On April 24, 2020, ASRM eased the restrictions imposed by their initial recommendations and issued new guidance to assist fertility clinics and patients in the gradual resumption of fertility care, which they recognize as both essential and time-sensitive.

Concerns Regarding COVID-19 and Pregnancy

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and our reproductive medicine counterparts in the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) have been monitoring the global and domestic health situation closely and are especially focused on protecting potentially vulnerable individuals, including those who are pregnant or wishing to become pregnant and their future children.

We know that there are at least some potential risks to pregnant women and their pregnancies given the high threat of COVID-19 exposures as the virus continues to spread globally and now throughout the United States. Unfortunately, the absolute level of risk to pregnant women and their babies remains unknown.

Importantly, both ASRM and ESHRE are frequently reviewing their recommendations along with the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19. The following are additional statements, cautions, and recommendations published directly by ASRM and ESHRE as of 3/17/2020:

  • Although there is no current evidence of maternal-fetal [(mother-to-baby)] transmission of COVID-19, data are limited and prior data support that a febrile illness of any kind in pregnancy may pose risks including miscarriage, stillbirth, and preterm birth. Further, medications to treat COVID-19 are not currently tested/approved in pregnancy.
  • There is no strong evidence of any negative effects of COVID-19 infection on pregnancies, especially those at early stages, as indicated by the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the USA and others in Europe.
  • There are a few reported cases of women positive for COVID-19 who delivered healthy infants free of the disease.
  • There have been reports of adverse neonatal outcomes (premature rupture of membranes, preterm delivery) in infants born to mothers positive for COVID-19 during their pregnancy, but the reports were based on limited data. Similarly, one case report has been published of an infected infant, but again there was no strong evidence that this was the result of vertical transmission.
  • These data, although encouraging, only report small numbers and must be interpreted with caution. They refer to pregnancies in their final stages, but we have little data on the possible effect of COVID-19 infection on pregnancies in their initial stages.
  • It is also important to note that some of medical treatment given to severely infected patients may indicate the use of drugs which are contraindicated in pregnant women.

Your Safety is Our First Priority

We are caught in a delicate balancing act between the palpable desire to resume fertility treatment as quickly as possible and the need to deliver such care as safely and effectively as current circumstances will allow. For those who are patiently waiting to initiate or resume treatment, we humbly ask you to bear with us as we adjust our practices to protect the health of all patients and staff. We must proceed with caution in order to enhance the probability that each patient at ACFS has an opportunity to complete his/her care with the highest chances for success and the lowest chances for illness or cycle cancellation.

Apart from the readily apparent health risks at stake, one known or suspected COVID-19 exposure at ACFS could lead to closure of the clinic and cancellation of treatment cycles for dozens of patients. This is not a possibility that we can take lightly. We and our patients all share in the responsibility for one another’s safety and wellbeing. ACFS has been working tirelessly for the past several weeks to implement added precautions toward an aim of ZERO COVID-19 transmissions in our office. These changes include but are not limited to:

  • Patient and staff education about COVID-19
  • Increased use of telemedicine and virtual appointments
  • Limiting in-office visits to every extent possible
  • Maintaining distance between individuals in the office except during procedures where appropriate PPE are in use
  • Temporary consolidation of patients and staff to our main office in Scottsdale
  • Increased spacing between patient appointments
  • Restricted guest policy
  • Screening of visitors and staff for signs and symptoms of coronavirus prior to entry into the clinic (questionnaire and temperature check)
  • Testing of staff for recent coronavirus infection/exposure
  • Testing of patients for recent coronavirus infection/exposure prior to initiation of treatment
  • The mandatory use of masks by staff and visitors at all times
  • Elimination of public waiting rooms and restrooms
  • Limiting the number of patients and staff in the clinic at any single time
  • Increased sanitation and cleaning of contact surfaces
  • Use of electronic signatures and payment methods whenever possible
  • Maintaining manageable patient volumes to ensure that safety and quality of care are not sacrificed

We recognize that these precautions are going to require adjustments and sacrifices that may at times lead to feelings of anxiety or frustration, augmented by the uncertainty and emotional whirlwind of changes that we are already facing in our daily lives. There is no doubt that our ACFS fertility team is going to miss seeing smiling faces and giving hugs in the office. We are going to miss those extra pregnancy ultrasounds that allow us to hang on to our dear patients for just a few more weeks before they transition to OB care. It is going to be hard for us to ask those who have been waiting so long to have a child to wait a little longer if we cannot safely begin their treatment the moment they feel ready. We promise, however, that we are still your ACFS family. We are here for you and are dedicated to your safety and success at every step of your journey!

COVID-19 Spread and Prevention

How COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 spreads mainly in respiratory droplets while in close contact with someone who is infected. Many who are infected will have symptoms. However, a significant proportion of infected individuals will not have symptoms and are still contagious. COVID-19 infections can also result from touching a contaminated surface and transferring viral particles to your eyes, nose, or mouth. The virus that causes COVID-19 is highly contagious and has demonstrated easy and sustainable person to person spread.

Protect Yourself

The most effective way to prevent infection is avoidance of exposure. This means staying home as much as possible, and when leaving your home is required, maintain at least 6 feet between you and others. Below is a list of ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands often, especially after having been in public, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • When washing is not possible, clean hands with hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Rub hands together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands.
  • Stay home! Only leave your house when necessary.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet between you and others.
  • Wear a cloth mask when you must be in public.
  • Avoid contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow, and immediately wash hands for 20 seconds or use 60% alcohol hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily (countertops, doorknobs, keyboards).

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