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.
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.
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:
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:
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 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.
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.
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