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Should I delay IVF treatment till I get the COVID-19 vaccine? A doctor answers IVF-related fears amidst the pandemic

Published on:25 July 2021, 09:10am IST
An expert highlights the importance of observing safety precautions and getting vaccinated when you're planning to go for IVF amidst Covid-19.
Dr. Shivani Gour
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Dr. Shivani Sachdev Gour
You can begin your IVF treatment amidst the pandemic too, as long as you observe precautions. Image courtesy: SCI IVF Hospital
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What we thought was the end was just the beginning. The deadly second wave of Covid which affected people more from the reproductive age group reaffirms that we will need to continue to live in a COVID-19 environment for the foreseeable future. As per ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine), there is a need to ensure that essential medical care, including reproductive care, is provided while maximizing safety.

An essential protective tool in the pandemic is the Covid19 vaccine. The available options may not be 100 per cent effective yet they are efficacious in reducing the severity of the disease and even preventing it.

There is no need to delay getting pregnant after the Covid 19 vaccination. So, you can go for IVF treatment immediately after the Covid-19 vaccination. It does not have any impact on fertility treatment. As per recent Government of India Guidelines, vaccines are safe even during pregnancy and in the pre-pregnancy period.

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If you’re planning on getting pregnant, make sure that you get vaccinated. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

We know that the increasing age of the couples and increasing duration of infertility have a negative impact on the success rates of IVF treatment. So, you should follow all the safety precautions and start your IVF treatment. Always wear a mask, keep social distance, frequently wash your hands and sanitise surfaces and objects like your mobile phone and bags.

IVF treatment involves a minor surgical procedure for egg retrieval. So, if you have been infected with Covid-19, you can start IVF treatment after 4 weeks if you were asymptomatic or only had mild non-respiratory symptoms. If you had respiratory symptoms like cough or breathlessness but did not need hospitalisation then wait for 6 weeks at least. If you were hospitalised for Covid-19 infection then please wait for 8 to 10 weeks. If you have diabetes or are immunocompromised then wait for 8 to 10 weeks before starting IVF treatment. If you were admitted to an ICU due to Covid-19 infection then please wait for 12 weeks after recovery before you start IVF treatment.

WHY SCI?

SCI IVF is one of India’s most trusted fertility clinics. We have been top-rated nationally and internationally in multiple surveys for providing fertility services and have several awards to our credit. Our doctors, embryologists and team have been trained at some of the most prestigious institutes in the world. They have been widely invited by national and international TV and newspapers to give their views on fertility treatments.

With the latest in technology infrastructure, you can rest assured that you are in the best of hands for your treatment. High success rates improved accessibility and affordability have made IVF a preferred option for treatment for many cases of infertility. Nevertheless, due to social stigmas apprehensions, costs and issues related to transparency some couples hesitate to adopt this technology. Now, the Covid-related safety issues act as a hindrance for many who are struggling to be parents.

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Observing precautions if you’re going through the IVF procedure amidst the Cobid-19 pandemic is of utmost importance. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

After a complete evaluation, the competent and professional team at SCI will suggest options for treatment. The comfort of our patients, safety and practical solutions are focused on before providing IVF services. Some of the major services we offer in conjunction with the lab are IVF ICSI, Micro TESE, male infertility solutions, laser-assisted hatching, spindle view imaging technology, blastocyst culture, PGT A testing and surrogacy.

At SCI IVF Clinic, we prioritize the safety of our patients while following all the possible precautions. Our entire team has been vaccinated to offer a secured experience to our patients and partners. Apart from this, all the COVID-19 safety measures including regular sanitization, using masks, gloves, increased teleconsultation, specific time scheduling (of the appointments scan, and blood tests), regular screening and triage of all staff and patients are followed at our clinic. Most importantly, the consent of the patient and complete transparency about the procedure is maintained by the SCI IVF Team.

Dr. Shivani Gour Dr. Shivani Gour

Designation to be mentioned: Dr. Shivani Gour Director, SCI IVF Hospital Contact Details: +91 9999168746 teamscihealthcare@gmail.com