Conceptions is open and will continue to help you on your fertility journey during this unprecedented, difficult time.  We continue to see patients for the following appointment types and testing services to ensure that your fertility treatment isn’t further delayed once restrictions/mandates are lifted:

  • New Patient Appointments via Telehealth
  • Nurse consultations
  • Follow-up Consultations
  • Diagnostic ultrasounds and bloodwork
  • Free male fertility testing (Semen Analysis)
  • Treatment planning
  • IVF classes

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LATEST COVID -19 Update (last updated March 19, 2020)

In an effort to continue to provide exceptional and safe patient care, Conceptions Reproductive Associates is consolidating our Rose, PSL, and Sky Ridge offices to our Littleton and Lafayette offices until further notice. Thank you for your understanding. Please call your care team with any questions regarding your appointment.

**We will continue to offer Telehealth consultations for new patient consultations, follow up appointments, treatment planning, ect. Most insurance companies are waiving co-payments for telehealth appointments at this time!**

Dr. Greene speaking about the latest updates on COVID-19- 3/20/20

COVID -19 Update (March 17, 2020)

  • Our Conceptions’ team will stay current to this developing situation and provide updates as needed.  We are closely monitoring state and national authorities and will continue to communicate with our patients should anything change.
    • There is no current evidence that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted through semen, oocytes, or embryos.
    • Virtual consults will be encouraged for new patient visits, follow ups, and consults that do not require in-office visits.
      • We will work with insurance companies on billing for virtual appointments to ensure patients are cared for and accommodated properly.

Physicians and staff are doing everything possible to ensure we’re creating a safe space for our patients including daily updates to our team, decreased meeting size, and increased cleaning/disinfection procedures.

We are currently following the ASRM (guidance to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. Our goal is to guard the health and safety of our patients and staff, and to recognize our social responsibility and comply with national public health recommendations:

  1. Suspend initiation of new treatment cycles, including ovulation induction, intrauterine inseminations (IUIs), in vitro fertilization (IVF) including retrievals and frozen embryo transfers, as well as non-urgent gamete cryopreservation.
  2. Strongly consider cancellation of all embryo transfers whether fresh or frozen.
  3. Continue to care for patients who are currently “in-cycle” or who require urgent stimulation and cryopreservation.
  4. Suspend elective surgeries and non-urgent diagnostic procedures.
  5. Minimize in-person interactions and increase utilization of telehealth.

Note: This guidance will be revisited periodically as the pandemic evolves, but no later than March 30, 2020, with the aim of resuming usual patient care as soon and as safely as possible.

ASRM recommends avoiding pregnancy if you meet the following criteria:

  • Fever and/or cough, shortness of breath
  • Exposure within 6 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 patient and within 14 days of onset of symptoms
  • Have a positive COVID-19 test result
  • If patients are considered high-risk and are actively undergoing infertility treatment, we suggest that they consider freezing all oocytes or embryos and avoid embryo transfer until they are disease-free.

What can patients do?

  • If patients are feeling unwell, please give us a call to determine if your appointment should be rescheduled.
  • If you are sick or showing signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, please let the office know. Your appointment may need to be rescheduled.
  • Please limit the number of people joining you during your appointments.
  • We respectfully ask you to not bring children and infants to your appointment at this time.
  • Each individual and couple must decide on their own level of comfort with regard to moving ahead with treatment. The timeline of the current COVID-19 pandemic is unknown.

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The respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a potential concern for patients when trying to conceive. At this time, very little is known about COVID-19, particularly related to its effect on pregnant women and women who are trying to conceive. Limited data suggests that pregnant women may be at higher risk of severe illness compared to the general population. It is unknown if COVID-19 can cross through the placenta to the fetus. There are no recommendations specific to pregnant women or women who are trying to conceive.

We recommend our patients take the following precautions:

  • Avoid all nonessential travel, particularly to places with known COVID travel restrictions.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Use good hand hygiene. Wash hands frequently with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom and before eating.
  • The CDC does not recommend routine use of facemasks. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it
  • Stay home when you are sick. If you develop a fever and respiratory infection, please notify your primary care physician.
  • Seasonal influenza remains a larger concern for the US population than COVID, particularly in pregnancy. Consider an annual flu shot.

For current travel advisories and up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 website.

References

  1. ACOG Practice Advisory: Novel Coronavirus 2019. Available at : https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Practice-Advisories/Practice-Advisory-Novel-Coronavirus2019?IsMobileSet=false
  2. CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Basics. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
  3. CDC Coronavirus Prevention & Treatment. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html