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COVID-19 Update 5/5/20– Resuming Care

Glenn Proctor – Conceptions COVID-19 Workplace Coordinator

The COVID-19 pandemic, at the present time, will be with us for at least some months and possibly a lot longer. In this respect, society will need to adapt to function during the pandemic while weighing the risks of opening our society and worsening infection.

Conceptions has a responsibility to care for our patients who seek our care. We realize that infertility is a disease and not an elective disorder. As such, Conceptions must seek methods to treat patients in the safest way possible. The consequences of not treating infertility patients is that many will otherwise suffer from not having the option for treatment as well as depression and anxiety.

Conceptions will resume care in full compliance with the ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) Patient Management and Clinical Recommendations During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic update. Conceptions’ COVID-19 safety plan implemented to provide premier care for our patients and protect or staff includes:

  • Current CDC social distancing and COVID-19 hygiene instructions will be implemented
  • Telemedicine will be encouraged whenever possible to avoid face to face contact
  • Temperature checks will be performed at check in for appointments or procedures
  • Screening questionnaires will be conducted at check in for appointments or procedures
  • All patients and staff will wear masks at all Conceptions locations
  • Additional safety measures have been implemented in the Conceptions laboratories for increased safety
  • Additional disinfecting of the clinic will be performed daily
  • Limited access into the Littleton building will be enforced and doors will be propped open where applicable
  • Waiting rooms will be rearranged to enforce 6-foot distancing
  • Limiting the number of visitors will be implemented
  • Limiting the number of patients in the office – partners can be present at the office for intrauterine insemination (IUI), egg retrieval, and Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)

A more comprehensive safety protocol can be obtained by contacting Glenn Proctor at glennp@conceptionsrepro.com.

Latest Update: 4/24/2020

Conceptions is open and resuming treatment for new and existing patients.  Your health and safety are our top priority as you continue your infertility journey towards building your family.  Conceptions has remained compliant with all COVID safety protocols and is closely monitoring the ever changing COVID-19 data as the pandemic evolves and will continue to adjust protocols as indicated to keep our patients and staff safe. 

Our clinical staff is reaching out to existing patients to schedule their next steps for treatment.  Telemedicine appointments will continue, and in office visits will resume mid-May.  Our Littleton and Lafayette offices have remained open, and our Sky Ridge office will open May 11th. For prospective patients, we encourage you to call and make an in-person or telemedicine appointment to get started with fertility diagnostics and/or treatment.

Our responsible dates for resuming care is as follows:

  • IVF Patients
    • Egg retrievals will resume mid-May
  • Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)
    • FETs will resume May 26th
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
    • All IUIs will resume May 1st

Please call your nurse on Day 1 of your menstrual cycle to initiate your treatment plan.

Please keep the following in mind:

  1. When you come to the office, please come alone, no spouses or children until further notice
  2. Please wear a mask when in the building, preferably one from home to conserve PPE
  3. Be prepared to have your temperature taken upon arrival to our clinic

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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