Fertility Solutions will continue to remain open during the COVID-19 crisis and will resume offering ALL fertility treatment from 27 April 2020). Our specialists and nurses will be able to provide you with telehealth consultations to prepare and assist you through your treatment cycles. If you would like to know what you need to do to restart or commence treatment with Fertility Solutions – CLICK HERE
We will continue to communicate with you during this time and we encourage you to sign up to our newsletter if you are not already and follow our Facebook page as this is where we will be posting regular updates. We also encourage you to call the clinic if you have questions or need to connect with us for any reason. You may have to leave us a voice message but be assured we will return your call as soon as we can.
Please note that some of the information provided below is now out of date and we are offering full fertility services from 27th April 2020.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Fertility Solutions understands that these measures are important to ensure the health and wellbeing of patients and healthcare workers, as well as ensuring that Australia’s healthcare system is best placed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
We also recognise that this is a very challenging time for people who require fertility treatment. We will continue to do everything we can to provide you with advice, support and treatment, where we are able to do so safely.
In addition, the restrictions are required to reduce person-to-person transmission through distancing and social isolation.
More details are available in the FSA FAQ.
If there are any changes to the location of your ongoing treatment, this will be discussed with you over the coming days.
Please note, treatment will only be provided if you are well and have not travelled overseas to any country or had close contact with someone who has positively tested for COVID-19 within the last 14 days. If your current cycle needs to be delayed or cancelled as a result of COVID-19, you may incur limited out of pocket fees i.e. medication dispensing fee.
We would like to reassure all patients who have eggs, sperm or embryos in storage with Fertility Solutions that we will continue to provide the greatest care in monitoring these until our services resume.
Fertility Solutions has also introduced the following initiatives to support patients or people considering fertility treatment during this time:
- Fertility specialists are available for phone and video consultations. They continue to provide advice and other pre-work which may be required in the lead up to treatment. This will expedite treatment when services resume.
- Patients can contact a fertility nurse for a free phone or video appointment if they have any questions.
- Counselling is available to provide psychological support to patients before, during and after their treatment, and will continue to be available if a patient’s treatment is postponed. If you would like to access support counselling, please contact your clinic.
- A free webinar series delivered by fertility specialists and other experts will be available. Sessions will cover preparing for pregnancy, fertility and treatment options and fertility preservation. You need to join Fertility Solutions Facebook Page to get access to these when released.
Please know that we will be here to help you re-start your fertility journey as soon as we are able. The team at Fertility Solutions are incredibly passionate about what we do – and we are looking forward to helping you in our full capacity in the future as soon as it is safe for us to do so. If you do need to cancel your treatment for any reason, please contact your fertility specialist or your clinic on 1300 337 845 to discuss your options.
- I have recently travelled from overseas
- I have had close contact with someone who has positively tested for Coronavirus
- I have respiratory and / or viral symptoms
No, please do not attend. Please take your temperature, self-isolate at home and contact your clinic on 1300 337 845. If your symptoms are only mild “cold” like symptoms (runny nose and sore throat) and you have no fever (your temperature is not 37.4 degrees C or higher) we may still proceed with treatment. This decision will be made on a case-by-case basis. Do not attend any appointments before discussing your symptoms with us.
Please note: If you have travelled overseas to any country, or had close contact with someone who has positively tested for COVID-19, you will not be able to book a treatment until you have been in self-quarantine for 14 days after contact, or after returning from travel. Fertility Solutions will not allow patients to book in for a stimulated IVF cycle until this 14-day period has elapsed. For treatment consent forms and other documentation that need to be returned signed, we may be able to arrange that at your next in-person appointment, such as your ultrasound scan. Your clinic will advise this on a case by case basis.
The Fertility Society of Australia has recommended a range of evidence-based resources to help patients with their mental health during this time:
Australian Psychological Society
Black Dog Institute
The Australian government digital health portal, Head to Health. This portal gives suggestions, on how to maintain good mental health during this COVID-19 outbreak and how to support others.
ACCESS, Australia’s national infertility network, can further provide information on ways to keep you connected with others coping with infertility and who may have experienced a delay in their fertility treatment due to disruptions created by COVID-19.
Read the FSA mental health FAQs for more information.
Your Fertility Specialist will consider your medical circumstances and may still recommend that you start treatment. If this is the case, and you have travelled from overseas from any country you will not be able to book a treatment until you have been in self-isolation for 14 days after travel. Fertility Solutions will not allow patients to book in for a stimulated IVF cycle until this 14 day period has elapsed.
If your Fertility Specialist does not recommend that you start treatment, they may still be able to provide advice, testing and any other pre-work that may be required in the lead up to treatment. This will expedite our treatment when our services resume as normal.
Please note that medications such as paracetamol (Panadol) and other anti-inflammatories (Nurofen etc.) may hide a temperature for four hours. Please take your temperature at least 4 hours after taking these types of medications.
However, the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists statement on this topic is the best authoritative resource. The full statement can be found at RANZCOG. An outline of their statement is contained below in italics:
1. Are pregnant women at increased risk of becoming infected with COVID-19? Pregnant women should be considered a vulnerable or at-risk group.
2. Are pregnant women at increased risk of developing severe disease/complications from COVID-19? Currently, pregnant women do not appear to be more severely unwell if they develop COVID-19 infection than the general population. It is expected that most pregnant women will experience only mild or moderate cold/flu like symptoms.
However, detailed information regarding the impact of COVID-19 infection on pregnant women and their babies is limited by the recency of the disease emergence. Therefore, our pregnancy advice is based on learnings from influenza infection, and the medical response to the SARS epidemic in 2003. Influenza is a potentially serious disease for pregnant women, the fetus and newborn babies. Several changes occur to a woman’s body during pregnancy. These changes include reduced lung function, increased cardiac output, increased oxygen consumption, and changes to the immune system. Due to these changes, pregnant women have an increased risk of severe complications from influenza.
3. Is there an increased risk of miscarriage with COVID-19? For women who are trying to conceive, or who are in early pregnancy, there is no evidence to suggest an increased risk of miscarriage with COVID-19.
4. Can I transmit the virus to my baby while I am pregnant? There is no evidence that the virus can pass to your developing baby while you are pregnant (this is called vertical transmission) or that the virus will cause abnormalities in your baby.
5. Can I still give birth in a hospital if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 infection? It is difficult to say if there will be access to hospitals for birthing, depending upon what is happening with COVID-19. It is important to emphasise that a woman’s experience of labour and vaginal birth, or caesarean section, should not be significantly impacted and women should be encouraged, and supported, to approach this extraordinary time of their lives without fear or apprehension. Medical intervention, other than that specifically related to infection control, should not differ significantly from usual practice. Active mobilisation, use of water immersion in labour, nitrous oxide and epidural analgesia are not affected.
6. Do I need to have a caesarean section or interventional birth to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to my baby? There is no evidence that caesarean section or induction of labour is necessary to reduce the risk of vertical transmission. If a woman has COVID-19 infection, or has had significant exposure,unless there are immediate risks to her health, or other obstetric indications, elective caesarean section or induction of labour should be delayed, if possible.
7. What are the risks to my baby if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 infection? Some babies born to women with symptoms of COVID-19 in China have been born prematurely. It is unclear whether coronavirus was the causative factor, or the doctors made the decision for the baby to be born early because the woman was unwell. Newborn babies and infants do not appear to be at increased risk of complications from the infection. It is not possible however, to predict if there will be short, medium- or long-term implications from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
8. Can I still go for my routine antenatal check-ups and tests, and receive antenatal vaccinations if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 infection? Routine antenatal investigations, ultrasounds, maternal and fetal assessments should continue as before, allowing for the modifications suggested below.
While it will not influence response to COVID-19 infection, routine whooping cough and influenza vaccination should continue to be administered in pregnancy.
The FSA has also provided an FAQ for patients who are concerned about having a pregnancy at this time. Read their FAQs.
If your Fertility Specialist does not recommend that you start treatment, they may still be able to provide advice and any other pre-work which may be required in the lead up to treatment. This will expedite your treatment when our services resume as normal. The arrangements and physical location for any urgent treatment will be discussed with you prior to commencing.
You can contact our fertility nurses on 1300 337 845 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fertility Society of Australia (FSA)
FSA patient FAQs
RANZCOG COVID-19 Statement
National Perinatal Association
For further information, please contact your fertility specialist or our nurse enquiry team on 1300 337 845