Covid-19: Fertility treatments, guidance and Covid-19 vaccination
GENNET City Fertility are following the HFEA guidelines and have incorporated safe ways of working for patients and clinic staff during the ongoing pandemic. We will continue to review any new guidance produced by the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA), the Government and devolved administrations, the NHS and Professional Societies and make further statements, as necessary. In the meantime we are happy to provide our services to all patients.
The main five key principles as set by the guidance are:
- Provision of fertility services must take place in a manner that minimises the chances of spread of Covid-19 infection to patients and fertility clinic staff
- Centres should ensure a fair and transparent approach to any prioritisation policy.
- Provision of treatment should not result in an undue burden on the NHS
- Clinical judgement and individualisation of treatment to the needs of the patient remains at the heart of good clinical care. Patients considering treatment should be fully informed about the effect of the ongoing pandemic on their treatment and give informed consent to having fertility treatment at this time, considering their individual risk profile.
- The fertility sector should adopt sustainable changes in working practices that help to build resilience against any future increases in the spread of Covid-19 in the community.
A useful Q&A is provided by the HFEA on their website - click here.
We are also following the advice provided to us from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and researach from UKTIS in regards to the Covid-19 vaccinations and booster programmes. We encourage all patients to use the information on their website to make informed decisions. City Fertility will support our patients regardless of their decision and will endeavour to protect patient safety.
For the RCOG guidance please follow the link here.
Requirements for on-site appointments
GENNET City Fertility require everyone who attends our clinic in person to complete a health questionnaire form on their arrival (or online prior to the visit). We also require everyone to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth (unless proof of exemption can be provided) and are asking everyone to keep on using the hand sanitisers available around the clinic. This way we can together with our visitors and patients keep everyone safe.
Covid-19 vaccination & pregnancy
There are 6 key points that have been identified:
- The British Fertility Society (BFS) and Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS) have said there is no evidence that the Covid-19 vaccine affects female or male fertility.
- The NHS and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) strong advise the Covid-19 vaccine in pregnancy.
- JPAC has said that those donating eggs or sperm must wait at least 7 days after having their most recent Covid-19 vaccine before donating gametes.
- If you are an intending gamete donor and become unwell following your Covid-19 vaccine you must wait at least 7 days until after your symptoms improve before donating.
- Pregnant women are no more likely than the general population to contract Covid-19, but are more likely to suffer severe illness if they do contract it (especially in the third trimester).
- There is no increased risk of congenital abnormalities with Covid-19 in pregnancy. However, there is a near double in the still birth risk (this is thought to be associated with the increased likelihood of small for gestation age babies).