Your Fertility and COVID 19: What You Need To Know and How To Move Forward.
Patient Update - April 24, 2020
We understand that this has been a challenging and frustrating time for many of you — and we’re listening. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we have resumed operations for some of our infertility testing and treatments, as of this week, and have dates scheduled to share with you on when we will resume additional services.
IVF, Egg Freezing, and IUI Cycles
Nevada Fertility Institute has initiated a safe and controlled re-start of specific time sensitive treatment cycles. However, we have not resumed scheduling all treatment cycles at this time. Patients undergoing the following cycle types may be able to begin treatment at the onset of their next menses or should call us now if they are currently on birth control and ready to start:
- IVF for Embryo Creation (Freeze All, PGS)
- Egg Freezing
- Embryo creation, using frozen Donor egg
- Sperm Freezing
- Ovulation Induction and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
To protect the safety of our patients and staff, we are observing many social distancing measures onsite. As such, we are implementing a gradual re-start of treatment cycles to regulate the number of individuals onsite each day, and we are therefore limiting the number of patients that may start a treatment cycle, on any specific date.
Many patients who experienced a cycle disruption due to COVID-19 have already spoken with a member of our clinical team to discuss cycle start timing. If you have not yet spoken to your clinical team, and if you wish to initiate one of the above cycle types within the next two (2) months, please contact our office at 702.936.8710. Our team will review your protocol, medications, pre-cycle checklist, insurance, and authorization. You will also speak with a member of the nursing team to assess your current health and identify any final updates required for your pre-cycle checklist.
Moving forward, we request that all patients call the office on Day 1 of their menses.
We are continuing to pause all Frozen Embryo Thaws (FETs) and embryo transfers at this time but we are excited to share the below dates on when we will resume those.
- Frozen embryo transfer (FET)’s will resume on May 10th with the first transfers occurring in June 2020.
We understand that delays are heartbreaking for our patients, and we look forward to continuing your journey toward parenthood in the safest possible environment, very soon.
We have resumed some diagnostic testing in preparation for upcoming cycles including:
- Blood tests
- Saline infusion Sonohysterogram (SIS)
- Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)
- Endometrial Receptivity Analysis (ERA) Testing
- Semen Analysis
Testing will also be done for patients who may not wish to start cycles immediately but would like to prepare for future cycles.
Onsite Safety Protocols
For patients coming into our clinic, we know there may be a sense of uncertainty regarding safety and operations, amid the coronavirus crisis. We assure you that we have put additional safety measures in place and will continue to reevaluate and update our measures, as needed.
Please be advised of the following updates to our operations:
1) Patients will be required to wear masks while onsite.
In compliance with state and local ordinances, all individuals will be required to wear face masks while onsite.
All patients will need to wear a face mask or facial protection that covers both mouth and nose in order to enter the facility. Our offices will not provide a face mask – each patient is responsible for obtaining his or her own face mask. If a patient cannot secure a medical-grade face mask, the following are acceptable face protection options: handmade mask that fully covers the mouth and nose.
2) Our office will continue our guest limitation policy.
In observance of social distancing and to minimize the number of individuals onsite, only the scheduled patient(s) will be admitted to the facility. All patient(s) visiting the clinic for monitoring, bloodwork, or imaging scans must attend without any visitors present. Children are not permitted onsite. For patients requiring procedures that will be done under anesthesia, ONE visitor is allowed. We apologize for any inconvenience; however we are committed to protecting the safety of our patients and staff by limiting the number of individuals in our space.
3) All patients will be screened for temperature and health at entry.
To protect our patients, our staff, and our current (and future!) families, every individual entering the office will be required to pass a temperature screening, and will be screened for COVID-19 related symptoms.
4) Cycle Disruption Policy
If an individual demonstrates symptoms of illness during a treatment cycle, or if the individual is mid-cycle and tests positive for COVID-19, the cycle will be cancelled or suspended.
If this cancellation or suspension occurs prior to retrieval, we will issue a credit balance in accordance with services rendered during the cycle. Credit balances will be established on a case-by-case basis. We are not able to extend credit toward products or services provided by third parties (products or services provided by third parties include but are not limited to medications, phlebotomy, anesthesia, genetic testing, tissue storage fees, etc).
New Patient, Follow-up and Financial Consults
We will also be continuing consultations for new and existing patients, as well as financial consults, via telemedicine in order to ensure the highest degree of patient safety. It can often take 4-6 weeks under normal circumstances to prepare for a treatment start so we encourage you to continue moving forward with your appointments/testing so that we are fully prepared for your treatment start, as quickly as possible.
- If you would like to schedule a New Patient Consult with our fertility specialist, Dr. Duke, please click here to request an appointment.
- If you would like to schedule a follow up consult with your provider or a financial consult, please call our office to schedule.
As always, we remain committed to your safety and to serving you throughout your fertility journey. Whether in our clinic or via telemedicine, we hope to see you soon and we look forward to getting you back on the path toward starting or building your family, as quickly as possible.