Updated ACRM Office Visit Policy

ACRM Patients can now bring ONE partner/spouse to their embryo transfer, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or OB appointments.

Patients and Visitors (vaccinated and non- vaccinated)

o Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.

o Masks/face coverings are required for all patients and visitors while in an ACRM clinic.

o All patients and visitors are required to be pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms and body temperature check upon entering the CCRM clinic.

o All Operating Room (OR) procedure and embryo transfer patients are required to be tested for COVID-19 prior to receiving any treatment. In the event of a positive test result, treatment will be delayed. ACRM will continue to require patients to sign the COVID-19 waiver at their new patient visit.

The health and safety of our patients and staff are our top priority. If you have any questions regarding our current policy, please contact your care team for additional information.

In accordance with CDC guidelines for healthcare settings, ACRM will continue to require masks/face coverings for all staff, patients and visitors while in an ACRM clinic, regardless of vaccination status, as detailed below.

Patients and Visitors (vaccinated and non- vaccinated)

  • - All visitors and patients will be required to wear masks at all times while at a ACRM clinic.
  • - All patients and visitors are required to be pre-screened for COVID symptoms and body temperature check upon entering the ACRM clinic.
  • - All patients are required to be tested for COVID prior to receiving any treatment. In the event of a positive test result, treatment will be delayed. ACRM will continue to require patients to sign the COVID waiver at their new patient visit.


The health and safety of our patients and staff are our top priority. If you have any questions regarding our current policy, please contact your care team for additional information.

Thank you for your support,
Physicians and Staff of Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine

Coronavirus/COVID Updates

ACRM is actively monitoring the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak and continues to prioritize the safety and well-being of our patients. We have an obligation to limit potential COVID exposure to our patients, employees and medical treatment team. We have instituted a policy of testing for all patients undergoing a procedure involving anesthesia (egg retrieval, operative hysteroscopy or D&C) or those undergoing a frozen embryo transfer.

Telehealth Appointments Available

For patients who require pre-procedure testing, we provide a self-administered COVID RNA test that can identify the SARS COV-2 virus that causes COVID. Because of the risks of undergoing procedures while unknowingly infected with COVID, there is no option to decline this testing if you wish to proceed with treatment.

Patients in an IVF cycle will be tested on the 5th OR 7th day of stimulation injections. Patients in an embryo transfer cycle will be tested at the mid-cycle appointment prior to starting progesterone injections. Patients having an OR procedure will be scheduled to come into the office 3-5 days prior to their procedure for their testing. This test can be performed at the Perimeter or Buckhead locations. The results will be ready in 3-4 business days at which time you will be notified. Patients with positive tests will be required to postpone or cancel their procedure.

We will continue to offer telehealth appointments for all new patient and follow-up patient visits to limit the number of staff and patients in the office.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

  • Patients will be required to wear a mask or face covering when entering the clinic. Please visit the CDC website for information regarding acceptable face coverings.
  • All patients will be screened via questionnaire, temperature and symptom history before being allowed into the clinic.
  • A limited number of patients will be allowed into the lobby and clinic at any given time. You may be asked to wait in your car until your appointment time has arrived or there is sufficient space in the lobby to safely accommodate you.
  • We will not be able to accommodate IVF monitoring visits outside of a specific time block in order to provide the safest environment for our patients and staff.
  • For patients who are considered high-risk for COVID exposure (health care providers), we will continue providing care as long as you are asymptomatic and have not been exposed to anyone with COVID.
  • For patients who test positive for Covid, you need to stay home and self-isolate (“quarantine”) until 10 days from test/first symptoms and you must be fever free (no fever-reducing medications) x 24 hours.
  • For those with known close exposure to a person with COVID (caretaker, household member, direct physical contact, shared eating/drinking utensils, respiratory droplet contact, within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more):
  • If you are asymptomatic, plan to stay home and self-isolate (“quarantine”) for 14 days. An earlier release of quarantine is possible if you have a negative test 5 days after exposure – you can stop quarantine 7 days after this negative test. You can also stop quarantine after 10 days if you remain asymptomatic.

  • If you have symptoms or test positive for Covid, you need to stay home and self-isolate (“quarantine”) until 10 days from test/first symptoms and you must be fever free (no fever-reducing medications) x 24 hours.

SERVICES OFFERED:

  • Telemedicine visits for current and new patients.

  • Testing visits for healthy patients.

  • IVF for healthy patients; no visitors allowed at the ultrasound or egg retrieval visits.

  • Frozen embryo transfers (see above for details regarding dates); no visitors will be allowed at the ultrasound or transfer appointments.

  • Timed intercourse and IUI cycles; no visitors allowed at the ultrasound or IUI visits.

  • Obstetric visits for healthy patients through “graduation.” Only one visitor allowed at the ultrasound visits.

  • We will be utilizing a rotational schedule for physicians and nurses. This means that a patient may not see her primary physician during monitoring (but will have the option of scheduling phone calls or telemedicine appointments to discuss questions or concerns).

COMMUNICATION:

  • New patients may schedule telemedicine visits by emailing scheduling@acrm.com.

  • Due to the need to limit and rotate staff, traditional care teams will not be used for the foreseeable future. This requires strict prioritization of email responses and appointment scheduling. We ask for understanding during this time as we institute this new model.

We will continue to update this website. Please know that we are here for you in this time of uncertainty and that health and safety is our priority

To limit the potential spread of COVID, we are asking that patients follow the instructions below:

  • If you are actively sick and/or have a fever, please stay home and notify your care team.
  • Please contact your primary care physician or local health department if you are ill or have any health concerns. ACRM does not have the ability to test for COVID, except as above for asymptomatic patients at specific time points.
  • Please do not bring your child/children with you to any of your appointments.
  • Avoid traveling to areas with active outbreaks of COVID and remain away from others that may have traveled to at risk areas for a minimum of 14 days.
  • If you have traveled to a country where COVID has been reported, we recommend that you postpone treatments and all office appointments until two weeks after returning home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty or if you’ve been around those that are sick.
  • Adhere to social distancing (i.e. avoid large gatherings or unnecessary close exposure to people outside of your family) for the immediate future.
  • Wear a face mask or face covering when out in public.

COVID-19 Q&A for Patients

Q: Should I get the Covid 19 vaccine?

A: There is very little data on the vaccine and pregnant women, since pregnant women were not included in the study trials. Information will continue to develop as more people, including pregnant women, receive the vaccine in the next 3-6 months. As with many drugs, data on pregnant women will likely be collected through a voluntary database (rather than a dedicated trial in pregnant women.)

The American College of Ob/Gyn (ACOG) is recommending that women at risk of Covid exposure (healthcare workers, teachers, etc) including those who are pregnant or trying to conceive, receive the vaccine.

Based on the mechanism of action of RNA vaccines, and the fact that the vaccine does not enter a cell nucleus and does not alter DNA, there is no plausible risk to fertility or pregnancy nor any risk that has been demonstrated to date.

If the vaccine is available to you, we would recommend getting it prior to pregnancy if possible. We will continue to follow emerging data closely over the next few months. If you are in the midst of a treatment cycle and have the option of receiving the vaccine, we recommend you avoid scheduling an embryo transfer, retrieval, or IUI transfer within 3 days of the vaccine due to the side effects (fever, muscle aches) that can sometimes accompany the shot.

Q: Does COVID-19 impact fertility?

A: Currently, there is no data or scientific evidence to suggest that COVID-19 impacts fertility.

Q: Do you recommend that I postpone any attempt at getting pregnant until the virus is contained?

A: We are not currently discouraging patients from attempting conception. However, please note that the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy, especially early pregnancy, remains unknown at this time.

Q: Will COVID-19 increase my risk of miscarriage?

A: Currently, there is no information on adverse pregnancy outcomes in pregnant women with COVID-19. Pregnancy loss, including miscarriage and stillbirth, has been observed in cases of infection with other related coronaviruses [SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV] during pregnancy. High fevers during the first trimester of pregnancy can increase the risk of certain birth defects. (Source: CDC)

Q: If I recently traveled abroad, will that impact when I start treatment at ACRM?

A: We recommend waiting two weeks after traveling to areas with reported cases of COVID-19 before you visit the office or clinic.

Q: How will you ensure that my eggs/embryos/sperm will remain safe in the lab?

A: ACRM, a CCRM network clinic, has some of the most state-of-the-art technologies available and implements some of the strictest lab standards and protocols in the industry, to provide our patients with the gold standard in patient care.

Q: What happens if I get exposed to COVID-19 during my IVF cycle?

A: If you have symptoms of respiratory distress, which is common with COVID-19, your IVF cycle will be canceled. You do not want to use anesthesia to suppress respirations even further, at a time that you are already compromised due to a viral infection. ACRM wants to protect our patients and our staff from a potential exposure, thus if you are ill your cycle will be canceled.

Q: Does ACRM plan on shutting down for a period of time?

A: No, ACRM will not be shutting down, as there are flu and cold viruses all year long. As a healthcare facility, ACRM is accustomed and proficient at infection control like many hospitals are. ACRM has policies and procedures for cleaning our instruments and patient care areas to reduce the risk of spreading infections. However, we will be conducting more visits via telemedicine.

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