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COVID-19 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.

Updated Visitor Policy

Safety Precautions:

  • Patients are required to wear a mask or face covering when entering the clinic.
  • 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.
  • For patients who are considered high-risk for COVID exposure (healthcare workers), we will continue providing care as long as you are asymptomatic and have not been exposed to anyone with COVID.
  • If you are asymptomatic, plan to stay home and self-isolate per the CDC guidelines.

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.”
  • 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).

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

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.

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