Fertility treatment and coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently asked questions
Will I need to have a COVID-19 test before starting treatment?
Patients will not need to have a COVID-19 test before resuming treatment. We will ask everyone visiting COVID-19 screening questions to minimise any potential risk to our patients. You can access COVID-19 testing through the NHS. It’s up you whether to take this test, but it may help you feel confident in starting treatment, as you can then be sure you won’t be wasting your medications.
Is it safe for me to become pregnant?
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists advise that anyone thinking about becoming pregnant should be fully vaccinated.
"current evidence from the UK suggests that pregnant women are no more likely to get covid 19 than other healthy adults. But if they are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, they are at an increased rise of becoming severely unwell if they do catch covid 19. This can lead to admission to intensive care, or possible premature birth of the baby"
Should anyone consider delaying their fertility treatment?
Everyone is different, and there may be factors in your medical history that prompt you to consider delaying your treatment.
If you have an underlying health condition, please read the Government guidance about minimising contact with others outside your household and, when you are ready, speak with your local CARE team about when it could be safe for you to have treatment.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, as identified by the Government, you will have received a letter from the NHS with advice. Though we ask that you wait for further advice before resuming treatment, we are happy to work with your GP or hospital doctor to create an individual plan for your safe treatment once it is safe for you to leave your house.
If you feel unwell at any time during your treatment cycle, we would urge you to contact us for advice. If necessary, we’ll happily organise a face to face appointment to help provide the reassurance you need and avoid seeking help from the NHS while hospitals are so busy.
I read that you are providing Treatment Plans via the Patient Portal. Is that the case for all patients?
Yes, CARE patients access their Treatment Plans through the Patient Portal
What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 during treatment?
If you start to have symptoms of COVID-19 during treatment, you can choose to cancel your treatment, or we can offer you a test to check if you have an active COVID-19 infection. If you test positive, we will need to cancel your treatment. If you develop symptoms after egg collection but before embryo replacement, we will ask you to freeze all of your embryos and have an embryo replacement once you are fully recovered. To protect all our patients and staff, we will not treat anyone with an active COVID-19 infection until they are fully recovered.
What emotional support are you offering patients?
We always want our patients to be able to access support with CARE. As always, counselling is free and available to everyone at CARE, and our specialist fertility counsellors offer their appointments online if you prefer – please get in touch with your local clinic to find out more and to book an appointment.
Our dedicated Patient Support Coordinator is also continuing her support group by Skype, as well as continuing to help patients with the CARE Buddy system, where you can share your journey with another patient.
We also post lots of information about support and physical and emotional wellbeing on our website and social media, including blogs and videos from fertility experts.
Of course, our team members available to support you and answer your questions during this difficult time – please contact your local clinic or our patient enquiry team, and we’ll do everything possible to support you.
Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am trying to conceive?
Covid 19 vaccination is strongly recommend by the RCOG at any stage of pregnancy.
The British Fertility Society and Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists have created a FAQ document all about the COVID-19 vaccines and fertility to answer common patient questions. If you have any additional questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and trying to conceive, please ask your local CARE team.
The RCOG response to misinformation around Covid-19 vaccine and fertility
Dr Edward Morris, President at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: “We want to reassure women that there is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility. Claims of any effect of Covid-19 vaccination on fertility are speculative and not supported by any data.
There is no biologically plausible mechanism by which current vaccines would cause any impact on women's fertility. Evidence has not been presented that women who have been vaccinated have gone on to have fertility problems.
For women in the age group where they may be considering pregnancy, the vaccination is only currently being offered to two groups - health and social care workers (including carers for older adults in residential care homes) who are at higher risk of catching Covid-19 and those with serious medical conditions who have a greater risk of severe illness from Covid-19. Pregnant and breastfeeding women who are eligible will also be offered the vaccine".
Our CARE family
We care passionately about you and your future, please be assured that your need for family is at the heart of everything we do. We are here to support you and help you.
With love from CARE x
Updated January 2022