Coronavirus and fertility – separating fact from fiction
The novel coronavirus is a hot topic right now, and with so much conflicting information, it’s enough to make anyone feel nervous. To keep our patients safe, Fertility Answers has been carefully monitoring this developing situation. We know it’s an unsettling time, so our Baton Rouge and Lafayette fertility centers have compiled the facts about coronavirus and fertility, including coronavirus precautions, to help you feel empowered in the face of the virus.
What is the coronavirus and how does it spread?
Coronavirus isn’t just a single virus. It’s a family of viruses that can cause respiratory illness. This new virus in this family (COVID-19) appeared in China in late 2019. It has since spread to other countries around the world, including the United States.
The most common symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Most people can recover at home, and some don’t experience any symptoms of the virus. However, in some cases, the virus can cause pneumonia, respiratory failure and death. Older people, especially those with underlying health problems, seem to be at higher risk for advanced complications from the virus.
The virus spreads through close contact with an infected person who coughs or sneezes. As a result, avoiding large gatherings and close contact with people who have a respiratory illness are the top coronavirus precautions.
Additionally, you might be tired of experts telling you to wash your hands for 20 seconds and to wear a face covering or mask, but they are the best ways to stay healthy. Our Baton Rouge and Lafayette fertility centers team also recommends that you avoid touching your face and putting travel plans on hold for now.
Is there a link between the coronavirus and fertility issues?
So far, no research has shown a relationship between the coronavirus and fertility issues. Even so, out of an abundance of caution, our fertility centers are adhering to the following American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines.
- If you are pregnant or want to attempt pregnancy soon, you should avoid traveling to areas that are experiencing an outbreak.
- If you have the coronavirus, you should avoid conceiving until you are well. In the meantime, you can freeze your eggs, sperm or embryos for future use.
How does the coronavirus affect pregnancy?
Currently, there are no published reports about how the coronavirus affects pregnant women. However, pregnancy may increase a woman’s susceptibility to the illness, so it’s important to take coronavirus precautions.
There is also no definitive evidence that the virus can cause pregnancy loss or birth defects. However, one study suggests that the virus does not pass from mother to baby during pregnancy.
Contact us if you have more questions about coronavirus and fertility. Our team is here to ease your mind with the facts.