COVID-19 Update - April 13th, 2020
To Our Current and Future Washington Fertility Patients,
We continue to monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and follow the guidelines of ASRM, CDC, and ACOG. Following the ASRM guidelines, we recently suspended all fertility treatments but continued offering initial and follow-up phone consultations as well as all diagnostic fertility testing.
Above all, the safety and well-being of our future parents and their babies is, and always will be, our number one priority. Similarly, we are concerned about the safety and well-being of our staff and associates. We have adopted strict hygiene and disinfection policies, such as masks and gloves for all our staff, space separation, and no partners or children allowed during the time of patient visits. We now ask our patients to cancel their appointment if they have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, or if they have been exposed to someone suspected or diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. They are asked to immediately contact their primary care provider or a hospital emergency department for further instructions.
We now ask all our patients to use face masks (hospital grade or homemade) prior to entering our offices. Please note that, due to the global shortage of medical supplies, we are unable to provide our patients with masks.
We know how anxious our patients are about their fertility and their desire to start or expand their families. Many are also concerned about the effects of age on their fertility. Most strongly feel their treatment is NOT an elective treatment and must not be delayed. They are not willing to put their dream on hold!
For these reasons, we feel that the decision by our patients to start or resume their fertility treatment must be made by them after consultation and discussion with their physicians about the potential risks, if any, of the COVID-19 virus. They will be required to review and sign a consent form prior to the start of their treatment.
Effective Monday, April 13, 2020, we will resume the following treatment modalities:
- Ovulation Induction
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
- Frozen Embryo Transfer
- Donor Frozen Eggs IVF
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): Natural IVF, Mini- IVF and Stimulated IVF
All embryos must be frozen and transferred after April 30, 2020, providing the COVID-19 risk seems to be decreasing. This date is tentative and may change if needed.
Egg donors retrievals at Washington Fertility Center shall be postponed until further notice.
We remain committed to providing our patients with the best quality care as summarized in our philosophy.
Experience. Excellence. Success.
Thank you for your understanding and support,
Pierre Asmar, MD, FACOG
Founder and Medical Director
Washington Fertility Center
Egg Donor America
Egg Bank America