In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) issued a set of recommendations for reproductive medicine professionals and practices. One of the ASRM’s recommendations for practices during the coronavirus pandemic is to suspend all embryo transfers, including frozen embryo transfers.

At Western Fertility Institute, we put the safety and health of our patients above all else. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and conserve vital health care resources, we plan to comply with the ASRM’s recommendations, as well as with all other recommendations from the U.S. Healthcare Department. Unfortunately, this means we will be pausing embryo transfers for our patients.

As an organization, we’re dedicated to supporting you every step of the way on your journey to starting your family. Below, you can learn more about why we’ve made this decision and what you can expect in the next few weeks and months.

Why Pausing Embryo Transfers Is Necessary

Since first appearing in late 2019, the coronavirus has spread to more than 100 countries worldwide and infected hundreds of thousands of people. The pandemic has put a strain on health care infrastructure, and as a result, practices and health care organizations have had to act quickly to protect the well-being of patients. The virus spreads quickly in communities and can be passed on when someone with COVID-19 coughs or sneezes in close proximity to someone else.

To slow the spread of the disease, the public is asked to practice social distancing, and health care providers are asked to limit in-person interactions with patients. To minimize the potential spreading of COVID-19 in fertility clinics, the ASRM has encouraged practices to suspend many different kinds of non-urgent procedures, including elective surgeries, diagnostic procedures, ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and frozen embryo transfers. The organization has also recommended that consultations and other appointments be conducted online or over the phone.

Limiting the human impact of the coronavirus is a top priority around the world, and the risks of developing COVID-19 while pregnant are not yet known. For these reasons, we’ve decided to postpone embryo transfers until it’s safe to resume practice as usual.

What Western Fertility Institute Is Doing to Help

At Western Fertility Institute, we know that many of our patients are eager to grow their families. As the situation develops in California and around the world, we’re keeping a close watch on the guidance from the ASRM and the government. Our goal is to resume embryo transfers and other treatments as soon as it is safely possible. Our commitment to our mission is as strong now as ever, and we’ll continue to do everything we can to help you reach your reproductive goals.

If you’re not sure whether the coronavirus will impact your treatment at Western Fertility Institute, we encourage you to reach out to us online. Your coordinator can keep you updated on any changes and answer any questions or concerns you might have in the upcoming weeks and months.