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COVID-19 Advice for Patients

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

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Visiting Our Clinics

Updated February 2022

In order to ensure that we all continue to follow health guidelines and to help minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission among patients and staff, we have introduced the following as of 6 December 2021.

Also to assist in reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission, we are currently unable to welcome children into our clinics. We ask that you make alternative appropriate arrangements for their care when you are attending our clinics as there can be no exemption to this policy.

Please also note that everyone entering our clinics must wear a single use surgical mask at all times. If you are vaccinated and have a medical exemption to wearing a face mask, please contact us well prior to your visit to discuss your specific circumstances. Unfortunately, unvaccinated people who are unable or unwilling to wear a face mask will need to notify your doctor immediately as your treatment will need to be deferred.

APPOINTMENT TYPE
New Appointments Depending on your treating doctor, your appointment may be via Telehealth or face-to-face.

Only patients and/or partners who are fully vaccinated (and can show proof of) will have the option of a face-to-face consult if offered by your treating doctor.

Patients and/or partners who are not fully vaccinated will not be able to attend face-to-face appointments, instead you will have your consult via Telehealth.

Review Appointments

 

These appointments will be conducted via telephone.

 

Nurse Instruction Appointments

 

These appointments will be on site if required (maximum of 15 minutes). If additional time is required this will be conducted via phone.

 

Blood test including nest blood tests Patients requiring blood tests prior to their first appointment can attend regardless of their vaccination status.

Unfortunately partners and/or support people will not be able to attend this appointment unless special medical circumstances mandates their attendance.

Routine ultrasound appointments (i.e. follicular scans) Regardless of vaccination status, patients are able to attend their appointment.

Unfortunately partners and/or support people will not be able to attend this appointment unless special medical circumstances mandates their attendance.

Pelvic ultrasound appointments Regardless of vaccination status, patients are able to attend their appointment.

Unfortunately partners and/or support people will not be able to attend this appointment unless special medical circumstances mandates their attendance.

Pregnancy ultrasounds and nest scans Regardless of vaccination status, patients are able to attend their appointment.

Fully vaccinated partners/support people will be able to attend this appointment.

Unfortunately, unvaccinated partners and/or support people will not be able to attend this appointment unless they have had a COVID-19 screening test. Our staff will advise you of these details prior to your appointment date.

Diagnostic semen sample Fully vaccinated patients will be able to produce their semen sample on site.

Unvaccinated patients will be required to produce samples at home and then bring their sample into Repromed for analysis within an hour of production. Sterile containers can be purchased from pharmacies for this intended use.

Semen sample for treatment for IUI and IVF cycles Regardless of vaccination status, patients are able to attend their appointment to produce their sample on site.
Egg Collection and Day Surgery Unit Procedures Regardless of vaccination status, patients are able to attend their appointment. Please note that Covid-19 testing is required and our staff will advise you of these details prior to your theatre date.

Vaccinated partners can attend to escort patients to and collect them from our Day Surgery Unit.

Unfortunately unvaccinated partners will not be allowed to enter our clinic even to escort their partners to our Day Surgery Unit.

Embryo Transfer appointments Regardless of vaccination status, patients are able to attend their appointment.

Fully vaccinated partners/support people will be able to attend this appointment.

Unfortunately unvaccinated partners and/or support people will not be able to attend this appointment unless special medical circumstances mandates their attendance.

Pharmacy Collections (Dulwich clinic only) Where possible we prefer for the person collecting medication from our on-site pharmacy to be fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Vaccines and Fertility

Updated November 2021

There has been a lot of misinformation surrounding COVID-19 vaccines and their impact on fertility. We want to reassure our patients that COVID-19 vaccinations do not affect fertility and are safe for people planning a pregnancy and people that are pregnant.

In line with advice from the Australian Department of Health and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, it is recommended that you get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.

According to the Australian Government Department of Health, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will not approve a vaccine for use in Australia unless it is safe and effective. This includes impacts on fertility. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved, or under review by the TGA cause sterilisation or infertility.

If you are pregnant, it is vital that you get vaccinated against COVID-19, as pregnant people have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and their babies have a higher risk of being born prematurely. Vaccination is the best way to reduce these risks. You can be vaccinated at any stage during your pregnancy and pregnant people are a priority group for COVID-19 vaccination.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists states that vaccines, such as the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) have been shown to be safe in pregnant women, based on accumulated real-world evidence from other countries. COVID-19 vaccination may additionally provide indirect protection to babies by transferring antibodies through the placenta (for pregnant people) or through breastmilk (for people who are breastfeeding).

The New England Journal of Medicine also recently confirmed that COVID-19 vaccination during the first trimester of pregnancy does NOT increase the risk of miscarriage.

If you are planning a pregnancy, it is important to note that there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have an impact on fertility.

All patients who decide to get vaccinated should continue to follow the current guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 after they are vaccinated. This includes hand hygiene, wearing masks, testing when symptoms are present and isolation, when appropriate.

If you have individual concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to discuss this with your Fertility Doctor, Obstetrician or GP.

Given the seriousness of the Delta variant of COVID-19, vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from illness. Please do not delay getting a vaccine and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Take care and stay safe.

Further Resources

  • For advice provided by The Fertility Society of Australia on Coronavirus – please click here.
  • For Repromed’s Q&A on fertility treatment and the Coronavirus in Australia – please click here.
  • For Repromed Patient Updates – please click here.