Coronavirus and fertility – Separating fact from fiction
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, Texas Fertility Center (TFC) has been carefully monitoring this developing situation. We know it’s an unsettling time, so our Austin fertility center has 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 Wuhan, 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 will recover at home, and many don’t experience any symptoms of the virus at all. However, in rare cases, the virus can cause pneumonia, respiratory and/or kidney failure, and death.
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, but it’s one of the best ways to stay healthy. Our Austin fertility center team also recommends that you avoid touching your face, maintain good general hygiene, and put non-essential domestic or international 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. However, our center will postpone cycles for at least 15 days if you have traveled to, from or through any of the countries identified as high risk areas. This measure is to protect the health and safety of you and our team, and this policy is subject to change as the worldwide status of the virus evolves.
How does the coronavirus affect pregnancy?
Currently, there are no published reports about how – Or if – the coronavirus affects pregnant women. However, pregnancy may increase a woman’s susceptibility to 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. In fact, one recent published 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.