How Couples Are Dealing with IVF Cancellations Due to COVID-19

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COVID-19 has fully disrupted life as we know it, and it’s costing many people the chance to experience milestones they had been looking forward—including the chance of conception through in vitro fertilization (IVF).

On March 17, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued guidance that advised treatment facilities to “suspend the initiation of new cycles; strongly consider cancellation of all embryo transfers whether fresh or frozen; suspend elective surgeries and non-urgent diagnostic procedures; continue to care for patients who are currently ‘in-cycle’ or who require urgent stimulation and cryopreservation; and minimize in-person interactions.”

While the guidance came as an attempt to ensure the safety of patients and staff members, for many couples, the news was devastating. IVF is time-sensitive not only because fertility in men and women decreases with age,…

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