On 31 March 2020, the Fertility Society of Australia published new information for patients about changes to fertility treatment caused by COVID-19.
Due to the urgency of controlling the COVID-19 outbreak, the Australian Government has provided an order about elective surgical procedures from 1 April 2020. The government is doing this to minimise contact between people and to preserve healthcare resources for urgent patient care. The government has not yet indicated when this order will be lifted. Non-urgent egg pick up procedures are affected by this measure if hormonal treatment did not commence prior to the Australian Government’s announcement
In response, the FSA said "commencement of all new fertility treatments should be postponed unless absolutely necessary".
The group, which represents fertility specialists in Australia and New Zealand, also said: "There is no evidence that delaying treatment for a short period of time (up to 2 months) will ultimately affect your ability to have a child, even if you have concerns about your age or diminished ovarian reserve (low egg supply)."
If you are a patient at a clinic, the FSA recommends contacting your treating specialist to discuss your personal circumstances and what you can do to optimise your current fertility and the success of any future treatment, such as lifestyle changes.
For more information about ways to improve both female and male fertility while waiting for treatment, visit Your Fertility.
If you want to stay up to date with the latest advice, follow the Fertility Society of Australia’s information here. The FSA is the peak body representing scientists, doctors, researchers, nurses, consumers and counsellors in reproductive medicine in Australia and New Zealand.
We understand that this will create great anxiety and distress for some people. If you need psychological support, talk to your clinic about what help they can offer you. You can also find a list of experienced private counsellors here.
If you want to stay up to date with what is known about COVID-19 and pregnancy and birth, you can follow the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ advice here.
The Commonwealth Government’s advice about COVID-19 can be found here.