Frequently asked questions on Corona & fertility

Here you will find an answer to all your questions about the corona virus, so that you can feel good and secure during your fertility journey.

COVID-19 vaccination

YES.

If you are planning a pregnancy (with or without fertility treatment), the COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for both partners. Ideally, both vaccinations should be completed before you start treatment.

(There is currently no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccination has a negative impact on fertility in women and men. In addition, a COVID-19 infection during pregnancy poses an increased risk of severe disease and premature birth.)

YES.

If your partner is planning a pregnancy, the COVID-19 vaccination is also recommended for you. Infecting your partner with COVID-19 during pregnancy can be very dangerous for both mother and child. In addition, there is currently no evidence that vaccination against COVID-19 has a negative impact on fertility in women and men.

YES.

YES.

If vaccinated immediately after an insemination, the body's immune reaction may affect the likelihood of pregnancy.

YES.

  • Treatment can be started at any time after the 2nd vaccination.
  • Can I also get vaccinated during the IVF / ICSI treatment cycle?
    • In principle YES - especially if there is an increased risk of infection or disease.
  • If the vaccination falls within the period of implantation (between embryo transfer and pregnancy test), we recommend freezing all suitable embryos and postponing the transfer to the next cycle.
  • COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy

NO, a planned COVID vaccination unfortunately does not extend the IVF fund entitlement

  • for women who have their 40th birthday during this time
  • couples who have exceeded the 6-month period after registration

The following recommendations apply equally to all COVID-19 vaccines:

You have NOT yet received a vaccination:
Ideally, BOTH vaccinations should be completed before starting treatment. Treatment can be started immediately after the 2nd vaccination.

You have already received the 1st vaccination:
You can start treatment immediately after the 1st vaccination. You can then have the 2nd vaccination as planned - however, if the vaccination date falls around the time of embryo transfer (+/- 3 days), we recommend freezing the embryos and using them at a later date.

You have already received the 2nd vaccination:
You can start treatment immediately.

You are already pregnant:
Vaccination (especially for high-risk groups) is possible at any time during pregnancy. In order to exclude a connection to spontaneous premature births, which also occur otherwise, the recommendation is to vaccinate after the 1st trimester. 

Fertility & treatment

YES. We recommend that both partners wear an FFP2 mask during the fertility treatment in order to minimize the risk of infection. According to the recommendation of the Austrian Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics (www.oeggg.at), an FFP2 mask should also be worn during pregnancy.

YES. According to the COVID Measures Ordinance, you are allowed to leave your private living area to take advantage of a health service. On request, you will also receive a confirmation from our office team, which you can show in the event of a control by the security authorities.

Yes. Our center is open without restrictions and we look forward to accompanying you on your Fertility Journey! We developed a detailed COVID-19 prevention concept months ago and offer you a safe fertility treatment through comprehensive measures.

You can continue your treatment without any changes.

However, we ask you to come to your appointment alone. Exceptions are:

  • the first interview
  • the final consultation
  • the day of ovum pick-up
  • the day of insemination / embryo transfer
  • if you need an interpreter
  • if you need your partner as a mental support due to psychological issues

YES and NO. The fertility journey represents a couple treatment, therefore the partner is an essential part of the treatment and for us neither a visitor nor a companion, but also to be seen as a patient. Even though we are usually always very happy to see both partners at appointments - help reduce the number of people in our center and follow our recommendations:

Yes: first consultation, final consultation, egg retrieval, insemination, embryo transfer, interpreters for language barriers, in case of psychological stress

No, if possible: ultrasound check-ups, medication distribution

Online treatment: If you wish, you can carry out all the appointments (first, interim and debriefing) via zoom or telephone.

Safety measures

Please keep a distance of at least 2 meters from other patients in the Fertility Center.

However, the size of our center with several attic floors allows for generous spacing anyway. When making appointments, we ensure that there are as few queues as possible and that there is no direct contact with other patients (large, separate waiting areas, individual quiet rooms, 6 ordinations).

 

Yes, please wear an FFP2 mask from the moment you enter our centre and during your entire stay, a faceshield/visor is not sufficient!

Please also bring a valid 2.5G certificate (vaccination or recovery certificate or valid PCR test according to the current prescription) to the Kinderwunschzentrum for presentation.

We protect our patients by our employees wearing an FFP-2 protective mask during working hours and for every patient contact. Due to our large team, we have a lot of reserves and thus guarantee you reliability.