Fertility treatments do not lose their relevance in the corona pandemic. However, many couples wonder if COVID has any effects on the treatment. Do not worry: our center is open without restrictions and we will accompany you on your fertility journey with high security measures! At the moment, please only come to our center after making an appointment.
Our team of doctors is clearly in favor of the COVID-19 vaccination and recommends it to all couples who are planning to conceive. The vaccination helps prevent infection and thus protects mother and child.
The vaccination program against the COVID-19 infection has started in Austria. Without a doubt, high vaccination coverage and the resulting herd immunity is an important milestone in the fight against the pandemic. However, many couples who are preparing for pregnancy and parents-to-be are currently unsure whether and when they should be vaccinated against Corona due to different recommendations from public institutions. Vaccinations before and during pregnancy protect not only the mother but also the child from serious diseases and are therefore particularly important.
Our recommendations for women: (as of March, 31st 2021)
- YES to vaccination: If you are not currently pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
- YES to vaccination: If you are currently pregnant AND have the following considerations*.
- There is no approval for COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy yet, which means the application is an "off label use".
- Pregnant women have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 more severely.
- COVID-19 disease in pregnancy is more likely to result in premature births.
- Pregnant women respond very well to the vaccination and pass on protective antibodies to their child.
- Recommendation for vaccination if you belong to a risk group (arterial hypertension, obesity, diabetes mellitus type 1 and type 2, severe asthma/respiratory diseases, chronic autoimmune diseases, other cardiovascular diseases).
Recommendation for vaccination in case of increased risk of infection.
In general, an individual benefit & risk assessment applies.
Over 50,000 pregnant women have already been vaccinated in the USA without subsequent problems.
Ideal time for the vaccination: Possible at any time, but recommended from the 12th week of pregnancy onwards.
*This recommendation is based on the recommendations of the American health authority CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html) and applies to mRNA vaccines (e.g., Biontech/Pfizer) and vector vaccines (Johnson&Johnson) and professional societies (https://www.figo.org/covid-19-vaccination-pregnant-and-breastfeeding-women and https://www.oeggg.at/leitlinien-stellungnahmen/covid-19-sars-cov-2/).
Our recommendations for men: (as of March, 31st 2021)
- YES to vaccination: To protect your pregnant partner and yourself from COVID-19 infection.
“There is currently no evidence that vaccination against COVID-19 has a negative impact on fertility in women and men. International specialist societies therefore recommend couples who want to have children to get vaccinated against corona. We share this opinion, because an infection with COVID during pregnancy can result in an increased risk for mother and child, ”explains our medical director and president of the Austrian IVF society, Prof. Dr. Andreas Obruca.
A negative pregnancy test is not a prerequisite for a COVID-19 vaccination. Especially pregnant women in risk groups - regarding the infection but also illness - can and should - according to the recommendation of our team of doctors - be vaccinated after appropriate information. If a fever occurs after the vaccination, paracetamol can be prescribed.
- Due to the currently increasing number of infections, we ask you to come WITHOUT ACCOMPANIMENT.
- EXCEPTIONS that allow accompaniment: first consultation, day of egg retrieval, day of insemination / embryo transfer, interpreting in the event of a language barrier, in the event of psychological stress
- You should only come to your appointment if you have made an appointment by telephone in advance.
- Please cancel your appointment and do NOT enter the Clinic if you have the following symptoms:
- fever and/or
- cough and/or
- sore throat and/or
- shortness of breath and/or
- taste disorder and/or malodour
- In such a case, please immediately contact the 24 hour Helpline 1450!
- Please inform us immediately if you have stayed in a risk area. Due to the global spread of the coronavirus, travel warnings with necessary Covid19 tests and quarantine measures are currently in force. https://www.bmeia.gv.at/reise-urlaub/reisewarierungen/
- Prescriptions and Referrals: At the moment we would ask you to solely request such items by telephone or email, following which you will receive them by email or by post.
Please contact our team:
We already developed a detailed COVID-19 prevention concept in the first lockdown in March 2020 and offer you the greatest possible security.
Please wear a FFP2 facemask when entering our center and during your entire stay. Please come to your appointment alone (exception: first consultation, egg retrieval).
When you register, the temperature is measured, symptoms are queried and you are informed about all hygiene measures. Please inform us in advance if you have stayed in a risk area.
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.
The size of our center with two attic floors allows for generous spacing. When making appointments, we ensure that there are no queues and that there is no direct contact with other patients (large waiting areas, individual relax rooms, 6 ordinations).
When you arrive at our center, please take 30 seconds to disinfect your hands thoroughly (dispensers are available). We do not shake hands and clean / disinfect the treatment rooms after each appointment.
Upon request, all meetings (first, interim and debriefing) can be made online via zoom or telephone. Please contact us for your inquiries, prescriptions or referrals only by email or phone. You can only enter our center by making an appointment in advance.
Of course we want to meet and consult all of our patients in person. Still at the moment it is primarely important to offer treatment-related and necessary appointments at the Kinderwunschzentrum (e.g. ultrasound of control check-ups). If available, we will of course also offer appointments on site. However, we are currently asking patients to take mouth-nose protection with them.
As a good and now proven alternative, we naturally still offer consultations via Zoom or telephone. Our Fertility Experts can offer you a professional and competent consultation via telemedicine without any loss of quality compared to a personal consultation. All sessions can be conducted via Zoom or telephone. The online appointments include:
- personally getting to know each other
- evaluation of your individual situation and all your concerns
- medical anamnesis and consultation including treatment recommendations
- planning of treatments
Patients who are planning a treatment at the moment or are undergoing a treatment right now in one of our partner institutes, should proceed as follows:
- UNICA Institut in Brno, Czech Republic: Please get in touch with your coordinator from UNICA. The staff will inform you of the further steps to be taken.
- GRAVITA Institut in Lodz, Poland: Please get in touch directly with Dr Wojciech Gontarek by E-Mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the moment there is no evidence that a COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 infection is any worse for a pregnant woman than for someone who is not pregnant. The risk of transmission to the child seems extremely low. Only a few cases have been documented so far, the course of the disease in the child seems rather easy (Dated 16.07.2020). The milk from some mothers who contacted the Corona infection tested negative for the virus. The same was true for the amniotic fluid and the umbilical blood. (Source https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIISO140-6736(20)30360-3/fulltext).
The number of cases examined is small and therefore do not allow many conclusions. In contrast to infections with SARS or MERS, at the moment there is no indication of serious effects or complications for mothers and their new-born babies (Source: see Guidelines for Pregnant women in the case of possible infection with SARS-CoV 2-Infection https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30157-2/fulltext; Dated 03.03.2020).
In addition to the usual precautions, we recommend that our fertility patients have the influenza vaccination, especially in order to avoid a double infection with COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 and influenza.This is true for non-vaccinated pregnant women as well as for non-vaccinated women undergoing fertility treatment.
There is no risk for pregnant women because of the influenza vaccination. Delaying the fertility therapy is also not necessary as a so-called non-live vaccine is used. There are no contra-indications therefore against the influenza vaccination during a pregnancy.
Even if an influenza season has apparently passed its peak, you should still have the influenza vaccination. In fact, vaccination against influenza is specifically recommended for pregnant women. The authorities in Germany (STIKO) responsible for vaccinations recommends the influenza vaccination for all pregnant women from the second trimester, and in the case of a higher health risk due to an underlying condition (for example asthma or diabetes) from the first trimester.