Corona virus & fertility

Your safety comes first

We are currently receiving a lot of questions about the Corona Virus and the possible effects of the new lockdown on treatment. Do not worry: Our center is open without restrictions and we look forward to guide you on your Fertility Journey!

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Fertility Journey with us

We developed a detailed COVID-19 prevention concept months ago and we offer you the greatest possible security:

Mask requirement

Please wear a face mask when entering our center and during your entire stay. Please come to your appointment alone (exception: first consultation, egg retrieval).

Health check

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.

Team

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.

Keep distance

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).

Hygiene measures

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.

Online treatment

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.

Our team of doctors is clearly in favor of the COVID 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.

Our recommendations for women:

  • YES to vaccination: If you are not currently pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
  • YES to vaccination: If you are currently pregnant AND a high risk patient.
  • NO to vaccination: If you are currently pregnant.

Our recommendations for men:

  • YES to vaccination: To protect your pregnant partner and yourself from COVID 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 be very dangerous for mother and child, ”explains our medical director and president of the Austrian IVF society, Prof. Dr. Andreas Obruca.

COVID courses are more severe in pregnant women and the risk of premature birth increases in late pregnancy. According to the current data, mRNA vaccines should not mean an increased risk for pregnant women and the fetus, but have not (yet) been tested in studies on pregnant women.

A negative pregnancy test is not a prerequisite for a COVID 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: day of egg retrieval, 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:

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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
  • debriefings

Contact our team for an appointment or further information - we look forward to advising you personally!
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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 office@gravita.info.pl.

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.