Infertility Treatment and COVID-19

Our Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus). As a leader in reproductive medicine and surgery, we are adhering to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines, as well as guidelines from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

We understand the added stress the COVID-19 situation is causing for our patients. Our providers are here to support you during this challenging time.

Services for New and Existing Patients

The Center for Infertility & Reproductive Surgery is continuing to connect with new and existing patients via telemedicine.

If you are currently undergoing a fresh IVF cycle or a frozen embryo transfer cycle (and have started stimulation medications or monitoring by 3/13/20), your cycle will continue and be completed.

IVF cycles have been postponed for any patients not started by 3/13/20. Additionally, office-based procedures and surgeries have been postponed at this time.

Connecting with Us

We are contacting each of our in cycle patients to review their status and next steps.

For new patients, please contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our providers via phone or video conference. In addition to our main campus in Boston, all satellite locations are booking telemedicine appointments.

Please call one of our locations:

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston MA: (617) 732-4222, select option #1
  • Brigham Health at Foxborough, MA: (617) 732-4222
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA: (617) 243-5200
  • South Shore Hospital, Weymouth, MA: (781) 682-4564
  • Exeter Hospital, Stratham, NH: (603) 773-6973

FAQs for Infertility Patients

  • Does COVID-19 impact fertility or pregnancy?
    There is little data at present on the effect of COVID-19 on fertility, pregnancy and the newborn, but preliminary observations to date suggest that there is no significant impact.
  • How will you ensure that my eggs/embryos/sperm will remain safe in the lab?
    Frozen eggs, embryos and sperm are safely stored in individual containers in liquid nitrogen tanks. The tanks continue to be carefully monitored by laboratory staff. There is no evidence that COVID -19 affects frozen tissues.
  • Can my new patient consultation be held effectively via telemedicine?
    Yes. Similar to an in-person new patient consult, our providers will speak with you about your concerns and discuss options for treatment.
  • When will I be able to resume treatment with CIRS?
    At this time, we are unsure of when we will resume normal clinical activities, but we will update all existing and new patients via this site with timely information as it becomes available.
  • Who should I call if I have a question about my care?
    For questions about your care, please call the center at which you normally receive your care at one of the phone numbers above. Our nurses and doctors will help you.
  • How can I learn more about Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s response to COVID-19?
    Please visit the FAQs page for Brigham patients and visitors, as well as the updated Visitor Policies.

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