What measures does Ginefiv take to ensure my safety against coronavirus during my treatment?
At Ginefiv, we carefully follow each and every piece of information published by the health authorities, in order to adapt our protocols and guarantee the safety of our patients and employees at all times by adopting appropriate measures.
For this reason, and following the recommendation of the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF) for all Spanish Assisted Reproduction Centres, Ginefiv will remain open but will reduce its activity in the coming weeks in order to protect our patients, our staff and our health system, maintaining a minimum service of 30%.
What is coronavirus and what are its symptoms?
The new coronavirus was identified in China in late 2019, and is a new strain that has never been seen in humans before. The most common symptoms of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are:
- Dyspnea (difficulty breathing)
- Nasal congestion
Data provided by the Ministry of Health ensures that 80% of those affected show mild symptoms. Similarly, the population most at risk is the one that, because of its age or comorbidities, presents a more fragile state of health than the rest of the population.
At this time, there is no evidence of transmission of COVID-10 through Assisted Human Reproduction.
How is it contracted and what precautions should be taken?
The virus is transmitted from one individual to another through close contact with a sick person. For example, living under the same roof, sharing the same hospital room, travelling for several hours in the same transport, or caring for a sick person without adequate protection.
As already recommended by health authorities, the WHO recommendations for reducing the risk of contracting the virus are as follows:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and/or antibacterial products.
- Maintain a correct respiratory hygiene covering your mouth with a tissue or covering your arm when coughing.
- Avoid hand contact with eyes, nose and mouth.
- Maintain environmental hygiene, cleaning common items and ventilating periodically.
- In the event of symptoms, avoid close contact with other people.
- (The use of facemasks in healthy people is not advised)
What should I do if I get the disease?
If you have been in contact with someone who is infected by the virus, you should remain in quarantine even if you have no symptoms.
If you develop symptoms such as fever, dry cough or difficulty breathing, you should call the EMS by dialing 15 so that they can assess your condition.
If you are planning to attend a first consultation at our clinic but the 14 days of quarantine after exposure (i.e. contact with someone infected) have not yet elapsed, your consultation will be held by videocall instead of on-site.
Can COVID-19 affect my fertility?
Currently, there is no data or scientific evidence to suggest that COVID-19 affects fertility.
Can VIDOC-19 affect my pregnancy?
It is important to note that we are still learning about this virus and its evolution, and to date, information on its impact on pregnancy is still limited.
However, early scientific studies on the relationship between the coronavirus and pregnancy indicate that there is no transmission from mother to foetus during this period, and it has not been shown that pregnant women are more susceptible to coronavirus infection than the rest of the population.
Similarly, to date there is no evidence of transmission of this type of virus through AHR treatments.
It should be taken into account that this virus is more common in the elderly and/or in people with previous pathologies. To date, no deaths have been recorded in children and few in healthy young people. 80% of patients show only mild symptoms.
Will COVID-19 increase the risk of miscarriage?
Currently, there is no information on the adverse effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women. Pregnancy losses, including miscarriages and deaths at birth, have been observed in cases of infection with other similar coronaviruses [SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV] during pregnancy. High fever in the first trimester of pregnancy may increase the risk of certain birth defects.
How will Ginefiv guarantee the safety of my eggs/embryone/sperm in the laboratory?
Throughout the year, Ginefiv is used to handling all types of samples and scrupulously respects the usual safety measures. All laboratory procedures are carried out under the strictest control measures to guarantee the safety of your gametes and your unborn child.
SEF reports that, to date, there is no evidence that the virus is present in biological reproductive material (oocytes, sperm, embryos) in related biological fluids (follicular fluid, semen) or in genital secretions (vaginal, uterine). It has been described that the survival time of the virus on inanimate surfaces can be as long as 9 days, this time decreasing with temperatures above 30°C. We remind you that the usual embryo cultures in our reproduction laboratories are carried out at 37 ºC for 3 to 5 days.
Can I start my treatment or should I postpone it?
According to the recommendations of the European Society of Human Reproduction (ESHRE) and the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF), we recommend:
- For treatments already started: continue them until the follicular puncture to vitrify the eggs obtained or, if possible, fertilize them and freeze the resulting embryos so that they can be transferred later.
- For treatments that have not been started: postpone them until the end of the health crisis. This includes IVF cycles, artificial insemination and vitrified embryo transfers.
Will Ginefiv stay open?
Yes, in accordance with the recommendations of the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF) for all Spanish assisted reproduction centres, Ginefiv will remain open but will reduce its activity in the coming weeks in order to protect our patients, our staff and our health system, maintaining a minimum of 30% of services.