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COVID-19 and your safety

Current COVID rules in our clinic

Dear patients,

Our overriding concern is to protect both you and our employees and to be able to continue your treatment as usual. We are constantly adapting our in-house measures to the pandemic situation – changes are therefore possible at any time.

Current advice

Due to the very tense current COVID situation in Germany, the following rules are applicable in our clinic as from 29 November, 2021:

  • Please come unaccompanied to the clinic (no children and partners, for example) – unless it is absolutely medically necessary. Please come alone for embryo transfers or inseminations. Initial consultations are an exception to this general rule.
  • We continue to treat both vaccinated and unvaccinated patients. It should be noted, however, that those who have not been vaccinated run an even greater risk that their ongoing treatment will have to be interrupted at short notice due to coronavirus infection.
  • FFP2 masks are mandatory for all patients and authorised accompanying persons throughout the clinic. Please keep a safe physical distance from other people wherever possible.
  • If you are showing symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, runny nose, aching limbs or other cold symptoms, we ask you please not to enter the clinic premises. The same applies if you have had contact with a person suffering from COVID within the last 14 days. In such cases, please feel free to contact us by phone.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We are always happy and available to help if you have any questions.

Further general information about COVID infection and vaccination in fertility patients and pregnant women:

COVID vaccination:

We strongly advise all our patients to be vaccinated against COVID and also to have a booster vaccination six months after the second jab.

Fortunately, after many millions of vaccinations worldwide, no reduction in fertility has been detected in either women or men as a result of a vaccination. For more details, see the information below.

Current scientific studies (as of June 2021) have shown that a corona infection in pregnant women can be more severe than in non-pregnant women of the same age.

Corona vaccination and your fertility treatment

For the reasons outlined, we recommend that all our patients (and their partners) be vaccinated against corona as soon as possible. The vaccination could also theoretically take place during the fertility-treatment preparation phase, even while hormones or medication are being administered, or in the 14 days after ovulation. Fertility treatment does not necessarily have to be interrupted after vaccination against corona. In individual cases, please discuss this with the doctors treating you in our clinic.

Should you fall pregnant after the first vaccination, the second vaccination is recommended from the second trimester of pregnancy onwards. There is currently still too little data available on vaccinations in the first three months, but it is becoming apparent that vaccination at this time brings no unwanted side effects, especially with messenger-RNA vaccines (Biontec, Moderna). The booster shot is now also recommended for pregnant patients at any time during pregnancy from 6 months onwards.

In all cases, the partner should also be vaccinated against corona as soon as possible, since the jab does not affect fertility or the outcome of fertility treatment.

Severity of the disease in pregnant women:

Current data shows that the risk of a severe bout of illness may be increased in pregnant COVID patients. This risk increases if the mother-to-be has other pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and being overweight. Since a severe bout of illness can go hand in hand with the premature birth of the child – and premature birth always entails a risk of secondary diseases in the new-born – this risk should of course be avoided. All the more reason for us to emphasise our clear recommendation for the COVID vaccination of our patients.

Source: Robert-Koch-Institut

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