The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many things, including plans for the pregnancy program.
If you are trying to get pregnant, think about family planning, or prepare to start fertility treatments before Covid-19, the Covid-19 pandemic may make you uneasy. The reason is, you have to implement social distancing that makes it difficult for you to continue this fertility treatment program.
A new survey conducted by Modern Fertility and SoFi found that nearly one third of respondents changed fertility treatment plans because of Covid-19. While 61 percent said they felt “worried and worried” about fertility and pregnancy programs due to a pandemic.
Pregnancy Program During Pandemic
You can still focus on fertility treatments and pregnancy planning. We reviewed 5 steps you can take to continue the pregnancy program even at home.
1. Virtual consultation
At present the clinic offers consultation and virtual appointments. During the initial assessment, you will discuss your medical history and make a personalized plan, explains Lynn Westphal, MD, FACOG, chief Kindbody medical officer, fertility treatment groups with clinics throughout the US. You will be given advice on options to optimize your goals for having a family and decide what testing is needed.
This is your chance to gauge how comfortable you are with the doctor through a virtual session. How do they communicate and answer questions?
You must feel that the treatment is tailored to your situation and not vice versa. Besides that you can also confirm whether they have support services such as special classes and counseling.
2. Choosing a fertility clinic
If you plan to choose a fertility clinic, use your free time to gather information about options in your city. If you don’t have references from friends or obstetricians, you can search for them on the internet.
Depending on your age, health profile, and family plan, you might discuss egg or embryo freezing or IVF during a telephone or video call appointment . You can also check the experience or portfolio of existing clinics. So, once the Covid-19 pandemic ends, you can visit the clinic and continue your fertility treatment plan.
3. Gather basic information
While waiting, you can check some information about health and fertility. The information includes:
- Do an ovulation test
Having a regular menstrual cycle (between 21-35 days) generally indicates that a woman ovulates regularly. But if you want information about when to ovulate, you can do an ovulation test at home using a special test kit. You can also use the ovulation calculator tools available on the website
- Take a fertility test
If you have not yet chosen a doctor or clinic, you might want to try a home fertility test. This test measures 5 hormones that affect normal ovarian function.
- Check vaccinations needed
You need to wait a month after getting vaccinated to continue the fertility treatment program, so it’s important to do this early in treatment.
- Study family health history
Consider any disease or cancer that occurs in the family, fertility problems, or genetic problems, because this can help for appropriate testing recommendations.
- Consider genetic screening
If genetic testing is recommended, talk to your doctor about laboratories that can be administered now.
4. Review family finances
Contact the insurance provider to learn what is covered by insurance in your plan.
Not all insurance packages have the same benefits in terms of delivery coverage so knowing the estimated upfront costs will help you in planning your budget. If the insurance does not cover labor costs or fertility treatments, then you and your partner must make a thorough financial plan.
5. The most important thing right now, take care of your overall health
The best way to start a pre-conceptual health plan is with prenatal vitamins and a focus on overall health. You can start doing light exercise for about 30 minutes a day and consume foods with balanced nutrition, lots of fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein. Don’t forget to reduce the consumption of processed foods.
Don’t forget to maintain mental health too. Meditation can make you feel calm and accept the situation, like the Covid-19 pandemic. Focus on this time.
Although the world seems like a pause in many respects, experts agree there are still plenty of opportunities for fertility treatments and pregnancy programs.
This is the right time to do research, focus on health, and take advantage of health care providers who offer care through telemedicine.