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  • 4 weeks ago
  • COVID-19, Employees
  • Fertifa

COVID-19 triggered treatment delays & the psychological impact

Undergoing fertility treatment can be a difficult time for many people. During the pandemic, this anxiety has been elevated further.

Delays and uncertainties in fertility treatment due to lockdown measures of temporarily closing fertility clinics has created a great source of worry and depression for many patients undergoing treatment.

Last week was the annual meeting for the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). With the closure of fertility clinics during lockdown, one of the key messages during the event was the negative effect this has had on patients.

Although fertility clinics were one of the first healthcare services outside of NHS hospitals to have reopened, the anxiety and frustration experienced by patients during closures has remained. Many have described this as a ‘devastating and uncertain situation that has taxed copying ability’.

The results from a published poster furthered highlighted that COVID-19 has negatively impacted fertility treatments for the majority of the patients undergoing treatment.1

Whilst the decisions made by the UK Government in April to extend the storage of frozen egg, sperm and embryo from 10 years to 12 years presented promising news and was a positive step for those whose plans to start a family have been delayed due to the pandemic, the impact of COVID-19 has still created significant time pressures, particularly for older patients whose chances of successful treatment are already lower.2

Delays in treatments, worries of a second wave and the unknown impact of this on pregnancy is impacting the wellbeing of individuals countrywide. Employer funded support needs to be considered – especially for your employees that may be (secretly) affected by this.

At Fertifa we offer a range of valuable services centred around three principles:

  • Clinical excellence & outstanding success rates
  • Next generation fertility treatment and reproductive health support
  • Transparent pricing

If you feel you or your employees could benefit from this support during this time please get in touch to find out more on how we can support you.

  1. https://www.focusonreproduction.eu/article/ESHRE-News-Annual-Meeting-2020-Karavadra
  2. https://inews.co.uk/news/storage-limit-frozen-eggs-sperm-embryos-coronavirus-pandemic-fertility-422387
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