Many couples struggle with difficulty conceiving, riding an emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs for years. For those who turn to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive techniques, the rollercoaster does not end but comes with added challenges. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic means added delays and frustrations for individuals and couples who have had their scheduled fertility treatments postponed indefinitely.
For couples who were hoping that their egg donation or surrogacy cycle would allow them to finally realize their dream of becoming parents, learning that their appointments have been cancelled due to fears about the spread of the novel coronavirus can be devastating.
One such couple is Danielle and Kenny Scott, of Terre Haute, IN. The Scotts have been trying to conceive via surrogacy for some time now, and were hopeful that this next time would be successful. Special Education teacher Alex Von Eschen learned during her pre-op appointment that her upcoming procedure would need to be put on hold. And, Ashley Wolfe learned that her embryo transfer needed to be postponed just days before the scheduled procedure. These are just three examples of the many hopeful parents-to-be who are left wondering how much longer they’ll have to wait.
Of course, it is not just assisted reproductive procedures that are being postponed. The CDC’s guidelines recommended the suspension of all types of elective procedures so that health care workers can redirect their efforts to help those battling COVID-19.
There are still many unknowns about if, or how, the virus will impact pregnancy. Until more is known, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has issued recommendations for those undergoing fertility treatments, including suspending new egg retrievals and IVF cycles, minimizing in-person doctor’s visits, and cancelling scheduled embryo transfers.
Some couples are frustrated by these restrictions, given the lack of available research into whether the virus ultimately affects pregnancy. Those who have saved money for months or even years, planning to start treatments this spring only to be thwarted by the novel coronavirus, are left wondering how long their dreams will be on hold this time.
At The Surrogacy Law Center, we understand these frustrations. We will continue to monitor the situation and will share available guidance from the ASRM, CDC, and others, as we are able.
To learn more about how we help protect intended parents’ rights, contact us today.