As always, our care team is here for you. At this time, we're offering all consultations via telemedicine and are opened for in-person visits at our Langhorne, Lansdale, Fort Washington, King of Prussia and Bethlehem locations. We are continuing to follow the CDC’s guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our patients, their loved ones and our staff.
COVID-19 and Fertility: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Sincera Reproductive doing about the current COVID-19 situation?
A: We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and we continue to prioritize the safety, health and well-being of our patients and staff.
- All appointments that can be performed via telemedicine (new patient consults, follow up appointments, IVF consults) are being done virtually.
- We respectfully request you come alone to your visits.
- To maintain social distancing, you can wait for your appointment in your car or another area and we can text you when your provider is ready to see you.
Q: Should fertility patients get the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: As vaccinations for COVID-19 become increasingly available, there has been hesitation and confusion around safety for both pregnant women and those undergoing fertility treatments. We want to provide you with the reassurance that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and currently recommended by our team. Learn More >
Q: When should I cancel my appointment?
A: If you meet any of the criteria below, we ask that you DO NOT come to the office for any pre-scheduled appointments, and that you call your care center location and ask to speak to a triage staff member who can guide you with more information and treatment suggestions:
- Fever (within 24 hours of visit)
- Upper respiratory infection or active cough
- Flu-like symptoms
- Under self-quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 or travel within the past 14 days to CDC-labelled level 2 or 3 countries
Q: What happens if I am infected with COVID-19?
A: The majority of people that do contract the virus will have symptoms similar to the flu (fever, cough) and it will not require hospitalization. About 20% will experience more severe symptoms and those at highest risk are over age 60 or have pre-existing medical issues (cardiovascular or lung dis, diabetes, etc.) In an effort to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 to these vulnerable individuals, we recommend that our patients take the following steps:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty or if you’ve been around those that are sick.
- Cover hands and nose with a tissue or a sleeve – not hands – when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe (Lysol or Clorox products).
- Avoid traveling to areas with active outbreaks of COVID-19 and remain away from others that may have traveled for a minimum of 14 days.
- If you are actively sick with a fever, please stay home until the fever has been clear of your system for 14 days post fever to prevent the spread of disease to our patients and staff.
Q: Does COVID-19 impact male or female fertility?
A: Currently, there is no data or scientific evidence to suggest that COVID-19 impacts fertility.
Q: Could my frozen eggs, embryos or sperm be affected by COVID-19?
A: No, there is no immediate threat to the safety of cryopreserved eggs, embryos and sperm.
Q: Will COVID-19 increase my risk of miscarriage or birth defects? Will my baby have COVID-19?
A: Data are very limited, however the reports on outcomes from Wuhan, China did NOT show increased risk of stillbirth or birth defects, more severe illness or transmission to the fetus in pregnant women with COVID-19.
Q: What if I become ill during my treatment cycle?
A: If you have a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:
- Seek medical care. Call your primary care doctor to report your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Update us as soon as possible. In accordance with CDC guidelines, you will not be permitted in our office.
Q: If my IUI or IVF cycle is cancelled due to illness or quarantine will I be refunded for monitoring or medications?
A: You will not be charged for procedures that were not performed (like egg retrieval) but you will be responsible for services already provided and medications already used.
Q: I keep hearing different reports and recommendations – how do I stay updated?
COVID-19 information is constantly being updated. Sincera is continually monitoring the latest recommendations from expert medical sources such as the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology or the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology to ensure you receive the most current quality care and information.