Many fertility patients are struggling at present with treatment and tests postponed and limited telephone appointments available with specialists. It is frustrating, especially if you have already been waiting a long time, but understandably doctors and nurses are needed for essential tasks in other areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Angela Pericleous-Smith is the Chair of the British Fertility Counselling Association and has produced this video for patients with some really helpful coping suggestions.
The British Fertility Society represents the professional groups working in the field of fertility, and they’ve been joining forces to try to ensure everyone experiencing fertility problems is as well-informed as possible about the current situation regarding fertility clinics and treatment. It is going to be a difficult time for everyone, but the Chair of the British Fertility Society, Dr Jane Stewart, has made a short video explaining how the fertility sector is responding to the current Coronavirus Pandemic and what this might mean for you if you are a fertility patient.
I haven’t posted here for a while but I think at the moment it might be useful to have information about the current situation for fertility patients. Most fertility clinics will not be taking on new patients in the current situation – many will have staff who are needed in other areas and this is to ensure everyone’s safety. It is inevitably a very difficult time for fertility patients, particularly if you were hoping to start a cycle shortly.
You may be interested in this latest guidance about the care of fertility patients from the British Fertility Society and the Association of Reproductive Clinical Scientists. Although it is primarily aimed at clinics, it does contain a lot of useful information and may help to explain the current situation more clearly.
Don’t forget, support is available. If you want to talk to a counsellor, the British Infertility Counselling Association has a list of specialist fertility counsellors across the country and most are now offering Skype or telephone sessions. The patient charity Fertility Network UK also offers online support and a helpline, and they are encouraging some of their local groups to try online meetings too.
I know this is incredibly tough for anyone who is experiencing fertility problems, but do use the support services available – most clinics are still keeping their counselling services open even though they may not be offering treatment. Do use Fertility Network UK too – the charity is there just for you.