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Your care at London Women's Clinic during the COVID-19 outbreak
24 March 2020
At this challenging and anxious time for everyone, the London Women’s Clinic has taken several steps to protect our patients and our staff. These measures are guided by national and international professional bodies as well as by government advice. The regulatory body that licences fertility clinics, the HFEA, has now required that all elective fertility treatments are stopped until further notice. The Chair of the HFEA, Sally Cheshire has written an open letter to patients explaining the reasons for their decision at the HFEA website:
We understand that this will be a great source of frustration, anxiety and sadness for many of our patients and we will work to support you through this difficult time. In order to request support, you can either email firstname.lastname@example.org or join the closed Facebook group at LWC Social.
We also realise that you will have lots of questions at this time.
Can I still book a consultation?
- Yes, please contact our enquiries email or telephone number and we will arrange a telephone or online consultation for you.
Can I go ahead with my booked consultation?
- Yes. If you have an initial consultation booked, this will be arranged as a telephone or online Skype type consultation for the coming period.
Can I go ahead with blood and other tests?
- We are not carrying our hycosys or other test investigative procedures at this time.
Can I still start my treatment as planned?
- In order to protect our patients and staff from the risk of infection with COVID-19 we are not starting new treatments at this time. However, we will keep this under ongoing review and any changes will be announced here.
What if my planned treatment was cancelled due to COVID-19?
- We understand how disappointing it will have been to be told that the treatment cycle you were ready to start was to be cancelled because of the virus outbreak.
- Please be assured that you are already planned in for treatment as soon as we are able to recommence. We will be in touch with you in due course to let you know when you can expect to start and what steps need to be taken to prepare.
Is it safe to get pregnant?
- According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), while very little is known about the impact of COVID-19 on reproduction and pregnancy there are reassuring reports of women who have tested positive for COVID-19 delivering babies free of the disease. There have been one or two reports of babies born to mothers with COVID-19 testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. In these cases, the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk and is thought to have been transmitted after birth.
- According to the RCOG, there are currently no data suggesting an increased risk of miscarriage, early pregnancy loss or congenital effects of the virus on fetal development in relation to COVID-19.
- If you have high likelihood of having COVID-19 (fever and/or cough, shortness of breath) or you have underlying medical conditions, then you should avoid pregnancy at this time.
I am planning to freeze my eggs. Can I still do this?
- This service has been stopped at this time but remains under review, so please monitor this site for updates and changes to this policy.
What if I think I am developing a COVID19 infection during my treatment?
- If you are still undergoing active treatment, we suggest that you discuss with your consultant the option to freeze all oocytes or embryos and avoid an embryo transfer until you are disease-free. In certain circumstance it may be appropriate to stop the treatment before we have removed the eggs.
If I get pregnant, do I have a higher risk of infection?
- According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the currently available evidence indicates that pregnant women do not have a greater chance than the general public of catching COVID-19 nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result. Pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of some infections, and it is always therefore important for pregnant women to protect themselves from illnesses.
If I am pregnant, how can I avoid getting COVID-19?
Pregnant women should do the same things as the general public to avoid infection. You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by taking these actions:
- Cover your cough (using your elbow is a good technique)
- Avoid people who are ill
- Clean your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
I have a scan booked at the LWC Ultrasound Centre; can I still have that?
- We regret that we are unable to carry our ultrasound scans at this time and have had to cancel appointments until further notice.
Where can I obtain more information?
- The government’s advice to the public is kept updated at:
Thank you for bearing with us and keep safe.
Professor Nick Macklon
London Women’s Clinic