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We are continuing to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in Texas and will re-assess as needed. These are truly unprecedented times. Please know your safety as well as the safety of our staff - and everyone's family - is first and foremost in our minds.
Update as of 6.26.2020
After careful consideration, because of the recent rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in Texas over the past week, we have decided that it is not prudent to resume IUI cycles at this time. We hope to resume IUI cycles in August. We had hoped that by now, COVID-19 would be under better control and we could be returning to “treatment as usual.” We know that this will disappoint many patients who have been patiently waiting.
We have given much thought as to how to make our clinic safe for our staff and for our patients. We want to avoid a situation in which treatments would need to be halted mid-stream. Although we have been able to resume diagnostic testing and most treatments (including IVF), IUI is more problematic. We essentially need to divide our laboratory staff into two teams, working at different times, to avoid a situation in which all personnel might have to isolate at home. This presents a difficult “puzzle” to figure out even when scheduling can be predicted in advance. IUI is inherently unpredictable. IUI can be needed on Saturdays or Sundays for optimal timing and cannot be “programmed” or scheduled as easily as IVF. Although it is a strategy used by some clinics, we do not want to perform suboptimal IUI avoiding weekends by “triggering” when the eggs might not be ready.
In the event IVF cycles are stopped due to COVID-19, we will give patients a credit for a future cycle at CARE Fertility when it is safe to resume treatment cycles. The credit does not include the cost of medication.
We will continue to re-evaluate the status of COVID-19 infections over the next few weeks. Please know that all of the doctors at CARE Fertility are anxious to help all of our patients. We also feel very strongly that we need to do everything we can to protect our staff, our patients and everyone's family.
Watch Dr. Kathy Doody’s video providing guidance and encouragement for patients and families struggling with infertility.