Kim Tranell experienced a miscarriage, countless doctor visits and despite spending $45,000 on IVF, she was forced to put her plans on hold because of Covid-19.
On March 16, 2020, Kim Tranell performed her fourth and last in vitro fertilization (IVF). The doctor collected Tranell’s eggs to prepare for insemination with sperm, but the next day, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommended that hospitals stop fertility treatments due to Covid-19. The rest of the IVF cycle is postponed.
Tranell and her husband have been trying to have a baby since 2017. “It’s heartbreaking,” says Tranell, 39, of Brooklyn, New York City. “It’s really, really hard to describe, like something we’ve been waiting a long time and working hard for but now stalling indefinitely.”
Her sad mood was made worse by the stress of the pandemic. “Many people joke that the epidemic has caused the proportion of children to increase and for us it is the opposite. Our hopes are dashed when other things in life are either delayed or stopped,” she confided.
Tranell’s story is just one of many consequences that Covid-19 has caused. As millions of people lose loved ones and jobs, infertility patients like Tranell face other losses: hope and precious time in the already expensive and lengthy “finding a baby” process. long.
An IVF cycle can take 2-3 months and includes many visits, blood draws, tests, and injections at home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 330,000 assisted reproductive cycles, most of them IVF, have been completed in 2019. However, the pandemic has disrupted the efforts of many couples. husband and wife in 2020 and 2021, Steven Brenner, a doctor at RMA Long Island IVF fertility center, New York (USA), said.
“This is an extremely worrying situation for patients, which is completely understandable. These people are facing infertility they never thought they would experience and now a Another barrier is in front of them, completely out of their control,” he said.
Some problems that lead to delays in infertility treatment have been solved by the Covid-19 vaccine. Many patients fear catching Covid-19 while pregnant, and getting vaccinated gives them peace of mind. However, that is not the only concern. Patients like Tranell fear they might miscarry when the emergency department is overcrowded.
According to a survey by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 85% of people who have had Assisted Reproductive Services canceled feel the experience is “moderately painful to extremely painful”. Nearly a quarter said this pain is no different than losing a child.
Even those who do not have to cancel their infertility treatment are affected by the restrictions due to Covid-19. A patient named Amanda went through an IVF cycle without her husband by her side. Many hospitals forbid everyone, except patients, from inside.
“He couldn’t get in and had to wait in the car. It was tragic,” she said.
Doctors have encouraged patients to video chat with their spouses during IVF, said Lindsay Kroener, an endocrinologist and infertility specialist at UCLA Health. However, the lack of a partner still has a negative impact on patients, and the unpredictable developments of the pandemic add to the mental and financial burden of infertility treatments.
“That creates additional anxiety for patients and many procedures are delayed for months. For many people, just a few months can make a big difference,” says Kroener.
Although most medical centers have now fully reopened and applied appropriate epidemic prevention measures, the super-spreading strain of Omicron has led to new concerns for patients.
According to experts, the latest increase in infections has really woken people up to the enormous impacts of this pandemic. We keep thinking we’re over it, back to normal. We feel the impact of the epidemic is waning. But this woke it all up again.
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