Dr. Gautam Allahbadia elucidates on concerns of IVF amid Covid-19 crisis

Dr. Gautam Allahbadia

As if looking for infertility solutions and undergoing extensive treatments for the same wasn’t enough, the Covid-19 virus has become one of the biggest problems. In India, almost 1 in every 6 couples is looking for an infertility solution but are hesitating now due to the pandemic. Assisted Reproduction Specialist based in Mumbai, Dr. Gautam Allahbadia puts forward some suggestions.

Parenthood is the ultimate dream for most people around the world. Each person wants to start a family but some are not blessed like most. Many people suffer from infertility across the globe. The latest technological and medical advancements have made it possible to provide such people with the boon of having a baby.

One of the most prominent procedures available in today’s time is the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedure.  IVF is a series of procedures used to help with fertility or prevent genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child.

Covid-19 has been looming over the whole world since the year 2020. The arrival of this virus was unprecedented and nobody was prepared to fight against Covid-19. Fertility or genetic problems treatments have also been greatly affected by the onset of this pandemic.

Experts pointed out that more than 25 lakh people seek infertility treatment in India each year and more than 4 lakh people undergo IVF treatment The couples who were struggling to get pregnant or were already undergoing IVF treatment were left with no choice other than to stop. The clinics shut down due to the spread of the virus.

Dr. Gautam Allahbadia, a prominent face in the world of Medically Assisted Reproduction. He is a pioneer in the field of IVF, Reproductive Endocrinology, and Minimal Stimulation IVF (IVF Lite) with over 25 years of experience.

A published author with several awards and recognitions to his name, Dr. Gautam Allahbadia is one of the most renowned IVF experts in South-East Asia. Dr. Gautam Allahbadia makes use of his abundant knowledge and expertise to help struggling couples.

Currently, the world is in the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic. The SARS-CoV-2 virus cases are continuously rising rapidly in almost every country. Keeping the current situation in mind, seasoned IVF expert. He suggests the clinics do their part to keep the patients as safe as possible.

Precautions such as sanitization after every appointment, screening questionnaires before the patient visits the clinic, temperature checks on arrival, Covid-19 testing for all the patients as a prerequisite. The disbandment of the waiting room/area also increases safety.

Dr. Gautam Allahbadia also proposes tele-consultations for the initial and follow-up consultations with the concerned doctor to minimize contact. Also, blood investigations should be done using home visits if possible. Clinics can also arrange for the husband to do the semen test and an ultrasound examination of the wife near their residence to avoid infection and inconvenience.

Dr Gautam Allahbadia also urges people to follow the code of conduct for patients and staff in line with the guidelines provided by ICMR to ensure safety and reduce the risk of infection.

  • Truthfully sharing of all information to the clinic when filling a questionnaire for triage
  •  Complying with any requirements related to testing
  •  Restricting any movement to that which is absolutely essential
  •  Practice social distancing- by restricting social life and interactions beyond the clinic in order to reduce the risk of infection at the workplace
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene
  •  Ensure wearing of appropriate masks
  • Complying with any quarantine requirements that may be required
  •  Self-shielding or maintaining self-imposed self- quarantine whenever possible
  •  Not creating, distributing, spreading, and/or forwarding fake news or information relating to COVD-19 that could be detrimental to self, others
  •  All patients/partners/family to be patient and cooperate in triaging and following the local and national SOPs.

With the hope to overcome this deadly pandemic quickly, and to provide any further hindrance in the fertility treatments, Dr Gautam Allahbadia urges the patients and the staff engaged in the IVF treatments to take all the necessary precautions so that the patients can fulfill their longing desire to experience parenthood.