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COVID-19 Press Releases and Announcements

Reproductive Medical Societies Release Joint Statement on COVID-19

The three major professional societies leading infertility and reproductive medicine today issued aon providing infertility care during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Working together, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS), and the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) developed the guidance document entitled COVID-19 and Human Reproduction.

ASRM Asks State Department for an International Travel Exemption for Newborns Born via Gestational Carriers During COVID-19 Pandemic

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) the global leader in multidisciplinary reproductive medicine research, ethical practice, and education, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting limited but critical exceptions to sweeping travel restrictions that have directly impacted families whose dreams of parenthood hinge on the ability to travel and connect with their surrogates. Currently, nine out of 10 people are living in countries that have closed their borders due to COVID-19.  

FAQs for Patients Related to COVID-19

We understand that it can be devastating for those who have been trying to build their families to now have to delay treatment due to COVID-19. The goal of this communication is to help give patients a clearer understanding of the ASRM COVID-19 Task Force recommendations, and to help answer questions they may have.

COVID-19: Questions Your Patients May Have

If you don’t have COVID-19, there is no medical reason to change your plans regarding trying to conceive. However, there may be logistical, psychological, and emotional reasons to modify your plans. For example, there may be less access to routine prenatal care. Out of an abundance of caution, you may consider postponing pregnancy. This is a very personal decision, and you should speak with your doctor for specific recommendations.

ASRM Joins CMSS in Calling for Safer Working Conditions for Healthcare Workers on the Frontlines of COVID-19 Patient Care

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has put its support behind a statement, released by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) representing more than 800,000 physicians across 45 specialties, strongly urging action to ensure safer working conditions for physicians, other clinicians, and all healthcare workers on the frontline of direct patient care in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

A Message from ASRM President, Dr. Catherine Racowsky

The ongoing devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is almost unthinkable. The impact on individual health, lives, and livelihoods is both humbling and terrifying. We are all affected, each of us in different ways. Many of us will be helping loved ones and family members recover from COVID-19 and the resulting infections. Many others are battling the viral infection itself. Yet others are suffering the anxiety and stress of being in lockdown as the pandemic spreads in our midst. All of us are, and will be, suffering from the economic side effects of this pandemic.

Tips on Communicating with Your Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

ASRM recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic is a global threat that will have devastating effects on patients' family building plans. The threat of the virus, loss, and the uncertainty of future family building planning are compounded by the additional challenges of social isolation and the contagion of anxiety, fear, and panic.

A Message from the MHPG and ASRM on Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The MHPG joins ASRM in recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic is a global threat that will affect all ASRM members. Indeed it will affect every single person on our planet. No one will be untouched. The threat of the virus is compounded by the additional challenges of social isolation, governmental mandates, restrictions on travel, financial collapse, and the contagious nature of anxiety, fear, and panic. In some areas, xenophobia, too, has taken a hold as people struggle to find a reason why this is happening. There are dangers of falling into despair and hopelessness. There are opportunities for the development of resilience and post traumatic growth.

A Message from the SRS and ASRM Regarding Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our goal during the COVID-19 pandemic is to provide guidance and recommendations regarding reproductive surgery to our members and their patients in a clear, timely, and accurate manner. Though our understanding of COVID-19 is still evolving, we hope this information helps both the reproductive surgery and MIRS community of professionals, their staff, and their patients.

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