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Latest on the Corona Virus

LATEST ON THE CORONA VIRUS

Updated 15.3.2021

Dextra Fertility Clinic will for the time being resume its activities and infertility treatments.

At this time we unfortunately have to limit traffic to our clinic so we hope you attend the appointment alone. We will return to our normal policies when the circumstances allow it. Right now we want to utilize every method to avoid risk. Unfortunately this means that during the epidemic spouses and children may not join during appointments with the clinic. Remote appointments are recommended whenever possible.

 We will also observe and seriously take into account the pressures currently affecting other facets of the healthcare field.

IS THE CLINIC OPEN?

The Clinic is open Monday to Friday from 7.30 AM to 3 PM. Evening appointments are cancelled for the time being.

HOW DOES THE CORONA VIRUS AFFECT PREGNANCY?

At this time there is no medical reason to avoid pregnancy, and pregnancies triggered via fertility treatment are no exception to this. The department of health and wellbeing has aligned that according to recent medical studies pregnant people are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people. Additionally, there might be an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, among pregnant people with COVID-19. 

Latest reports on births where the mother had a Covid-19 infection show that virus transmission is possible through placenta to the foetus. Infected newborns have had mainly mild and transient symptoms.  These current accounts however are all from later stage pregnancies. As it comes to early pregnancy, current information is based for the time being on experience of other corona viruses such as SARS and MERS. Based on said experiences there is no reason to suspect the corona virus would cause issues during early pregnancy.

It's extremely unlikely that egg cells or sperm could be infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, because they don't have the receptors needed for a virus to attach.

CAN PEOPLE TRYING TO CONCEIVE OR AT FERTILITY TREATMENTS OR PEOPLE WHO ARE PREGNANT TAKE COVID-19 VACCINE?

Vaccines are generally considered safe during pregnancy if they do not contain live viruses. The new mRNA and adenovirus vector COVID-19 vaccines do not contain live viruses, but, as of yet, they have not been systematically researched on people who are pregnant. COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy does not cause any particular concern or require more detailed foetal diagnostic studies. Despite the limited number of studies on pregnant women, it is presumed that the vaccination would not harm the pregnancy or the foetus. When at fertility treatment, we recommend taking the vaccine at least one week before oocyte pick-up or embryo transfer (if you have side-effects such as fever for few days after vaccination you are not able to come to clinic).

WHAT WILL WE DO TO MITIGATE RISK OF INFECTION?

We'll uphold hygiene recommendations at the clinic.

Instead of coming into work sick, staff showing any sort of symptom will stay home. As we expect the same of our customers, no one under quarantine or with symptoms is to visit the clinic. We uphold the official guidelines as it pertains to travel and return from abroad. When you arrive to Finland from a country that's still under domestic and international border control, you are to maintain quarantine for a period of 10 days. Amid quarantine you are not permitted to visit the clinic. You can shorten quarantine by having two negative corona-tests (the first one no more than 72 hours before arriving in Finland and the second one at the earliest after 72 hours from arriving in Finland).

All customers coming in are to wash their hands first. Hand sanitizer is likewise recommended.

Arrive at the reception on time, but try to avoid unnecessary long periods of waiting in the waiting room.

Checking in can also be done on the self check-in machine via barcoded card.

We won't shake hands and will make an attempt to remain 2-3 meters away from each other far as it's possible. Both staff and patients are required to use facemasks.

Payment wise, we'll utilize the barcode via card reader or send the bill to your home without additional cost.

We'll pay added attention to sanitation. 

ABOUT RESERVING APPOINTMENTS

Booked appointments will remain in schedule as per usual. We'll let you know if your appointment has to be cancelled or postponed. We wish for your patience as our phonelines will at times get overcrowded. We will call back to all requests for a callback.

An appointment for first visit or planning treatment can also be done remotely (over the phone or video). Please make arrangements on this with us separately.

Minimal number of appoitments can be booked online, please call us for a suitable appointment.

We are taking blood samples normally for the time being. Please make an appointment for that in advance.

Sperm samples for semen analyses or for insemination/IVF/ICSI have to be given at home and brought to clinic as scheduled.

TO START TREATMENT OR TO CANCEL?

Starting treatment is possible if you're in full health and asymptomatic. If you get sick during the treatment, the treatment must be stopped.

If due to the special circumstances we were forced to close the clinic, we would attempt to treat the already appointed and reserved egg collections. Other than that, all treatments would have to be halted. We could, regretfully, not offer refunds in this scenario.

We are keeping tabs on the evolving situation on a day by day basis and alterations to the instructions may occur on short notice.

Unfortunately as such we cannot guarantee that treatments are possible to carry out, but will do our best.

WILL CORONA VIRUS AFFECT THE OUTCOME OF TREATMENT?

We have no reason to assume that the Corona Virus could alter the treatment's chances of success.

Dextra Fertility Clinic

010 312 106, 045 77339997
ivf@dextra.fi
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