COVID19 Update

To all of our patients

We are happy to announce that we have resumed care. We will be operating initially at a reduced pace/capacity to comply with social distancing and safety requirements. Please read below for details. we will update this page as things change.

How we are keeping you safe:
In order to ensure that we provide patient care in a manner that limits risk to patients, staff, and physicians, you will notice some changes as we plan our reopening. Some of these changes will include, but are not limited to:

  1. All patients who come to the office MUST wear a facemask. A cloth facemask is acceptable
  2. All patients and employees will be screened (including temperature check) by phone during scheduling and then again upon entry. Anyone considered to be infectious will not be allowed entry.
  3. Social distancing policies, 20 second handwashing, and thorough sanitization processes will continue with adjustments in scheduling and office availability.
  4. The parking lot will be the new waiting room and you will receive call/text when ready to come to the office.

Office visits/Consults:
We will continue to schedule virtual visits for new patient visits, consults, and return visits. Pregnancy related visits and other “office procedures” (e.g endometrial biopsies, office hysteroscopy) will be scheduled in person on site as they have in the past.

Semen testing, blood work, ultrasounds, HSGs (“dye tests”) and sonohysterography
We have resumed blood work, semen testing and ultrasounds. Semen testing will require home collection in most circumstances. Read this and fill this out and bring with you if you are bringing a semen sample in. Sonohysterography is also available but we are limited in the number of procedures we can perform per day. HSG scheduling is slated to begin for those with periods that start cycle day 1 on or after May 18. We will do our best to accommodate everyone and ramp up accordingly.

Ovulation induction +/- intrauterine insemination
Treatment with clomiphene, letrozole and/or inject-able medications as well as intrauterine insemination (IUI) is available. We are limited in the number of IUIs we can do a day to comply with safety and social distancing policies. We will do our best to accommodate everyone and will ramp up accordingly.

In vitro Fertilization (IVF)/Frozen embryo transfers (FETs)
We are opening with limits on the number of cycles we can start/week. We will prioritize those cycles that were canceled/frozen due to COVID and then schedule new IVF/FET cycles thereafter. We recognize that insurance authorizations, relocation and other circumstances may heighten prioritization. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to provide the best care during this pandemic.

Hysteroscopy and laparoscopy
Scheduling has started and surgeries re expected to resume in the coming 1-2 months. This area is rapidly evolving. Scheduling surgery will involve empiric COVID testing and we will help facilitate that for you.

Pregnancy during the pandemic and What if a surge occurs & treatment is suspended again
This is certainly possible. If you plan to proceed with treatment, Please review this document. We will share it with you at your visit as well.

Ultimately, we remain measured and focused on making sure that our approach to providing fertility care is safe and consistent with expert guidance. We know that is what you expect from us and we want it that way.

We greatly appreciate your patience and flexibility during this time. Please note that we also have a reduced workforce onsite which may affect the timing of certain inquiries.

Signed

The WASHU/BJC Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Team