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COVID-19                                  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For the ARCS/ BFS information sheet about Covid and treatment please click here

I've been offered a vaccine for Covid-19. What should I do?

Please visit the government website www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest information about the virus 

For specific guidance about vaccination and pregnancy please click here

I’ve just found out that I have been successful with you; will I able to have an early (pre 8 week) scan?

Congratulations. Currently we are able to offer early foetal heart scanning at the Leicester Fertility Centre or arrange for this to be undertaken elsewhere. Please call us on 0116 258 5922 and a member of the team will be happy to arrange this for you. Please be aware that appointment slots are very limited due to our nursing staff being needed elsewhere within the Trust. For this reason we thank you for your continued support and ask that you attend you appointment on time. Appointments are spaced to restrict numbers of people attending at any one time. You may wish to bring your partner with you, at present we are able to accommodate this, however please call and check before you attend.

My treatment has been cancelled, how long will I have to wait until I can restart my treatment?

The full impact of COVID-19 is still unknown. At the moment we do not know the effect the virus could have during pregnancy, certainly in the first three months. Contracting an infection in early pregnancy can lead to problems for both mother and child. We will therefore closely monitor the evidence and new guidelines as they emerge, and we will adapt our practice accordingly. No one can confirm when the risk of the coronavirus will reduce, or when there will be evidence to show no effect in pregnancy. Until then the Leicester Fertility Centre needs to continue to place a hold on treatment to protect you and any potential pregnancy.

My treatment was cancelled and I have left over medication, what do I do with it?

Please continue to store your medication following the instructions for storage. Please note the expiry of the medication. If we cannot resume your treatment before the medication expires, then you can take it to your local pharmacy for disposal.

If all my embryos are frozen and I don’t have fresh embryo transfer does this reduce my chance of having a baby?

No. Frozen embryos have the same chance of success as fresh embryos; in fact some treatments using frozen embryos can actually increase your chance of success to more than if the embryo was transferred during the fresh cycle.

Will I lose my NHS funding for the cycle of fertility treatment now it has been cancelled?

Your NHS funding for treatment should be transferred over to your next cycle when it starts. This means you will not lose out from the funding you have received. Any additional costs (for example the cost of any drugs already used) will be covered by the Leicester Fertility Centre.

We understand there will be concerns for NHS patients nearing the upper age limit for eligibility and this will be considered by the CCG.

Also we understand some patients who are older or with a low ovarian reserve may be especially disappointed by the delay in treatment and in need of support.

 I self-fund my treatment and now it has been cancelled will I lose the money I have already paid?

If you are funding your treatment yourself and the treatment you have paid for was not delivered, we will restart your treatment at no extra cost. Any additional costs (for example the cost of any drugs already used) will be covered by the Leicester Fertility Centre.

 I have used Access Fertility to fund my treatment and it has been cancelled- what happens now?

Access Fertility will cover the cost of one cancelled cycle per programme, whatever the cause. Access Fertility also has a list of FAQs on their website.

 I have stored embryos or gametes that are nearing the end of their storage period, what will happen with storage?

We are extending consents for 12 months for patients who are approaching the end of their storage period.

 Travel

The government is advising against all international travel. You can access the guidance here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection