Return to ART practices – The post-coronavirus disease era
1Department of Infertility and Reproductive Medicine, Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra
2Department of Infertility and Reproductive Medicine, Fertility Square, Mumbai, Maharashtra
3Department of Infertility, D Y Patil IVF Centre Navi Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra
4Department of Infertility, Fortis Bloom IVF Centre, Chandigarh, Punjab
5Department of Infertility, Fortis Bloom IVF Centre, New Delhi, India
*Corresponding author: Manisha Takhtani Kundnani, Department of Infertility and Reproductive Medicine, Fertility Square, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. firstname.lastname@example.org
© 2020 Published by Scientific Scholar on behalf of Journal of Reproductive Healthcare and Medicine
How to cite this article: Pai HD, Kundnani MT, Palshetkar NP, Palshetkar R, Mehta P, Arora S, et al. Return to ART practices – The post-COVID era. J Reprod Healthc Med 2021;2(Suppl_1):S2-S6.
Objectives:The objectives of the study were to analyze the prevalence of coronavirus disease (COVID) real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) positivity among asymptomatic patients undergoing infertility treatment.
Materials and Methods:This was an observational study done in five centers in five different cities in India, analyzing the prevalence of COVID RT-PCR-positive rates among asymptomatic patients willing to undergo infertility treatment. All patients underwent triage and COVID RT-PCR testing as per the national guidelines. Patients tested positive for COVID RT-PCR were advised to discontinue treatment.
Results:The overall prevalence of COVID RT-PCR positivity in low-risk patients undergoing infertility treatment was found to be low. The incidence of COVID RT-PCR positivity in staff and doctors providing infertility care and not dealing directly with COVID-positive patients was observed to be 10.7%.
Conclusion:The overall prevalence of the virus in asymptomatic people is low and elective procedure like assisted reproduction technology can be carried out with all precautions and sanitization protocols in place.
Assisted reproduction technology
COVID real-time polymerase chain reaction