By Dr. Tom Hannam MD FRCSC REI
From previous posts, you know that many Canadian clinics are restricting services. The Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society (CFAS) is likely coming out with more guidance later this afternoon.
In the US, as of last night, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) suggested all fertility services, including most diagnostics, shut down for an indeterminate period of time. They will complete in-process stimulations and retrievals, then stop.
The CFAS, on the same day, supported embryo-freezing protocols. We take our CFAS guidance seriously, and today at noon the governing committee is meeting again, with an updated report expected tonight.
Two reports in two days suggests to me that changes are likely again.
If you are a patient in active care, your clinical team (depending on the clinic) may or may not yet know their plans. What this means to your cycle depends on your specific situation. I recommend confirming with your clinical team.
As for HFC/CCRM, we are waiting today to hear from the CFAS this afternoon and will update our processes tonight as necessary.
As always, you can contact me if you have any questions about your treatment: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Author
Dr. Tom Hannam
The founder of the Hannam Fertility Centre, Dr. Hannam has sat on the board of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada, and the European Society for Human Reproduction and Endocrinology.