COVID-19, Fertility and Pregnancy: Coronavirus Updates from a Fertility Doctor

Dr. Natalie Crawford, MD, double board certified OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist, discusses the risk of COVID-19 infection in pregnancy and then implications on fertility. On March 17, 2020 ASRM came out with recommendations halting fertility evaluations and treatments nationwide. For those considering pregnancy or undergoing fertility treatments these are the things that you need to think about right now with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Wash your hands, clean surfaces, limit social situations, cancel travel, protect your loved ones, protect yourself.

Resources and references:

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***This video was published on March 31, 2020 – as this is an ongoing situation, we are currently getting new information and guidelines. This is not directed medical advice for you, this is for educational information only.

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