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The Omicron Variant and Your Treatment at TRIO

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As many of you know, Covid-19 has entered a new and dangerously contagious phase. As your TRIO medical team, our first priority is to keep you safe. That is why effective January 1st, 2022 and throughout the month of January:

  • TRIO is temporarily suspending new Intrauterine Inseminations (IUI’s/sperm washing) and timed intercourse cycles for the month of January.
  • For patients whose cycles began prior to January 1st, 2022, you will be able to complete this cycle.
  • We are still accepting Day 1s for IVF and FET cycles.

We understand that this is upsetting news for those of you who are impacted, and we want you to know that we did not take this decision lightly. Unfortunately, this is a step we have to take to ensure that TRIO can remain open safely at this time and avoid a closure of the clinic. We want to stress that we anticipate that this will be a short term measure, and we hope to resume these cycles beginning February 2022. We are cautiously optimistic that recently-announced public health initiatives, including expanded vaccine eligibility, will work to diminish the number of Covid infections in the community, creating a safer environment in which to receive your treatment.

As always, we are watching these developments very carefully. We will let you know by email as soon as we can reinstate IUI and timed intercourse cycles. Please email rachelb@triofertility.com to be added to our email list if you are a patient and are not already receiving our newsletter emails. We will also share updates and changes to our safety and screening protocols on our social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook) and via email.

For all patients currently in treatment, please, do not come to the clinic if you have any of the following symptoms of Covid:

  • Fevers: any temperature above 37 degrees Celsius or above 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit with or without shaking chills; or feeling feverish, or feel warm to the touch
  • Any cold-like symptoms such as runny nose or stuffy nose; sneezing beyond once or twice daily; sinus headaches or sinusitis
  • Dry cough, new or worsening
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain/aches or joint pain
  • Loss of sense of taste and smell or unusual taste or smell
  • Continuing to have the sensation of unusual smells. A recent example is smelling smoke where there is none
  • Feeling tired, fatigue
  • Sore throat, new or worsening
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing particularly with simple activities
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Red rash usually on the trunk. Red nodules appearing on fingers
  • Common early symptoms: cough, muscle pains and headaches
  •  And finally, if you are not feeling 100% or even if you think you have something minor, you should assume you have Covid. Some people are asymptomatic or have mild illness. But you can still be contagious.

FAQ’s

Q: Can I still call in my Day 1 for an IUI/Timed Intercourse cycle in January?

A: No. Please do not call in a new Day 1 for an IUI or timed intercourse cycle. These are temporarily suspended at TRIO due to the rapidly growing Omicron variant of Covid-19. We would respectfully ask you not call your doctor’s office because your protocol will not change: we are hopeful that you will once again be able to call in your Day 1 starting in February 2022.

Q: Why are you making these changes when the province hasn’t mandated a change to capacity limits in medical clinics?

A: All our patients are trying to get pregnant or are already pregnant, and we know from studies that pregnant people are at higher risk for severe illness from Covid. As a result, we have had to make the difficult decision to reduce capacity in the clinic for the month of January to keep all our patients and staff safer.

Q: How will I know if I can start my IUI in February?

A: We send you an email as soon as we can confirm that it is safe to resume IUI and timed intercourse cycles. Please email rachelb@triofertility.com to be added to our email list if you are a patient and are not already receiving our newsletter emails. We will also keep you up-to-date about this on Instagram and Facebook.

Q: What about IVF and FET Cycles? Will these be impacted by this announcement?

A: No. If you planned to begin an IVF or FET cycle in January, your cycle will continue as planned if you still want to begin treatment. While you are in treatment, we urge you to be extra cautious: be sure to wear a mask whenever you leave the house; practice strict social distancing; and be careful to avoid large gatherings and high risk situations.

Q: Is it safe to be vaccinated while I’m trying to get pregnant?

A: Yes, we encourage all our patients to get all three doses of the vaccine. In fact, the definition of “fully vaccinated” now means a patient who has received their first two doses of an approved vaccine PLUS their booster – or third – dose. If you have any concerns about the timing of the vaccines and treatment, we encourage you to talk with your nurse or your doctor about what is best for you.

Q: What if I test positive while I am in the midst of my IUI, IVF Cycle or FET?

A: If you test positive for Covid-19 while you are in the midst of your cycle at TRIO, your cycle will be cancelled. You will not be billed for your blood or ultrasounds. You will only have to pay for the medications you have used. To avoid testing positive while you are in treatment, we urge you to be extra cautious: be sure to wear a mask whenever you leave the house; practice strict social distancing; and be careful to avoid large gatherings and high-risk situations.

Q: Is there anything I can do on my own while I am waiting to begin my cycle?

A: We know that waiting is hard. But there are things you can do to help. If you are feeling stressed, please consider contacting one of TRIO’s recommended counsellors and book a counselling session. Please also consider joining one of TRIO’s free online support groups. Many of our patients find it helpful to talk with others who are going through treatment at the same time. Finally, please visit the website for Conceive Health, TRIO’s in-house naturopathic clinic. The naturopathic doctors at Conceive Health offer a variety of programs to boost your chances of success while you are waiting to begin treatment.