Buffalo Infertility and IVF Associates
At Buffalo Infertility and IVF Associates we know that every patient is unique. Comprehensive, compassionate care that is focused on the specific needs of each individual provides the best opportunity for our patients to succeed.
By integrating the latest advancements with proven therapies, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care in a welcoming, comfortable environment.
You have goals. We have the experience and ability to help you achieve them.
COVID-19 Update – March 30, 2020
"Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a society work, a civilization work." – Vince Lombardi
As we are all now aware, COVID-19 is the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Undoubtedly it has had a significant impact on your lives, not the least of which involves how it has impacted your efforts to start or expand your family. We realize that for those of you whose treatments have been delayed, the uncertainty of the timeline of when we can get back on track is particularly difficult. It pains us to add to the many stressors and burdens that accompany each patient’s individual struggle with infertility, but recognize that as a group we must get through this intact so that we can all move forward together.
Infertility is a disease. Fertility treatments are not elective. Our goals are the same, and we look forward to getting you back on track as soon as possible – we don’t want to delay your treatments. However, we also have a commitment to you, our staff, and a social responsibility to our community, to keep everyone healthy and safe in an effort to #flattenthecurve.
Two factors making this virus different than other seasonal viruses or the flu are that (1) it is a novel, or new, virus, to which no one has immunity, and (2) the length of time between exposure and development of symptoms is generally between three to seven days, but can be as long as 14 days. High levels of the virus are found in the mouth, nose and throat early in the course of disease, at which time the infected individual may have little or no symptoms, but is highly contagious. Because we have no reliable way of screening those who may have the virus, our best defense against it is to limit exposure altogether through social distancing and reducing patient encounters to essential visits.
During an average treatment cycle, our patients have over 30 in-person contacts within our office, including office consultations, preliminary testing, teaching visits, bloodwork, ultrasounds, and procedures. Each visit brings with it the risk that a patient without symptoms will infect others, or be infected, and in turn spread the virus to family, friends, or others in the community who may be more vulnerable. Although our patients tend to be younger and healthier, that does not mean all will have a benign course if they are infected with COVID-19; in New York City, 29% of patients admitted to the hospital are between 20 and 44 years old, with 12% of cases admitted to the ICU.
Since March 17, 2020, in accordance with ASRM guidelines, which were reinforced today, we’ve stopped initiating new cycles of IVF, embryo transfers, frozen embryo transfers (FETs), as well as ovulation induction coupled with IUI. Our patients that were in the stimulation phase of their cycles were allowed to complete their cycles (if they desired) and completed a "freeze all" for future FETs. We have also cancelled non-urgent surgeries and procedures including hysteroscopy, laparoscopy and HSGs.
Our office remains open for urgent visits, diagnostic testing, and monitoring deemed necessary to ensure our patients remain on track for their upcoming fertility treatments. All other visits are being performed using tele-medicine. We’ve embraced tele-medicine as a means to review your care and establish a plan for moving forward. These visits, performed through our electronic medical record system, provide a private, secure, face-to-face interaction that allows us to step back, regroup, and plan next steps so that we are helping you achieve your goals as soon as possible. Please contact the office to schedule a visit with one of our providers.
We must all do our part as health care providers, patients, and citizens to prevent the spread of this disease, as well as to conserve resources needed by healthcare workers treating those who are affected. This is a worldwide pandemic, the likes of which none of us have ever experienced. Unprecedented events call for unprecedented measures. We are very grateful to our patients and staff for their understanding and patience.
ADJUSTED PHLEBOTOMY LAB HOURS
In order to reduce staffing during the current Coronavirus pandemic, we have adjusted our phlebotomy lab hours:
Monday - Friday: 7am - 10am
Weekends: Temporarily closed unless deemed clinically necessary
COVID-19 Update – March 18, 2020
On March 17, 2020, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) provided updated guidelines recommending suspension of all new and non-urgent fertility treatments.
Specifically, the guidelines include:
Suspending initiation of new treatment cycles, including ovulation induction, intrauterine inseminations (IUIs), in vitro fertilization (IVF), including retrievals and frozen embryo transfers, as well as non-urgent gamete cryopreservation.
Cancellation of all embryo transfers whether fresh or frozen.
Continuation of care for patients who are currently “in-cycle” or who require urgent stimulation and cryopreservation.
Suspending elective surgeries and non-urgent diagnostic procedures.
Minimizing in-person interactions and increase utilization of telehealth
The above recommendations will be revisited often as the pandemic evolves, but no later than March 30, with the aim of resuming usual patient care and all fertility treatments as soon and as safely as possible.
The highest priority of Buffalo IVF is the health and safety of our patients and employees. As part of the Buffalo community for over 20 years, we have a social responsibility to make decisions that promote public health and the best interests of our patients, staff, and everyone in our community. As such, we plan to follow the imposed guidelines.
We realize that for those of you in treatment, preparing to initiate treatment, or scheduling surgery, these recommendations are difficult to hear. We certainly empathize with the stress, sacrifice, sense of urgency, as well as the physical, emotional, and financial tolls that undergoing fertility treatments can demand. It pains us to add to that burden – we don’t want to delay your treatments.
However, we are in an inter-connected world, and our health care system is about to be stressed in unprecedented ways. We recognize that following the above guidelines will reduce unnecessary exposures and future risks that will help our health care system and our community meet this new global challenge.
Our goals are the same, and we look forward to getting your treatments back on track as soon as possible. Our office will remain open and we will continue to see both new and existing patients.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding
ASRM March 17, 2020 (asrm.org)
COVID-19 Update - March 15, 2020
Buffalo IVF is closely monitoring the evolving situation with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We plan to remain open and provide full service fertility treatments while we rely on the latest information available from the ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), WHO (World Health Organization), as well as our own commitment to evidence-based medicine, the health of our members, leaders and staff, and our obligation to promote public health.
In addition to our daily medical grade cleaning of our facility, we will be performing additional cleansing of surfaces and high use areas throughout the day. We ask that when visiting the Clinic, you wash your hands frequently, and make use of the many hand sanitizers located at the front desk, in exams rooms, and throughout the building. And instead of our usual handshakes or hugs, expect a friendly “elbow bump” as an added precaution.
For your safety and the safety of our staff and other patients DO NOT ENTER THE CLINIC IF:
- You have flu-like symptoms
- You have a temperature
- You have been potentially exposed to COVID-19, or may be at risk
- You have use any form of public transportation (including domestic or international air travel, bus or train) with the past 14 days.
If you meet any of the above, we ask that you inform us and postpone treatment until cleared by your primary care provider.
The CDC has not recommended against attempting to conceive naturally or with assistance. While pregnant women experience immunologic changes that may make them susceptible to respiratory illnesses and may be at higher risk for severe illness, there are not specific data on COVID-19. The CDC recommends that couples trying to conceive, as well as pregnant women, should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, like washing hands and avoiding people who are sick.
The CDC and WHO have not advised shutting down air travel within the United States, but recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel, and avoid travel to Level 3 regions (China, Iran, S. Korea, Italy) and that those with chronic medical conditions avoid Level 2 regions (Japan).
We should all recognize that the situation remains very fluid and could change rapidly.
We encourage everyone to follow the advice provided by the CDC as it relates to pregnancy and travel, available at the following links:
- Coronavirus and Pregnancy (cdc.gov)
- Coronavirus and Travel (cdc.gov)
- Coronavirus and Infertility Treatments (asrm.org)