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19 February 2021

COVID-19 and fertility and pregnancy

The effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on fertility and pregnancy are yet to be researched thoroughly. A year after the pandemic started, we have a COVID-19 vaccine (read here the updated guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations, including women who are pregnant and breastfeeding).


Our webinar on this very important subject, COVID-19, fertility and pregnancy, took place on Friday 19th February 2021 at 7.30 pm and had an interactive Q&A session at the end.


Our leading experts Dr Geetha Venkat, Director and Senior Consultant at HSFC, Dr Lieve Verstraete, Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist and Ms Rachael Close, Lead Nurse discussed in depth the virus and possible effects on fertility and pregnancy, what we know so far, as well as steps to prevent a possible infection during a fertility journey. The safety measures we have in place to protect our patients and staff were also discussed.


Questions asked during the Q&A session:

If you had COVID-19, does it affect your chances of a pregnancy?

-Does taking the COVID-19 vaccine affect your chances of a future pregnancy?

-If you had COVID-19 and then become pregnant, would the child be affected?

-I am hoping to start my 4th cycle in May/June.

-If I am offered the vaccine before starting treatment shall I take it?

-If you already had COVID-19, is it advisable to have the vaccine whilst trying to conceive?

-When is the best time to have COVID-19 if you are in the middle of an IVF treatment?

-What happens if I have COVID-19 vaccine, then become pregnant, then I can’t have the second vaccine?


To watch a recording of the webinar, please click below.