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A Complete Guide to COVID-19 for Fertility Patients

Updated: April 28, 2022

A Note from Your Illume Fertility Family

We are constantly updating this page as new mandates and recommendations are supplied by the CDC and CT Department of Health. Make sure you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date on all Illume Fertility COVID-19 policies and safety regulations. Watch the video below from Dr. Cynthia Murdock to learn about all of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines, vaccine safety for patients trying to conceive or pregnant, and much more. 

First and foremost, we want you to know that your health is our number one priority.

Please note the updates to our COVID policies and procedures below as they relate to in-office appointments amidst the Omicron surge. Furthermore, as new variants continue to emerge, we want you to know that we are revisiting our guidelines consistently in order to prioritize the safety of all our patients and staff. We want to personally thank you all for your patience and cooperation during this time. Illume Fertility is staying up to date about the role this virus is playing in our day-to-day lives, and we are doing everything we can to keep your safety and your fertility treatment our top priority.

Office Hours

Norwalk:
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday - Friday, Weekends by appointment only

Danbury, Trumbull & Harrison:
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday - Friday

Stamford:
6:45 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday - Friday

Our goal is to do our part in minimizing the spread of the virus while maintaining the needs of our patients.

All visits are by appointment only. No walk-in appointments will be permitted. Please call for an appointment or speak to your nurse or navigator via email or telephone with questions.

Please read through our current policies and procedures below. We do our best to give you all the facts about the status of COVID-19 and keep you up to date.

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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Curious about the COVID-19 vaccine? Let's talk.

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Should I get a booster shot?

Does the vaccine cause infertility?

Why should I get vaccinated if I'm trying to conceive?

Does Illume Fertility provide vaccine exemptions?

What's the difference between Pfizer/Moderna vs Johnson & Johnson vaccines?

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines?

How does the vaccine work?

How effective are the available COVID-19 vaccines?

If I am pregnant or trying to conceive, should I get the vaccine?

What should I do if I've been exposed to COVID-19?

Policy & Procedure FAQs

Get answers about our current COVID-19 policies, procedures and more.

Are you conducting all appointments in the office now?

What should I do when I arrive for my appointment?

Can I keep my appointment if I've been exposed to COVID-19?

Is my partner/support person allowed to come to the appointment with me?

What are the current Illume Fertility mask policies?

How do I know your office is safe?

Will I need to be tested for COVID-19 to move forward with fertility treatment?

How might all of this impact my fertility treatment?

If I become pregnant and then get COVID-19, will the baby be in danger?

Should I be nervous?

In-Office Protocol & Procedures

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately and stay at home.

Best Preventative Measures

Let’s take every precaution we can so that our patients, staff, and extended families stay safe:

  • When leaving your home, grab a mask and be sure to always keep it on in public settings
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your inner elbow if you sneeze or cough
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid sick individuals
  • Clean and disinfect your work area and home 
  • Practice social distancing when possible and if you choose to travel, do it safely
  • Know if you are in or around an at-risk population (ex: older adults and people who are immuno-compromised) as those need to be even more vigilant 

Resources

If you have a question about your personal health before coming in for a scheduled appointment or morning monitoring, please call your nurse or navigator.

Otherwise, we recommend staying up to date with the following resources:

Want to get in touch?

If you are interested in booking an appointment but still have a few questions, please call us at 203-956-2265, or click the button below to submit your question(s).

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