With border restrictions limiting international travel due to COVID-19, couples and individuals that were travelling or planning to travel abroad in search of state-of-the-art fertility treatment are having a heightened sense of uncertainty and may be thinking of pausing or postponing their plans.
However, in the hopes of travel restrictions gradually easing down globally with more people getting vaccinated, it is never too early to start preparing for a safe journey for IVF during the era of the pandemic once borders reopen.
Here are five ways to help you prepare:
Utilise the time you have now to explore every single accessible option. Patients can inquire through our call-centre to inquire on the types of treatment available and the list of the ART centres. (Assisted reproductive treatment). Talk with specialists in the field including conceptive endocrinologists, embryologists and other fertility experts to help you settle on the best possible decision in terms of procedure and hospital selection.
Undergo preliminary testing
Fertility treatments usually require a range of preliminary testing. Inquire about the tests required by your obstetrician or gynecologist and see if any of those can be done in advance.
Network with experts and communities
Travel ban does not stop you from communicating over the internet with fertility coaches, bloggers and active communities, sharing their parenthood wisdom and authentic patient experiences. Take this time to connect and participate in these conversations to come up with the best possible options for your treatment.
Once you have made your decisions, it’s time to think of your travel preparations. Take all the necessary precautions starting by getting tested for COVID-19 before travelling, maintaining a distance of 1 metre apart, wear your face mask correctly, wash your hands frequently and sanitise surfaces you come in contact with during your flight and throughout your journey.
Do not worry unnecessarily over false assumptions. We prioritise patient safety as we provide continuity of care for our patients and Healthcare Travellers. Take time to do research and fact-checking with trustworthy sources. Once you are prepared and convinced, rest assured that the medical facilities that you have chosen are going to great lengths to take precautionary measures for safeguarding the well-being of their patients.