The Ministry of Health of the Nation authorized to resume fertility treatments.
In this way, patients who already have authorization will be able to execute the procedure and those who await approval, ask that it be resolved.
In the provision, the health authority highlights several grounds for adopting the measure.
Among them, that Argentina is a country with controlled circulation of the Covid-19 virus. Also, that there is a sector of the population with fertility problems without a temporary response and that in many of these cases medical care is preventive (preservation of fertility, prior to cancer treatment).
It also points out that infertility is a chronic disease.
In Córdoba, it is estimated that each year some 2,000 assisted fertility procedures are performed, which does not imply the same number of pregnancies achieved in this way, since not all treatments succeed.
It should be noted that the Argentine Society for Reproductive Medicine (Samer) and scientific institutions in the United States and Europe -related to the specialty- indicate that there is no scientific evidence on the transmission of the virus through eggs or sperm.
However, the Ministry of Health ratified a series of recommendations to take into account to resume fertility treatments, such as:
- Continue to provide medical attention through telemedicine, where possible.
- That shifts are scheduled with spaced times, both for medical consultations and for laboratory and imaging studies.
- The physician and patient decide whether embryo transfer is performed or the embryos are cryopreserved. Cryopreservation – remember – is the process by which cells or tissues are frozen at very low temperatures -generally between -80 ° C and -196 ° C- to decrease the vital functions of a cell or an organism and to be able to maintain them in conditions of life suspended for a long time.
- In case of transfer, the risks and benefits that this practice entails in the current health and epidemiological situation must be explained.
This requirement must be evidenced in the informed consent in advance.