Increase in Fertility Clinic Demand in 2020
It's being reported by KAMC News that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in fertility clinics seeing a sharp rise in demand.
When the pandemic first started and shelter-in-place orders were given, fertility clinics were forced to restrict their procedures, taking certain procedures off the table with the limited amount of personal protective equipment, but as soon as clinics were able to offer IVF and certain diagnostic procedures, the demand spiked.
Dr. Jennifer Phy, a fertility specialist at TTUHSC's Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, says that just in the second half of 2020, she saw over 100 IVF patients and at least 100 frozen embryo transfer patients, which is more than they saw throughout all of 2019.
Couples were very concerned. It was a very scary time, but I think that people have their eye on the prize of having a family, and I didn’t really have any patients that decided not to conceive during this time.
Despite the pandemic, I think people keep their vision of wanting to have a family and wanting that no matter what the circumstances.
Dr. Phy encourages patients to seek help if they need it, especially since national guidelines don't warn against seeking it.
To quote Dr. Phy, "I think we are going to see a lot of babies in 2021."
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