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Conception Apr 14, 2020
3 Minutes

Ask the expert: dealing with delayed fertility treatment

This is an unprecedented time for everyone. However, it can be particularly challenging if you’re waiting for fertility treatment. We speak to top consultant gynaecologist and The Journey Co-Founder Mahantesh Karoshi about how this is not as bad as you may think. Plus, some positive things you can do while you wait. 

It is often said that time is of the essence when it comes to fertility. So, how bad is this delay to fertility treatment that many are now facing? 

The reality is there is not a lot of evidence to suggest that a six month delay will have a material impact on fertility treatment outcomes. So, try not to worry.

What about if I already have a low AMH, can it fall further? 

AMH (a measure of Ovarian Reserve: click here for more) is unlikely to have a very dramatic fall over six months. Particularly if you are taking care of your health. That means avoiding excess alcohol and smoking and managing your stress levels.

(Click here for more from our resident expert on managing the stress element around waiting for fertility treatment)

What can I do while I wait to help preserve my egg quality and number while I wait for fertility treatment to resume? 

The good news is that the evidence suggests there are things you can do in order to give a helping hand to your fertility. For much more detail click here to read the top five things for egg quality. In a nutshell speak to your doctor about the following:

Folate (research suggests 800mg ideal for fertility). Melatonin (3mg) or ensuring you get adequate sleep and exposure to natural light (staying away from artificial/blue light). CoQu10 (the reduced form Ubiquinol – click here for more)  hydration and a healthy diet (click here for more on the ideal ‘fertility diet’ according to recent research).

Should I delay trying to conceive naturally during this time? 

Whilst there is still a lot we do not know about this virus, for now there is not enough evidence to suggest that it is unsafe to get pregnant at this time. If you do suffer from a COVID infection, similarly there is no evidence to suggest that it will impact your AMH or fertility outcomes.

So far impact on an unborn baby appears to be limited. Further, pregnant women do not appear to be at increased risk of contracting COVID. Therefore, at this stage, even if you are waiting for fertility treatment there is no reason why you shouldn’t continue to try naturally in addition.

How can I limit a severe COVID infection? 

Other than adhering to social distancing and hand washing, at this stage there is nothing that can prevent COVID infection. However, there is some evidence that enough Vitamin C (1000mg) and adequate Vitamin D (click here for much more) can reduce the chance of a severe immune response from COVID infection.

For more from Mahantesh check him out on Instagram @gynaecologist_london.

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