Fertility Treatments Today
Throughout 2020, Dr. David Clay has reminded his patients seeking fertility treatments that “you are not alone.” While some have chosen to stop or delay treatment for infertility, many individuals and couples are choosing to move forward with the support of Dr. Clay and Clinic Sofia.
“My wife and I struggled with infertility in the past ourselves, though not during Covid-19. I understand wanting to move forward with this journey, though also wanting to do it as safely as possible during this pandemic,” Dr. Clay said. “Ultimately, the treatments we offer within our practice remain the same, with new safety precautions such as masks for office visits.”
The first fertility visit frequently involves a discussion about potential issues, recommendations, testing and treatments, making virtual consultations a great option, particularly for anyone trying to minimize outside contact. Virtual visits entail a secure video link via phone, tablet or computer, or a traditional phone call if internet connection is an issue. Clinic Sofia has resumed in-person appointments and fertility care for those who prefer that option. Doctors can recommend lifestyle updates, discuss health conditions and order tests as needed based on virtual and office visits alike.
“The main thing I tell my patients is not to lose hope. For many, the struggle with infertility is awful enough and adding on the pandemic, work-up and treatment delays, and the general uncertainty of everything can feel like the world is stacking up against you,” Dr. Clay said. “For anyone who is struggling, please realize that you are not alone. One out of eight couples struggles with infertility, so you probably know many people who are in the same boat. You are not alone.”