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Management of Infertility—Recommendations in the COVID-19 Era

Sendhil C Arumugam, Jayasree Manivasakan

Citation Information : Arumugam SC, Manivasakan J. Management of Infertility—Recommendations in the COVID-19 Era. 2020; 3 (2):53-55.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10082-02253

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 09-10-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Worldwide, the incidence of infertility is 15%. In India, the incidence of infertility varies between states ranging between 3.9% and 16.8%. India has 22–23 million infertile couples, and the total fertility rate has declined from 3.9 in 1990s to 2.3 in 2019. At present, the estimated number of in vitro fertilization cycles countrywide are around 100,000, and it was expected to reach 250,000 by the end of 2020. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, all these treatments have been brought to a sudden halt. Decision to stop all treatment is because SARS CoV2 is a global health pandemic and infertility treatments are usually electively done. Also we need more studies to show that COVID-19 has no effect on newer pregnancies.

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