During the novel coronavirus pandemic, many couples have concerns about reproductive consequences related to COVID-19. Experts say when it comes to the impact of infections similar to coronavirus — such as influenza — on female and male fertility, the evidence is limited and further data is needed.
Mike Hsieh, MD, reproductive urologist and director of the Men’s Health Center at UC San Diego Health, says his patients are still motivated to start a family despite concerns.
“Over the past few months, I have talked to many patients in regards to their own health and the health of their babies when trying to conceive during this global pandemic,” said Hsieh, “Even though we don’t have long term understandings of COVID-19, there is not any reason for couples to put family planning on hold currently.”
- COVID-19 is not known to be a sexually transmitted disease
- The risk of COVID-19 on the future offspring is still unknown and more studies are needed
- Safety measures, such as COVID-19 screening and testing, are being implemented before fertility services at UC San Diego Health
Mike Hsieh, MD, reproductive urologist and director of the Men’s Health Center at UC San Diego Health
Learn more about male fertility and sexual health at https://health.ucsd.edu/malefertility