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Infertile patients cannot afford to wait for treatment while their eggs get older.

Dr. Sherman Silber, Infertility Center of St. Louis, is offering video consultations for patients who need to plan now for their treatment while stay-at-home orders are in place. He is talking to and evaluating patients in their home to comply with social distancing measures.

Dr. Silber is discovering that patients actually prefer this method of telemedicine consultation over the conventional office visit. Patients have conveyed that “it is so much more convenient and less stressful” to have a telemedicine personal consultation than to take a day off from work to travel to the doctor’s office and sit with other nervous patients in the waiting room.

The COVID-19 pandemic is thus changing much of the way we will do things in the future, and for the better. “Our patients are surprisingly much happier with this approach. Of course, at some point we need to perform hands on treatment. But with this new manner of seeing patients, we can come to the right diagnosis and treatment plan for most patients more efficiently, quickly, and painlessly, with no loss of personal one-on-one communication.” This is a very welcome new era of telemedicine that has been forced on us by the current difficult times.

Mini IVF and Surrogacy

Video Transcript:

Oh, of course… The question is ‘can you do mini-IVF with surrogates?’ This would come up say if your uterus is just beyond repair or you don’t have a uterus even. Or if you have such bad fibroids and they’ve already been operated on and the uterus is just beyond repair. So, we do that many times – it’s easy to do Mini-IVF. Because you get the best quality eggs that way. And then transfer those embryos to a gestational surrogate and that’s perfectly fine to do. We do that a lot.

You should understand: that in every state in the United States, with the exception of New York, which is crazyBut in every state gestational surrogacy is recognized. And the intended parent legally is the parent. And you shouldn’t worry that there’s a problem that the surrogate would have any claim to the baby.