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Validation of the French IVF guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Research question: Is a symptom questionnaire as per the French IVF guidelines adequate for screening patients during the COVID-19 pandemic?Design: Patients planning IVF from June 2020 to February 2021 were included in the study. In compliance with French IVF guidelines, all patients fever-free on the day of oocyte retrieval were screened for risk of COVID-19 by completing a symptom questionnaire after being counselled regarding the importance of a COVID-19-free medical practice. Patients with IVF planned between June and September 2020 only completed the questionnaire (group 1), while those planning IVF after September 2020 also underwent the RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA (group 2). Cycle cancellation rates between groups were compared. Group 1 patients consented for follicular fluid testing for SARS-CoV-2 and an interview after cycle completion to determine COVID-19 exposure during the 6 months before and after retrieval.Results: Cycle cancellation rates for groups 1 and 2 were 0% (0/214) versus 1.4% (8/577), respectively, (P = 0.116). All 183 follicular fluid samples from group 1 were negative for SARS-CoV-2 RNA. Of 171 patients interviewed post-IVF, 16 (93.4%) developed COVID-19 symptoms or a positive real-time PCR (RT-PCR) RT-PCR test, but none within 2 months pre- or post-retrieval.Conclusions: These results provide reassurance that, consistent with the COVID-19 French IVF guidelines, use of a symptom questionnaire is effective in screening patients planning to undergo IVF. Failure to detect viral RNA in any follicular fluid sample does not negate the possibility that follicular fluid is a viral reservoir. However, the findings provide reassurance that the follicular environment in this study's carefully screened population was COVID-free.
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hal-03325291 , version 1 (16-10-2023)

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Marine Poulain, Camille Fossard, Achraf Benammar, Eric Farfour, Stephanie Ranga, et al.. Validation of the French IVF guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 2021, Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 43 (3), pp.491-493. ⟨10.1016/j.rbmo.2021.06.005⟩. ⟨hal-03325291⟩
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