Women not recommended to get pregnant for three months after COVID-19 – Health Ministry

MOSCOW, January 25. /TASS/. Russia’s Healthcare Ministry recommends to women to plan a pregnancy no earlier than three months after the coronavirus infection due to risks of complications and possible influence of preparations used during treatment on a fetus. This information is included in the updated instructional guidelines on medical aid to pregnant women, new mothers and newborns with COVID-19.

“It is recommended to plan a pregnancy no earlier than three months after having COVID-19 in order to decrease a risk of developing venous thromboembolic complications and a possible teratogenic influence on a fetus of preparations included in treatment schedules for the novel coronavirus infection,” the recommendations said.

It is also noted that, according to the statistics, women endure COVID-19 easier than men, yet one shouldn’t ignore possible consequences of the coronavirus infection for the reproductive health. “The influence of <…> COVID-19 on a woman’s reproductive system may be mediated by toxic effects of preparations used, the length of stay at an intensive care unit, a decompensation of concomitant chronic diseases,” the document said.

“Currently it is unknown which long-term consequences for women’s reproductive health may be related to having COVID-19. Due to this, all women who endured COVID-19, especially in a severe form, should be viewed as a high-risk group to develop complications and undergo a more thorough follow-up observation during a year after hospitalization for COVID-19,” the recommendations noted.

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