Here are the Top FAQs about Covid and getting pregnant. It’s a crazy time. Make sure you’re informed.
Can I get Covid from Sex?
- Not exactly
- Covid is not a sexually transmitted disease
- Studies show Covid-19 is not transmitted via vaginal secretions or semen
- However, transmission can occur via respiratory droplets or feces (which you may be exposed to during sex)
Is my fertility decreased due to Covid?
- No studies exist which show this
- However, increased times of stress can delay ovulation
- If ovulation is delayed this will decrease your chances of getting pregnant each cycle
Am I more likely to have a miscarriage?
- There’s limited data on this topic but the data that is available show no definite link.
- That being said, data on SARs (caused by a similar virus) shows increased rates of 1st trimester miscarriage, preterm delivery and growth restriction
Is it safe to get pregnant right now?
- Yes, with caution
- Make the decision that’s right for you – weigh in your age, finances, stage in life and general anxiety level/ability to manage stress
- Pregnancy doesn’t appear to increase your risk of developing Covid, but if you do get sick while pregnant you are three times more likely to have more severe disease that could require hospitalization or even intubation
- That being said there are still many pregnant women who are asymptomatic or only have mild symptoms
- If you are known Covid positive or suspect you have Covid, it’s advised that you delay attempting pregnancy until at least your next cycle
The take home here… if you’re considering pregnancy right now, make sure you stay safe and stay informed. These are the basics that you need to know but you should also talk to you doctor about any specific health concerns.
For more information and updates about Covid visit The CDC website!
Dr. Quimby is the co-founder of FemEd – a female health education platform that educates females of all ages about their bodies.
She is also a former professor at USC Keck school of Medicine where she led the OBGYN clerkship. She is passionate about education and empowering her patients and her students through knowledge and shared decision making.
She is currently a full time OBGYN at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles.
Dr. Quimby has received accolades for teaching and leadership. She has been named Top Doctor by both Pasadena and Los Angeles Magazines. She is a regular speaker throughout the community giving talks to both the public and other physicians. She has contributed to LAist, SELF, and several other news media sources.
Her special interests include: preconception counseling and improving sexual health
When she’s not educating the public on all things female health she can be found traveling with her 2 young daughters and ever supportive husband.