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Our Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

HCRM is dedicated to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. HCRM has policies and guidelines in place aligned with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local and state health authorities to help prevent the spread of illness. We are also adhering to recent guidelines that have been published by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) regarding the treatment of current and new patients.

Please review the new procedures we have put into place at HCRM:

1. All patients will receive a phone call 24-48 hours prior to the appointment and complete a prescreening questionnaire with questions regarding their travel history in the past 14 days and the presence of respiratory symptoms (fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath) within the past 14 days.

2. All patients and visitors will complete the same prescreening questionnaire with a HCRM staff member prior to entering the clinic on the day of the appointment. Please allow for an extra 5 minutes prior to your appointment to complete the prescreening. It is possible that a patient may need to reschedule his/her appointment based on symptoms or travel history.

3. HCRM requests that patients come to the clinic unaccompanied, leaving their partners/support waiting for them at home or in their vehicles when feasible. We request that patients do not bring children to their appointment.

4. With the use of Telemedicine, we hope to continue to provide care to our new and current patients.

5. HCRM will reduce the frequency of clinic appointments during treatment cycle monitoring.

6. HCRM will frequently enforce infection control processes within the clinic, including good hand washing hygiene, frequent disinfecting of patient rooms and surfaces, and social distancing.

We at HCRM appreciate your ongoing support as we work together and do our part to "flatten the curve." Please contact our office at (402) 717-4200 for more information or any questions.

For current travel advisories and up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 website.

IVF Risks By HCRM on July 22, 2013

Omaha IVF RisksIn vitro fertilization, more commonly referred to as IVF, is the most effective form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) performed today. At the fertility center, Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, in vitro fertilization may be recommended when a patient has been unsuccessful at achieving pregnancy after six to 12 cycles. IVF is comprised of a series of procedures to help a patient become pregnant. It may be used to treat a number of fertility problems including ovulation disorders, endometriosis, impaired sperm production, genetic disorders, blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, and unexplained fertility. It may also be used to preserve fertility.

IVF Risks

The decision to undergo IVF is not an easy one. For many patients, IVF is a last chance at conceiving or carrying a child. Because of this, most patients find that the chance of a successful outcome outweighs the risks associated with the IVF process. With that being said, there are real risks associated with IVF. It is important that a patient is fully educated on both the benefits and risks of any treatment or procedure that he or she undergoes. The risks of associated with the IVF treatment process includes:

  • Stress: The IVF treatment process can be quite stressful. IVF is an expensive, invasive, and an emotionally, mentally, and physically trying process. Having a good support system in place before undergoing the IVF process may help reduce stress during and after treatment.
  • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS): The ovulation-inducing medications administered during the IVF treatment process may cause a patient to develop ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
  • Egg-retrieval: During the egg-retrieval step of the IVF treatment process, an aspirating needle is used to collect the eggs. Complications can occur during the egg-retrieval step. These complications include infection, bleeding, damage to the bowel, damage to the bladder, and damage to blood vessels.
  • Ectopic pregnancy: Approximately two to five percent of women who undergo IVF and achieve pregnancy will experience an ectopic pregnancy. In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus. Typically, with an ectopic pregnancy, the egg implants inside a fallopian tube. Sadly, a fertilized egg cannot survive when it implants outside of the uterus. Women who conceive without undergoing fertility treatment are also at risk for developing an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Miscarriage: The risk of miscarriage increases with a woman’s age. Patients who are of advanced maternal age and achieve pregnancy with or without fertility treatment have an increased risk of miscarriage.
  • Premature delivery: Patients who conceive through IVF may have an increased risk of delivering prematurely.
  • Low birth weight: Patients who conceive through IVF may have an increased risk of delivering babies with low birth weights.
  • Multiple pregnancy: A patient’s risk of multiple pregnancy increases when more than one embryo is transferred during the IVF treatment process. Multiple pregnancy increases a patient’s risk of delivering prematurely.

Learn More about the Risks Associated with IVF

While IVF is a highly successful process for many patients, it does have risks. At the Omaha fertility center Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, IVF risks are discussed in detail to ensure the safety and comfort of each patient. If you would like to learn more about the risks and benefits of IVF, or to schedule a personal consultation, please contact our office today.

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Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine

Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine

Dr. Stephanie L.F. Gustin, Dr. Elizabeth Constance, and Dr. Elizabeth Weedin are skilled reproductive endocrinologists who offer state-of-the-art fertility treatments. An open and inclusive environment, the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine can address different causes of infertility and help LGBTQ couples build loving families.

Contact our practice online or call us at (402) 717-4200 to schedule a consultation.

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