Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine:

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.

Preparing for IVF By HCRM on September 05, 2013

Omaha IVF TipsIVF, or in vitro fertilization, can make dreams of parenthood a reality for those who have had difficulty conceiving naturally. If you are considering IVF treatment at an Omaha based fertility center, we invite you to visit us at the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine. Though the success of IVF treatment greatly depends individual factors including overall health and age, there are things you can do to help prepare your body and help encourage successful IVF treatment.

Preparing For IVF Treatment

Part of the preparation process for IVF treatment involves a variety of screenings. Different types of screenings are performed to help determine what may be causing problems with conceiving naturally in an effort to compensate for such issues once the IVF treatment begins. Screenings are done for both egg and sperm production. Screenings include:

  • Ovarian Reserve Testing: Ovarian reserve testing is performed to test the quality of a woman's eggs as well as to determine the amount of eggs she has available. This test is performed by taking a blood sample during the first few days of the menstrual cycle. From the blood, specific hormone levels are measured.
  • Uterine Cavity Exam: A uterine cavity exam is generally performed prior to IVF treatment to evaluate the uterus. A uterine cavity exam can be done in different ways. If done as a hysteroscopy, a tool called a hysteroscope will be used to view inside the uterus. The hysterosope is a thin, flexible tube with a small camera on the end. This tube is inserted through the vagina and cervix and up to the uterus. The uterine cavity exam may also be done with ultrasound. This method is called sonohysterography and involves the injection of fluid into the uterus via the cervix. The fluid allows the ultrasound to produce images of the uterine cavity.
  • Semen Analysis: A semen analysis is generally done before IVF is considered - generally as a first test in determining fertility problems when couples have difficulty conceiving. However, if a semen analysis has not be performed prior to IVF treatment, the test will be done to determine both the quality and number of sperm produced

Screenings are not the only step before IVF treatment. Prior to IVF treatment, the woman's body must be prepared with a series of medications designed to boost the hormones necessary for conception. There are different types of medications and because every women is different, the medications required will vary from patient to patient though in general, most women will need at least one to two weeks of ovarian stimulation prior to IVF. The different types of medications are used for:

  • Ovarian Stimulation: Ovary stimulating medications are often administered via injection and are used to stimulate the ovaries to produce more than one egg at a time.
  • Oocyte Maturation: Oocyte maturation medications are used to help make the eggs mature at the proper time.
  • Prevention of Premature Ovulation: To prevent the release of eggs too soon, or premature ovulation, medications may be given.
  • Preparation of the Uterine Lining: Progesterone supplements may be given to better prepare the uterus for embryo transfer or egg retrieval.  

See if You're a Candidate for IVF

If you live in Omaha and would like to see if in vitro fertilization is right for you, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors 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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