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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 and Age By HCRM on September 25, 2013

Omaha IVF and AgeGetting older is not easy. This is especially true of women who are trying to conceive. The older a woman is, the harder it is for her to achieve pregnancy and to carry that pregnancy to full term. Unfortunately, infertility is not uncommon. Approximately 10 percent of the population has experienced infertility. Male factor infertility accounts for approximately 30 percent of the cases, female factor infertility accounts for approximately 30 percent of the cases, unexplained infertility accounts for approximately 20 percent of the cases, and a combination of male factor and female factor infertility account for approximately 10 percent of the cases.

Women under the age of 35 should seek the advice of a fertility specialist after a year of trying to conceive. Women 35 and older should seek the advice of a fertility specialist six months after trying to conceive unsuccessfully. Some patients seek the assistance of their gynecologist before visiting a reproductive endocrinologist. Most gynecologists are only able to address minor fertility issues that are easy to overcome. The specialists at our fertility center in Omaha are better able to address, diagnose, and treat fertility issues, including those that are relatively complex.

A woman’s age can have a significant impact on her fertility. It is estimated that about one-third of couples trying to conceive in which the female partner is over the age of 35 are affected by infertility. Age can greatly affect a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant. It also increases a woman’s risk of miscarriage. Women that are over the age of 35 often have a smaller number of eggs left than those of younger women. The eggs that are remaining are typically not as healthy as eggs in younger women.

IVF success rates are higher in women that are under the age of 35. The in vitro fertilization success rates continue to decline with a woman’s increasing age. Yet, there is still hope. A decrease or decline in fertility does not mean that a woman cannot or will not achieve a successful outcome. Though the success rates are not as high for women that are over the age of 35, IVF is still an effective and successful treatment for many women.

IVF may be utilized to address many fertility issues. The age of a woman at the time of treatment, the patient’s ovarian reserve, and the specific cause of the couple’s infertility are all factors that are considered during IVF. A woman with poor egg quality or poor ovarian reserve may benefit from IVF with donor eggs. Women over the age of 40 may also benefit from using donor eggs. Donor eggs may greatly improve a woman’s chances of achieving a successful outcome.

Another factor to consider with IVF and patient age is the number of embryos to transfer. IVF increases a patient’s risk of multiple pregnancy. It is recommended that only one embryo is transferred in cycles of younger women, and two embryos transferred in cycles of older women.

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To learn more about the effect that age may have on the success of IVF, please call or email the team at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, 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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