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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.

Ovulation Induction and the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Process By HCRM on January 08, 2014

Ovulation Induction and the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) ProcessThere are many reproductive medicine options to consider if you would like to start the family of your dreams. Couples or individuals who are interested in learning more about all of these options can of course visit our practice for a personal consultation, where we will take all the time necessary to address all concerns and answer all questions as needed.

One of the most popular reproductive treatments that is offered around the world is in vitro fertilization (IVF). This involves a series of steps and processes, and we'd like to take a moment right now to focus on one particular step of the IVF process which is known as ovulation induction. Knowing what this is may help you understand the IVF procedure better and how it might just be the right option for you.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) - The Basics

First a brief overview of how in vitro fertilization (IVF) works. IVF involves the careful retrieval of eggs from a woman so that they can be fertilized in a controlled lab setting. Once the eggs have been fertilized and have begun cellular division, the embryo is carefully introduced into the uterus so that it can develop naturally and the pregnancy can be carried to term.

Ovulation Induction and What It Means

Ovulation induction is done prior to the retrieval of the eggs. During this phase of IVF, a woman is given fertility drugs of various kinds that promote ovulation. This allows a fertility specialist to easily obtain healthy, viable eggs.

Medications Used to Induce Ovulation

There are different kinds of medications that may be used to stimulate ovulation, and the right ones for a given patient may vary.

With that in mind, medications taken for ovulation induction will stimulate the production of multiple eggs (usually luteinizing hormone or LH, and follicle-stimulating hormone or FSH), aid in the proper maturation of the eggs (human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG), prevent early ovulation so that eggs are retrieved as needed and on time, and allow for a healthy uterine lining.

Potential Side Effects of Your Medications

All medications have potential side effects, and that certainly goes for fertility drugs. Your fertility specialist will give you detailed information about each drug you are given and any side effects involved. There will also be careful checks on any drugs you are currently taking outside of the fertility drugs to ensure that a combination of various drugs will not have deleterious health effects.

Other Issues Related to the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Process

In addition to the matters we have covered above, there are other options to keep in mind with regard to the IVF process, such as the use of egg donors, sperm donors, or surrogate carriers. During your visit to our practice, we will be sure to cover all of these matters in full detail so you understand all of the options that you have before you.

Learn More About Advanced Fertility Treatments

If you would like to learn more about all of your options for assisted reproduction, be sure to contact our Omaha, NE fertility center today. Our entire team looks forward to discussing these matters with you in greater detail and helping you make smart choices when it comes to starting the family you've always wanted.

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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 (877) 831-3227 to schedule a consultation.

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