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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 and the Embryo Transfer Stage By HCRM on February 07, 2014

IVF and the Embryo Transfer StageWe know that there can be many impediments to starting a family of your own. Thankfully there are many options available if you and/or your partner suffer from some form of infertility. When you visit our center for reproductive medicine, we will go over all procedures that will allow you to start the family of your dreams.

One of the most popular options for fertility treatment is in vitro fertilization (IVF). A number of misconceptions and misunderstandings exist with regard to IVF. We'd like to go over the basics of IVF right now, with a particular focus on the embryo transfer process.

About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process in which a woman's eggs are retrieved from her body, inseminated in lab setting, and placed into the womb following successful fertilization. By undergoing this process successful pregnancy is possible.

What is embryo transfer?

Embryo transfer refers to the placement of the fertilized egg (embryo) into the womb. It is the final part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process.

How long after fertilization is embryo transfer performed?

The embryo is generally transferred a few days after insemination. Most fertility specialists will not do the transfer until cellular division has taken place. Usually fertility specialists wait until the eight-cell stage, which is about two to three days after the insemination of the egg.

Sometimes specialists will wait until the blastocyst stage to perform the transfer. In a number of cases, waiting until the blastocyst stage will help improve the chances of successful pregnancy, though is not always necessary so long as the eggs are healthy. Inevitable this call will be made by the fertility specialist during the consultation process.

What can I expect during embryo transfer?

During embryo transfer, a small cannula containing the embryos or blastocysts is inserted into the cervix and into the uterus. This process may involve guidance using ultrasound. After about two weeks, patients will take a pregnancy test to find out if the IVF process was successful.

What can I expect after the embryo transfer has been performed?

Immediately after an embryo transfer, patients will remain at the practice in order to rest and recover. Some monitoring may be performed during this time. The procedure itself is painless, though patients will usually notice some cramping for the first day or two. This cramping is typically quite mild.

Other Matters to Consider

There is more to reproductive medicine than just in vitro fertilization (IVF). There are also options that involve egg donors, sperm donors, and surrogate carriers, the last of which are important to consider if a woman suffers from medical conditions that would make it difficult for her to carry a baby to term. All of your options for assisted reproduction can be discussed in greater detail during your visit to our practice.

Learn More About Your Fertility Treatment Options

If you would like to learn more about in vitro fertilization (IVF) and your many other options out there for starting the family of your dreams, be sure to contact our Omaha fertility and reproductive medicine specialists today. The entire team here is eager to meet you in person and discuss these options in greater detail.

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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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