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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.

What You Should Know About the Insemination Stage of IVF Treatment By HCRM on March 11, 2014

What You Should Know About the Insemination Stage of IVF TreatmentStarting the family that you have always wanted can be more challenging than you think. Many times there are impediments to natural conception, such as male infertility issues and female infertility issues. Thankfully there have been many steps forward with regard to assisted reproductive technology. The latest advances in reproductive medicine can help you start the family of your dreams.

One of the most popular options for fertility treatment out there is in vitro fertilization (IVF). Right now, we'd like to go over the insemination phase of the IVF process. In order to do that, it's important to provide a general overview of the entire IVF process.

About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most well-known options for fertility treatment, having helped countless couples have children when they were unable to conceive naturally. IVF involves the fertilization of a woman's eggs in a lab setting, which helps increase the chances of successful pregnancy.

IVF can involve other reproductive medicine treatments as well, such as egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogate carriers. Each of these additional processes will address various needs of patients. All of these matters and many more can be discussed in greater detail during the consultation process.

The Stages of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

The basic breakdown of stages in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process are as follows:

  • Ovulation induction using fertility drugs
  • Retrieval of eggs from the ovaries
  • Insemination/fertilization of the eggs
  • Incubation of the embryos
  • Transfer of the embryos to the womb

What does the insemination stage of in vitro fertilization (IVF) involve?

Once the eggs have been retrieved, they are isolated in a petri dish. Sperm is placed in the petri dish and allowed to fertilize the egg by natural means.

Insemination Option: Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

There are some cases in which traditional insemination is not an idea option. This generally refers to cases in which the sperm has poor motility or is in an insufficient quantity. This is when intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may be used. ICSI means that an individual sperm that is deemed healthy is injected directly into the egg in order to ensure fertilization.

What happens after the insemination stage is completed?

After the insemination process is completed, the petri dishes with the inseminated eggs are placed in an incubating unit to help promote/facilitate fertilization and development. The egg will begin to go through cellular division, and after about two or three days of incubation, the embryo transfer phase is performed. Fertility specialists will assist in monitoring patients (or surrogates) for signs of pregnancy and successful in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment.

In some cases, patients will elect to have their embryos cryopreserved so that they can be used at a later time. As with the previously mentioned processes, this can be discussed in greater detail during your consultation.

Learn More About Advanced Fertility Treatments

If you would like to learn more about all of your options for fertility treatment and starting the family that you have always wanted, be sure to contact our Omaha, Nebraska fertility specialists today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible choices when it comes to your fertility treatment options.

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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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