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.

IVF and the Egg Retrieval Stage By HCRM on April 03, 2014

Omaha IVF and Egg RetrievalAlthough it’s a natural human process, reproduction doesn’t occur easily for everyone; nearly a third of all couples fail to conceive within the first year of trying. If you have been unable to get pregnant, then reproductive medicine can help you conceive the bundle of joy you’ve anticipated for so long. As one of the more popular options, in vitro fertilization allows couples to use their own eggs and sperm, or donor eggs and/or donor sperm. If preferable, IVF also allows for a surrogate carrier. At our center for reproductive medicine in Omaha, IVF is performed in several stages, and the egg retrieval stage is one of the most important.  

What Is the IVF Process?

During in vivo fertilization, which we also offer, a woman’s eggs are fertilized within her fallopian tubes using a variety of methods. By contrast, in vitro fertilization, or IVF, describes fertilizing the eggs within a laboratory setting. Because the procedure is separated into several different processes, in vitro fertilization can help more couples overcome a wider range of reproductive issues. First, ovulation is stimulated to promote the development of several eggs at the same time. Just before ovulation begins, the eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and fertilized by the father’s or a donor’s supply of sperm. Once they’re ready, the strongest embryos are then transferred to the mother’s womb to be brought to term.

The Vital Role of the Egg Retrieval Stage

Before we retrieve your eggs, you’ll be placed under conscious sedation to help you relax during the procedure. The eggs are removed using an ultrasound probe, which is used to view the reproductive organs, and an extremely fine needle that uses a gentle, controlled amount of suction. Mature eggs can usually be retrieved from both ovaries in about 15 to 20 minutes, though the exact time will vary for each patient.

Before and After Retrieving the Eggs

Typically, egg retrieval occurs around 34 hours after the induction of ovulation, and you’ll likely be advised not to eat or drink anything for up to 8 to 10 hours before undergoing egg retrieval. Afterwards, you’ll remain at our center for a couple of hours of rest and observation before going home. Soreness and minimal discomfort are to be expected, and you should refrain from vigorous activity or soaking in a tub for a recommended amount of time. While you recuperate, our fertility specialists will fertilize and culture the eggs until the embryos are ready for transfer back into your womb.

Is IVF for You?

Though in vitro fertilization is popular, it isn’t the only option we offer, and depending on a number of factors, it may not be the optimal choice for you and your partner. Choosing the right option means assessing the issue that prevents you from conceiving, which may lie with the mother and/or father, or might include medical conditions that have to be taken into consideration before proceeding.

Take the First Step by Scheduling an Appointment

For a comprehensive and personal consultation about your fertility issues and the possibility of overcoming them, contact our Omaha fertility and reproductive medicine specialists today. Our entire team is eager to meet you in person and help you find a comfortable and effective solution to starting your family. 

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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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