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.

Is it Safe to Exercise throughout IVF Treatment? By HCRM on December 18, 2014

A fit female in workout clothingWhen a woman is pregnant, the body undergoes many changes as hormone levels fluctuate and the body begins preparation for nourishing a growing baby. The same is true of IVF, an assisted reproductive treatment. Throughout the stages of IVF, fertility medication alters the hormone levels of our patients and the body is prepared to produce a healthy egg and then carry it once it has been fertilized outside of the uterus. With the many changes that the body is going through, patients are often left confused about whether there is a need to alter any of their lifestyle habits. In particular, women often question whether it is safe to exercise for the duration of IVF treatment. At the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, we advise our Omaha patients that IVF and exercise can be a safe combination as long as certain precautions are followed.

We always want our patients to be in the best physical health that is possible, and proper nutrition and a good exercise routine are certainly important to a person’s overall well-being. Because of this, we believe that it is important to remain physically active throughout IVF treatment. However, in order to ensure a patient’s safety and comfort throughout treatment, while avoiding an increased risk of complications, we do ask that our patients take certain precautions when it comes to exercising throughout IVF treatment. Below are some steps that can be taken to ensure that patients get the health benefits of exercise without causing discomfort or complications:

  • Stick to exercises that are low-impact (walking, yoga, stretching, etc.)
  • Avoid exercises that are overly strenuous
  • Avoid the use of heavy weights
  • Do not push yourself past the point of comfort
  • Always exercise in moderation
  • Do not start a new exercise routine during IVF treatment without first consulting your doctor

Risks of High-impact Exercises

IVF treatment does have a low risk of resulting in complications for patients. In order to ensure that those risks stay low, we ask patients to avoid high-impact exercises and overly strenuous activities for the duration of IVF treatment. The potential risk of high-impact exercises while undergoing IVF is the development of ovarian torsion. Patients are at an increased risk of developing ovarian torsion during IVF treatment because the fertility medications that are used to promote ovulation cause the ovaries to become enlarged. If stress is placed on these enlarged ovaries (such as that which would occur during high-impact exercises), the ovaries may become twisted. Ovarian torsion is a painful condition and may result in sharp, sudden pain in the lower abdomen. It may also be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and fever. To avoid this uncomfortable complication of IVF treatment, we ask patients to take all appropriate precautions when participating in exercise and physical activities.

Schedule an Appointment

At the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, we strive to help patients through their infertility struggles while focusing on patient comfort and satisfaction throughout treatment. If you are interested in learning more about our wide range of reproductive treatments, schedule an appointment with one of our fertility specialists at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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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