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.

Chances of Miscarriage after IVF Treatment By HCRM on January 15, 2015

Female sitting in front of a baby cribConceiving a child naturally is not always as easy as most couples imagine it will be. In fact, roughly one-third of couples are unable to conceive naturally after trying for a year or more. Fortunately, by determining the cause of infertility and offering appropriate fertility treatment, our fertility specialists are able to help many of these couples conceive. One of the most popular and successful treatments offered at the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC is IVF, which is a multi-step treatment that monitors and assists in the stages of conception. While IVF has proven to be very successful in helping women become pregnant, for some of our Omaha patients, IVF and miscarriage are a concern. Unfortunately, miscarriage is a possibility after a woman has become pregnant through IVF treatment. Here we discuss the risk of miscarriage after IVF and what can be done to reduce the risk of miscarriage after IVF.

Risk of Miscarriage after IVF

A miscarriage is a devastating experience for couples to go through, perhaps even more so if they have dealt with the frustration of infertility, followed by the joy of successful fertility treatment, only to be followed by the heartbreak of miscarriage. Miscarriage can occur for a number of reasons and is often unexplainable. In those who have conceived naturally, approximately one in six pregnancies will end in a miscarriage before the 20th week of pregnancy. Statistics show that these numbers are the same in couples who have conceived through IVF, although the rate is higher in older couples. Although miscarriages are a sad and frightening experience, the good news is that most couples who suffer a miscarriage are able to go on to have a successful IVF treatment that results in the birth of a healthy baby.

Reducing Risk of Miscarriage after IVF

In many cases of miscarriage, the cause of the loss is not determined. However, in the case where a couple has experienced a series of miscarriages, tests may be done to determine the cause of miscarriage so that all possible precautions can be taken to help reduce the risk of a future miscarriage. Whether tests have determined the cause of a miscarriage or not, there are steps that can be taken to help maximize the chances of a healthy pregnancy after IVF treatment. While none of the following are guarantees against a miscarriage, they can promote overall health throughout IVF treatment and pregnancy:

  • Have your blood, thyroid, and cervix tested/examined before the start of IVF treatment
  • Get in good physical shape before IVF treatment and maintain a healthy, nutritious diet throughout pregnancy
  • Use provided fertility medication exactly as prescribed
  • Consider using donor eggs if you are over the age of 42

Schedule an Appointment

At the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, we can address a wide range of fertility problems to help patients conceive. If you have been unsuccessful at conceiving naturally and would like to learn more about our fertility treatments, we invite you to 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 (402) 717-4200 to schedule a consultation.

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