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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.

IVF and Overweight Patients: Why BMI Matters By HCRM on April 15, 2015

A woman beside a cribThe team at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC knows that there are many different factors that can affect fertility. Sometimes medical issues that involve general wellness wind up being the cause of infertility.

The team at our Omaha in vitro fertilization (IVF) and advanced fertility treatment clinic would like to consider how weight and fertility are linked.

Weight and Fertility: How They Are Related

General wellness is often tied to good fertility. When a woman or a man suffers from a health problem of some kind, it's not uncommon for their fertility to be affected. Your fertility and your overall wellness are related, and since weight can have an impact on your general wellness, it should not be a surprise that excessive weight can lead to infertility or problems with fertility. In addition, people who are significant issues with their weight show an increased risk of experiencing problems during pregnancy and childbirth.

Why BMI Matters to Fertility

Body mass index (BMI) refers to a ratio of height and weight, providing general ranges for men and women. The ideal BMI for most people tends to be 18.5 to 25. Having a BMI a little over the ideal range means that a person is considered overweight (BMI roughly 25 to 30). When a person has BMI that is significantly higher than the ideal range, this means that they are obese (30 to 35) or morbidly obese (35+).

It should be noted that BMI can be somewhat flawed if used as a sole determinant for health and wellness since it only considers a height/weight ratio without accounting for body fat percentage. For instance, athletes who are in exceptional health may have a higher BMI than their ideal range given their muscle mass. These are generally rare cases, of course, since the majority of the public is not competing in sports at that level or exercising frequently in order to increase muscle mass.

Health Issues Associated with Obesity and Morbid Obesity

Both obesity and morbid obesity have been linked to major general health problems. These include:

  • Hypertension/high blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Gallstones

These can all have significant negative effects on your wellness and lead to issues with the health and wellness of your child.

Can I undergo IVF if I am obese or morbidly obese?

It is possible, though it's generally important for patients—male and female—to be in ideal health. This helps reduce the chances of major problems during treatment and also increases the chances of success from fertility treatment.

Losing Weight May Naturally Improve Your Fertility

With the above in mind, sometimes losing weight safely and naturally will lead to improved fertility. Simply being closer to an ideal weight range for your age, height, and gender helps reduce the chances of serious health problems, and it can help you conceive naturally. Doing this can also mean a problem-free pregnancy, reduced chances of complications in childbirth, and a healthy baby overall.

Discuss These Matters with Your General Practitioner and Fertility Specialist

If you are significantly overweight and would like to learn how you can lose weight and start the family that you have always wanted, be sure to meet with a medical specialist. You'll be able to receive professional advice on weight loss and wellness that will help you be healthier in general in the long run.

Schedule a Consultation at Our Fertility Treatment Center

For more information about your many options for advanced fertility treatment, be sure to contact our fertility specialists to schedule a consultation today. The team here at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you start the family of your dreams.

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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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