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.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Fertility Treatment By HCRM on July 15, 2015

Graphic illustration of a uterus on a blue backgroundPolycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the most common fertility disorders among women. According to research conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, approximately five million American women suffer from this condition. Women with this condition develop small cysts, or fluid-filled sacs, on their ovaries. These growths can create unpleasant symptoms and interfere with female reproductive health. At the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, our doctors offer a wide range of fertility treatments to help our patients achieve their family goals. Read on to learn more about polycystic ovarian syndrome and fertility treatment at our convenient Omaha practice.

What Causes Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

Cysts develop on the ovaries as a response to an overproduction of androgens, which are male reproductive hormones. There is no clear cause for this hormonal imbalance and the resulting growths, but the following factors appear to raise patients’ risks for this condition:

  • Chronic inflammation. Low-grade swelling or mild infection may increase your chances for polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • A family history of polycystic ovarian syndrome. Congenital factors appear to make patients more prone to cyst growth. If any of your female family members suffer from this condition, you should be especially vigilant about your symptoms and undergo regular reproductive exams. 
  • Abnormal insulin production. Irregular insulin generation can lead to unhealthy blood glucose levels or trigger the production of androgens, potentially causing polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Obesity. Some research suggests that overweight women are more likely to develop polycystic ovarian syndrome, although the link between these conditions is relatively unclear.

Do You Suffer from this Condition?

You may suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Inexplicable weight gain
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Dermatological issues such as oily skin, acne, or the development of rough, textured patches on the body
  • Thinning scalp hair and dandruff
  • Abnormal, excess hair growth
  • Difficulty becoming pregnant (having considered other female and male infertility factors)
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Pelvic discomfort

Contact our fertility clinic for treatment if you suffer from any of the above.

Fertility Treatments for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

If you suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome and have been struggling to become pregnant, our doctors can offer several treatment options to improve your chances of conception. We may prescribe certain medications to encourage proper ovulation. These drugs encourage your ovaries to produce healthy eggs so they can be fertilized and lead to conception. If this treatment course is ineffective, we may recommend IVF, or in vitro fertilization, to help you and your partner become pregnant. During this treatment, we will prescribe fertility drugs, perform a procedure to harvest your eggs, fertilize them with a sperm sample, and place them within your uterus, where they will hopefully implant.

Contact the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine

Our fertility specialists can help you overcome polycystic ovarian syndrome and increase your chances for healthy conception. To find out more about this condition or learn about your treatment options, contact our practice today for a consultation

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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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