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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.

The Benefits of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) By HCRM on October 15, 2015

An egg being injected with spermAt Heartland Center, we pride ourselves on helping people in and around Omaha start families of their own. There are many challenges to face and hurdles to overcome, but there are also great solution to various fertility problems.

We offer state-of-the-art fertility treatments to address many different challenges. Right now, we would like to focus on intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

About Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a procedure in which a fertility specialist injects a sperm into an egg. It is part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process, and helps ensure successful fertilization, pregnancy, and live birth.

During the procedure, sperm is retrieved from a patient, carefully washed to remove potential impurities, and the most viable sperm are selected for the process. The sperm is then injected directly into an egg by a fertility specialist in a lab setting before the fertilized egg is placed into an incubator.

Why is intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) performed?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is performed when a man has issues with ejaculation, sperm motility, sperm count, and general sperm quality. In such instances, male infertility issues are the common reason why ICSI would be considered.

Good Candidates for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Ideal candidates for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are men who have been unable to conceive a child naturally with their partner. Typically these men will have issues with their sperm quality/count or issues with ejaculation. People who are undergoing this process should have realistic expectations about the nature of the procedure and what it can achieve.

The Benefits of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a great option to consider in the case of ejaculation issues, poor general fertility, and other male infertility problems. It's a way for a man to use his own sperm to father a child, and for couples to avoid turning to a sperm donor for viable sperm. When a man has undergone a vasectomy, special sperm retrieval techniques can be performed in order to extract viable sperm directly from the testicles for injection into an egg.

How effective is intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)?

Studies have shown that intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), when paired with in vitro fertilization (IVF) on healthy eggs, can boost chances of successful pregnancy by 25% to 30%, which is not an insignificant amount.

Is intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) right for me?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can certainly help a number of people start a family after a number of serious setbacks. It's not right for everyone, however. Sometimes another kind of fertility treatment would be more ideal for you and your needs.

During a consultation with a skilled fertility specialist, it's important that you go over all of your options for treatment. Ask question, voice concerns, and get the answers you need to you can make a confident choice when it comes to starting a family of your own.

Contact Heartland Center For Reproductive Medicine

For more information about sperm injection, in vitro fertilization, and your many other options for starting a family of your own, be sure to contact our fertility treatment center today. The entire team here at Heartland Center look forward to your visit and helping you achieve your dreams.

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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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