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.

The Relationship Between Age and Male Infertility By HCRM on November 15, 2015

Middle-aged couple embracing on the beachFor many women, age and fertility is a concern on the forefront of their minds. However, age can affect male fertility as well. Men should understand that, just as age increases the risk of infertility problems for women, it does the same for men. Fortunately, there are many fertility treatments that can assist patients in conceiving, despite fertility issues that may be present. For male infertility related to age, our Omaha, NE fertility specialists offer a number of treatment options that can address male infertility to give couples a greater chance of realizing their dreams of parenthood.

Age and Male Infertility

As a woman ages, she should be concerned about the quality of the eggs she is producing. Similarly, as a man ages, he should be concerned about the quality of his sperm. Statistics show that, as a man ages, sperm quality suffers and it becomes more difficult to conceive. These issues can affect couples even if the female is significantly younger. Below are some of the facts regarding male infertility and age:

  • While a male under the age of 25 is typically able to conceive within four and a half months, the average time for conception for a male over the age of 40 is about two years
  • Men over the age of 45 take, on average, about five times as long to achieve conception as those under the age of 25
  • Starting at the age of 20, the volume of a man’s semen, and the motility of his sperm (the ability to swim in a forward motion) will begin to gradually decrease
  • Men over the age of 45 have a higher risk of having a child with autism, learning disabilities, or mental health problems

All of these statistics show that men who wish to be fathers may want to discuss the issue with their partners sooner, rather than later. However, for those who do choose to wait, there are fertility treatments available if infertility becomes an issue.

Male Fertility Treatments

The fertility treatments offered by our doctors are not just geared toward addressing female infertility. There are several treatment options that aid patients in bypassing male infertility issues in order to successfully conceive. Below are some of the treatment options that may be considered for patients dealing with age-related male infertility:

  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI): IUI is a form of artificial insemination. Using either a sperm donor or the male partner’s semen, our doctors can place washed and concentrated sperm into the female partner. This is helpful is addressing mild male-factor infertility.
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF): IVF is an assisted reproductive technique that involves fertilizing a woman’s eggs in a laboratory, and then transferring successful embryos back into the uterus. This technique can address male infertility factors as well as female fertility problems.
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ISCI): In the ISCI approach, the sperm is injected directly into the egg. This is a good option for patients experiencing severe male fertility problems, such as low sperm count or poor motility.

Schedule an Appointment

Although age can affect male fertility, there is no reason for older men to give up on the idea of parenthood. The fertility specialists at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC offer several fertility treatments that can address male infertility to improve a couple’s chances of becoming parents. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about these services.

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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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