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.

How Does Age Affect Female Fertility? By HCRM on December 15, 2015

A mature looking woman holding a babyMore and more women are postponing motherhood. Unfortunately, as a result, some may face fertility issues. This is because the ovaries age along with the rest of the body, making it more difficult for women to get pregnant as they get older. Fertility treatments can help women increase their chance of conceiving. To learn more about female fertility and age, contact our Omaha, NE practice to schedule a consultation with an experienced fertility doctor.  

How Does Age Affect Female Fertility?

Age has one of the biggest effects on female fertility. Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have in their lifetime. By the time puberty is reached, the supply has dwindled to about half and will continue to decline each year. Not all of the eggs can support a baby and, even during the most fertile years, as many as half of a woman's eggs will have chromosomal abnormalities. As women age, the remaining eggs become less viable and the amount of eggs with genetic problems increases. About 10 years prior to menopause, a woman's ability to naturally conceive typically ends.

  • Fertility in your 20s: Fertility generally peaks for women in their 20s, gradually declining in their 30s and 40s.  
  • Fertility in your 30s: Fertility begins to decline slightly faster when a woman has reached her 30s. However, once a woman reaches 35, fertility begins to drop much more rapidly. By the age of 39 the average woman has about half the fertility she had at 31, greatly reducing her chances of conceiving.
  • Fertility in your 40s: By the time a woman reaches her 40s, her fertility has greatly diminished. Although it is not impossible for a woman in her early 40s to conceive, she will most likely face challenges in naturally becoming pregnant.

Fertility Treatment Options

Although female fertility decreases with age, even young women may have difficulty conceiving. Fertility treatments can help women who have had difficulty conceiving realize their dreams of growing their families. Some fertility treatments to consider include:

  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): In vitro fertilization (IVF) uses a combination of fertility medications and surgery to assist in conception. Treatment begins with taking fertility medications, which stimulate the ovaries to release multiple eggs. Once the eggs release, they are extracted from the body. The eggs are then combined with sperm in a laboratory and once fertilization has occurred, the embryo is placed within the uterus. 
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a type of artificial insemination that is used to place sperm directly into the female reproductive system.
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI): Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is used in combination with IVF treatment. With ICSI, a single sperm is injected into an egg, increasing the likelihood of fertilization.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about your fertility treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine. We can perform the testing that is necessary, and recommend the treatment options that are most likely to help you conceive.

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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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