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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.

How Fallopian Tube Blockages Affect Female Fertility By HCRM on January 15, 2016

A diagram of the female reproductive systemHere at Heartland Center, we are proud to help people throughout Omaha start the families that they have always wanted. We offer a number of fertility treatments to address male and female factor infertility. This includes options for addressing fallopian tube obstructions.

Some patients have questions about this particular type of female infertility issue. Because of this, we'd like to go over the basics of blocked fallopian tubes and how they can be addressed.

Blocked Fallopian Tubes Defined

A fallopian tube blockage refers to any sort of issue that causes an obstruction in a woman's fallopian tubes. When a woman's fallopian tubes are blocked, it makes it more difficult for the egg and sperm to make contact. This is because the an egg that is ready to be fertilizes is unable to travel from the ovaries to the uterus.

Given this increased difficult, it makes it more difficult to conceive through natural means.

How Common Are Issues with Blocked Fallopian Tubes?

Obstructions with fallopian tubes are a common cause of female factor infertility. It's been estimated that between 20 percent to 40 percent of female infertility cases can be attributed to problems with the fallopian tubes.

Fallopian tubes do not need to be fully obstructed to cause problems. In many cases, a woman experiences a partial obstruction of the fallopian tubes, which can lead to a number of issues, including ectopic pregnancy, a painful condition in which an egg is fertilized while located in a partial obstructed fallopian tube.

Common Causes of Fallopian Tube Blockages

Some common causes of blocked fallopian tubes include:

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Endometriosis
  • Infections of the pelvic area

It should also be noted that a woman's fallopian tubes may be intentionally obstructed or altered as a form of contraception.

Treatment Options for Blocked Fallopian Tubes

There are multiple treatments to consider for blocked fallopian tubes.

For women who are simply trying to start a family on their own, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is a good option to consider. IVF involves the harvesting of a viable egg and the fertilization of the egg in a lab setting. The egg in embryo stage can then be transferred to the uterus and carried to term.

In other cases, a woman may undergo a full surgical revision of her fallopian tubes. Surgical treatment of a fallopian tube issue is commonly known as a tuboplasty.

The ideal option for you will depend on a number of factors, though more and more women have turned to IVF and fertility treatments for these matters since it tends to be more cost-effective and far less invasive.

When to Consider Fertility Treatment

Typically people should consider getting help from a fertility specialist if they have been unable to conceive naturally after one year. This can vary if you know for a fact that you experience certain conditions that have a negative impact on your ability to conceive.

Since having a child and undergoing any medical procedure is a big decision, we'll be sure to answer all of your questions and address your concerns as you make a decision with regard to any proposed fertility treatment.

Contact Heartland Center

If you would like more information on various treatments for female factor infertility and male factor infertility, it's important that you contact our team of fertility specialists today. The team at the Heartland Center is here to help you.

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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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