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 Smoking Impacts Male Fertility By HCRM on March 15, 2016

A man and woman together outsideThe team here at Heartland Center provides men and women in the greater Omaha area with expert care and guidance through numerous fertility challenges. We offer advanced male and female fertility treatments, with a focus on efficiency and success.

In some cases, however, improving your overall health and lifestyle can make a difference with regard to your ability to conceive. It's with this in mind that we'd like to consider how smoking can contribute to male factor infertility.

Smoking Has Many Adverse Effects on Wellness

If you are a smoker, you probably know already that smoking can have a major impact on your overall wellness. The warnings have been known for years. Smokers face an increased risk of heart disease, lung disease, hypertension, and developing certain cancers. In addition, smoking is linked to an increased risk in infection.

It should come as no surprise, then, that smokers are also more likely to experience issues with fertility as a result of their bad habit.

Delays in Conception When Couples Smoke

When couples that smoke or have one smoker attempt to conceive through natural means, studies have found that successful pregnancy can take longer to achieve. This also applies to couples who are undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Smoking and Sperm Count

Smoking can have a negative impact on a man's sperm count. With fewer sperm, successful conception is less likely. According to a analysis of multiple studies involving men who are fertile and smokers, they heave roughly 23 percent fewer sperm when they ejaculate.

Smoking and Sperm Motility

Apart from sperm count, sperm motility is also important to consider. This refers to the ability for the sperm to move around and swim. From the same analysis of studies above, researchers found that men who smoke have a 13 percent decrease in overall sperm motility.

Smoking and Sperm Shape

Sperm shape (also known as sperm morphology) can also be negatively impacted by smoking. In this case, a sperm may have a shorter or elongated tail, a poorly formed head, or other kinds of serious problems. These can lead to issues with motility as well as increasing risk of birth defects.

Smoking and Erectile Dysfunction

Smoking has been linked to erectile dysfunction in many men given how cigarettes can affect the circulation of blood in the body. Some studies suggest male smokers are twice as likely to suffer from ED than non-smokers.

Kicking the Habit

As you can see, kicking the habit is the best way for you to restore fertility and to help ensure that your child is healthy. With regard to ED alone, up to three-quarters of smokers who quit were able to achieve and maintain erections again.

Quitting can be a challenge, and your general practitioner can help direct you to resources and support groups that can assist you in achieving a healthier and better lifestyle in the future.

Seeking Help from Fertility Specialists

If kicking the habit still doesn't improve your chances of fathering a child, rest assured that our team of fertility specialists have a number of treatment options that can help you.

Schedule a Consultation at Heartland Center

For more information about treating infertility and helping you start the family that you have always wanted to have, be sure to contact our fertility treatment specialists today. The team at Heartland Center will work with you and offer expert advice on all of your options.

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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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