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.

Fertility Treatment for Men with Low Sperm Count By HCRM on May 15, 2016

Magnified image of spermAt Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, we have a team of experienced fertility specialists who are eager to help couples find solutions for infertility problems. Our specialists understand that each situation is unique, so diagnosis is often the first step in fertility treatment. By diagnosing the most likely cause of infertility, we can best assist our patients on their journey to parenthood. This includes examining the reproductive systems of both our male and female patients. We have an andrology laboratory dedicated to testing male reproductive health. One problem that can greatly impact a male’s fertility is sperm count, which refers to the total number of sperm in a sample of ejaculate. Fortunately, even men with low sperm count should be able to conceive with the help of our fertility services. We offer treatment for low sperm count that allows many of our Omaha, NE patients to overcome this fertility obstacle.

Treating Low Sperm Count

It can be disappointing for a man to learn that he suffers from low sperm count. However, discovering this problem is the first step in solving it. There are actually several treatment options that are available to men experiencing low sperm count. Our doctors will help each patient find a solution that is right for them based on their unique situation, as well as their personal preferences. Below are some common treatments for low sperm count:

  • Intrauterine insemination: This is an assisted reproductive treatment that allows our doctors to get the most concentrated sample of sperm. After collecting a semen sample, “washed” sperm (that which has been separated from the semen) is inserted into the cervix or high in the uterine cavity. Because only the most useful and mobile sperm are injected, sperm count is not as important in the success of this treatment.
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection: When sperm count is very low, intracytoplasmic sperm injection may be the most appropriate treatment option. This technique involves inserting just a single sperm directly into a mature egg. If fertilization is a success, the fertilized egg can be used for any of our assisted reproductive treatments, including IVF and tubal embryo transfer.
  • Sperm donor: When other treatments have proven ineffective, a sperm donor may be used in lieu of collecting sperm from the male partner. While some patients may not find this ideal, it is an option for couples to consider.

Additional Treatments

Assisted reproductive treatment is the most common approach to low sperm count, but some men may have other options as well. While not as common, the following treatments may be considered in treating certain cases of low sperm count:

  • Male fertility drugs: In very specific cases, male fertility drugs may prove successful in increasing sperm count. These fertility drugs are an option for men whose low sperm count is due to a hormonal imbalance that prevents the testicles from receiving the signal to produce sperm. Male fertility drugs are usually provided in the form of injections and often require a series of two to three injections a week for a span of six months.
  • Surgery: Surgery is another option in certain cases of low sperm count. If low sperm count is a result of problems related to varicocele, an enlargement of the veins in the testicles. Through surgery, varicocele can be corrected and, studies suggest, can prove effective in increasing male sperm count.

Schedule an Appointment

Fertility problems can be a barrier standing between you and your dream of becoming a parent, but at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, we are here to help you knock that barrier down. To learn more about our comprehensive range of fertility treatments, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced fertility specialists at your earliest convenience.

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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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