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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.

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Male Infertility and Low Sperm Motility: What Is the Link? By HCRM on June 15, 2016

A sperm and an eggAt Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, we believe that the people of Omaha should be able to realize their dreams of parenthood. This is why we offer the latest in assisted-reproduction technology, including treatments for female infertility and the latest in andrology treatments for male infertility.

There is much talk about sperm count, but many men do not realize how important sperm motility is in this conversation. Let's take a moment to consider the role it plays.

About Sperm Motility

Sperm motility refers to the ability for sperm to swim properly. Healthy sperm have good motility and are able to swim well.

Sperm motility is a separate issue from sperm count. Whereas sperm motility refers to the ability for the sperm to movie, sperm count simply refers to the volume of the sperm in a man's semen/ejaculate.

How Poor Sperm Motility Leads to Reduces Male Fertility

In order for the sperm to reach the egg, its got to swim. When sperm is unable to swim properly, there is far less likelihood of pregnancy occurring. It's far less likely for healthy and viable sperm to reach the egg, let alone fertilizing it. That's not to say that it's impossible to happen, but more that it is far less likely to occur.

During a test for sperm motility, if fertility specialist notices that fewer than 32 to 40 percent of the man's sperm moves forward in a progressive manner, his sperm motility is considered low.

Common Causes of Poor Sperm Motility

The most common causes of poor sperm motility include the following:

  • Excessive Heat – Too much heat from laptops, showers, tight jeans, and tight undergarments can lead to a number of male infertility problems related to sperm quality. Try to avoid tight clothing and resting your laptop on your lap for prolonged periods of time.

  • Stress – Stress can impact fertility in men, causing low sperm motility as well as other problems linked to infertility.

  • Poor Nutrition – A poorly balanced diet has been shown to decrease fertility and lead to a host of other issues for men trying to father a child.

  • Heavy Metals – Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, manganese, copper, zinc, and sliver can all have a negative impact on sperm motility and male fertility in general.

  • Medications – Certain hormones and steroids can cause sperm motility to become decreased. Be sure to discuss that with your physician if you are trying to conceive.

  • Genetics – There have been cases in which sperm motility issues are the result of a genetic problem. These can also be passed on to a child from his father.

  • Smoking/Tobacco Products – Some studies suggest that smoking and other tobacco products reduce your sperm motility as well as sperm count.

  • Alcohol Consumption – Consuming too much alcohol can similarly have a negative impact on a person's sperm count and motility.

  • Too Much Sex – Having sex too often can actually reduce your chances of successful pregnancy. Try to conceive every two to three days so a man's sperm has time to replenish in terms of count and motility.

Treatments for Poor Sperm Motility

Sometimes the ideal treatments for sperm motility involve lifestyle modifications to address some of the above causes. Quitting smoking, eating right, and wearing looser-fitting undergarments can go a long way toward address your issues with sperm count and motility.

If these non-invasive lifestyle changes do not work, you can then consider professional help, which could involve sperm extraction techniques, in vitro fertilization (IVF), artificial insemination, sperm washing, or even turning to a sperm donor. We can discuss the right treatment with you during the consultation process.

Contact Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC

For more information about sperm motility, how it affects male fertility, and the various treatment available to help you start a family of your own, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists today. The team at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC will work closely with you to address all of your concerns.

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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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