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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.

Female Fertility and Fibroids By HCRM on July 15, 2016

An illustration of the female reproductive systemAt Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, we offer a comprehensive suite of fertility treatments and services for people who wish to introduce a beautiful new life into this world. This includes compassionate consultations, diagnostic services, and fertility preservation. Our esteemed team of fertility specialists shares a common goal of wanting to help our patients make their dreams of expanding their families come true, however possible.

Essential to fulfilling this goal is identifying the underlying causes of a couple’s infertility whenever feasible. One of the more common causes of female infertility is fibroids. Although fibroids are fairly widespread among the female population, and many women with fibroids will have no difficulties conceiving or having children, they can contribute to infertility, especially when other infertility factors are present. Fortunately, once fibroids have been diagnosed, it is often possible to treat them and improve fertility. If fertility is not improved through the treatment of fibroids, then fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be viable.

Our reproductive endocrinologists can discuss the issue of female fertility and fibroids with you during a consultation at our Omaha, NE fertility clinic. We encourage you to schedule your consultation today by contacting Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC.

What Are Fibroids?

Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that form in the uterus. They are composed of muscle tissue that forms out of the wall of the uterus, often changing the shape of the uterus and occasionally the cervix, as well. While it is possible for a woman to have a single fibroid, in most cases, fibroids occur in multiples. The majority of fibroids occur either on the outer wall of the uterus or in the muscular layers of the uterine wall; however, they can also enter into the uterine cavity.

How Do Fibroids Affect Fertility?

As stated above, in most cases, fibroids do not affect fertility. By the same token, most infertile women do not have fibroids; in fact, only around 5 to 10 percent of all women who are infertile have fibroids. This is why treatment of fibroids is generally not recommended unless all other possible infertility factors have been ruled out.

Generally, when fibroids do interfere with fertility, they are either inside the uterine cavity, a relatively rare occurrence, or very large fibroids that have formed in the muscular layers of the uterine wall. They can contribute to infertility by:

  • Blocking the fallopian tubes.
  • Creating an irregularly shaped cervix, thereby affecting the number of sperm that can enter the uterus.
  • Creating an irregularly shaped uterus, thereby interfering with the normal movement of the sperm or embryo.
  • Interfere with the flow of blood to the uterine cavity.
  • Affect the size of the lining of the uterine cavity.

If it is determined that fibroids are likely affecting your fertility, we can discuss your treatment options at that time.

Learn More about Female Fertility and Fibroids

To learn more about female fertility and fibroids, please contact Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC today.

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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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