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.

Five Benefits of the Egg Freezing Procedure By HCRM on April 15, 2017

Egg Freezing BenefitsAs women age, the quality and quantity of her eggs decrease. With more and more women putting off having children until later in life to pursue higher education and careers, egg freezing has become a popular topic of discussion. Regardless of your reason for egg freezing, it can give you the opportunity to have children when you are ready, no matter your age. At the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine in Omaha, NE, we can explain the many egg freezing benefits as well as the optimal time to do so.

1. Safe and Effective

The egg freezing process is safe and effective. Modern technology and techniques have significantly improved the process, reducing the potential risks involved. Thousands of women take advantage of egg freezing each year, and thousands of couples have healthy babies from previously frozen eggs.

2. Simple Procedure

Egg freezing is performed as an outpatient procedure, usually under conscious sedation to minimize any pain or discomfort. After stimulating egg production with hormones, the eggs are retrieved. You will immediately know the number of eggs retrieved, which we will then freeze for you to use at any time in the future with in vitro fertilization (IVF) or another fertility treatment.

3. High Success Rates

Fertility treatments with frozen eggs can be successful, even when used years later. To further increase your odds of success, we recommend freezing your eggs before turning 35, as egg quality and quantity sharply decline in the years that follow.

4. Pursue Your Dreams

Freezing your eggs early gives you ample time to pursue your dreams. Rather than putting your dreams on hold to raise a family, you can pursue your dreams now and start a family later. You can pursue advanced degrees such as a PhD, or focus on your career. Whether it is a few years from now or even a decade later, your eggs will be there when you are ready to have children.

5. No Racing Against a “Biological Clock”

Women are born with a finite number of eggs. An egg is released each month, and if not fertilized, is shed during a woman’s menstruation. As a result, the number of eggs decreases every month in women with regular periods. Peak fertility usually takes place during a woman’s 20s, after which the quality of the remaining eggs begins to decline, making conception more difficult.

By freezing your eggs early, you preserve higher quality eggs, which you can then use at a later time, even when most women’s fertility is on the decline. Whether you have yet to meet the right person to raise a family with or you have other goals to pursue, egg freezing gives you the ability to have children when the time is right for you.

Learn More about Egg Freezing

If you have questions about egg freezing or are interested in preserving your fertility through this procedure, contact our fertility experts at the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine.

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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 (402) 717-4200 to schedule a consultation.

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