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 Common Is Cramping during IVF? By HCRM on May 16, 2017

Close up of a woman’s hand on her belly, which is colored red to signify crampingAs a patient of Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, you can expect to be treated with compassion, kindness, and respect as you attempt to introduce a precious new life into the world through in vitro fertilization, or IVF. Our fertility specialists will help to assuage your nerves by providing you with the education you need about your treatment and the facts you may not know about your body and how it works. You already have enough stress in your life. Sometimes a little knowledge can help to demystify fertility treatment and make the entire process a good deal less intimidating.

The omnipresent fear for the average IVF patient is that, at any moment, her period will strike, signaling the end of that particular IVF cycle. For this reason, many IVF patients quite reasonably start to panic whenever they experience cramps during treatment. Our fertility specialists strive to calm our patients’ anxieties in advance by discussing the issue of cramping and IVF during consultations at their Omaha, NE fertility center, informing them that cramping during IVF is a relatively common occurrence. It does not signify that IVF treatment has failed or succeeded.

Why Does Cramping Occur during IVF?

For women who are not undergoing fertility treatment, cramping is generally a sign of oncoming menstruation. It is therefore completely understandable that cramping would be a frightening event for women who are undergoing IVF. However, light to moderate cramping, even if it is accompanied by light spotting, is actually relatively common during IVF and not at all a bad sign. Patients do not need to be concerned unless the cramping becomes severe or it is accompanied by heavier bleeding.

During IVF, the reproductive organs are forced to endure a lot. From fertility drug therapy to egg retrieval and embryo transfer, each phase of IVF is capable of inducing minor to moderate cramping. During treatment, the ovaries become exceptionally sensitive and somewhat swollen, so some cramping should be anticipated. While not all IVF patients experience cramping, all patients should be prepared for the possibility.

In most cases, cramping during IVF will cause no more than moderate discomfort, which can generally be managed through over-the-counter pain relievers. If the pain is more than moderate or cannot be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers, then our fertility specialists should be notified right away.

If you experience severe cramping during IVF, or if it is accompanied by moderate to heavy bleeding, then you should contact Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC immediately, as well. These could be signs of IVF failure as well as conditions such as ovarian torsion, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, pelvic infection, or ovarian hemorrhage. Although these conditions are extremely rare, they are very serious and require immediate medical intervention.

Learn More about Cramping and IVF

To learn more about cramping and IVF, or to schedule your initial consultation with one of our fertility specialists, please contact Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC today.

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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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