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.

Understanding the IVF and Ultrasound Schedule for Successful Results By HCRM on June 19, 2017

IVF and the ultrasound scheduleAs one of the more popular fertility treatments we perform at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has given many of our Omaha, NE patients the opportunity to start a family when other methods have been unsuccessful. When meeting with our specialists, we will ensure that you are educated on the steps involved to help provide a smooth procedure. With the advancements made in fertility treatment, we now use a variety of tests and technologies to improve your success rate. This includes using ultrasound technology. So what does the IVF ultrasound schedule look like?

Initial Ultrasound

To begin your treatment, one of the doctors will perform a baseline transvaginal ultrasound. This diagnostic exam will determine if you have any preexisting issues, such as uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, or endometriosis inhibiting your body’s ability to conceive naturally. The doctor will also be able to determine if your ovaries are producing eggs. Before the IVF procedure can proceed, preliminary treatments may be necessary to help address any issues affecting your fertility. 

Follicle Development

After you have been given the appropriate hormone inducing medications to stimulate your ovaries, the doctor will perform another ultrasound to determine if your body is responding well to treatment. Proper follicle development will ensure successful egg retrieval. During this stage, ultrasound appointment will be scheduled every two days.

Egg Retrieval

Egg retrieval is a delicate process that requires precision and a trained specialist to ensure none of the eggs are harmed. Once your eggs are ready to be harvested, we will use ultrasound technology to guide the needle to your ovaries in order to successfully retrieve the eggs. This step of the process is performed under anesthesia to ensure your comfort, as well as to help the body remain still.

Embryo Transfer

Once the eggs are retrieved, they will be combined with the sperm in our lab to begin the fertilization process. Throughout this period, we will carefully monitor the embryos to determine which ones should be transferred. Depending on your unique situation, we typically transfer the embryo three or five days after the eggs have been retrieved. We will use ultrasound technology to ensure the embryos are properly transferred into the uterine cavity.

Determining Your Pregnancy

After the embryos have been transferred, the waiting process begins. During this two-week period, we are waiting for the embryos to implant within the lining of your uterus. Patients are generally encouraged to take a blood pregnancy test nine to 11 days after the transfer is completed. If pregnancy is confirmed, the doctor will perform another transvaginal ultrasound a week or two later to locate the fetus. Additional ultrasounds will be performed throughout your entire pregnancy to monitor the fetus’ growth and development.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about IVF and whether you are a good candidate for this fertility treatment, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists. We look forward to helping you start your family. You can contact us online or by calling (402) 717-4200.

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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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