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.

Who Are Good ICSI Candidates? By HCRM on July 14, 2017

ICSI CandidatesHave you been trying to get pregnant for at least a year? Have you failed to conceive naturally or through other forms of fertility treatments? First of all, you are not alone. Research has shown that one out of every eight couples in the United States deals with infertility.

At Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, we understand that an infertility diagnosis can be emotionally and physically overwhelming, which is why our team is dedicated to helping patients in the Omaha, NE, area achieve a healthy pregnancy. We offer a variety of fertility treatments, including intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Our doctors often recommend ICSI when other traditional methods have been unsuccessful. So who are good ICSI candidates?

Why Choose ICSI?

Anyone who has been unable to conceive after trying for at least a year may be a good candidate for ICSI. It is also beneficial for patients who have been diagnosed with male factor infertility, female factor infertility, or experienced a failed IVF cycle. A failed IVF cycle is often the result of unsuccessful fertilization.

Through traditional methods of IVF, the best eggs and sperm are combined together in a dish and monitored through microscopic technology by a trained embryologist. Within about 24 hours, some eggs may fertilize. Some eggs may fail to fertilize due to any number of reasons. In such cases, ICSI is recommended.

ICSI is also recommended for patients who have:

  • Low or zero sperm count after ejaculation, but have viable sperm in the testes
  • Weak sperm mobility
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Inability to obtain or sustain an erection
  • Low fertilizing ability 

  • Abnormally shaped sperm
  • Poor egg quantity or quality

  • Undergone a vasectomy

What Does ICSI Involve?

During ICSI, once the eggs and sperm are retrieved and prepared, a single egg is held in place with a special instrument known as a pipette. A hollow needle is then used to pick up the sperm and inject it into the center of the egg. This technique requires specialized training and delicate techniques so as not to damage the egg or sperm, or inhibit the fertilization process.

This procedure can be performed a number of times to ensure a higher success rate. For the next 24 hours, the eggs will then be carefully monitored for fertilization and then transferred to the uterus.

Since the sperm is directly inserted into the egg, ICSI can significantly reduce a number of male factor infertility issues. To determine whether a patient qualifies for this fertility treatment, we perform a full examination in addition to a series of tests on the sperm and egg to ensure viability. In most cases, patients who undergo this procedure are able to increase their pregnancy chances by about 70 percent.

Find Out Whether You’re a Good Candidate

If you are interested in learning more about ICSI and if you are a good candidate, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our fertility specialists. We may be able to help you achieve a successful pregnancy and birth. To schedule your consultation, contact Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC today 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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