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 IUI Benefits By HCRM on February 15, 2018

Are you trying to determine which type of fertility treatment you should undergo? Intrauterine insemination (IUI) – also known as artificial insemination – is a common method with excellent success rates. Fortunately, this treatment is provided by our experienced doctors at the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine in Omaha, NE. Today, we will take a look at some of the IUI benefits, and help you determine whether this option is right for you.

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A Brief Recap of IUI

Before we explore some of the benefits of IUI, it is important to review the basics of the procedure. Typically, fertility drugs are administered to encourage egg production and stimulate ovulation. Once the eggs have matured, the sperm will be provided by a male partner or donor. The sperm sample will be washed and concentrated, so that only motile, healthy sperm remain. Finally, the sperm will be delivered to the uterus using a small syringe.

IUI is Less Invasive

For patients experiencing mild infertility issues, we often recommend IUI. Compared to in vitro fertilization (IVF), it is a less invasive procedure. In fact, there is no downtime following the in-office procedure, and most patients can immediately resume their normal daily activities.

IUI Can Address Multiple Conditions

IUI is used for a variety of fertility issues. If the male partner has a low sperm count or low motility rate, IUI can address this problem by only including healthy sperm. If the female has abnormalities within the reproductive system, such as endometriosis, IUI can be a useful solution. Some women have a condition known as unreceptive cervical mucus, which impedes the sperm from traveling through the cervix and into the uterus. IUI can eliminate this step and deliver the sperm directly to the uterus.

IUI is More Cost-Effective

When compared to IVF, IUI is typically more affordable, and many patients choose it for this reason. Additionally, certain insurance plans that do not offer full fertility coverage may cover IUI. Therefore, the patient often incurs less out-of-pocket expenses.

When is IUI Recommended?

When it comes to fertility treatments, there are several options available. IUI may be an excellent option for you if:

  • The female patient has not successfully conceived with the use of fertility drugs alone
  • You and your partner are using donor sperm
  • You are using frozen sperm to preserve fertility
  • The female has scarring or other concerns with the reproductive anatomy
  • The male has a low sperm count
  • The sperm have low motility or poor shape (morphology)

When is IUI Not Recommended?

While IUI is incredibly effective for many patients, it is not the cure for all fertility issues. To be eligible for IUI, the woman’s fallopian tubes must be completely open. Ovulation must also occur naturally or with the assistance of fertility drugs. Additionally, if male factor infertility is significant or complex, IUI may not be the right choice for your situation.

Find Out More about IUI Benefits

If you are considering fertility treatments to conceive, IUI could be a conservative and successful solution for you. To explore your options, and determine your reason for infertility, schedule a consultation with one of our skilled and knowledgeable doctors. As always, our team is available at any time to answer your questions or address your concerns. You can contact us online anytime, or call our office at (877) 831-3227.

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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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