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.

Preserve Your Fertility with Sperm Freezing By HCRM on May 01, 2018

Photo of gloved hand holding test tube with tweezersWhen it comes to fertility preservation, there are many options available at the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine in Omaha, NE. One of the most common and successful methods is sperm freezing.

Also referred to as sperm cryopreservation, this procedure allows a man to preserve his sperm for his own future use or for donation. Today, we discuss this option, and explore the procedure, candidacy, benefits, and more.

How Does Sperm Freezing Work?

When a patient decides to freeze his sperm, he will provide a fresh semen sample while at the clinic. This sample will then be combined with a cryoprotectant, a substance that protects the cells from damage during freezing. 

Generally, the sample is divided up into several tubes. This prevents the need for the entire sample to be thawed at once. As a result, the sperm can be used in multiple treatments. 

Finally, the samples are gradually frozen, then placed into liquid nitrogen. While not all sperm will survive the cryopreservation process, sperm freezing carries no known risks for patients or for their future children.

Who Is a Candidate for Sperm Freezing?

Essentially any man who wishes to preserve his fertility is a candidate for sperm freezing. The reasons for choosing cryopreservation are vast and varied. 

For example, a client may choose sperm freezing if he:

  • Wants to preserve his most vital, healthy sperm for his own future treatment.
  • Wishes to have children in the future but is not ready for that commitment yet.
  • Must be away for prolonged periods of time, such as military deployment.
  • Is about to undergo chemotherapy and wishes to preserve his sperm beforehand.
  • Desires to donate his sperm to another client’s fertility treatment.

Benefits of Sperm Freezing

Sperm cryopreservation offers numerous advantages for clients. Some of the most notable benefits include:

  • Effectiveness: As aforementioned, not all sperm will survive the process. However, because millions of sperm are included in each sample, the chances of success are remarkable.
  • Affordability: Compared to female fertility procedures, the cost of sperm cryopreservation is nominal.
  • Convenience: When female patients undergo fertility treatments, the process is typically more complex. Sperm freezing is a simple, non-invasive, and convenient way to preserve your fertility.

What Happens to Frozen Sperm?

Many patients want to know happens to their frozen sperm. The answer will be different for every patient, and it is important to consider your options carefully. Of course, your sperm can be thawed for use in treatment whenever you are ready. 

However, they can also be:

  • Destroyed upon the patient’s request
  • Destroyed after your death
  • Saved after your death so that your partner can achieve a pregnancy

This is a sensitive topic that deserves significant thought and deliberation. Our team can discuss your options with you in detail during your consultation at our practice.

Contact Us for More Information

There is a wide array of reasons why men may consider sperm freezing. To learn more about your fertility preservation options, schedule a consultation at the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine. You can contact us online anytime or call our practice 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 (402) 717-4200 to schedule a consultation.

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