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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.

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Blood Tests and IVF: What Patients Should Know By HCRM on August 22, 2018

Blood tests measuring hormonesAt Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, we offer plenty of options for people who would like to start a family of their own. While our Omaha, NE office performed many procedures, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is still the most popular option for treating infertility. To ensure the success of IVF, a number of tests are performed before and after the procedure.

Dr. Victoria Maclin and her team would like to consider the various blood tests that are involved in the IVF process. This should give you an idea of what the procedure involves and what fertility specialists are looking for to improve the final outcomes of the procedure.

What a Fertility Specialist Is Checking

Whenever a blood test is taken, fertility specialists are looking at the hormone levels in a patient’s blood. By measuring hormones, a fertility specialist the ideal method of timing the fertility treatment, what fertility drugs to prescribe and and when, and what the most ideal treatment option is for a patient.

These blood test are done before the IVF procedure begins and then at the end of the process to determine if a patient is pregnant. Other tests may be perfumed as well to help ensure optimal outcomes during IVF.

Blood Tests Before IVF

Before the IVF process starts blood work is used to help measure the levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) in a patient’s system. By noting the FSH levels in a patient’s blood, fertility specialists can get a gauge on a patient’s egg quality and egg reserve.

In addition to checking on FSH levels, the blood tests have other important functions. A fertility specialist can identify possible genetic disorders, diseases, viruses, and other adverse conditions through a blood test. These tests can also determine if there are any incompatibilities between blood types in a mother and father.

When Are Pre-IVF Blood Tests Performed?

The pre-IVF blood tests are typically performed on the second or third day of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Your fertility specialist will may have a different schedule depending on the nature of the blood test. This can be discussed in more detail during the consultation process.

Blood Tests After Embryo Transfer

Embryo transfer is the final stage of the IVF process. After an egg has been fertilized an undergoes cellular division, it is then transferred back into a woman’s uterus for implantation. A blood test will confirm pregnancy after embryo transfer. These blood tests will measure the hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in a woman’s system. hCG is the pregnancy hormone.

When Is the Pregnancy Blood Test Performed?

In most cases, the blood test to confirm pregnancy is performed about 11 or 12 days after embryo transfer is performed. If the blood test reveals that the patient is not pregnant, we can discuss starting another IVF cycle.

Learn More About Fertility Treatment

For more information about IVF and your many other fertility treatment options, we encourage you to contact our team of fertility specialists. You can also reach Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine directly by calling (402) 717-4200. Our team is here to help you.

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Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine

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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 (877) 831-3227 to schedule a consultation.

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