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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 Fertility Treatments: ICSI vs. Normal IVF By HCRM on October 04, 2018

A needle in an egg In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a fertility treatment in which the fertilization of the egg occurs outside of the body, making it possible for many couples who have had difficulty conceiving start a family.

Although IVF has helped many people become parents, it doesn't work for everyone. For some patients, the addition of intracytoplasmic sperm injection, or ICSI, may improve the chances of getting pregnant with IVF.

Drs. Victoria Maclin and Stephanie L. F. Gustin are dedicated to giving each patient the best chance to conceive by helping patients decide between ICSI versus normal IVF during consultations at our Omaha, NE practice. Contact Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine to find out which fertility treatment is right for you.

How Are ICSI and Normal IVF Different?

Although ICSI and IVF are both fertility treatments, they are fundamentally different. Let's start to understand how they differ by breaking them down in simple terms.

  • IVF: IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is a process where sperm is introduced to a woman's egg outside of the body.
  • ICSI: ICSI, or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, may be performed in addition to IVF to inject an individual sperm into the egg. This can increase the chance of fertilization.

Comparing the Treatment Process

One of the primary ways in which ICSI and normal IVF differ are in their treatment processes. The normal IVF process is less complex than ICSI and as such, sometimes does not work for couples with certain fertility issues. Let's take a closer look at both treatment processes.

The Normal IVF Process

During the normal IVF treatment process, a woman's ovulation cycle is closely monitored and stimulated to release multiple eggs using special fertility medications. When the ovaries release the eggs during ovulation, the eggs are removed from the woman's body and prepared for fertilization.

Sperm taken from the woman's partner or a donor are placed in a liquid along with the eggs in a laboratory setting. The sperm and egg are then left alone with hopes that the sperm will find its way into the egg as it would naturally do within the body.

ICSI and a Different IVF Process

When IVF is used with ICSI, the process is slightly different. The woman's eggs and the man’s sperm are collected in the same manner as normal IVF. Once it's time to fertilize the egg, the IVF process used in ICSI treatment begins to differ from normal IVF.

During the IVF process for ICSI, the odds of the sperm coming into contact with an egg are not left to chance. Instead, an individual sperm is physically placed within an individual egg using a special glass tube. Because individual sperm are placed within each egg, ICSI treatment can yield more successful results than normal IVF for some couples.

Determining the Right Treatment

Because fertility issues can be rooted in one or both partners, it's important for both partners to be evaluated by a reproductive endocrinologist. Once an evaluation is complete, the treatment most likely to result in successful conception can then be performed. For some people, this will mean normal IVF while others may be better candidates for ICSI.

Some things that may make a couple choose ICSI over normal IVF include:

  • Male infertility issues, such as low sperm count or low motility
  • Deciding to have children after a vasectomy
  • Repeated unsuccessful IVF treatments
  • Screening for certain genetic conditions

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like more information about fertility treatments or to learn what options may be right for you, please call our friendly staff at (402) 717-4200 to schedule a consultation.

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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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