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.

Egg Donation Requirements By HCRM on February 21, 2020

Digital image of a female eggMany people struggle with infertility. The causes of infertility are unique for each individual. In regards to female infertility, many issues are related to the quality or production of eggs. At Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, egg donation offers hope to women who have struggled to have a child.

Our fertility specialists facilitate egg donation and work closely with our donors to ensure they have a comfortable and pleasant experience. Women in Omaha, NE, and surrounding areas who are interested in becoming egg donors can read on to learn about egg donation requirements.

Age

Age is one of the greatest factors that affects female fertility, so we must take age into account when choosing suitable egg donors. Women who are interested in egg donation should be within the peak window of female fertility. While this may vary slightly for each individual, we limit our egg donor selection to women who are between the ages of 21 and 30.

Weight

Weight is also something that we must take into consideration when accepting egg donors. There is significant research that indicates obesity may affect egg quality. BMI can also affect the way the body responds to fertility medication. Unfortunately, this means we are unable to accept egg donors who are classified as obese, based on their body mass index, or BMI. Women with a BMI between 18.5 and 29.9 are suitable donors, provided they meet all other requirements.

Knowledge of Medical History

There are a number of genetic conditions that may be passed on to a child. When selecting an egg donor, our Omaha patients have a right to know if any medical conditions run in the donor’s family. Egg donors at our practice need to have clear knowledge of their own medical history, as well as that of their family members. Potential egg donors also need to be willing to share medical history information openly and honestly during the screening process.

Regular Menstrual Cycle

A regular menstrual cycle is a sign of a healthy reproductive system, while irregular periods are commonly a sign of fertility issues. Women considering egg donation at our Omaha practice should have a consistently regular menstrual cycle, without the use of hormonal contraception.

Non-smoker, No History of Substance Abuse

Fertility and overall physical health are vital considerations for egg donation. Cigarettes, tobacco products, and recreational drugs can all damage the reproductive system and diminish egg quality. It is important that egg donors are non-smokers without a history of recreational drug use or substance abuse.

Mentally Well

Egg donors should not only be physically healthy, but mentally fit as well. Egg donation provides a great gift to people struggling with infertility, but it is a deeply personal experience. Egg donors should fully understand the process and feel confident that they will be happy with the decision they have made once the process is over.

Contact Us

If you are considering egg donation, the fertility doctors at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine would love to meet with you to discuss the process in further detail. Contact us at your earliest convenience to receive more information or call us at (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 (877) 831-3227 to schedule a consultation.

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