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.

IVF after Age 40 By HCRM on June 25, 2020

Frozen embryos for IVFToday, it is common for people to put off starting a family, as they choose to spend time building careers and enjoying life experiences. When people wait until later in life to have children, they may struggle with fertility issues. 

At the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, we offer many fertility treatments to assist patients in overcoming fertility problems. One of our most widely used treatments is in vitro fertilization, or IVF. 

IVF is an assisted reproductive technique that oversees all stages of conception. We are frequently asked by our Omaha, NE patients if they can undergo IVF after age 40. Here we discuss some of the factors that can affect the success of IVF after 40, as well as the options available to increase treatment success rates.

IVF and Egg Quality

IVF treatment involves stimulating ovulation, retrieving eggs, and fertilizing them in a laboratory setting. IVF success depends largely on the quality of eggs that are retrieved during IVF treatment. If an egg has chromosomal abnormalities, it is unlikely to result in a viable embryo. Since only healthy and viable embryos are selected for the embryo transfer process, IVF treatment is less likely to be a success if a woman’s eggs have diminished in quality. 

IVF and Egg Quantity

Although it is not as important as egg quality, the quantity of a woman’s eggs also impacts IVF success rates. The more eggs that a woman has in her ovarian reserve, the more that will be released during ovarian stimulation. Multiple eggs means multiple chances for viable embryos, which ultimately increases the chances of a successful IVF cycle for our Omaha patients.

Are There IVF Age Limits?

Age plays a large role in IVF success, because both the quality and quantity of a woman’s eggs diminishes as she ages. Since IVF success rates drop pretty significantly after the age of 40, our patients may wonder if there is an age limit for IVF treatment.

There is no standard IVF age limit, because fertility can be affected to different degrees in different people. Whether a person is a good candidate for IVF treatment ultimately comes down to the quality and quantity of their own ovarian reserve. However, in general terms, we typically do not recommend that a woman undergo IVF treatment with her own eggs past the age of 45.

Increasing IVF Success Rates After Age 40

If our Omaha patients are interested in undergoing IVF treatment beyond the age of 40, there are techniques that can increase the chance of a successful treatment. 

The first option is to undergo IVF treatment using frozen eggs or embryos. When eggs or embryos are frozen, they are cryogenically preserved, so they remain high quality. The age of a woman’s uterus has little impact on the success of IVF treatment, so frozen eggs or embryos may allow women to conceive through IVF treatment well into their 40s, or possibly beyond. Of course, this does require advanced planning, so women who want to have children later in life should consider the benefits of freezing their eggs.

Another option for IVF after 40 is an egg donor. An egg donor can provide multiple eggs that are of high quality, while still giving our patients the opportunity to carry the baby themselves. High quality donor eggs make it much more likely that IVF can be a success for patients past the age of 40.

Learn More

If you are approaching the age of 40 and are interested in learning more about the fertility services available to you, the team of doctors at the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine would be happy to provide you with valuable information. Send a message to our team of fertility specialists or call (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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