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.

IUI Success Tips By HCRM on August 31, 2020

Sperm traveling to an eggIntrauterine insemination (IUI), commonly known as artificial insemination, is one of the least complex and most affordable fertility treatments. Artificial insemination allows fertility doctors to inject sperm directly into the uterus, to give patients a higher chance of becoming pregnant. IUI can address a number of male and female fertility issues.

As with any other fertility treatment, there is no way to guarantee the success of IUI treatment. However, at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, we have an impressive record of successful fertility treatments. Our expertise, along with some helpful IUI success tips can help our Omaha, NE patients get the best results from their treatment.

Practice Healthy Habits

When it comes to the success of IUI treatment, there is a lot that is out of the patient’s control. However, by practicing healthy habits, our Omaha patients can do their part to promote treatment success. There are several steps that patients can take to ensure their body is in good shape and ready to support a pregnancy:

  • Eat a nutrient rich diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and full-fat dairy products
  • Stay well-hydrated
  • Begin taking a prenatal vitamin
  • Avoid sedentary behavior

Reduce Stress

It is completely natural for people to deal with extra stress and anxiety when they are undergoing fertility treatment, especially after struggling with infertility. Unfortunately, heightened stress can threaten the success of IUI treatment. We urge patients to find hobbies or practices that they find relaxing and practice them daily. Possible stress-relievers include:

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Walking
  • Reading
  • Knitting
  • Talking with a friend
  • Joining a support group

Avoid Strenuous Exercise

Physical activity is part of a healthy lifestyle, which can promote the success of IUI treatment. While we don’t want patients to be too sedentary before or after IUI treatment, they also should avoid strenuous exercise immediately leading up to and following their IUI procedure. High impact exercises like running, aerobics, or heavy lifting may cause uterine contractions that could interfere with embryo implantation. To promote IUI success, our Omaha patients should stick to low impact exercises like yoga, walking, or swimming in the days following treatment.

Consider the Use of an Expectorant

In preparation of IUI treatment, we often prescribe our patients fertility medication that stimulates the ovaries and encourages the production of multiple mature eggs. Some of these medications, such as Clomid, can lead to excess mucus in the uterus. If mucus buildup is substantial, it can create a hostile environment that makes it more difficult for sperm to survive and fertilize an egg. An over-the-counter medication that contains an expectorant can help thin the mucus in the cervix. As with any other medication, patients should discuss the use of an expectorant with their doctor before taking it.

Contact Us

At Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC we offer a wide range of fertility services, as well as support and tips to promote the success of fertility treatment for our patients. If you would like to find out how our doctors can help you on your journey to parenthood, send us a message at your earliest convenience, 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 (402) 717-4200 to schedule a consultation.

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