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.

What’s the Maximum Age for IVF? By HCRM on June 18, 2021

embryologist performing IVF under a microscopeAs more women choose to postpone motherhood until later in life, many may wonder if there is an upper age limit for undergoing in vitro fertilization or IVF. Although age does affect fertility, IVF can help women who thought it was too late to have children realize their dreams of motherhood.  

The doctors of the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine would like to take a moment to consider the IVF maximum age for patients in Omaha, NE, and what options may be best for maturing patients in their journey to having children.  

Is There a Maximum Age for Undergoing IVF?

When it comes to IVF and age, there is technically no upper age limit. Women well into their 40s have successfully conceived and given birth with the help of IVF. In fact it was reported in the Washington Post in March of this year that a 57-year old woman gave birth to a child she conceived through IVF. However, at 57, Barbara Higgins is one of the oldest women to give birth, making her far from the normal IVF case. 

With that said, IVF success rates are highest for women under the age of 35 but women in their late 30s and early 40s can also have successful pregnancies. Accordingly, the early 40s tends to be the general upper age limit for most women considering IVF.  

Fertility and Aging

Although it is possible to undergo IVF at an advanced age, the later a woman waits, the more difficult it can be to become pregnant, especially if she wants to use her own eggs. 

This is because women are born with all the eggs that they will ever release during their reproductive years. As a woman ages, her reserve of eggs diminishes. Around the age of 30, the quality of her eggs also begins to diminish. 

By 40, egg quality and overall fertility drastically drops in women, which can make it difficult to become pregnant naturally and increases the risk of fetal abnormalities.  

Egg Quality Can Extend the Maximum Age for IVF 

With eggs harvested during a woman’s fertile years, the maximum age for IVF can extend beyond the early to mid-40s provided that the prospective mother is healthy enough for pregnancy. 

Our Omaha patients who are past their early 40s can increase their chances of successful pregnancy with IVF by using eggs that were either frozen when they were younger or from a donor. 

  • Freezing eggs: One option for women who want to postpone pregnancy until later in life is to freeze their eggs while they are in their twenties or early 30s. By freezing her eggs at an early age, a woman in her 40s may be able to have her own biological children when she’s ready. 
  • Using a donated egg: For women who were unable to freeze their eggs when they were younger or didn’t consider doing so, eggs from a younger donor can help increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy.  

Is IVF Right for You?

If you want to start or add to your family but are struggling to conceive because of your age or other factors, IVF may be right for you. To learn more about IVF or other treatment options, call our Omaha practice 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 (402) 717-4200 to schedule a consultation.

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