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.

Frozen Eggs

Egg Freezing

Do you know you want a family someday, but now just isn't the right time?

Egg freezing is a safe and effective way to ensure you can have children on your timeline.

Our doctors at the Heartland Center in Omaha, NE, can retrieve your eggs and store them until you're ready to start your family.

What Is Egg Freezing?

Egg freezing is an advanced way to preserve your reproductive potential and prevent future infertility. Your doctor will retrieve your viable eggs from your ovaries and store them at sub-zero temperatures. Once you are ready to start your family, the frozen eggs are thawed and then used in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle.

What Is IVF?

IVF is a common treatment for infertility, as well as a means of avoiding having certain genetic issues affect your pregnancy. The eggs are removed from the ovaries and fertilized in a lab. The resulting embryos are then implanted into the uterus. With egg freezing, your eggs are frozen before fertilization, and the IVF cycle takes place only when you are ready to start your family.

Why Should You Freeze Your Eggs?

Freezing your eggs is a great option for women who know they want to become pregnant in the future, but for many reasons, can't right now. These reasons can include:
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Aging

Women are born with a finite number of eggs. As women age into their 30's, their reproductive capability declines and both the quantity and the quality of their eggs diminish. This diminishment increases the risk of chromosomal abnormalities as well as the risk of miscarriage. Freezing preserves the integrity of the eggs, thus reducing these risks without you having to worry about your biological clock.

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Priorities

Many women need to delay having children for a multitude of reasons like financial stability, career advancement, and waiting for the right partner. By freezing your eggs, you can freely pursue education and a career, and know that you can have children when you are ready. Egg freezing also takes the pressure out of dating for those who have yet to find the right person. You no longer have to feel like you are racing to beat an unrealistic deadline. Instead, you are allowing yourself to become settled in your own life before you have a child. 

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Health Issues

Women fighting severe health issues such as cancer or autoimmune disease should consider freezing their eggs since these conditions can cause infertility. It is recommended you freeze your eggs before undergoing chemotherapy or radiation as the harshness of these treatments can have a major impact on your fertility. This is especially important for women who will receive radiation in the pelvic area, as radiation can damage the eggs. By freezing your eggs, you increase your chances of having a biological child when you are healthy enough to do so. 

Fertility Preservation

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At Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, our doctors are dedicated to providing quality care in a warm and welcoming environment. We understand that you want children someday, but may not be ready right now. To help women preserve their healthy eggs, we offer egg freezing to patients in Omaha, NE, and the surrounding areas. Request your consultation online today to learn more about the egg freezing process and take charge of your reproductive future. You can also call us directly:

(402) 717-4200

See Why Omaha, NE, Chooses Us For Their Fertility Care

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kimberly jensen

2021

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My experience with Heartland has been fantastic. We are so lucky to have two successful pregnancies. It was always sad to leave the team at Heartland but for the best reasons, we were pregnant! I would and have recommended Heartland to anyone trying to start a family. They are a great support system.

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Samuel Sidzyik

2021

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The nurses and doctors are wonderful to work with. Our IVF worked first try. We were lucky and had everyone there being hopeful without also having unrealistic expectations kept us hopeful and grounded. If you have to go here, you are already under quite a bit of stress. It's good to feel like the staff is on your side.

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What Is the Ideal Age To Freeze Your Eggs?

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Women in their 20s and 30s are typically the best candidates for fertility preservation. These are a woman’s most fertile years, and yield greater numbers of eggs harvested. The earlier you freeze your eggs, the higher your chances of having a successful birth after implantation.

How To Prepare For Freezing Your Eggs

Find an Experienced Doctor

Finding a fertility clinic with a track record of success and safety in reproductive medicine is essential. It is also important to find a doctor who can answer all your questions about the process and the cost of treatment before undergoing egg freezing. Our doctors at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine take the time to get to know each patient and offer luxury amenities to ensure the whole process is as stress-free as possible.

Ovarian Reserve Testing

This is used to test the quality and quantity of your eggs and to help predict how well your ovaries will respond to the fertility medication before harvesting. Ovarian reserve testing is conducted through blood testing and occasionally a vaginal ultrasound to determine ovarian function.

Testing for Infectious Diseases

Before you can freeze your eggs, your doctor will need to test you for any infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, and other STDs. An active infection increases the risk of general infection during the egg freezing procedure, which can put your fertility at risk.

The Egg Freezing Process What to Expect

You can expect the egg freezing process to take about two complete menstrual cycles to complete. 

We recommend freezing between 10 and 20 eggs per cycle because just 5 to 6 viable embryos typically result from every 10 eggs.
We recommend freezing between 10 and 20 eggs per cycle because just 5 to 6 viable embryos typically result from every 10 eggs.

Early Preparation

You will begin by taking birth control pills and hormone injections for up to four weeks. This will temporarily halt your body’s hormone production. 

Ovarian Stimulation

After your natural hormones have been halted, a one to two-week round of hormone injections will stimulate your ovaries and help ripen and produce multiple eggs rather than just the one typically produced during a single menstrual cycle. 

Monitoring

Our doctors will monitor you during the ovarian stimulation phase to measure your hormone levels and your response to the medications. Occasional vaginal ultrasounds might be used to monitor the development of your eggs.

Egg Retrieval 

Once your eggs have reached maturity, typically within 10-14 days, our doctors can retrieve your eggs from your ovaries. You will be sedated during this procedure to minimize your discomfort. During this process, an ultrasound probe is inserted to view the eggs and their follicles, then a specialized needle is inserted into the follicle and a suction device attached to the needle is used to remove the egg. Multiple eggs will be removed during this process. The more eggs removed, the greater the chance of pregnancy later.

Cryopreservation

Once your eggs are harvested, they are frozen at subzero temperatures using cytoprotectants to help prevent ice from forming or other damage occurring. These preserved eggs can retain their integrity for up to 10 years.

Thawing and IVF

Once you are ready to start your family, the frozen eggs will be thawed and then used in an IVF cycle. Your eggs will then be fertilized to create embryos that are implanted into your uterus. The chances of becoming pregnant after embryo implantation are about 30-60 percent, depending on your age at the time of freezing. The older you are at the time of egg freezing, the less likely you are to have a successful pregnancy and birth.

Safe and Effective Fertility Care By Omaha Doctors You Can Trust

Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care according to the highest medical standards with professionalism, compassion, and integrity. With over a decade in reproductive health, our doctors have the experience to freeze your eggs safely and implant them effectively to give you the best possible chance of a successful birth. Whether you want to focus on your career or you have been diagnosed with cancer, freezing your eggs can allow you to start your family when the time is right for you. Contact our Omaha, NE, office online today to request your consultation.

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The Omaha Area Rates Us 5 Stars

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Melinda Bliss

2021

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My husband and I tried to conceive for nearly two years. We were referred to the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine by his urologist. From the moment we called, we knew we were in great hands!...

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Sara Cooper

2021

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Our family is beyond thankful for everything Heartland has done for us over the last 9 months. They have been such a blessing to us! Without them, we’d have likely given up on the dream of growing our family...

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What to Expect

After the Retrieval

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Plan to rest for the remainder of the day after your procedure, as well as the next day. Most patients can resume work and other normal activities within a few days of the egg retrieval. It is normal to feel mild cramping, bloating, or pressure since your ovaries will become enlarged after the procedure. These symptoms can last for about a week after your eggs are harvested. 

You should call your doctor if you are experiencing:

  • A high fever
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Gaining more than 2.2 pounds within 24 hours
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Difficulty urinating

"Highly Recommend Going to Heartland"

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Sara Dale

2020

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I was a very fortunate to be a patient of Dr Constance and can not express how wonderful she is. After trying to conceive for two years, we were able to get pregnant after our first round of IVF. Highly recommend going to Heartland.

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Becky Rothfuss

2020

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We can’t thank Dr. Elizabeth Constance and the staff at Heartland enough! We did IVF and are 29 weeks pregnant with a baby boy! The IVF process can be hard emotionally, physically and financially but they patiently answered all of our questions and made sure we were informed before every procedure.

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Our Omaha practice looks forward

to helping you realize your dreams of parenthood.

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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