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.

Embryo Culture Is an Integral Prerequisite to a Successful IVF Procedure

Highly trained staff members meticulously handle the embryo culture process at our Omaha, NE, practice for patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). Embryo culture is an integral part of a successful assisted reproduction procedure that will dramatically increase your chances for conception and a healthy pregnancy. Without a precise embryo culture, IVF transfer may not be effective. As a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Stephanie L.F. Gustin is passionate about helping even the most challenging infertility cases achieve a positive outcome. Whether meeting with Dr. Gustin or one of our other excellent fertility specialists, your treatment will be catered solely to your needs and desires with the highest level of care.

About Embryo Culture

Embryo culture is a crucial prerequisite to IVF. It refers to the process during which the eggs removed from the ovaries are combined with the partner or donor sperm in an artificial medium to create a fertilized egg. Once the eggs are fertilized, the culture process will continue to encourage embryo formation under the careful monitoring of one of our highly trained staff members until they are ready for uterine transfer. Depending on you and your partner’s reproductive history, embryo culture generally takes between two to five days and will help promote successful embryo implantation and increased pregnancy rates.

Without a precise embryo culture, IVF transfer may not be effective.
Illustration of a microscopic cytoblast
Embryo culture, in which the embryos that result from IVF are allowed to grow in an artificial medium, is a crucial component of the IVF process.

The Embryo Culture Process

If you have had a failed pregnancy or difficulty conceiving, the team at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine can provide the comprehensive care you need. Our expertise in the field of infertility medicine, combined with the latest in modern technology, can help you achieve a positive pregnancy through IVF and the embryo culture process.

  • Egg Retrieval: Before egg retrieval, the woman will be given medication injections to produce a healthy amount of eggs. The eggs are then retrieved from the ovaries through a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
  • Egg Washing and Examination: Once the eggs are retrieved, they will be carefully washed in a special solution to remove any impurities and examined to determine the number of eggs retrieved. The specialist will then transfer the eggs into the next medium containing carbon dioxide until ready for fertilization.
  • Sperm Processing: While the eggs are undergoing examination, the partner’s sperm will undergo special processing to remove seminal fluids and cellular debris in order to provide the purest sample.
  • Fertilization: After about two to six hours, each egg will be combined with some of the sperm in a special medium containing proteins, salts, sugars, amino acids, and other essential nutrients to help maintain a healthy pH balance.
  • Embryo Formation: Over the next two to five days, the embryos will be carefully monitored to see which ones survive to the cleavage and blastocyst stage. Each embryo will be cultured in a special medium at ideal temperatures to ensure optimal growth and survival. Those that survive will be transferred to the uterus and monitored for implantation.

Contact Us Today

As leaders in the field of reproductive medicine, Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine has developed a reputation in the community for helping women and couples expand their family. Contact our practice today to meet with one of our highly qualified fertility specialists to begin your fertility journey.

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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