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.

Endometriosis and Infertility

If you or a loved one suffer from endometriosis, you are not alone. According to the Office on Women's Health, at least 11 percent of American have the disorder. In fact, researchers believe as many as 50 percent of all women struggling with infertility are affected by endometriosis. If you have struggled to become pregnant or have very painful periods due to this condition, Dr. Stephanie L.F. Gustin at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC in Omaha, NE, can provide a personalized treatment plan to provide relief and help you grow your family.

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a disorder in which the tissue that usually grows on the inside of the uterus starts to grow on the outside of the uterus. As the tissue has no place to exit, it can cause pain and discomfort as the uterus is trying to shed the lining. This can lead to abnormal tissue growths on the outside of the uterus. Although the growths are not cancerous, endometriosis can cause severe pelvic pain and irregular cramping during your periods. Additionally, some women may experience irregularly heavy bleeding and pain during intercourse and urination.

Endometriosis can occur in many areas of the reproductive system, including the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes.

Because these symptoms are similar to side effects of your period, many cases go undiagnosed until sufferers have trouble becoming pregnant. 

In addition to the uncomfortable symptoms of endometriosis, the disorder can cause serious complications such as infertility and a higher risk of ovarian cancer. Endometriosis can cause obstruction of the fallopian tube, problems during fertilization, and damage to sperm or eggs. While it does not necessarily prevent pregnancy, endometriosis can make successful conception more difficult. 

Controlling your endometriosis can improve your chances of pregnancy and improve your overall quality of life. 

Common Causes and Risk Factors

While endometriosis can be present in any woman after puberty, you may have an increased risk of endometriosis if: 

  • You have never had children 
  • Women in your family have endometriosis 
  • Your menstrual periods and cycles are irregular 
  • You have been diagnosed with an immune disorder 
  • You are in your 30s or 40s

Diagnosis and Treatment 

To determine whether you have endometriosis, one of our doctors can perform a physical examination involving a pelvic exam and imaging. If we determine that you have endometriosis or cysts caused by endometriosis during your testing, we can prescribe the appropriate treatment based on the severity of your condition and pregnancy goals. We can prescribe medication that takes your fertility goals into account. Hormones including gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) can help patients who are trying to become pregnant by temporarily halting the menstrual cycle and controlling the development of endometriosis.

Our doctors can also perform either laparoscopic or traditional abdominal surgery to remove as much endometrial tissue as possible and keep your uterus and ovaries in good health. By removing the growths, we can help you manage your condition without compromising your chances of becoming pregnant. Based on your results, our team can also determine whether in vitro fertilization (IVF) can help you achieve your dreams of parenthood. 

Call Us Today

Controlling your endometriosis can improve your chances of pregnancy and improve your overall quality of life. Based on the severity of your condition, our doctors can recommend a treatment option that is right for you. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (402) 717-4200 or send us a message online.

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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