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.

Fertility Preservation Options for Men and Women

Cryotherapy equipment for reproductive tissuePreserving fertility is an important measure that patients can take to protect their ability to reproduce. This option is helpful if your are not yet ready to conceive, or are undergoing treatment for a disease that may cause sterility. We often see patients who are undergoing cancer treatment and would like to ensure that their reproductive opportunities will still be available after their recovery. We offer several fertility preservation options for both men and women at our Omaha fertility center. If you are undergoing cancer treatment or need more time to decide if you are ready to have children, please contact our office to make an appointment and learn more.

Fertility Preservation Through Vitrification

The process of vitrification offers an important breakthrough in fertility preservation. Vitrification refers to freezing reproductive tissues with high concentrations of cryoprotectants that do not allow the formation of ice crystals, which can be harmful to cells, especially eggs. A cryoprotectant is a substance used to protect biological tissue from freezing damage by replacing the water in the cell. By using this technique of cryogenically preserving tissue, the cells are allowed to remain in a glass-like state while frozen and remain viable for extended periods of time. With other techniques, reproductive tissues can become damaged during the thawing process if ice crystals are present.

Fertility preservation with vitrification provides an additional benefit for patients who are using donated eggs. Without this process, the donor and the recipient of the eggs must have synchronized ovarian release cycles before embryo transfer can take place, which can be a burdensome and time-consuming process. By freezing cells, the eggs or embryos can be transferred when the recipient patient's cycle dictates, without the need to synchronize the two.

Providing Hope Through Difficult Diagnoses

Certain cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, can be harmful to both male and female fertility. By preserving reproductive tissue, patients are increasing the likelihood that they will be able to conceive following their recovery. Fertility preservation was originally intended for cancer patients, but in recent years the definition has been expanded to include patients with certain genetic disorders, those who require repeated surgeries on their reproductive organs, and women who wish to preserve their eggs before their fertility window closes.

The Process of Fertility Preservation

For men who are interested in fertility preservation due to the diagnosis of a condition which may affect their fertility, the process is the same as in a sperm donation. Our doctors will typically advise patients to preserve multiple samples to ensure that an adequate amount of reproductive material will be available when it is needed.

For women who are interested in fertility preservation, the process is very similar to the first two steps of an in vitro fertilization cycle. The woman will be given fertility medications to encourage the release of multiple eggs, which will then be retrieved through a surgical procedure. The eggs can be frozen as oocytes, or fertilized with a donor or her partner's sperm and preserved as an embryo to remain viable for the time she is ready to conceive.

Contact Our Office

If you are concerned with the effects of aging or are facing a difficult diagnosis, fertility preservation can safeguard your chances of reproduction. If you would like to learn more about your options, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation with one of our fertility specialists.

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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