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.

Egg Freezing is a Viable Way to Preserve Your Fertility

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 may want children some day, but are not ready quite yet. To help women preserve their healthy, young eggs, we offer egg freezing to patients in Omaha, NE, and the surrounding areas. Egg freezing is a great way to ensure future fertility. To learn more about the egg freezing process, contact our fertility center today.

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 Freezing preserves the integrity of the eggs, thus reducing the risk of chromosomal abnormalities and miscarriage.

Is Fertility Preservation Right for You?

Women in their 20s and 30s are typically the best candidates for fertility preservation. These are a woman’s most reproductive years, and yields greater numbers of eggs harvested. While some women choose to freeze their eggs as they pursue higher education or careers, others do so in the face of illness. Women diagnosed with cancer, especially those that will involve radiation of the pelvic region, often decide to freeze their eggs to increase their chances of pregnancy later on. 

The Egg Freezing Process


Before beginning the process, our doctors will assess your ovarian reserves through a series of tests. These tests will evaluate your ovary function as well as the quantity of eggs available for harvesting. 

By freezing your eggs, you can freely pursue education and a career, and know that you can have children when you are ready.

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, as just 5 to 6 viable embryos typically result from every 10 eggs.

Harvesting and Freezing the Eggs

There are several similarities between egg freezing and in vitro fertilization (IVF). 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. After this stage is complete, another one to two-week round of hormone injections will stimulate your ovaries and help ripen the eggs. 

Our doctors can harvest the eggs when they reach maturity. We will sedate you for the procedure, and our doctors will use a specialized needle, coupled with ultrasound technology, to harvest the eggs. Once harvested, the eggs are frozen. Cryoprotectants protect the eggs from damage. We can then flash freeze the eggs unfertilized, or with sperm. Frozen eggs retain their integrity for up to 10 years.

Benefits of Egg Freezing

Women are born with a finite number of eggs. Both the quantity and the quality of these eggs diminishes with age. 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. 

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.

For women diagnosed with cancer, egg freezing provides them the chance to have children after their treatment has concluded. This is especially important for women who will receive radiation in the pelvic area, as radiation can damage the eggs. By freezing the eggs, you eliminate the potential for damage, and increase your chances of future motherhood.

Contact Us

Whether you want to focus on your career or you have been diagnosed with cancer, freezing your eggs can allow you to create a family when the time is right for you. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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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