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.

Helping Hopeful Parents Struggling with PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition that can compromise your ability to become pregnant. The disorder, also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, affects approximately one in 10 women of childbearing age. In addition to making pregnancy difficult, PCOS symptoms can affect your overall health, appearance, and well-being. Fortunately, Drs. Stephanie L.F. Gustin, Elizabeth Constance, and Elizabeth Weedin at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC in Omaha, NE, can provide PCOS treatment in order to help you grow your family.

PCOS can interfere with conception as well as cause other health concerns.

What Causes PCOS?

PCOS can occur due to an overabundance of male hormones. This hormone imbalance affects your menstrual cycle and the activity inside the ovaries, resulting in abnormal egg development, missed periods, or irregular periods. Without a predictable menstrual cycle, conception can be difficult. In addition to affecting your fertility, PCOS can cause changes in your physical appearance, including: 

  • Abnormal hair growth 
  • Thinning hair
  • Weight gain 
  • Skin tags 
  • Acne 

PCOS has also been linked to serious overall health concerns such as: 

Although PCOS can make it more difficult to become pregnant, it does not make it impossible. Women diagnosed with PCOS can still conceive, but they usually have a higher risk of complications during gestation and delivery. 

Risk Factors

PCOS can affect any women of childbearing age, but there are certain risk factors that can increase your chances of developing PCOS, including:

  • A family history of the condition
  • A family history of diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Long-term use of certain seizure medications

PCOS is very common, but many women are not diagnosed by a doctor until the ages of 20 to 40. As PCOS can make it difficult to become pregnant, many women only go to a doctor when they are having infertility concerns. 

IVF been proven highly successful in achieving pregnancy among patients with PCOS symptoms. 

Diagnosis and Treatment

In order to prescribe a treatment that is appropriate to your condition and pregnancy goals, our doctors can perform a medical history evaluation, pelvic exam, imaging, and blood testing. While there is no cure for PCOS, our doctors can help you make lifestyle changes (such as regular exercise and a healthy diet) and provide medication to treat the symptoms of PCOS. Medication such as clomiphene can restore regularity to your ovulation cycle and help you increase your chances of pregnancy. 

If lifestyle changes and medication are unsuccessful, we can also provide ovarian drilling or in vitro fertilization (IVF) to increase your chances of becoming pregnant. During IVF, our doctors can manually extract the eggs and combine them with a sperm sample in our laboratory. Once the eggs are fertilized, they will be implanted into the uterus. This method has proven highly successful in achieving pregnancy for patients with PCOS. 

Schedule a Consultation 

If you have suffered three recurrent pregnancy losses, our team of doctors recommends scheduling an evaluation to help determine the cause of your infertility. Our treatments are customized to your condition, needs, and goals. Call our office at (402) 717-4200 or send us an online message 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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