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.

Your Personalized Infertility Consultation

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During a patient's first visit to Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, our team will evaluate your medical record, perform a limited exam using an ultrasound, and gain an overview of your reproductive health. Patients will also undergo blood testing for disease and any other conditions that could affect fertility, as well as egg testing. Once patients have undergone testing, patients will return to hear their results and come up with a plan of action for treatment.

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At the time of the initial visit, you'll see either one of our nurse practitioners or one of the physicians. During that time, we will review your medical records, so hopefully they will have been sent beforehand so we'd have a chance to review them prior to you getting here. We'll go through your medical record. We'll take a history that focuses on your reproductive system. We'll do a limited exam, depending on what the particular problem is, but we will do ultrasounds at most of our initial visits so that we can get an overview of the uterus and the ovaries to see if there are any glaring problems that we need to give attention to right away. Otherwise, all of our couples go through blood testing. We test both for infectious diseases. We will test the woman for a number of hormonal assessments that pertain very specific to the reproductive cycle. We do ovarian reserve testing, which means we're looking at the quality and quantity of eggs. We will do imaging to evaluate the uterus and the fallopian tubes to make sure that they are normal, or to determine if there are any abnormalities that need to be addressed. If a male partner is involved, we will do semen analysis. After this battery of tests is complete, then we will have a couple return for a plan of care visit, at which time we go over the results of all the tests, and we discuss what our recommendations for treatment will be. We will question them about what their habits are. We concern ourselves not just with the medications that they're taking, but are they smoking? Are they drinking too much? Is there any recreational drug use? I think it goes without saying that the patient needs to bring their healthiest self to us if they can. And to the extent that they aren't, we help them to identify the areas that they need to pay attention to, like diet, exercise, clean eating, getting enough sleep. What they have control over is taking as good of care of themselves as possible. A patient knows if they're smoking too much, or they're drinking too much, or if they're smoking marijuana, or doing other recreational drugs. They know that that isn't going to benefit them. Most of the patients who come to us know that. They're very motivated to do all that they can to help this process to work. One of the things that I try to emphasize to patients when they come here is that this is a shared problem. It's not unusual for a woman to think that this is her problem, that she is the one who's damaged, she is the one that needs to be fixed. We explain to them that infertility is a couple problem. It is a couple problem. It is not one individual's problem. I'd say about 40% of the time the problem is attributed to the woman. About 40% of the time it's attributed to the man. About 20% it's a combination of the two. The fact of the matter is that they're working as a unit. We can't have one without the other. So we try to emphasize that and to make sure that both are appreciating their role in this, whether or not it is specifically their problem, or it's specifically the other's problem, because they're working together. It is the couple's problem.

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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