This Father’s Day we want to support men on their journey to fatherhood. Dates: June 9th thru June 13th Times: The calls will start at 11:00 AM ET and run till 2:00 PM ET Recordings will be available for 24 hours if you miss a call.
What is It’s A Guy Thing about? Infertility silently affects millions of men across the country. Men, we salute your dedication to fatherhood and have brought together some of the top resources as a toolbox to empower you to take charge of your fertility. During our Five Day “It’s A Guy Thing Summit”, we will cover key topics such as testosterone and fertility, varicocele – treat or not to treat, advanced treatment options for azoospermia, tips and tricks to communicating with your wife, what to do when biology won’t cooperate. This summit is “A Guy Thing” designed to focus on the male parts and we also want to encourage the women and partners in your life to listen in, ask questions and gain insights and join the conversation about the Male Fertility World. Statistics suggest that 35 to 40 percent of the problems are caused by male conditions, another 35 to 40 percent by female conditions, and the last 20 to 30 percent a combination of the two, plus a small percentage of unknown causes. Register today to be entered into our goodie bag drawing! Sponsors:
Register today to be entered into our goodie bag drawing! The goodie bag includes:
- Coupon for FREE pair of Snowballs underwear
- Coupon for FREE The Stork for Women conception aid
- Kristen Darcy’s Love and Infertility eBook + Mp3, Everyday Certainty Mp3 and FREE 1/2 Hour Fertility Coaching
- Bottle of ToConceive natural lubricant
- Pack of 4 Don’t Cook your Balls Shot glasses
- Coupon for FREE Circle + Bloom Relaxation for Men Mp3
- One monitor from Ovusense
- Tamara Green – Loving Relationship Expert 1) 60 min 1-1 session (valued at $250) 2) One FREE month of awakening membership (valued at $67)
Schedule of Events: Monday, June 9th: Theme: What every guy needs to know about his fertility Call Time: Live at 11:00 AM ET Dr. Vasiliki Moragianni Testosterone, Estrogen and Sperm – what every man needs to know about his hormones About Dr. Moragianni: Dr. Vasiliki A. Moragianni, a native of Greece, graduated from Cornell University with a B.Sc. in Human Biology, Health & Society. She then obtained a M.Sc. degree in Physiology & Biophysics from Georgetown University and moved to Philadelphia, where she completed the next 8 years of her training. She graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine receiving her M.D. and Medical Humanities Scholar Award, and served as resident and chief resident in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Abington Memorial Hospital (Temple University School of Medicine) in Philadelphia. She also completed the Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She subsequently joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School as Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology, and was appointed the Director of the International Patient Program at Boston IVF. Dr. Moragianni is currently an elected board member of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI) and the Chair of SGI’s New Investigators Advisory Group. She is also a board member of RESOLVE New England and a member of the Nomination and Election Committee of the New England Fertility Society (NEFS). She has recently served in the Harvard Academy of Medical Educators, the Harvard Joint Committee on the Status of Women, the New England Hellenic Medical & Dental Society, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia. She is an active member of several professional societies, including ACOG, ASRM, SGI, SREI, and NEFS. In her spare time, Dr. Moragianni enjoys Greek folk dancing, traveling, and spending time with her family. Call Time: Live at 12:00 PM ET Dr. Sijo Parekattil and Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt Drive for Men’s health: What Fertility tells you about a man’s health About Dr.Brahmbhatt and Dr.Parekattil: Dr.Brahmbhatt and Dr.Parekattil are global pioneers in the field of robotic assisted microsurgery (taking microsurgery to the next level) and have performed more robotic microsurgical procedures than any other center (well over 1,000 procedures). They are the first two dual fellowship trained microsurgeons in practice (microsurgery fellowship & robotic surgery fellowship). They have specialized expertise in both traditional microsurgery and robotic assisted microsurgery. Drive for Men’s health: Promote awareness and education about chronic testicular and groin pain globally, and they need your help. They are trying to create a movement to get guys to take better care of themselves and to learn about treatment options for various men’s health topics that may not be discussed very publicly – such as male infertility. Click here to watch their training aka SPOOF video. Call Time: Record at 1:00 PM ET Dr. Michael Eisenberg Varicocele: Treat or not to treat — how to make a decision About Dr. Eisenberg: Michael L. Eisenberg, MD earned his bachelor degree from Rice University and his medical doctorate from Yale School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in urology at the University of California, San Francisco and a Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is board certified in urology. Dr. Eisenberg serves as an associate editor of Fertility and Sterility, on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and as an ad hoc referee for dozens of leading medical journals and has himself authored numerous peer-reviewed articles. He is highly regarded both nationally and internationally and has delivered invited lectures all over the globe. His clinical and research interests include the intersection between a man’s health and his sexual, reproductive, and urinary function. His group seeks to understand the implications of impaired sperm production to a man’s health as well as methods to improve testosterone and sperm production. Call Time: Record at 2:00 PM ET Dr. Philip Werthman Are your pants ticking? Genetics 101: Key lessons about DNA that impact fertility and child wellness About Dr. Werthman: Philip Werthman is the most recognized vasectomy reversal surgeon and male fertility specialist in the world. His expertise and skill have been acknowledged by scholars, his colleagues and in the media. An Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Dr. Werthman is also the author of two definitive textbooks on the subject of male fertility. Past President of the Los Angeles Urologic Society, Dr. Werthman is a recipient of the American Fertility Association’s Illuminations Award, given yearly to the outstanding fertility doctor in the nation. In addition to performing the first-ever network-televised vasectomy reversal surgery on ABC’s Extreme Makeover, he’s been a featured consultant to every news service, from CNN to NBC. But the accolades that Dr. Werthman treasures most are those from his patients: the walls of his office are filled with photos and cards expressing the heartfelt gratitude of hundreds of former patients – who are now new parents.
Tuesday, June 10th: Theme: Fertility Hacks: Optimizing your fertility naturally Call Time: Live at 11:00 AM ET Dr. Randine Lewis Winds of Change About Dr. Lewis: Dr. Randine Lewis pioneered the treatment of infertility with Chinese medicine for the modern Western woman. After her medical studies, she developed her own fertility challenges, which Western medicine couldn’t correct. She reluctantly sought help from Chinese medicine; after the dramatic results she personally experienced, Dr. Lewis plunged into studying Chinese medicine and other natural therapies for the treatment of infertility. She opened a clinic and helped many women whom reproductive medicine had already deemed too old or those whom Western medicine couldn’t help. Author of The Infertility Cure, The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies, and The Way of the Fertile Soul, Ten Ancient Chinese Secrets to Tap Into A Woman’s Creative Potential, Dr. Lewis developed The Fertile Soul retreat process, a mind-body-spirit program for overcoming fertility challenges. Her results have been dramatic, and have been featured on national media such as The Today Show, Fox News, Good Morning America, the Wall Street Journal, among many others. Call Time: Recorded at 12:00 PM ET Sara Naab Don’t Cook your Balls – A Guide to Overheating About Sara Naab: At age 23, Sara was told she may not be able have children. With determination, she took it as a challenge and focused intently on improving on her health. Over the course of a a couple years, she lost nearly 70lbs and became a tri-athlete. With gratitude; she has been able to naturally conceive three sons. Fueled by her passion to help people transform their health, Sara has spent countless hours volunteering as a fitness and health coach. As a daughter, wife, sister to four brothers and mother to three boys, Sara developed a particular interest in men’s health and created Don’t Cook your Balls as a resource to help men better understand their sexual and reproductive health. While working at a government lab, Sara’s husband Ulrich invented powerful technology capable of performing a variety of medical tests. The couple saw the technology as an opportunity to bring lab tests into the home so that people could get more regular feedback on their health. In 2012, they founded Sandstone Diagnostics to develop Trak as a tool that empowers men to improve their fertility. Call Time: Record at 12:00 PM ET Josh Shoemaker Inventor of Snowballs: A SHOT of Fertility About Josh: Josh Shoemaker was born in Richmond, Virginia. He attended Columbia University, taught literature at The American School of Tangier, and for five years was headmaster of The American School of Marrakesh. He is the author of two books, Tangier, a literary history of the city, and Planet Willie, a comic detective novel. He lives between Paris and Marrakesh and is also the inventor of Snowballs, a cooling underwear for men. Call Time: Live at 1:00 PM ET Rob Krassowski Acupuncture Optimizing male fertility naturally — key lifestyle things to improve sperm health About Rob: Dr. W. Rob Krassowski, DAOM, LAc (FABORM) is the head clinician in charge of male factor services at the Texas Center for Reproductive Acupuncture, one of the oldest and most respected reproductive acupuncture clinics in the country. Using a throughly integrated approach that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary supplementation, and nutritional counseling, Dr. Krassowski has helped hundreds of couples achieve their goal of building a happy, healthy family. Dr. Krassowski is also a key clinical advisor at Conceivable.com, the first personalized, technology-enabled wellness program that dramatically improves the chances of conceiving and carrying a baby to full term.
Wednesday, June 11th: Theme: Hope: Beyond Infertility Call Time: Record at 11:00 AM ET Dr. Michael Eisenberg Shooting blanks: Treating azoospermia About Dr. Eisenberg: Michael L. Eisenberg, MD earned his bachelor degree from Rice University and his medical doctorate from Yale School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in urology at the University of California, San Francisco and a Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is board certified in urology. Dr. Eisenberg serves as an associate editor of Fertility and Sterility, on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and as an ad hoc referee for dozens of leading medical journals and has himself authored numerous peer-reviewed articles. He is highly regarded both nationally and internationally and has delivered invited lectures all over the globe. His clinical and research interests include the intersection between a man’s health and his sexual, reproductive, and urinary function. His group seeks to understand the implications of impaired sperm production to a man’s health as well as methods to improve testosterone and sperm production. Call Time: Record at 12:00 PM ET Davina Fankhauser Banking on The Future About Davina: Davina Fankhauser is a long-time advocate with a duo Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Communications and a Master’s Degree in Education. Davina is a former infertility patient who has personally and professionally lobbied for infertility health benefits, national funding and family-building legislation at the state level, in Washington D.C. as well as with the insurance industry. She led the strategic effort to update the Massachusetts Definition of Infertility (2010) and see Cryopreservation of Eggs become a required benefit of infertility and available to other patients with medical needs (2013). Davina educates others how to effectively advocate for themselves. In addition, she is passionate about helping youth preserve their reproductive health through her nonprofit program, Banking on the Future. Call Time: Live at 1:00 PM ET Amy Demma What every guy should know about donor and surrogacy family building. About Amy: Amy Demma is a New York licensed attorney and founder of Law Offices of Amy Demma, providing services to those engaged in assisted family building, specifically egg, embryo and sperm donation as well as compassionate surrogacy. Amy is actively engaged in the nation’s most established infertility patient advocacy groups and other non-profit and professional organizations. She served for many years as Vice President on the board at RESOLVE New England and in 2012 completed her tenure as President of the Board of Directors at RESOLVE New England. Amy is a recently admitted Fellow to the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys and an active member of the Legal Professionals Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. She is a legal advisor to Parents Via Egg Donation and to the Society of Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy. Amy is credentialed in Family Mediation through Harvard Law School. Most importantly, Amy and her husband are the proud and blessed parents of college age twins conceived through In Vitro Fertilization. Call Time: Live at 2:00 PM ET Dr. Michael Feinman IVF aspects of treating male factor About Dr. Feinman: Michael A. Feinman, M.D., FACOG, is a fertility doctor at HRC Fertility, a Southern California fertility clinic with nine locations throughout the state. Board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, as well as in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Feinman has been practicing in the infertility field since 1986. Fertility doctor Michael Feinman treats patients at the Encino and Westlake Village office locations of HRC Fertility in California. He also serves as an associate clinical professor at UCLA. Dr. Feinman has also been involved in groundbreaking work in the field of infertility and assisted reproductive technology. He performed one of the first transvaginal ultrasound guided egg retrievals in the United States, and the first in New York. In 1987, Fertility doctor Michael A. Feinman also developed one of the first anonymous egg donor programs in the world, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Michael Feinman, M.D., FACOG, has varied research interests in the field of reproductive endocrinology, infertility, and fertility treatments. His areas of interest include third-party parenting, natural cycle IVF for poor prognosis patients, and strategies to minimize multiple pregnancies. Call Time: Record at 3:00 PM ET Eric Schwartzman Medical Treatments and Alternative Family Building About Eric: Father of two children via donor insemination. Eric lives and works in NYC. He is an expert on state and local taxation specializing on the information service industry. Eric has been blogging on the topic of donor conception since 2005 on his blog “Life as Dad to Donor Insemination (DI) Kids” as well as being the owner and chief moderator for the Yahoo Discussion Group DI Dads, a men only support group for men who have used donor conception methods to start their families or who are considering using DO for that purpose. The group also started in 2005 currently has over 350 members. Eric contributed an essay titled “ Hi, My Name is Eric, and I’m Infertile” to the book “Behind Closed Doors: Moving Beyond Secrecy and Shame (Voices of Donor Conception, 1)” edited by Mikki Morrissette, detailing his thoughts as an infertile parent Eric’s newest endeavor is the Donor Conception Postcard Project, a community page set up on Facebook. The page, inspired by the website Post Secret, posts images contributed anonymously either via postcards or electronically. The concept is that anonymity allows contributors to be completely free and craft images with their thoughts and feelings on the topic of donor conception from every angle, from donors. Donor conceived individuals, and parents. In the past several years Eric has focused on simply raising his children since his divorce from their mother and had stepped back from writing and speaking and only recently re- entered the discussion regarding donor conception with renewed vigor.
Thursday, June 12th: Theme: Coping with this stuff Call Time: Live at 11:00 AM ET Kristen Darcy Coping with Infertility – His and Hers coping strategies About Kristen: Kristen Darcy is a noted author, coach, motivational speaker and expert on the emotional aspects of infertility and other life challenges. Advisor, Supporter, and Friend to Women Struggling with Infertility. While there is an ample supply of medical experts who offer advice and information to the millions of women across the nation who experience infertility each year, there are few who can address the mental and emotional crisis known all too well by women who are being medically treated for infertility. Kristen Darcy, author of Girlfriend to Girlfriend: A Fertility Companion (First Books Library, 2000) and the award-winning Love & Infertility: Survival Strategies for Balancing Infertility, Marriage and Life (LifeLine Press, 2004), is the advisor, supporter, and friend infertile women need. Love and Infertility is the recipient of the Hope Award, Best Book, Coping, from RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Call Time: Live at 12:00 PM ET Greg Wolf Fatherhood – getting in touch with your desire to be a father About Greg: Greg Wolf grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of California at San Diego. After college, he spent time with the Groundlings and Acme Theater improv groups in Los Angeles while earning his master’s degree in education. He now teaches high school English and History, Currently residing in Valencia, California, Greg and his wife Julie (a TV and film writer), went through four IVF cycles before joyfully welcoming their son, Connor, into the world in March, 2009. Connor owes them big-time. Since writing How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup, Greg has become an outspoken advocate for male infertility awareness, and has been featured on The View and SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio, contributed to Redbook and The Huffington Post, and has been featured in The Stir, the Los Angeles Daily News and The Globe and Mail. Call Time: Recorded at 1:00 PM ET Marc Sedaka What a husband’s role should be when his wife suffers from infertility About Marc: MARC SEDAKA is a successful comedy writer for both film and TV. His produced credits include New Line Cinema’s Overnight Delivery starring Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd, CBS’s King of Queens, and NBC’s Inside Schwartz. In addition, his family-related articles have appeared in L.A. Parent and The Los Angeles Times, and he recently collaborated on a children’s book with his father, legendary singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Samantha and their three young children. After suffering through 16 artificial inseminations and 10 IVFs, the Sedakas’ twin daughters were born in 2003 through the miracle of gestational surrogacy and their son followed two years later through the (even greater) miracle of a natural conception, a trouble-free pregnancy, and a textbook birth.” Call Time: Live at 2:00 PM ET Steve Ruiz MPAS, PA-C & Jonathan Boldt, authors of Shooting Blanks Humor as a way to cope with infertility About Steve: Steve Ruiz is a physician’s assistant at Premier Family Medical in American Fork, Utah and a serial humorist. Steve’s gift of storytelling and the need to laugh during infertility treatment is as natural a pairing as a peanut butter, marshmallow and banana sandwich! After six years of trying to conceive and several miscarriages, Steve and his beautiful wife Kristina were able to successfully carry their daughter to term and have adopted two amazing children as well. About Jonathan: Jonathan Boldt is a washed up wannabe ex-athlete turned sports writer in the greater Salt Lake City area writing for such publications as the Daily Herald, KSL.com and the Deseret News. Unlike Steve and Kristina, Jonathan and Jennie’s story has yet to find its happy ending but that hasn’t stopped them from laughing along the way! Anyone who has suffered through the ups and downs of infertility knows just how important it is to laugh in order to keep your sanity and that’s where Jonathan and Steve felt they could make a difference. Twitter Chat at 7:00 PM ET Join doctors, bloggers, authors and men who’ve been there for a live chat on twitter. Ask questions. Get a new perspective. Share your story. Connect with people who know what you are going through.
Friday, June 13th Theme: The stress of Sex Call Time: Live at 11:00 AM ET Tamara Green Restoring intimacy — healing About Tamara: Tamara Green, LCSW is a veteran Loving Relationship Expert, Psychotherapist, Meditation Facilitator and Certified Hypnotherapist. She specializes in coaching singles to find their soulmates and couples to heal their relationships through deep spiritual guidance. Elle Magazine dubs her the “Soul-centered Psychotherapist and Loving Relationship Expert.” She is an exciting catalyst for profound healing who has devoted her life to helping people rise out of pain and fear and into overflowing abundance and meaning. As well as working 1-on-1, Tamara runs teleclasses and workshops that takes her clients on an exciting and profound journey of recognizing the falsehoods in their life, removing the blocks, and clearing the path to awakened living and loving. One client told Tamara, “You took my soul out of prison, now I really am ready for love.” With her reputation as an energy healer, intuitive and seer, Tamara assists in helping people to acknowledge and operate from their Highest Self. As a result, they actualize their dreams of a loving relationship – with their beloved and, very importantly, with themselves. Tamara is regularly featured on radio shows, telesummits and speaking engagements. In keeping with her strong belief of being of loving assistance to this world, she runs a complimentary weekly international meditation teleclass called Miracle Mondays Meditation and all are invited to attend. Tamara is widely known for these powerful and effective meditations, which are beautifully accompanied with originally composed music by David Dachinger and archived in her shop. Call Time: Recorded at 12:00 PM ET Listen to recording here. Dr. Bill Petok The stress of Sex: rising to the occasion About Dr. Petok: Bill Petok earned his doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1978. Before entering full time independent practice, he worked as a psychologist in the public sector in both Baltimore and Anne Arundel County. His postdoctoral training includes a year at the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D.C. and an externship at Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Hospital in the Sexual Dysfunctions Clinic. His practice focuses on the problems that individuals, couples and families experience in daily life, including anxiety, depression, stress, marital and family relationships. He also has several areas of special expertise: Sex Therapy and Counseling for Fertility Problems. Dr. Petok has been teaching physicians about human sexuality since 1984 when he began training OB/GYNs at Baltimore’s Sinai Hospital residency program. He is a frequent speaker to health care professionals around the country on topics related to the treatment of sexual dysfunction. Call Time: Live at 1:00 PM ET Jennifer Redmond The Infertility Workup About Jennifer: Jennifer A. Redmond is Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of FertilityAuthority.com. FertilityAuthority is a comprehensive, interactive online network for women and men seeking fertility and infertility information, advice, referrals and appointments. Our website is designed to provide quality information on a wide range of fertility topics, as well as simplify your search for a trusted fertility doctor or fertility clinic.
This event is hosted by: Sara Naab – Author of Don’t Cook Your Balls About Sara: At age 23, Sara was told she may not be able have children. With determination, she took it as a challenge and focused intently on improving on her health. Over the course of a a couple years, she lost nearly 70lbs and became a tri-athlete. With gratitude; she has been able to naturally conceive three sons. Fueled by her passion to help people transform their health, Sara has spent countless hours volunteering as a fitness and health coach. As a daughter, wife, sister to four brothers and mother to three boys, Sara developed a particular interest in men’s health and created Don’t Cook your Balls as a resource to help men better understand their sexual and reproductive health. While working at a government lab, Sara’s husband Ulrich invented powerful technology capable of performing a variety of medical tests. The couple saw the technology as an opportunity to bring lab tests into the home so that people could get more regular feedback on their health. In 2012, they founded Sandstone Diagnostics to develop Trak as a tool that empowers men to improve their fertility. Kristen Darcy – Fertility Coach & Author of Love and Infertility About Kristen: Kristen Darcy is a noted author, coach, motivational speaker and expert on the emotional aspects of infertility and other life challenges. Advisor, Supporter, and Friend to Women Struggling with Infertility. While there is an ample supply of medical experts who offer advice and information to the millions of women across the nation who experience infertility each year, there are few who can address the mental and emotional crisis known all too well by women who are being medically treated for infertility. Kristen Darcy, author of Girlfriend to Girlfriend: A Fertility Companion (First Books Library, 2000) and the award-winning Love & Infertility: Survival Strategies for Balancing Infertility, Marriage and Life (LifeLine Press, 2004), is the advisor, supporter, and friend infertile women need. Love and Infertility is the recipient of the Hope Award, Best Book, Coping, from RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association