This is Infertility is a bi-weekly podcast where we fuse narrative storytelling with experience and science to give you a new perspective on what it’s really like to go through a family building journey. Each episode dives into the emotional, physical, and financial burdens carried by those who experience infertility on their path to parenthood. Be it IVF, IUI, egg freezing, surrogacy, adoption, etc., the path is never the same and it can be long, painful, and lonely. It’s our mission to give those struggling a platform to be heard, a community connection, and an opportunity to raise awareness of the 1 in 8 who, for many reasons, struggle with infertility.

Bonus Episode 13: Journey to Fatherhood: Male Infertility 101

Did you know that one in three infertility cases is due to male factor? Which this is actually just as common as female factor infertility. Male factor infertility has always been a taboo topic, but it’s time to start talking about male reproductive health and prioritizing a man’s journey on his path to parenthood.  

It can be hard to figure out where to start when it comes to tests, treatments, or just finding emotional support throughout the process. Join Dr. McCoy, a director of surgery and male fertility, and Dr. O’Shaughnessy, a reproductive endocrinologist, in learning how men can take the first step in maintaining a healthy lifestyle which contributes to their family building journey.  

While this webinar is definitely worth the listen, we understand that life gets busy and have provided a summary for you here. 

ExpertsTravis W. McCoy, Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group, Althea O’Shaughnessy, Conceptions Reproductive Associates of Colorado 

Host: Dan Bulger

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Host

Dan Bulger, Producer at Progyny

Dan has been in the healthcare industry for the last six years as a multimedia content producer. Better known as ‘Video Dan’ he as interviewed numerous doctors, patients and other experts in the world of fertility. He’s also the producer for this podcast, This is Infertility. On a personal note Dan’s parents started fostering kids when he was four years old, and he considers himself a proud older brother to over 100 foster children.

Guests

Althea O' Shaughnessy, Conceptions Reproductive Associates of Colorado

Dr. Althea O’Shaughnessy is board certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. She obtained her B.S. degree from Trinity College, before achieving her M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. She completed her OBGYN residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center, followed by a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Downstate Medical Center in New York. She has been practicing in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility since 1988 at impressive facilities such as Mount Sinai Hospital, Cooper Center for IVF in New Jersey, and Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine in New York. She was also the Medical Director of the Princeton Center for Infertility & Reproductive Medicine for 20 years.  

Dr. O’Shaughnessy has been long-recognized by her peers and her patients for her outstanding dedication. She has been recognized for her work in reproductive endocrinology as “Best in Medicine” by the American Health Council in 2019. She received the Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017. Dr. O’Shaughnessy began publishing and presenting her reproductive medicine findings in 1986, and has over 40 papers and presentations to her credit. 

Dr. O’Shaughnessy is currently one of the partner physicians at Conceptions Reproductive Associates of Colorado. Dr. O’Shaughnessy specializes in IVF, endometriosis, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, hirsutism, and fertility preservation. 

 

Travis W. McCoy, Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group

Besides the general areas of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Dr. McCoy has extensive surgical expertise in advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery. These include microsurgical techniques. He has served as a regional referral surgeon for patients with severe endometriosis, uterovaginal anomalies, and complex uterine fibroid cases. In addition, he has performed over 600 da Vinci Robotic Laparoscopic surgeries. 

His special interest is in male infertility, and he focuses in the evaluation and treatment of male causes of infertility. Dr. McCoy prides himself on giving his patients the most advanced and personalized care available, and he feels that spending extra time with patients in educating them about their situation helps to increase their satisfaction. 

In addition, he graduated Magna cum Laude from West Virginia University and then went on to obtain his M.D. at West Virginia University. He has furthered his education throughout the years at the University of Louisville where he honed his skills in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. 

Throughout his time, Dr. McCoy has been an adjuvant clinical faculty member, an instructor, and a chief administrative resident. His publications include assisting as a section editor/co-editor and author of “Ob/Gyn Secrets, 4th ed” and “Operative Techniques in Gynecologic Surgery: REI: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.”