This is Infertility

There is nothing more fundamental to life than the urge to continue it. But while it may be the most natural thing in the world, childbirth is far from the easiest and no two fertility journeys are the same. For that reason, we are breaking from the typical podcast form. Each episode is hosted by a different voice who brings their own unique point of view to the complex and ever-changing world of infertility. Our hosts are licensed clinical social workers, patient care advocates, clinical psychiatrists, reproductive endocrinologists, real fertility patients, and others who are, in one way or another, experts in the world of fertility. We fuse narrative storytelling with experience and science to give you a new perspective on what it’s really like to go through this journey.

Episode 43: Male Factor Infertility: The Shirkeys

Nearly one-third of infertility cases are caused by some sort of issue with the female, nearly one-third are caused by some sort of issue with the male, and the rest is caused by some combination of issues with both partners, or the cause is simply unknown. The fact is, male infertility is as common as female infertility, we just don’t usually talk about it that way. That’s likely because regardless of the cause of the infertility, the treatments tend to have one thing in common, the brunt of the work falls on the female. We think it’s important for men and women alike to talk about infertility. It’s an issue that affects everyone, not just those who were born with a uterus. In this episode, we’ll hear from Josh and Stephanie Shirkey who overcame male infertility in order to grow their family. Today’s host is Justin Alvis, Director of Provider and Member Services at Progyny.

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Justin Alvis, Director of Member and Provider Services.

He helps our talented team of provider relations specialists and dedicated Patient Care Advocates provide Progyny members with the best possible experience through their fertility journey. Justin is passionate about professional development for the Patient Care Advocates and the provider relations specialists—he delights in leading seminars and group trainings on effective and compassionate communication with our members and providers.


Stephanie and Josh Shirkey.

They’ve been happily married for almost four years and live in Michigan with their two dogs, Tonka and Daizy. They’re a very strong family-oriented couple and enjoy spending as much time as they can with their family and friends. Stephanie enjoys quilting, baking, and making crafts as gifts. Josh enjoys hunting and fishing. In their free time they enjoy kayaking, camping with family and friends, hiking, visit waterfalls, and snowmobiling/side by side riding. They’re also NASCAR fans which gives them the opportunity to travel and explore new places.