Montreal Nurses Education Day

September 12, 2018

Le Westin
270 Saint-Antoine St W
Montreal, QC H2Y 0A3

Fertility Nurse Dilemmas and Controversies – Providing the Answers

The Nursing Special Interest Group of the CFAS presents a one-day interactive educational event focused on relevant dilemmas and controversies such as male sexual dysfunction, unexplained infertility, research, medications and protocols, setting patient expectations, the ethics of cultural diversity, and the role of fertility agencies.

We hope fertility nurses and all other interested disciplines will join us on September 12th, one day prior to the CFAS Annual Meeting in the beautiful city of Montreal. The day will start at 10am with enough time for morning flights, and we will finish the evening off with a sponsored cocktail hour and presentation of the Carole Rheaume Recognition Award intended to recognize and honour a nurse responsible for enhancing the patient experience, enhancing clinical practice and engaging the general public.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about patient expectations, personal boundary setting, and ethical management of our culturally diverse patient populations.
  2. Acquire new knowledge in male fertility evaluation, sexual dysfunction, acupuncture, nutrition and fertility lifestyle changes.
  3. Understand the roles of patient driven supports including fertility agencies and complementary medicine.
  4. Discuss research, fertility medications, protocols and the ‘unexplained infertility’ diagnosis to better counsel and support patients in their fertility journeys.

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Dr. Peter Chan is Professor of Surgery and the Director of Male Reproductive Medicine at the McGill University Health Center. He received numerous national and international recognitions in his research. He has been serving as Principal and Co-Principal investigator for more than ten research grants funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He is Past President of the Society of Reproductive Surgeon of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. He is a four-time recipient of the Everett C. Reid Award of Excellence in Teaching in Urology at McGill University. Dr. Chan has published over 80 professional journal articles, book chapters and videos. He is the senior editor of a textbook entitled “Reproductive Medicine Secrets” and the second edition of “The Andrology Handbook” published by the American Society of Andrology. He is also featured in “Doctorology”, a television documentary produced by the Discovery Channel on the various medical subspecialties.

Male Sexual Dysfunction Among Couples Undergoing Fertility Treatment

While virtually all cultures and societies place fertility as a role of the female gender, various studies have clearly indicated the importance of male factor infertility in contributing to the etiologies of reproductive failure in a couple. Besides subnormal semen parameters, men with infertility may have additional symptoms of testicular dysfunction including hypogonadism and erectile dysfunction. Additionally, reproductive failure increases stress and anxiety to the couples and may further compromise their sexual relationship which in turn may affect their success in achieving pregnancy. With the introduction of various medical therapies for erectile dysfunction in men since the late 1990’s, sexual medicine has been considered one of the fastest growing field in urology. The latest development on the diagnosis, therapies and other management strategies of erectile dysfunction will be the focus of this presentation. Clinicians in reproductive medicine should be informed of these diagnostic and management options to provide their clients appropriate counseling to improve their sexual health and success in reproduction.

Learning Objectives

  1. Outline the prevalence and types of male sexual dysfunction experienced by couples undergoing fertility management.
  2. Identify the risk factors contributing to sexual dysfunction in men.
  3. Discuss the various management strategies to enhance male sexual function.