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What Does Sex Have To Do With Fertility? (A True Story)

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So this is one of my favorite stories about reproductive endocrinologists (and trust me - I have a lot of stories!).

Set the scene: I am at the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) annual conference in San Diego about three years ago. It was back in the day when I was at The American Fertility Association - and we were exhibiting. I had never been to an ARHP conference before - and I loved it.

Wayne Shields , their executive director, was a happening kind of guy - very forward thinking - and the conference was smaller and more interactive than my usual ASRM experience. It was also the subject matter of the conference - it was all about reproductive health! The focus was not simply on one part of reproductive health such as fertility - the conference went deeply into all reproductive health issues - from sex, STDs, fertility, infertility, birth control and more. If the subject matter was from the waist down, ARHP had you covered.

So, there I was, hanging out in the exhibit area sipping coffee and trying not to eat the cookies, when the "Big Wigs" of ASRM walk in. I am talking inner circle here....they were very surprised to see me at an ARHP Conference!

"Pamela! What are you doing here?" Dr. Number One Big Wig asked?

"OH! Dr. Big Wig! It is so good to see you too! What do you mean what am I doing here? Where else would I be?"

"Well, Pamela, this conference does not just cover infertility! It covers so many things, like sexuality!"

"Exactly! That is why I am here! I am interested in all aspects of reproductive health, including sexuality."

Now this statement was met with a group of men staring at me with blinking eyes. Did you ever hear the expression "a deer in headlights"? Well, that about covers the expressions on the faces of the "circle of power" that was staring at me in a moment of stunned silence.

"Pamela...what does sex have to do with fertility?" stammered Dr. Big Wig.

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