20-02-25 Clinical Topic: Introducing the Sperm to the Egg - Working Up Male Infertility

23rd Annual Premier Women's Healthcare Virtual Conference

0.6 CE (NCC 2 GYN)

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Randee Masciola DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC

Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing

The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

Justin Waryold


Assistant Professor

SUNY Upstate College of Nursing

Syracuse, NY

 Intended Audience:

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNPs), WHNP students, Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) and other nurse practitioners and advanced practice clinicians who care for women.

 Activity Number:  20-02-25

 CE Approval Period:  Now through November 15, 2021

 Approved CE Credit Hours:  0.6 contact hour credits, zero hours pharmacology credit

 Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been evaluated and approved by the Continuing Education Approval Program of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health for 0.6 CE contact hours, zero hours of pharmacology content. 

 Program Description

Providing quality, evidence-based sexual and reproductive health is the backbone of the role of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. While assessing the individual for their health needs, it is imperative that the provider care for not only the childbearing person, but their partner as well. Very often evaluating a childbearing person for infertility can be a very lengthy and costly endeavor. Advanced practice providers are skilled in treating the childbearing person, however providing an evaluation of the male partner can be challenging. Most often, the etiology of the infertility is due to an easily diagnosed and treated procedure at a much lesser cost. Varicoceles are a common and treatable disorder of the male testes that causes pain and can lead to infertility. Approximately 15% of the male population will have a varicocele in their lifetime, and it accounts for a little over 40% of primary infertility and over 80% of secondary infertility. This presentation will provide evidence-based education and clinical guidelines regarding the diagnosis and treatment of a common male sexual and reproductive health disorder in a case presentation format. This interactive presentation will provide the audience with information and clinical tips to successfully obtain a targeted health history and focused, culturally sensitive, male reproductive physical exam. Participants will engage with the faculty to order appropriate diagnostics and discuss differentials for a person with testicular pain and/or mass. Treatment options, referrals and resources are provided in detail for participants to feel confident diagnosing and managing this common male reproductive issue.

 Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe how to perform a meaningful sexual and reproductive history associated with a targeted, culturally sensitive physical exam for the person with testicular pain in their clinical practice.
  • Differentiate between varicocele and other etiologies based on history, physical exam, and diagnostics.
  • Provide appropriate treatment options and referrals for patients with a varicocele of they are symptomatic or desire to improve fertility

 Faculty Disclosures:

Randee Masciola DNP, APRN-CNP, WHNP-BShas no reported disclosures.

Justin Waryold DNP, RN, APN-C, ACNP-BC, CNE, FAANP has no reported disclosures

 Successful Completion:

Successful completion of this activity requires the participant to:

  1. Read the educational objectives, disclosures and disclaimers.
  2. Watch the session recording
  3. Complete the session evaluation
  4. Print your CE certificate (the certificate will be stored on the NPWH E-Learning site under My Transcripts).
  5. These steps must be completed prior to the course expiration date
  6. Some courses required a post-test.  If a post test is required participants must earn a score of 70%.   

Therapeutic Disclosures:

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20-02-25 Clinical Topic:  Introducing the Sperm to the Egg - Working Up Male Infertility