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The Golden Globe of Infertility

The Golden Globe Trophy
What’s better than getting a Golden Globe Award? (Courtesy: Wikipedia.org)

I’m tickled! Tickled to be speaking in Los Angeles next weekend. Honestly, I can’t count how many invited lectures that I’ve given over the last decade or two, in all corners of the world. But this keynote invitation is a horse of a different color, to borrow a phrase from the Wizard of Oz.

Nope, sorry, I won’t be appearing at the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Instead, I will be at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, a little over a mile away, speaking at the Fertility Planit Show.

A Golden Globe Weekend

Why is this exciting? Well, it’s a unique and historic event. This show is the first consumer show of its kind, ever. A bunch of smart, motivated and creative infertility patients are throwing this event to help each other in their common quest. Enabled by the power of social media, hundreds and maybe even thousands of like-minded souls are congregating in one place to form what you might call a brand new community. It’s like what the Golden Globes were 70 years ago, when it first started.

And, instead of watching the Golden Globe awards on TV, you can follow the Fertility Planit program over the web, from anywhere in the world, and without the ads!

A Golden Globe Feeling

Here’s why I am jazzed to be giving a keynote at the Show this weekend:

  • It’s an honor to be chosen by the people whom I try to help in my daily life as a doctor. It’s not like I’ve been voted into office or anything, but it does make me feel like I’m making a difference during my time on this good earth
  • I’m being introduced by noted author Greg Wolfe who wrote the hilarious “How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup” in which he relates his almost comical journey as an infertility patient who simply wasn’t one of those who “tried once and boom!”
  • Collaborating with the non-profit Fertility Within Reach, we will roll out our brand-new-in-the-box, never seen before, national initiative called “Banking on the Future.” This program seeks to ensure that “fertility is not a casualty of cancer.” We will start by removing cost as an obstacle for sperm banking for teens and young men with cancer.  My friends, tissue banking (sperm and eggs) to avoid future infertility is easily the lowest hanging fruit in the world of preventative medicine. Ultimately, our goal is to enable all teens and young adults in need in the U.S. who are facing cancer the opportunity to bank reproductive tissue.

Although the idea of walking down a red carpet in Hollywood and receiving a statue of a globe is appealing, it doesn’t hold a candle to that salt-of-the-earth experience that childless couples have when bearing a child. In our field, it’s that secret little Nobel Prize-winning feeling we get everyday just by helping to build families.





3 Responses to “The Golden Globe of Infertility”

  1. Katie

    Hi Dr. Turek! I tried commenting from my phone earlier, but I have no idea if it posted or will post… or even exactly where it would be. Silly smartphones. Anyway –

    We stumbled across this blog entry (from pinterest, of all places) and after researching your clinic and procedure, we think my husband is probably an excellent candidate. Our urologist wants to jump right to surgery, and neither of us are comfortable that he has considered the full-range of options available and the risks are so very high.

    Is anyone you’ve trained on FNA mapping practicing on or near the east coast (specifically, SC)? We would love to come to your clinic, but we’re trying to save for IVF and that trip would be quite an expense. Even better, is anyone out here doing the PET-scan mapping yet?

    Thank you!

    • Paul Turek, MD Paul Turek, MD

      Katie, Thanks for asking. You might consider a call to the office and talking with Makenna (415-392-3200) to talk more. When it comes to quality, spending a little more now could save more down the line. For example, having a single testis biopsy done locally may have a 30% chance of finding sperm; but an FNA map performed here could double those odds. PET scanning of the testis is not offered anywhere at this point. Sorry.

  2. Prince

    It sounds like your wekened in London gave you a lot to think about. It’s a lot to process, but all you can do is take one step at a time. You’re definitely blessed to have IVF covered by insurance, so you don’t have the financial stress on top of everything else. I hope you find that balance you’re looking for.


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