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Course # 61533 • A Review of Infertility


Infertility greatly impacts the lives of patients and couples who are trying to conceive. All too often, healthcare professionals underestimate patients' emotional strife when confronted with a fault in the process that they feel should be occurring easily and "naturally." In order to better serve individuals or couples who are affected by infertility, it is necessary for clinicians to have a good understanding of what causes infertility in males and females, the treatments that can initially be prescribed for this condition in both sexes, and when to refer patients to infertility specialists or those specializing in assisted reproductive technology (ART).

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Education Category: Community Health

Release Date: 07/01/2020

Expiration Date: 06/30/2023


This introductory course is designed for all psychologists involved in the care of patients experiencing either primary or secondary infertility.


Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 10 credit(s).

Course Objective

Given that an estimated 10% of couples in the United States are infertile, it is inevitable that many healthcare professionals will encounter patients seeking medical help for this condition. The purpose of this course is to provide psychologists with the information necessary to provide sensitive care and education to infertile individuals in order to ensure the highest level of care and patient satisfaction.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the two basic types of infertility.
  2. Outline the epidemiology of infertility in the United States.
  3. Review the anatomy and physiology associated with male and female infertility.
  4. Recognize the pathophysiology of male and female infertility.
  5. Identify the various risk factors associated with infertility.
  6. Compare and evaluate the diagnostic findings associated with infertility.
  7. Recommend lifestyle modifications for patients with infertility.
  8. Select appropriate pharmacotherapeutic interventions for improving fertility.
  9. Evaluate surgical, radiologic, and assisted reproductive technology (ART) interventions, including donor eggs or sperm, induced ovulation, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), and zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT).
  10. Evaluate the psychosocial ramifications of infertility.


Teisha Phillips, RN, BSN, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2005. She has nursing experience in a variety of clinical settings including multispecialty outpatient surgery, fertility, women's health, and cosmetic/aesthetic nursing. Her primary focus and passion is on direct patient care and patient education. She is presently employed as a perioperative nurse at an outpatient surgery center in the greater Sacramento area.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Teisha Phillips, RN, BSN, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

James Trent, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

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