Providing Information and Resources on Infertility and Related Health Issues to Healthcare Professionals and the Public

Infertility Education

Professional Training

The Ferre Institute, a Title X trainer on issues of infertility and adoption, currently provides 7 training programs for family planning professionals. Although our focus is providing training to Title X community-based providers, we encourage everyone to consider these important healthcare topics and contact us to inquire about training for your staff. Training is free for all New York State family planning agencies; all others are charged a fee. Please call or email us to schedule a workshop, inquire about fees, or to discuss your specific training needs.

Available In-Agency Presentations here link to:

View our webinar series for NYS Family Planning professionals:

Endometriosis and the Family Planning Patient: View this webinar

Endometriosis is a common condition in adolescents and women with complaints of dysmenorrhea and abdominal pain.  While 7-10% of women of reproductive age have a confirmed diagnosis of endometriosis, it is estimated that 40-50% of women of reproductive age may have undiagnosed endometriosis.  Early recognition is critical to protect future fertility.

This previously recorded webinar reviews the occurrence, diagnosis, and treatment options for endometriosis as well as the impact of endometriosis on fertility.

Infertility Evaluation for the Primary Care Setting: View this webinar

The family planning and primary care setting provides a unique opportunity to limit the burden of infertility. Infertility is a common experience. In a 2002 National Family Growth Survey, more than 7.3 million women had received infertility services and 1.2% of men of reproductive age reported ever being diagnosed with a male-related infertility condition.

Our educational programs aim to highlight the infertility experience as a couple’s issue.  The American Society of Reproductive Medicine and other clinical organizations commonly state the causes of infertility are fairly evenly distributed among women and men. One third of couples are linked to a male factor, another one-third related to factors that affect women and another third involve both male and female factors.

Prevention is possible and it begins with education of medical practitioners who can offer education to their patients. A recent study reports a troubling perception in adolescents - young men and women appear to have an over estimation of their own potential for infertility. In this study 19% of women and 13% of men believe they have an infertility risk; participants from communities of color more likely to carry this risk perception.

This webinar aims to provide an overview of the impact of infertility and the value of infertility evaluation in the family planning and primary care setting. Basic infertility evaluation tests will be reviewed, as well educational approaches for the patient