Working as a male fertility urologist with couples affected by fertility challenges, Kevin McEleny realised that the profession needed to do more for men. Working with like-minded people in The British Fertility Society, he therefore set up a study program to enable fertility practitioners to learn more about male patients. Kevin also set up a research program locally to investigate, among other things, experiential aspects of male factor infertility as it was clear that many men were not getting the support that they needed and deserved. Eleanor Stevenson is an experienced academic with a special interest in fertility issues. Research that Kevin and Eleanor did together suggested that many men need somewhere to turn to for impartial advice and support from other people in the same situation.
Cryos (the world’s largest sperm bank and international egg bank) supports access to fertility treatment for all people, no matter family structure and sexual orientation, and strives to increase the awareness of fertility and infertility. Working with Cryos on an altruistic and non-commercial basis, enabled Kevin and Eleanor to develop the part of the website about male fertility. Together, we have collected articles written by top fertility experts and a news section where scientists and doctors will tell us about the latest advances. But what we hope will really help to support you is the forum where you can log on anonymously and share your experiences with others like you in a friendly and supportive space.
We hope you will find All About Fertility useful on your fertility journey wherever it may lead you.
You can read more about All About Fertility’s team of experts below.
Kevin McEleny, Ph.D FRCS FRCS (Urol)
I come from the South West of England and after graduating from Southampton University Medical School, working in the Wessex Region, in Scotland and in South Western England where I completed Basic Surgical Training, I undertook a Ph.D at University College Dublin, before moving to the North East of England to train in urology.
I became fascinated with Male Factor Fertility issues and in particular, what little seemed to be known or indeed done about it. I was appointed as a Consultant Urologist to the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust in 2009 where I set up a Specialist Superregional Male fertility service at Newcastle Fertility Centre, to treat couples from across the North of England.
See all of Kevins articles here.
Eleanor Lowndes Stevenson, PhD, RN, FAAN
For over two decades, I have been a nurse, scholar and patient advocate for the promotion of infertility healthcare quality and access. I have worked to raise professional and public awareness about the hidden infertility epidemic and health inequities through research that has focused on the experience of men with severe male factor infertility, stress during infertility-conceived pregnancies, and fertility preservation. Using a team science approach, I have disseminated my research nationally and internationally, and have published an international multidisciplinary infertility textbook.
I have been an invited speaker at medical and nursing conferences in the United States and abroad to speak about contemporary infertility issues, and serve on the executive boards of the Nurse Professional Group within the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). Currently I am an Professor and Chair of the Health of Women, Children & Families Division at Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina. I completed my BS from Rutgers University School of Nursing (New Jersey), my MS from Rutgers University Graduate School as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and my PhD from New York University College of Nursing. Working to help those struggling to build their desired families by offering this new resource gives profound meaning to my nursing career.
See all of Eleanors articles here.
Anne-Bine Skytte, Scientific Director, MD, Ph.D (clin gen)
After graduating from medical school at Aarhus University, I worked as a MD, GP and in a department of Gynaecology and obstetrics for 4 years before I started specialising in clinical genetics. Alongside my specialisation I undertook a phd degree in genetics at University of Southern Denmark. As a researcher I worked several years as associate professor at Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital. Being a clinical geneticist I worked at Aarhus University hospital, as a consultant, head of the outpatient clinic of hereditary diseases, before I decided to combine my experience to focus on getting a broader understanding of third party reproduction. Today I work as the scientific director at Cryos, this position is ideal for being able to combine my research experience and interest with the clinical experience, to make sure we continously develop our contributions to the scientific field of a broad range of fertility issues and making sure that we offer a wide variety of well screened donors.
See all of Anne-Bines articles here.
Peter Braad Larsen, Quality Manager
With more than a decade of experience within the field of third-party reproduction, I have now found my place in the large field of reproductive biology. After having studied general biology at the University of Aarhus, I moved on to study to become a biomedical laboratory scientist as my interest was hands on work in the laboratory.
Starting on the floor at Cryos International, training with the founder and former CEO of Cryos International, Ole Schou, I worked my way up to become the Laboratory Supervisor of the andrology lab and later on the Operations Supervisor which also gave me a chance to work with complex projects such as setting up new departments and implementation of new technology.
I’m currently holding a position as the Quality Manager at Cryos International -The largest sperm and egg bank in the world. In the daily work at the sperm bank, we select only about 5-10% of the sperm donor applicants, as we reject a lot based on especially semen quality but also family medical history, carrier status of genetic diseases and risk factors. These few highly selected donors can help many couples and singles having their dream come true to start a family.
But what about those that are rejected to become a donor? What about all the men struggling with infertility that ends up being neglected in the fertility treatment process? How can we help all these men? That is the question I would like to have answered by involving me with the ‘All About Fertility’ website.