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Renowned Fertility Advocate Pamela Madsen Launches Blog and Website

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 General News J E 4
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NEW YORK, Oct. 7 Pamela Madsen, one of the nation's mostoutspoken and recognized fertility educators and patient advocates, returns tothe public stage with the launch of her new website and daily blog, TheFertility Advocate, found at thefertilityadvocate.com.

The founder and former executive director of the American FertilityAssociation (AFA), Ms. Madsen has spent more than two decades on the cuttingedge of policy and public education about infertility issues and treatment aswell as fertility preservation and protection. She has developed a reputationfor incisive, unflinchingly honest and often witty commentary and analysis.With The Fertility Advocate blog, she continues her ongoing quest to getaccurate and timely information into the hands of consumers and media.

At http://www.thefertilityadvocate.com, Ms. Madsen weighs in every dayabout rapidly unfolding scientific, medical, physical, political, social,environmental and economic aspects that affect every single person'sreproductive health and procreative capabilities. She tackles everything fromthe hidden effects of sexually transmitted diseases on fertility and thelatest developments in reproductive medicine, to the fight for health careaccess and age-appropriate, scientifically accurate and culturally sensitivesex education.

Ms. Madsen brings the expertise she's honed on the frontlines of fertilitypatient advocacy while serving as the executive director of the AFA andWorldFAM, a global initiative uniting dozens of patient leaders from aroundthe world.

The singular perspective Ms. Madsen developed during these years gives herone-of-a-kind vision and voice that's made her a sought-after authority onCapitol Hill in Washington, among federal regulatory agencies and commissions,and with the media.

Among her accomplishments, Ms. Madsen:

-- Founded and led the American Fertility Association (AFA) inestablishing itself as the premier patient advocacy organization for educationand support surrounding fertility, infertility treatments, adoption,surrogacy, and childfree living. Her work in the field has been honored byother advocacy organizations including RESOLVE: The National InfertilityAssociation and the New York City Chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbiansand Gays.

-- Represented patient issues in meetings with leaders from the NationalInstitutes of Health, FDA, National Conference of State Legislators, thePresident's Council on Bioethics and the Centers for Disease Control.

-- Has spoken at the annual conferences for American Society forReproductive Medicine (ASRM), the European Society for Human Reproduction andEmbryology and International Consumer Support for Infertility (iCSi), forwhich she also served as a board member.

-- Spearheaded the launch of World Fertility Awareness Month, now known asWorldFAM, an international movement designed to increase public awarenessabout infertility.

-- Has participated in more than 1,500 interviews with print, online, andbroadcast media including appearances on Oprah, Dateline NBC, the Today Showand 60 Minutes.

-- Coordinated an international study of fertility education and awarenessamong more than 17,000 women in 10 countries.

In addition to The Fertility Advocate, Ms. Madsen serves as the newDirector of Public Education at the Sher Institutes for Reproductive Medicine(SIRM). In that position, she continues her mission to reach out to women andmen, professionals and laypeople to shed light on the important role offertility preservation and protection in the continuum of overall wellness andhealth.

Ms. Madsen has helped shatter the myths and taboos that surroundedinfertility and its treatments. She is one of the leading voices for fullreproductive rights for everyone regardless of marital status or sexualpreference. She makes the biological clock -- one of the most poorlyunderstood aspects of reproductive life -- a key element in her uniqueapproach to fertility preservation education.

Beyond The Fertility Advocate blog and website, Ms. Madsen is takingfertility education to the doorstep of college campuses, local and nationalwomen's organizations, professional groups, advocacy and religiousorganizations to make sure that women and men truly understand theirreproductive lifecycles, their reproductive health and potential. She'scurrently booking speaking engagements and presentations around the country.Please note that Ms. Madsen will not accept honoraria or other compensationfor her appearances.

This release was issued on behalf of the above organization bySend2Press(R), a unit of Neotrope(R). http://www.Send2Press.com*(PHOTO: Send2Press.com/mediaboom/08-1007-PMadsen_72dpi.jpg) *(Caption: Pamela Madsen.)

SOURCE Pamela Madsen
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