Here we place anecdotes from our day-to-day interaction
with patients that help keep the atmosphere at the office
light and humorous. This section of our website is not
intended to offend any viewers or patients, but we find
that a sense of humor can be valuable in getting through
some of the difficult situations we face on a daily
basis. We added this section to our Website with the
highest level of respect for ourselves and our patients,
and hope you will take it at face value.
If you have any additions, please let us know!
During an appointment, Dr.
Sweet was explaining to a couple that it would be
best if they did not use lubricants during intercourse
since they contain a level of spermicide. The husband
then asked, “What can we use instead?”
Dr. Sweet responded with “prolonged foreplay”.
The husband then asked, quite innocently, if he could
find that at the pharmacy. Trying not to break a smile,
Dr. Sweet calmly responded, “Yes, but you will
have to go in between the aisles where no one can
Slip of the Tongue
Dr. Sweet was applying a paracervical
anesthetic block prior to a minor office surgical
procedure when he made a humorous slip of the tongue.
The anesthetic block requires two injections near
the cervix, and told his patient she may “…feel
a little prick” during the injection. The patient
started laughing when Dr. Sweet realized what he had
of the Office
The “masturbatorium” room is where specimen
samples are taken from our male patients, and has had
varying nicknames over the years.
1991 was a busy year, we were have construction completed
on our office building, and Pee Wee Herman was arrested
for masturbating in a pornographic movie theater in
Sarasota. Consequently, the construction crew dubbed
our masturbatorium room as “Pee Wee’s Playhouse”.
Incidentally, in 1999 Dr. Sweet renamed the masturbatorium
the “Oval Office”, in honor of President
Plan for the Unexpected
the early stages of our practice, we routinely collected
semen specimens from each of our male patients for cryopreservation
for possible use during IVF procedures, should the husband
be unavailable or unable to contribute a specimen upon
On the day of egg retrieval, we place the husband in
the “room” for collection. More than thirty
minutes later he was still unable to provide a specimen
sample, but would attempt from home.
On his way back to the office with his specimen sample,
his car got a flat tire on the Cape Coral Bridge. Panicked
regarding the lifespan of the sample, he decided to
leave his car and walk to the office. It was a warm
day indeed! During the jog to the office, the top of
the specimen container came off an the ejaculate leaked
into his bag. The heat of the Florida sun quickly cooked
the sperm through the plastic bag.
He arrived at the office perspiring and completely exhausted,
both mentally and physically. Upon examination, all
of the sperm were dead. Fortunately, he had cryopreserved
some sperm which we thawed and used to fertilize the
This lovely couple now has twins! To this day, we use
this story in discussing the merits of having a cryopreserved
semen specimen as a back-up, should unexpected events
Keep Track of Your
A new male patient was scheduled to bring in a semen
specimen he collected at home to the office. When
he arrived for his appointment, he told the receptionists
that plans had changed and he would have to provide
his specimen on-site. He went on to explain that his
daughter had apparently found the empty specimen container
and had taken it to store her pennies.