Welcome To Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine / Westlake IVF
Renowned and Award Winning Austin Fertility Experts
With over 45 years of combined experience helping couples build families, Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine (AFRM) is the only private fertility center in the United States with in-house fellowship trained and board certified specialists in female and male fertility providing comprehensive care for the couple as a whole. Our family-owned and family-oriented fertility practice has earned us a reputation for providing quality and compassionate patient care. Female patients are cared for by Dr. KM Kavoussi and Dr. SK Kavoussi, our board certified reproductive endocrinologist. Dr. SK Kavoussi has been a multiple Patients’ Choice Award recipient (2008 – 2014). Male patients are cared for by Dr. PK Kavoussi, the only Fellowship Trained reproductive urologist in Austin and named Texas Monthly Rising Star Superdoctor. Dr. PK Kavoussi has success rates greater than 95% for vasectomy reversals within 15 years of vasectomy.
As leaders in reproductive medicine and infertility, our physicians are continuously active in advancing research in the field. We have also been sought by the media and news for our expertise and insights into the current trends in the field of fertility.
We provide 2 convenient fertility Austin clinics, Westlake and South Austin, to serve patients in central Texas. Achieve your family goals today. Contact us at (512) 444-1414 or online to schedule a fertility (infertility) private consultation today.
Fertility Austin Comprehensive Couple Evaluation
As the only fertility clinic in Austin specializing in a comprehensive care approach within the same practice, our physicians are able to recommend and provide ALL treatment options to couples. We are the only Austin Fertility center with an in-house reproductive urologist. We strongly believe that the optimal fertility care of the couple – both the female and male partner provides best results for conceiving.
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A common misconception is that infertility is only an issue on the woman’s side. However, 22% of infertility cases are attributed to male factor while an additional 30% to 40% include both male and female factors. Evaluation of the male partner can diagnose and treat reversible hormonal, anatomical, and genetic conditions in which assisted reproductive technology (ART) using the male partner’s sperm can be performed to improve the chances of pregnancy. For irreversible conditions, donor insemination may be an option.
The best infertility care requires an in depth knowledge of how the female and male reproductive systems work together. At AFRM, reproductive endocrinologists and reproductive urologists work as a team to improve the fertility outcome for the couple as a whole. Our unique, comprehensive care approach within the same practice, allows our physicians to prescribe combination treatment options including in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplastmic sperm (ICSI), IVF/ICSI, intrauterine insemination (IUI), sperm retrieval, varicocele repair, vasectomy reversal, donor egg IVF, and donor sperm for IVF or intrauterine insemination (IUI).
Comprehensive couple care is important especially for complex cases such as non-obstructive azoospermia, where there is deficiency of sperm in the semen without blockage in the male anatomy. A very specialized procedure known as microdissection testicular sperm extraction (microTESE) offers the chance to find microscopic pockets of sperm production within the testicle in the majority of men in this difficult circumstance. The extracted sperm can be used in combination with IVF to help couples conceive. This is a very different process than the simple sperm retrieval which is performed for men with blockages (vasectomy or other anatomic obstruction) that requires a very high level of expertise for acceptable success rates. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi has fellowship specialty training in microTESE, is the only surgeon in Austin with such training, and has excellent success rates in such technically demanding sperm retrievals.
In addition to improving a couple’s chances of having a baby, our comprehensive evaluations benefit patients from an overall health standpoint. Men with sexual function issues may be impacted by health risks such as high cholesterol, low testosterone, and cancer.
Quality and Compassionate Care
We are recognized by patients and peers in providing high quality, compassionate and individualized care, the cornerstone of our family-run and family-oriented fertility practice. Our priority is providing couples with the best care in a private and comfortable environment. Each patient receives personalized care and treatment by our physicians themselves, from consultation to procedure. We are the only fertility Austin center with an in-house IVF lab residing in the same office as our clinic to ensure that patients have a sense of comfort and familiarity with both the staff and the environment.
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For men who have undergone a vasectomy previously, our highly successful vasectomy reversal procedure can help you start or expand your family. Dr. PK Kavoussi, our male infertility physician can consult with you on vasectomy reversal and appropriate fertility treatment options.
Preeminent Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Leaders
In addition to the clinical care to patients, our physicians are at the forefront of advancing and contributing to the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility and reproductive urology. We collaborate on clinical and scientific research, author peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, co-author textbooks, and lecture at the University of Texas at Austin.
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With physicians specializing in both female and male fertility at our Austin infertility clinics, AFRM ensures all patients receive the best comprehensive care. With high success rates, award winning physicians, and over 40 years of experience, you can count on our Austin fertility center to help you start the family you’ve always wanted. Request a consultation by calling us at 512-444-1414 or online.
AFRM is the only private fertility center in Austin that looks at a couple’s fertility as exactly that, a “couple’s” fertility. In fact, AFRM is the ONLY private fertility center in the United States with fellowship trained and board-certified specialists for both female and male fertility within one practice, in order to provide ALL options for couples.Read More
Dr. Kavoussi, Kate, Roxy, Marisol, Casey, along with the rest of the staff have been so amazing. They have become family to us. We now have a 5 week old baby boy. We took him to meet his Westlake family yesterday for the first time. The drive there with our son in the car was surreal. We drove to their facility countless times during our treatment not knowing what our fate was. There constant support helped make the process a much better experience. read more
So very thankful for Dr. SK Kavoussi and his staff. It's been a rough road for us but we couldn't be in better hands. Everyone is extremely polite, very knowledgeable, and genuinely care. I don't know how they do it, but I can always be seen when needed; even on weekends. Timing is everything with cycles and they know it. read more
After having gone to 3 other fertility doctors, I was so happy and comfortable with Dr. Kavoussi! He truly listened to me and my husband and what our problems were. Instead of feeding us information that wasn't pertinent, he was so open and honest with us. Him, his whole front desk staff and NP are awesome! I can't say enough great things about them. read more
Let me to start from the staff at the reception, super nice and understandable people, although my English language is not a perfect, but they could to understand what we were looking for, schedule an appointment and then met the nicest doctor in there ( Dr.Shahryar ), who talked to us and guid us to the successful way to have our ( second and third ) babies, with very simple ways, and softest ... The prices very affordable and they will try their best to build a big hope and light the way for families like us, and they became as a family for us as well ...
There is no words are enough to give for these people, they are above of my language ...
And I would love to thank all of them, especially our great doctor in there for his help, for his kindness, and for his warm feelings to push the hope inside ourselves and make it a REAL...... read more
Dr. Kavoussi, we welcomed our baby boy on May 22 this year. My pregnancy was worry-free and my son was big and healthy! Both of my pregnancies and our children started with your wonderful care and I wanted to express my love and gratitude for your work. You are truly an instrument of God's work. My husband and I have the two boys we prayed for with your help and we could not have wished for more. I was told since I was a young girl that I could never have children of my own and you shot that down twice!! My OB/GYN was amazing and did a wonderful job. She and I frequently joke how you were our lucky charm in making this happen. Just wanted to thank you for the assistance in getting our miracles in our arms. We will be forever grateful. read more
On April 1st of this year, Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi did the Da Vinci Robot tubal reversal on me, recovery time was just a few days and as of today October 13th, I'm 4 weeks pregnant... Thank you Dr. Kavoussi for making our dreams come true. read more
To Everyone on your amazing staff - Thank You !
Thank you for all of your care and support. Thank you for making this scary, emotional, stressful, beautiful process one of the BEST experiences of our lives. Thank you for giving us a chance to have a family. Thank you for the most precious gift ever given. We are forever grateful and forever in awe of you. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You ! read more
I recently had a vasectomy with Dr. Parviz Kavoussi and cannot possibly recommend Austin Fertility enough.
The office staff is courteous and helpful, and Dr. Kavoussi is amazing. He is professional yet humorous, and instantly put me at ease. He also went above and beyond to accommodate my busy schedule.
The procedure - no-scalpel vasectomy - was surprisingly pain free and there were only two very brief periods of mild discomfort, and that was having denied the offered valium prescription for the procedure. On top of that, while it is ongoing, you are allowed to watch TV to distract you from worrying about what's happening. After channel surfing for most of the procedure, I found Parks & Rec and was actually laughing while the doctor finished up!
The recovery was an absolute cake walk: I took Friday off from work for the day of the procedure, and afterward took one over the counter Tylenol when I first got home, then kicked back watching movies and playing video games all weekend sitting atop rotating bags of frozen peas. I experienced no pain during the entire recovery period and was back in the office on Monday!
Guys, if you've wanted to get a vasectomy, but have been understandably nervous about it, choose Dr. Parviz Kavoussi and you have absolutely nothing to worry about!
My only regret now that I have gone through the entire process, including the follow-up analysis, is that I won't have a chance to work with Austin Fertility ever again. Too bad they don't practice general family medicine on the side! ;-) read more
I was diagnosed with PCOS several years ago and struggled to conceive for about two years. We tried many different approaches before turning toward a fertility specialist. After much research we decided to go with a recommendation to see Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi. I could not have been more satisfied with the care we received, not only from him but the entire staff. They explained all of our options with the upmost care and sensitivity. They helped walk us through what was the most difficult and exciting part of our lives.
After the first round of recommended treatment we were able to conceive our precious daughter. She is now 3 months old and the light of our lives.
Thank you so much Dr. Kavoussi and staff! read more
I started seeing Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi in February, and I have been so incredibly impressed with the care I've received from his office. Dr. Kavoussi is absolutely wonderful. He is kind and seems to genuinely care about his patients. He has listened to me and taken my concerns seriously, and he does a great job of explaining what he plans to do and why he plans to do it. I feel like he takes a very measured approach, so I don't feel like I'm being pushed through a factory but am getting care that is specific to my situation. He is optimistic and reassuring without loading you up with false hope. He welcomes answering questions and addressing concerns, and I've never felt rushed or dismissed with him. Apart from when he's been delivering bad news, he always has a smile on his face and the most calm, pleasant, reassuring demeanor. After hearing so many horror stories about RE's who are terribly insensitive to their patients going through heartbreaking experiences, I can't say how grateful I have been for Dr. Kavoussi's kindness and sensitivity, and all of my experiences with everyone else in his office have been much the same. The whole practice seems to take the "care" part of treatment seriously.
In terms of treatment, I feel like Dr. Kavoussi really knows what he's doing and is up on the latest studies, standards, and treatments and that I'm getting the best possible care from someone interested in giving his patients the best possible outcomes, without being worried about his ego or being wrong. I think it goes back to the fact that this practice seems to put their patients and their patients' experiences first, and that is the best possible thing you could hope to find in a doctor. read more
Dear Dr. Kavoussi, Debra, Kate & Staff, I just wanted to Thank you all so much for everything you all have done for me. You guys are one amazing team of professionals & if any one I know ever needs a Fertility Doctor, I will definitely tell them about you guys. Thanks again so much. Love Always ! read more
I cannot recommend AFRM enough! The team at AFRM and Westlake IVF worked with my husband and I throughout the entire process, and I cannot imagine a better team of people to work with. When initially deciding whether to pursue IVF, Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi was incredibly patient and informative during our consultations, answering my many questions and providing me with both the information and the hope that I needed. Throughout the process he - and the entire team - remained absolutely supportive, while keeping me informed about each step I was taking. Kate Odenwald was also a fantastic resource and source of support. In addition to her work during our appointments, she always provided a quick and informative response to my many e-mails and phone calls about the minutiae of the process.
Everyone on the team got to know my husband and I during the process, and we really felt like we had the entire practice rooting for us in our journey. Each appointment was an opportunity to get reassurance and genuine care as we went through this difficult process. It might seem like a small token, but the smiles and warm greetings we received at all our appointments made what can be a very nerve-wracking process that much more pleasant. In the end, we were fortunate enough to conceive twins (due in the fall) after our first round of IVF! Being able to see our babies on the sonogram at 6 weeks was a moment I know we will treasure forever. We are so grateful to Dr. Kavoussi, Kate, and everyone at AFRM and Westlake IVF for allowing this miracle to happen!read more
Dr. K was excellent during our attempts to get pregnant. He listened to our concerns, we came up with a plan, and eventually success! I would recommend him to anyone seeking a Doctor with excellent bedside manners and patience through this difficult process. read more
Back in late 2013, my husband and I were not getting pregnant after many months of trying. I was informed by my OB that my labs showed a low AMH (anti-mullerian hormone) level and recommended I go see an infertility specialist. Dr. S. Kavoussi was highly recommended and my husband had seen his brother Dr. P. Kavoussi earlier that year. Dr. Kavoussi sat us down and was so thorough explained to us the likely hood of getting pregnant on our own due to my low levels. I asked if he would let me try some clomid first before we move straight to IVF. He was totally open to that and allowed me a few months to try with clomid. I appreciate how he didn’t shut down that idea right away. A few months went by and still no pregnancy. I was starting to feel like a failure and put a lot of pressure on myself and on my husband. We knew our next step was to move fwd with IVF. We sat down again with Dr. Kavoussi and Kate Odenwald, NP and they explained to us the processes in great detail.
We began our IVF journey in Sept 2014. We had one embryo out of the batch. We stayed hopeful and waited. In October we found we were not pregnant. Of course I was devastated. I had already felt like such a failure that my body was not doing what women are supposed to be able to do. And I felt ashamed when people would ask, “why haven’t you had a baby, you are not getting any younger” or the “you have been married forever and still no baby”. I took one day to allow myself to cry it out and feel sorry for myself. Dr. Kavoussi called me to check on me which made me feel great that he cared so much. He went on to say if and when you are ready to talk about some options come back into the office. A week later we sat with Dr. Kavoussi and he came up with a different game plan. I took a few months off to get thru the holidays and become mentally and physically prepared for round two. Jan 2015 we began the processes again and had the 3 most beautiful embryos. We decided to implant 2 and save the other. Late Jan we received the news that we were pregnant. I never thought I would ever hear those words come out of Kate. I was literally in shock for a few minutes. I am now 16 weeks pregnant with one baby and so far everything has been great.
I am so thankful for all the staff there. Dr. Kavoussi is genuinely a sincere and kindhearted physician. He gives hugs not just handshakes. As a registered nurse it’s refreshing to see a physician with great people skills. Kate Odenwald, that’s my girl!!! She has dealt with all my craziness. Being a super control freak, I was hesitant and scared in the beginning. I will never forget Kate told me early on, that I just needed to learn how to trust them and the process. She gave me constant reassurance. Debra was amazing dealing with the financial aspect of the IVF. Roxy (embryologist) such a sweet and kind lady. I loved her enthusiasm. She even made some recommendations for the baby’s name, “Roxy”. We consider her our first baby sitter since she watched over our embryos so closely. Marisol was very kind as well and helped make the experience better. And of course Casey, super sweet staff member who played a part in the process. When I told her the news of us being pregnant she was so excited for us. We even had a moment when we hugged and cried. All of you have played such an intricate part in helping my husband and I make this baby. I will be forever grateful for all the love and support we received from the staff.
Before I was embarrassed that I had to even go thru IVF. Because I felt less of a woman. Now that I have gone thru the process I have such a different outlook on IVF. When I tell people I am pregnant, I love to tell the story of how it came to be and how all these people put so much work into making this happen.
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I recently got a vasectomy with Dr. Parviz Kavoussi. Long story short: The man was masterful at his work and I am so glad I had the procedure with him. Dr. Kavoussi performs the no-scalpel procedure, which I do prefer after learning the difference between the scalpel and no-scalpel procedures.
FYI guys if you don't know the difference between scalpel and no-scalpel..(by the way I'm not a doctor. Talk to a doctor.) There are some tubes they need to block to perform the vasectomy. These tubes are surrounded by nerves and blood vessels. In the scalpel procedure they simply cut the tubes, which also cuts the surrounding nerves and blood vessels. In the no-scalpel procedure, the Dr. gets inside the tubes, and cauterizes them from the inside, leaving the surrounding blood vessels and nerves in tact. Less bleeding and trauma to the body that way.
Dr. Kavoussi was very personable during the initial consult, and took as much time as I needed to answer all my questions. The day of the procedure, I was more nervous than I thought I would be, I was glad I took they Valium they recommended. During the procedure, as I said, Dr. Kavoussi was absolutely masterful in his execution. I wasn't timing it, but he was done in 5-10 minutes. I can't tell you how much I appreciated his skill.
There was very little pain during the procedure, and it was primarily from the numbing injection. After the procedure, I also had very minimal pain for the first few days. I was back to work after the weekend(minus Monday). read more
Dear Dr. Shahryar K Kavoussi and Staff of Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine, my husband and I want to thank you. Not just for the amazing work you do, but the love and support you gave to us throughout the process. We welcomed our little miracle to our family a week ago ! read more
Words can not even describe how thankful I am for Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi and his staff. After years of dealing with severe menstrual pain and a year of unsuccessfully trying to start a family, I finally found a doctor who listened, who cared and was truly concerned about getting to the root of my problems. Sure enough, I had/have endometriosis, a condition that no prior doctor had even bothered to consider or treat. One laparoscopic procedure and 6 months of fertility treatments later, we have finally conceived our first child. I am certain this wouldn't have been possible without the great care and guidance I received here. As excited as I am not to return for some time, I will very much miss visiting this practice and the smiling faces I've grown very fond of. Without hesitation, I wouldn't even consider going elsewhere. read more
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi and his staff especially Jamie are amazing, courteous, helpful, great advocates with Insurance and always on the cutting edge of working with newer protocols, keeping me informed etc. I have been very happy for 1.5 years. read more
I saw Dr S Kavoussi last year and he is honestly one of the most genuine doctors I have ever met (and I work in a hospital). He is attentive and will not run you up with tests that he doesn't think you need, or need just yet. He's straightforward, caring, and understanding. We did one cycle of clomid and were pregnant the next month. I now have a beautiful baby boy :).
Go see him. He's beyond amazing. read more
After three children, my wife and I decided we should take action. I did my research on my options in the area and though a friend recommended a doctor who is well known in the area with an interesting name, I didn't feel that was the right choice for me. I contact Dr Parviz Kavoussi and they took great care of me. They made me comfortable with the process and my recovery was quick and easy. I definitely recommend! read more
Dr. Parviz and his staff have done more than just turn my hormone health around in a matter of months. They saved my life. At 21 years old I found myself chronically exhausted, disinterested in things I normally loved, and generally miserable. I found Dr. Kavoussi (by some miracle) via a google search, and I just can't say enough about all that he's done for me. Dr. Kavoussi goes so far beyond just treating a number (low testosterone, for me). He cares about my future, whether I want kids, my sense of well being, etc. and he tailors my treatment accordingly. If you're young, and experiencing similar symptoms, don't be discouraged if some doctor insists your problem cannot be low testosterone. These people will take care of you. The staff are just the kindest people you can imagine, they remember my name and were genuinely ecstatic for me when my numbers came back right. read more
Dr Kavoussi: thanks for everything that you do ! Thank you for being caring and so helpful all the time. We really admire you not only as a professional but as a human being. We are thankful that we found you and that we were able to work with you, it has been a wonderful experience. Thanks for making our dream come true ! and our family grow !! We will never be able to thank you enough for all your HELP. Thanks 1000 times over !! read more
Dear Dr. Kavoussi, Kate, Debra, and everyone else that helped us along the way. Thank you for giving us the chance to experience this incredible gift. We're about halfway through our pregnancy now and... it's a healthy baby GIRL !! Now that we're out in the "real world", we realize just how much your team spoiled us with their extraordinary loving care. You will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we hope to see you again someday soon for round two ! read more
We were so comfortable from the very beginning with Dr. KM Kavoussi and EVERYONE on his staff. They educated us, advised us and supported us every step of the way. Kate Odenwald, RN the IVF coordinator is one of the best healthcare professionals I have ever had the fortune to work with. She was a rock for us both. We are pregnant (with twins) after our first round of IVF and we are so glad that we chose the best fertility clinic in Austin! read more
Can Prenatal Exposure to Acetaminophen Affect Male Fertility?
There is still much research to be done to determine if certain medications can affect male or female fertility, and if so, how much they can affect it. A study by the University of Edinburgh has found that in some instances of infertility, the medications taken by the biological mother during pregnancy might actually be [...]
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Recognizing the Warning Signs of Infertility in Men and Women
Identifying the signs of infertility can allow couples to seek medical assistance with these issues early. This can allow older individuals to correct these conditions while there is still time to achieve a healthy pregnancy and can help younger couples to start their families earlier. Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi and Dr. Parviz Kavoussi of Austin Fertility [...]
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The Sperm Process
What’s involved in the development of sperm? Approximately 123 million sperm are produced within male testes each and every day once men reach sexual maturity. That figure evokes a picture of sperm production operating at breakneck speed, which is not a completely accurate picture. It actually takes a little more than two months for each [...]
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First Live Birth IVF/ICSI with Oocytes from IVF Conceived Donor
The physicians, clinical team, and embryology team at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine helped a couple achieve a successful pregnancy by means of IVF/ICSI with donor oocytes from an oocyte donor who herself had been conceived via IVF. The anonymous oocyte donor had previously delivered two children of her own that she had conceived without [...]
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BPA Tied to Decline in Male Fertility
Researchers are beginning to think that plastics could be to blame for the decrease in male fertility over time as a population. A study published in PLOS Genetics suggests that bisphenol A (BPA), a compound found in many plastics, could be an environmental factor leading to lessened sperm production. The Washington University researchers believe that [...]
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Dr. Parviz Kavoussi gives European lecture series on robot assisted vasectomy reversal.
As an internationally recognized leading expert in robot assisted vasectomy reversal, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was invited as a faculty guest lecturer in European conferences. Dr.Kavoussi discussed the surgical advantages and advances of applying robot assistance to microsurgical vasectomy reversal. As a renowned leader in this operation with peer reviewed published excellent outcomes in the medical literature, Dr.Kavoussi [...]
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FAQ: What is a vasectomy reversal?
A vasectomy is a minor procedure where the vas deferens, the tube that carries sperm from the testicle to the semen, is divided and blocked to not allow sperm to reach the semen for contraception. A vasectomy reversal reconnects the two ends of the divided vas deferens to allow sperm to return to the semen [...]
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A Biological Clock for Men: Dr. Parviz Kavoussi Talks About Paternal Age and Male Fertility on Fox 7 News
Behavior and environmental factors can have a huge impact on men’s fertility. Studies have indicated factors including health issues, alcohol consumption, marijuana usage, aluminum exposure, and cell phone radiation can be detrimental to sperm health. Renowned Austin based Reproductive Urologist, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi, provides some tips for men who want to improve their fertility: 1. [...]
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Dr Parviz Kavoussi invited as a faculty moderator and speaker on robotic vasectomy reversal at the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons annual meeting.
Male fertility is all about the sperm. Medical Daily put together 7 little known facts about sperm: “Sperm” and “Semen” are different. Most sperm ejaculated is defective. Sperm is cold. Sperm comes as both male (X chromosome) and female (Y chromosome) genders. Sperm development takes 2 months. One testicle can produce ample sperm for male [...]
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Study shows that AMH predicts surplus good quality blastocyst cryopreservation
Infertility affects approximately 15% of couples trying to conceive. Around 20% of couples with infertility solely have a male factor as the cause. Another 30-40% of cases involve both male and female factor, so 50-60% of the time there is male factor involvement. While few clinics exist to address male infertility, Austin Fertility & Reproductive [...]
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Common over-the-counter pain relievers may affect women’s fertility
Although there have been prior studies to suggest that over-the-counter pain relievers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can delay the day that a woman ovulates, a recent presentation of data by Dr. Sami Salman at the 2015 European League Against Rheumatism Congress has brought attention to this topic once more. The recent study included 39 [...]
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Food with High Pesticide Residue May Affect Sperm Quality
For men who already have lower than normal sperm counts, eating fruits and vegetables that contain large quantities of pesticide residue can reduce their numbers to levels far below what is considered to be sufficient for reproduction. Although the amount of research information on the subject is limited, certain studies show a link between high [...]
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What are the stages of an IVF treatment cycle?
A fresh IVF cycle consists of a medication regimen also referred to as a “stimulation protocol”, during which the eggs within follicles in the ovaries are grown as is the endometrial lining of the uterus. Monitoring the growth of follicles and the endometrial lining is performed by transvaginal ultrasound and when the oocytes (eggs) are [...]
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Groundbreaking Treatment for CAH and TARTS Helps Tumor Removal and Sperm Retrieval Simultaneously
Study Suggests Solar Activity Affects Infant Survival and Women’s Fertility
A recent study in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B showed that individuals born in a solar maximum period (more ultraviolet radiation) had a 5.2 year shorter lifespan, on average, than those born in a solar minimum timeframe (less ultraviolet radiation). Furthermore, women with lower socioeconomic status who were born in a solar [...]
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Happy Father's Day
At Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine we strive to help couples achieve their goals of becoming parents. With Father’s Day approaching, around the corner, we would like to honor the fathers who are raising their children every day and encourage those who are struggling to be fathers to keep hope, keep trying, and to seek [...]
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Mom's advice to eat plenty of veggies still rings true, but men might want to do so with some caution. High-pesticide fruits and vegetables might damage men's sexual health. A new study from Harvard found that men who ate vegetables and fruits with the highest levels of pesticide residues had lower sperm counts and fewer normal sperm.
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How Even Borderline Low T Might Affect Your Health
Even if you're close to having low testosterone but not quite there, you still might encounter some related health problems.
A new study found that men with borderline testosterone levels had high rates of depression and other health problems.
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Getting Healthy May Improve Men's Fertility
Health problems that seem unrelated to men's fertility — like diabetes or high blood pressure — may damage men's sperm. And men can take steps that can both improve their overall health and make them more fertile.
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Two Brothers, One Mission
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi and Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi are brothers and physicians both trying to help couples with fertility and work deligently to help their patients reach their goal of being able to have a child. For men women and men alike, there are many factors involved if unable to conceive and both doctors at the Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine practice each discuss their specialties.
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Fitness Improves Outcomes for Infertile Couples
There is no better field in medicine than fertility care for treating two people at the same time for optimal results. One unique aspect of fertility care is that it requires an in-depth understanding of multiple organ systems and their complex functions between two individuals. When reproductive endocrinologists and reproductive urologists work together, they areable to optimize fertility outcomes for the couple as a whole. Although evaluating and treating both partners optimizes fertility, couples can enhance their fertility with fitness. A fitter couple is a more fertile couple.
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Travis County Medical Society Member Spotlight
Inspired by his father’s dedication to his family and patients, Parviz K. Kavoussi, MD knew he wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a physician as well at the age of three. He began his pursuit early and volunteered in an emergency department at 15-years-old. To Dr. Kavoussi, the most rewarding aspect of his practice is being able to contribute to a patient’s quality of life and helping couples achieve their dreams of creating a family.
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Reversing the Vasectomy
The vas deferens: one of the vast differences between men and women. It is basically a small, hollow tube with the consistency of a wet noodle that allows the transit of sperm cells from the testicle on their way to the outside world to try to win the race and be the luckiest, or fittest, to reach and fertilize an egg. Why does it get so much attention in reproductive medicine?
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Exercise and Conception
Fitness is clearly important for men and women’s health, but what about fitness' impact on fertility? Testosterone is believed to be an important factor in a man’s fertility. Low testosterone (total testosterone level of less than 300 ng/dl by the endocrine society definition) is very prevalent in infertile men. Forty-five percent of men with no sperm in the semen, without a blockage in the system transporting sperm, have low testosterone and 43% of men with low sperm counts have low testosterone levels.
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Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Motherhood is an experience that no one has to miss out on, even if biological factors are interfering. At Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine, the physicians are able to offer services of a state-of-the-art in vitro fertilization (IVF) lab called “Westlake IVF”, used for assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi explains what those technologies are and what steps to take when considering treatment by a fertility specialist.
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Specialist urologists should handle vasectomy reversal cases says 10-year study
Vasectomy reversals should be carried out by urology specialists with access to appropriate micro-surgical training and assisted reproductive technologies and not general urology surgeons, according to research published in the October issue of BJUI.
The findings are based on a series of surveys carried out among consultant members of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) over a ten-year period.
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Diabetes Linked to Low Testosterone
If you are a man with diabetes, you are twice as likely as other men to suffer from low testosterone. But does it work the other way around? Can low testosterone boost your risk for diabetes?
Low levels of testosterone may affect how a man's body reacts to insulin, a hormone that helps control levels of blood sugar.
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Gum Disease and Bedroom Bummer for Men
Living with erectile dysfunction, or impotence, can be a huge blow to a man's ego and, in some cases, his health. If doctors know who is at risk, they can take steps to stop erection problems.
Men with periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, may have an increased risk of impotence.
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New Drug for Erectile Dysfunction
The medication Stendra (avanafil) has just been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat erectile dysfunction, the FDA announced today.
Approximately 30 million men in the U.S. have difficulty getting or maintaining an erection, according to the FDA's release. This inability to have a satisfactory sex life can negatively impact a person's quality of life and personal relationships.
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Maladies of Men
Men and women have much in common. But let's face it: there are some obvious differences between the sexes, especially when it comes to sexual health.
Just as women have their own set of distinct health issues, there are many health problems that only concern men. Low testosterone and erectile dysfunction (impotence) are two prime examples of men's sexual health problems.
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Hypogonadism/Low sex drive/Low testosterone
Male infertility (the inability to reproduce) can be caused by a number of factors, including varicoceles, or swollen veins in the scrotum. Now, it seems varicoceles may lead to problems even more severe than infertility.
Varicoceles may disrupt a man's ability to produce testosterone - a hormone that is extremely important for keeping men in good health. However, surgery can boost testosterone levels in men suffering from the condition.
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Stay Lean and Keep Your Testosterone
We know how important estrogen is for women, but did you know it’s an important hormone for men? Yup, you guys have it, too. There is an enzyme in fat cells called aromatase; it takes testosterone made by the testicles and coverts it into estrogen. The more fat cells a guy has, the more testosterone gets turned into estrogen. The less relative testosterone is kept around to act on tissues, the tougher it is to maintain muscle mass and lose fat mass. The more fat that is put on, the more testosterone is converted into estrogen, in essence dropping the testosterone level, which in turn makes it harder to burn the fat mass… and so the vicious cycle begins. That’s why hitting the gym and getting regular cardiovascular exercise to keep the waistline in check is a great way to keep more of the testosterone that’s being made as testosterone.
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Paternity Pops Testosterone
Testosterone levels lower when a newborn is in the house
Women's bodies obviously change physically in preparation for caring for newborns. Some men experience biological changes as well.
A new study from the Philippines indicates that men's testosterone level temporarily lowers upon arrival of a new baby. The median testosterone level drop for new fathers was 26 percent in the
daytime and 34 percent in the evening.
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If Family Planning Ain't Broke, Don't Fix it
Standard Days Method family planning system has a loyal following.
Remember the days when many companies weren't willing to employ married women because of the assumption they would just get pregnant?
Currently, women can seemingly have it all as long as some family planning is in place to accommodate both career and family dreams. A new study finds that women who follow the Standard Days Method for family planning are likely to continue the method because of it effectiveness.
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Saint David's South
Family of Physicians Practicing at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, Helping Couples Achieve Fertility
AUSTIN, TX—In August 2010, Parviz Kavoussi, M.D., joined St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, alongside his father, K.M. Kavoussi, M.D., and his brother, Shahryar Kavoussi, M.D. This family of physicians specializes in all aspects of fertility and reproductive medicine, focusing on both the female and male factors that can affect fertility in couples.
“Our patients really like having all of these services offered in one office because it ensures that everyone is on the same page, so to speak,” Dr. Parviz Kavoussi said. “Examining infertility from both sides is the more effective, and less expensive, approach.”
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We live in a culture where time is often measured out to the last second, and having control is paramount. Shoot off a quick e-mail. Return a call on your cell as you speed off to your next engagement. Plan projects down to the letter and project outcomes for success. Well, pregnancy, or more specifically, getting pregnant, doesn’t work that way. It’s not something that can be penciled into one’s planner between a job promotion and an extended vacation.
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Having Klinefelter Syndrome
Having Klinefelter Syndrome does not mean it is impossible to father children
A common concern for males with KS and their families is the ability to father children. Although subfertility is characteristic of KS and the majority of KS men do not have sperm in the ejaculate, there are exceptions as well as other techniques to help with fertility potential. Although small, firm testes are common among all KS men, up to 50% have normal testosterone concentrations. Men with the mosaic form of KS (having 46XY cells mixed with 47XXY cells) are occasionally fertile. KS men with low sperm counts in the semen may have the sperm used for assisted reproductive techniques (such as in vitro fertilization- IVF) by simply collecting the sperm through semen samples obtained by masturbation.
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WATERSHED MOMENT FOR SUBMUCOSAL FIBROID AND POLYP REMOVAL
In the field of women’s health, abnormal uterine bleeding is responsible for the majority of all gynecological consultations. Studies have indicated that in more than 40% of the cases, hysteroscopic evidence of a submucous myoma or endometrial polyp will be detected. For many decades, surgeons have been challenged using the same surgical tools to address this critical area until a new product, MyoSure, was recently introduced by Interlace Medical (Framingham, MA; http:// www.myosure.com).
Many of the cases that present are women who have infertility issues, so preserving the form and function of the uterus is...
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Women's Health Guide
Austin Fertility and Reproductive Medicine A Family of Physicians Helping Couples Build Families of Their Own.
The Kavoussi’s have called Austin home for more than 30 years and feel a strong bond to the city and the people who make Austin the unique place it is. They are a family of physicians dedicated to helping couples achieve their dreams of building a family. Dr. K.M. Kavoussi completed his residency at the Bayview campus of Johns Hopkins University followed by a fellowship.
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Rock 'n Roll Lifestyle
Erectile dysfunction can be remedied by a healthier lifestyle
The same poor health habits that can lead to heart disease, diabetes and cancer also can contribute to erectile dysfunction (ED). Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to having a vibrant sexual health.
If men see their sexual value falling, maybe those personal habits need a closer look. Men with ED should lay off the 'drugs and rock 'n roll'...
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The Lowdown on Low Testosterone
Testosterone levels impact diabetes, high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction
By the age of 35, men's testosterone levels begin to drop by one or two percent each year. By the age of 50, 30% of men are already below the normal testosterone range and that number increases as years advance.
At 60 years of age, 60 percent of men have low testosterone! In the United States alone, 13 million men each year are diagnosed with low testosterone. The real number of men afflicted is probably much greater
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Ejaculatory and Erectile Disorders
A look at ejaculatory and erectile disorders:
Men, are you able to make love so that both you and your partner are satisfied? While women are often satisfied in myriad of ways sexually, including achieving orgasm(s), for men, erection, orgasm and subsequent ejaculation are the culmination of the sex act. So what do you do if you "come" too soon, too late, or not at all? Premature ejaculation (PE) is the most common sexual complaint, more common than erectile dysfunction." says Dr. Parviz Kavoussi, a urologist and partner at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine.
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