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Welcome To Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine / Westlake IVF

Renowned and Award Winning Austin Fertility Experts

With over 50 years of combined experience helping couples build families, Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine (AFRM) is the only private fertility center in the state of Texas, and one of a select few 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 – 2016). Male patients are cared for by Dr. PK Kavoussi, the only Fellowship Trained reproductive urologist in Austin and named Texas Monthly Superdoctor. Dr. PK Kavoussi has success rates greater than 95% for vasectomy reversals within 15 years of vasectomy and exceptionally high sperm retrieval rates for men with azoospermia (no sperm in semen). 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.

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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 state of Texas, and one of a select few in the United States with in-house fellowship trained and board certified specialists in female and male fertility, in order to provide ALL options for couples.Read More

At Austin Fertility Reproductive Medicine & Westlake IVF (AFRM), we’re honored to be presented with the 2017 Yelp Award.

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We had to see both Dr. PK and Dr. SK. They are both amazing doctors. Kind, understanding, up on research, intelligent, and honest. An important note- Dr. PK is very well known for his success rates with azoospermia patients. And their clinic is very comfortable handling delicate Micro-TESE sperm. We had a positive pregnancy blood test today. With our own eggs and sperm. Pretty awesome for a couple with azoospermia and a fibroid and polyp history. Bottom line - we trusted their wisdom and guidance and are glad we did. read more
02/11/2018
We had to see both Dr. PK and Dr. SK. Both are amazing doctors. Kind, understanding, up on research, intelligent, and honest. I also appreciated that they spoke to me like a professional. I have experience researching endocrine systems and didn't need things to be put in laymen terms. They *heard* me and we conversed on a level I felt appropriate. An important note- Dr. PK is very well known for his success rates with azoospermia patients. And their clinic is very comfortable handling delicate Micro-TESE sperm. Also, my husband is an immigrant who is shy with his English. They never made him feel unwelcome or stupid. He likes all of them a lot as well. They worked with us in so many ways, I felt like the entire office was on our side. I still feel like they are on our side. After our retrieval, my progesterone was too high and we had to wait to do a frozen transfer. I'm glad I trusted this wisdom. We did another saline ultrasound during the wait and found more polyps. A quick surgery removed them and we did the frozen transfer a few weeks later. While I'm not sure how this will all end, my husband and I have a positive pregnancy blood test today. With our own eggs and sperm. Pretty awesome for a couple with azoospermia and a fibroid and polyp history. Bottom line - we trusted their wisdom and guidance and are glad we did. read more
02/11/2018
Dr. P Kavoussi and Dr. S Kavoussi have been so warm and caring to both my husband and I.  We initially met with Dr. P Kavoussi to help with my husband, he sat down with us for almost an hour to explain everything to us and all the different steps we can take to move forward.  We left our appointment with so much confidence knowing he was the best choice for us moving forward with this.  I am extremely hopeful after meeting with both of these amazing doctors and I am so glad I found them to go through this journey with. read more
01/29/2018
It is a rough road finding out that you and your spouse have infertility issues you will need to overcome. Dr. S Kavoussi and Dr. P Kavoussi have been so warm and caring to both my husband and I. We initially met with Dr. P Kavoussi to help with my husband, he sat down with us for almost a hour to explain everything to us and all the different steps we can take to move forward. After learning some devastating news, we left our appointment with so much confidence knowing he was the best choice for us moving forward in this. I later met individually with Dr. S Kavoussi who was so comforting as he explain to me even further the female side of how our process will work and took extra time to make sure I had all of my questions answered. He has the best bedside manner and you can really tell he cares about his patients. I am extremely hopeful after meeting with both of these amazing doctors and I am so glad I found them to go through this journey with. read more
01/29/2018
Dear Dr. Kavoussi, more than being an excellent doctor you are an excellent human being. Your positive, encouraging words gave me confidence and boosted my spirit. "Thanks" is a very small word for the care and support you provided me. Your treatment not only gave me my son, but my life and my happiness. Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year. May God bless you and your family with good health and happiness. You are the reason for our happiness and smiles. read more
12/29/2017
Dr. Kavoussi, we can't thank you, Kate and the rest of your staff enough for everything you all did to help give us our little girl.  She'll turn a year old next week.  We can't believe a whole year has already gone by.  We hope you are all doing well.  Please do tell Kate, Krista, and Marisol hello, along with Roxy and Caitlin 🙂  You all are miracle workers.  Thanks for helping to make our dream of becoming parents a reality.  We love our daughter more than we can say. read more
12/26/2017
Dr S & Westlake IVF, over the years you have made our dreams come true and this year we welcomed our newest miracle into our family!  Every holiday season, you come up in conversation -- about how blessed we were to have you as our doctor.  With the addition of our newest baby, our family is complete. read more
12/22/2017
Dr. S, Kate, Roxy, & the rest of the wonderful staff are the reason we now have 3 beautiful children!  We will forever be grateful to AFRM!! read more
12/04/2017
Thank you So Much for helping us make our dream a reality. I am eternally grateful for all that you did, and for your kindness and compassion. Words can't express how much love is in our hearts with our little baby. Thank you, thank you, thank you! read more
11/27/2017
My visit to Austin Fertility went as good as anyone could have hoped. Dr. Parviz K. Kavoussi is an excellent doctor. All my visits were quick and easy. Any men hesitating to get a vasectomy, don't. Visit Dr. Kavoussi and get it done. The procedure was quick with minimal pain. I was back to normal in a couple days. I'm glad I choose this location to have it done. read more
10/16/2017
Dear Dr. K, Kate, and the entire wonderful team.  Our son was born July 6, weighing 10.4 lbs !!  He is the greatest gift in our lives, and you made it possible for us to meet him.  Words will never be able to adequately express our gratitude.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. read more
08/16/2017
Hydrocelectomy and Vasectomy at the same time. Dr. Kavoussi has real talent. My recovery has been much faster than expected, I was working (from my zero gravity recliner and laptop) the same day as the procedure. The quality of the work is so perfect, I'm almost inclined to make the closure of the amazingly small incision my social media profile picture. Guys, if you are self aspirating a hydrocele as I was - don't be put off by the caveman technique for this surgery shown on YouTube. This procedure as implemented by Dr. Kavoussi is nothing like that and again, the man has serious talent. I'm a fanatical perfectionist in my own profession and I'm very critical of people that don't do stuff right, I'm rarely impressed by anyone in any profession. With the work done here though, I'm beyond impressed, I'm astounded by the quality. read more
07/19/2017
Dr. Kavoussi is an absolute pro! He's as friendly as he is professional and really puts you at ease for what I considered to be a stressful procedure. 8 minutes start to finish. I'll be sending as many people his way as I can. read more
07/03/2017
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi and his team were excellent. During my visits, and after they showed genuine care in my well-being, both emotionally and physically. I recommend Austin Fertility without hesitation. read more
06/22/2017
Long over due review for this guy. Long story short- Parviz is not only intelligent but he is a doctor that truly cares about his craft. Great guy as well. Very kind. read more
05/12/2017
I've been meaning to write this review for sometime now.. A special thank you from the bottom of my heart to Dr. Kavoussi, Kate and the staff at Westlake IVF.  My husband and I spent 10 years trying to conceive and tried several fertility doctors. None of the doctors we met and worked with took the time to listen like Dr. Kavoussi. After our first consultation I felt confident in Dr. Kavoussi's abilities and 2 years later we were blessed with our little miracle. He and his staff have an amazing bed side manner and really listened to what I had to say. read more
06/24/2017
My husband and I had such a great experience with Dr. Shayar Kavoussi, Kate, Laura and the rest of his team. Dr. Kavoussi's bedside manner is exemplary and he was always happy to spend as long as we needed explaining and discussing our options. He genuinely cares about his patents and it's very apparent every time you meet with him. Kate is wonderful as well and we were grateful for her endless patience answering all our questions and supporting us throughout the whole process. We were lucky enough to be successful on our first round and have a healthy newborn son and two more embryos saved for future use. I would highly recommend this facility for all your reproductive needs. read more
06/02/2017
The infertility road can be a very lonely, hopeless, and stressful one. IVF is usually the last resort or only bit of hope most couples have after trying all other options first, or being diagnosed with something untreatable that requires IVF. So choosing a fertility doctor is one of the most important factors, if not THE most important factor, when it comes to IVF success. My husband was diagnosed with severe male infertility factor at 3 million sperm per cc. We thought about doing the varicocele surgery to correct it, but it was unlikely that the semen quality would improve enough after varicocele repair to result in pregnancy without inseminations or IVF. So, something that could have been a simple fix wasn’t so simple after all because of the numbers, so we decided to stop wasting time and go straight to IVF. We chose Dr. Kavoussi because I didn’t want to go to the huge fertility center in town that everyone else goes to because I wanted it to feel more personal. As SOON as we met Dr. Kavoussi at our consultation, we knew we had made the right choice. His calm and confident disposition really comforted us and he explained everything that we would be going through in very great detail with such knowledge and expertise that we were blown away. After that first consultation, with much thanks to the extremely competent office staff and other nurses, getting everything else set up was an easy process. We got phone calls along the way describing the next steps (and yes, there are a lot of them!) and all of our questions were answered each time, without us even having to ask. Kate and everyone else at Westlake IVF made sure to make us feel like they were all invested in our outcome. We ended up being able to retrieve 24 eggs, and 16 fertilized. Out of those 16, 9 made it to blastocyst stage which made us happy beyond belief. On the day of our embryo transfer, we were the only ones there along with the medical staff. It was on a Sunday and I remember thinking, wow, this clinic is open solely for us right now. Fast forward to now, and I am 12 weeks pregnant and can’t believe I am even typing that! I am BEYOND happy to have chosen such an amazing facility and group of people to help us achieve our dream of a baby. If you are considering IVF, make an appointment with Dr. Kavoussi, you will NOT be disappointed. read more
05/10/2017
I am so unbelievably grateful for everything Dr. Kavoussi, Kate, and the rest of their staff did for us! They gave us 2 beautiful children and did so in the most loving and caring environment. They are the nicest, most genuine, and personable doctors I have ever encountered. I never felt like I was going to a doctor's appointment but instead to catch up with my friends. They have become family to us and I plan to keep it that way. If you are seeking professional help to start your family, trust me when I say look no further. Austin Fertility/Westlake IVF is the best decision I have ever made. read more
04/18/2017
HI! Doctor Kavoussi and Staff! Our son came to see you almost a month ago --- you came in to see him after doing procedures all day. You listened to him and quickly assess the situation. We were in your office on Tuesday and by Friday, he was having his procedure done! We were from out of town and you and your staff did everything you could to get his procedure put on the schedule. Friday the 10th of March-- you took very good care of him. We were back at the motel and he rested. We were able to travel back to Amarillo. I can honestly say he is out of pain for the first time in almost 3 years. Thank you Dr. Kavoussi and your most excellent staff that helped us get this procedure done. Words are not quite adequate to tell you how much we appreciate you. Our son will be seeing you in a few weeks and will be good to see you and thank you again for all you have done. Signed---a thankful mom! read more
04/07/2017
Amazing, my friend and I have miracle babies with our husbands from this team of precious people! We love them and are soooo thankful for them! #webeatinfertility #weare1in8 #ICSIIVF   I love this clinic, especially since it isn't huge and tons of people. You get to know people and they respond fast to emails and questions! Love!! read more
03/24/2017
Great staff, great Dr.... I have been seeing Dr. Parviz K. Kavoussi now for 4 years. I couldn't be happier to have found this office and this Dr. read more
03/23/2017
After having two different tubal pregnancies, my OBGYN suggested it would be my best option to look into IVF if I wanted to become pregnant.  Dr. S. Kavoussi, Kate, and the entire team at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine made my journey such a wonderful process for my husband and I.  I couldn't recommend a better team to assist you during this sensitive/important time in your life.  After going through our second round of IVF, I am now eight months pregnant with our baby girl that is due at the beginning of March.  I have never had any doctor who I've felt cared so much for my well being and for what I wanted.  It's almost as if time doesn't matter with the staff at Austin Fertility.  I've received calls from the embryologist on Saturday mornings to follow up and even a call at 8pm on a Friday night from Dr. Kavoussi, inquiring how I'm felling after a procedure.  This was our first experience with IVF and the process, so there were a million questions asked.  Thank you Kate, for answering all of them along with all of my emails and phone calls.  I will be forever grateful to Dr. Kavoussi and his team and they will always hold a special place in our hearts! read more
01/08/2017
After a year of trying, followed by a miscarriage, and almost another year of trying, we were recommended by my OB to see Dr. Kavoussi.  I knew after my consultation that he was the right doctor.  We talked for over 45 minutes and he listened to all my concerns and answered every question.  I conceived on my second round of treatment and my husband and I welcomed a healthy baby girl about 6 months ago.  There are no words to describe how grateful we are to Dr. Kavoussi and his entire staff.  Everyone was so kind and friendly and made us feel so comfortable.  Thank you again! read more
01/02/2017
Dear Dr. S Kavoussi, we just wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you did to help us along on the journey that led to our daughter.  We really appreciate all of the time you spent with us.  Your compassion and dedication gave us the support we needed through a very emotional time.  The care we received at your practice was truly exceptional and you are an exceptional doctor.  Thank you for touching our lives in such a meaningful way.  We are so thankful we found you! read more
12/20/2016
I saw Dr. Kavoussi for reproductive treatment a year and a half ago.  My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for 3 years, and after having a tubal pregnancy I began to look at fertility options.  Dr. Kavoussi helped me find the right treatment for my circumstance.  I got pregnant on the second round of treatment and my daughter was born last year.  She just turned 1 last month and I am so grateful to Dr. Kavoussi and his team for helping my husband and me conceive our beautiful daughter. read more
11/30/2016
I would have never appreciated this office and their entire staff without having a different Reproductive Endocrinologist first.  To put it bluntly, my first experience with a different doctor was unpleasant.  I saw the differences right away at Dr. Kavoussi's office.  Our phone calls with questions or concerns were taken care of promptly.  The entire staff genuinely cares about their patients.  The testing and care we received was more thorough.  Fertility treatments were such a positive experience for us here because of the excellent care provided.  Even if we did have to try them more than once.  We are expecting our son later this year after 5 years of trying.  My husband and I cannot say enough great things about this facility. read more
11/08/2016
Dr. S. Kavoussi, Kate, and the rest of the staff were wonderful throughout our fertility treatment.  The whole crew was supportive, funny, and thoughtful when we came to the office for treatments.  It took our family a while to conceive, but it finally happened thanks to Dr. Kavoussi and we now have a new baby girl. read more
10/21/2016
Great doctor he helped us to achieve our dream of expecting a baby. And we got a double blessing of twins. Thank the staff and doctor for being so wonderful. read more
10/10/2016
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi diagnosed and helped fix a major problem in my fertility.  He was conscientious throughout.  I would recommend him to anyone. read more
09/20/2016

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FAQ: What surgical techniques does Dr. Parviz Kavoussi offer for vasectomy reversal?

Our vasectomy reversal patients are offered, and can opt for, either a mini-incision microsurgical technique or a da Vinci® robot assisted technique. The microsurgical technique utilizes an operative microscope above the patient’s body which magnifies the structures being operated on. The robotic technique utilizes the cutting edge technology of the robotic system providing high definition, [...] read more FAQ: What surgical techniques does Dr. Parviz Kavoussi offer for vasectomy reversal?

AFRM/Westlake IVF publishes study on harmful impact of Promescent® on sperm in vitro

Research experiments performed at the Westlake IVF laboratory revealed that a topical medication commonly used for men with premature ejaculation, called Promescent®, is toxic for sperm cells. The team at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF published these results in Urology Gold Journal. These findings indicate that couples trying to conceive should avoid using this [...] read more AFRM/Westlake IVF publishes study on harmful impact of Promescent® on sperm in vitro

The Skinny on Weight and Fitness on Fertility

When a couple is trying to become pregnant, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a key component of reproductive success. Studies show that women who control their weight with diet and exercise have a greater likelihood of getting and staying pregnant. For men, the benefits of proper weight include higher sperm counts and sperm with greater [...] read more The Skinny on Weight and Fitness on Fertility

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi Earns Healthgrade Recognitions

Austin based male fertility expert, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi is on the Healthgrades honor roll. Healthgrades Recognized Doctors are physicians who are board certified in their specialty, have never had their license surrendered or revoked, and are free of sanctions or malpractices at the time of designation. Healthgrades also list some of Dr. Kavoussi’s other recognitions: [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi Earns Healthgrade Recognitions

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is a Healthgrades Recognized Doctor

Austin specialist in female fertility, Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is awarded the Healthgrades Honor Roll, which recognizes leading physicians in the US. What are the criteria to be recognized? Physicians must be board certified and have not received any sanctions or malpractices for a given period of time. In addition, Dr. Kavoussi works with St. David’s [...] read more Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is a Healthgrades Recognized Doctor

Why Men Should Choose Microsurgical Repair of Varicoceles Over Embolization

A varicocele is an abnormal dilation of veins draining the testicle.  Varicoceles are found in 15% of men in the general population and 40% of men presenting to fertility clinics for subfertility.  Varicoceles have been shown to decrease sperm production (counts), the ability of sperm to swim (motility), and the number of sperm with normal [...] read more Why Men Should Choose Microsurgical Repair of Varicoceles Over Embolization

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi co-authors review article on investigational medical therapies for endometriosis in the journal Seminars in Reproductive Medicine

“This article is a review article that provides an update regarding current research involving potential medical treatments for endometriosis,” states Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi.  “Our publication in the August 2017 issue of Seminars in Reproductive Medicine explores the mechanisms and possible future application of such medical treatments for endometriosis.  It was a great opportunity to work [...] read more Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi co-authors review article on investigational medical therapies for endometriosis in the journal Seminars in Reproductive Medicine

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi and Dr. Parviz Kavoussi Meet Louise Brown – First Person Born After Conception via IVF

Louise Brown, the first person to be born after having been conceived via IVF, is featured as a speaker at the 73rd annual American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting. “Louise Brown has been an inspiration to millions of patients and health care providers since the day she was born in 1978” states Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi. [...] read more Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi and Dr. Parviz Kavoussi Meet Louise Brown – First Person Born After Conception via IVF

Dr. Marc Goldstein receives the 2017 Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award

Every year at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual scientific meeting and expo, the Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award is given to a teacher in reproductive medicine. The candidate who is awarded this scholarship is recognized as an outstanding educator in reproductive medicine. The award is made possible through an educational endowment from members [...] read more Dr. Marc Goldstein receives the 2017 Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi reviews abstracts for American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2017 annual meeting in San Antonio

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, or ASRM, is an organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine.  The society holds an annual scientific congress and expo to present the latest research and promote treatment for infertile couples.  As a nationally recognized expert in male fertility, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi reviews abstracts for American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2017 annual meeting in San Antonio

FAQ: What can couples do in terms of diet, lifestyle and other habits to improve the chances of fertility?

For Women Women who have significant weight gain or extreme weight loss are more likely to not ovulate on a regular basis or at all. An ideal body mass index optimizes regular, ovulatory cycles among women of reproductive age, provided that reproductive hormone tests are in range. Minimizing alcohol intake improves the chances for pregnancy, [...] read more FAQ: What can couples do in terms of diet, lifestyle and other habits to improve the chances of fertility?

FAQ: Is it typical to perform ICSI for IVF?

ICSI is recommended in cases of frozen oocytes that are thawed, due to the hardening of the zona pellucida (the cover or “shell” that surrounds the oocyte) when oocytes are frozen. “Standard insemination” for IVF (also known as “conventional” insemination for IVF) does not result in good fertilization rates in the case of frozen-thawed oocytes; [...] read more FAQ: Is it typical to perform ICSI for IVF?

FAQ: How does a fertility specialist recommend the best treatment plan?

In order to offer the best treatment plan from a female fertility standpoint, the female patient’s age, medical and surgical history, time spent trying to conceive, as well as physical exam and ultrasound findings are important as part of data gathering and evaluation. Testing such as ovarian reserve assessment, hormone profile testing as well as [...] read more FAQ: How does a fertility specialist recommend the best treatment plan?

Sperm DNA Fragmentation Testing: A Higher Level of Evaluating Male Infertility

As male factor contributes to 60% of couples struggling with infertility, we have been striving for better ways to evaluate the subfertile male.  The standard evaluation of the male partner includes a semen analysis which assesses the sperm count, motility (percent moving), forward progression (percent swimming in a linear, rapid, directional manner), and morphology (percentage [...] read more Sperm DNA Fragmentation Testing: A Higher Level of Evaluating Male Infertility

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi selected to review abstracts for the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons meeting.

As the use of the operative microscope for male fertility surgery is evolving to use of a robotic microsurgical platform, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi has been one of the leaders of this transition.  He has published studies on the use of this technology for robot assisted microsurgical vasectomy reversal.  As a leader in the field, he [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi selected to review abstracts for the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons meeting.

Austin Fertility Receives "Best Fertility Specialist" Nomination

We are proud to be nominated as the “Best Fertility Specialist” in the Austin Birth Awards for 2017, which commemorates local businesses for going above and beyond in providing outstanding services. Thanks for the privilege in serving the community. Support us by casting your vote today! Voting ends on September 18, 2017. read more Austin Fertility Receives "Best Fertility Specialist" Nomination

FAQ: What is the waiting period between each IVF cycle?

According to our clinical experience as well as the existing medical literature, there is no difference in a patient’s IVF success rate whether or not there is a waiting period between IVF cycles.  This applies to fresh IVF cycles as well as FET cycles read more FAQ: What is the waiting period between each IVF cycle?

FAQ: What are the different types of sperm retrievals when it is due to an anatomic blockage?

In those cases in which a man has a  blockage (non-surgically correctable) that prevents the sperm to reach the semen, several options still exist for sperm retrieval that may be utilized in combination with assisted reproductive techniques (ART), including  in vitro fertilization (IVF), to successfully achieve a pregnancy. Sperm retrieval may be accomplished via several [...] read more FAQ: What are the different types of sperm retrievals when it is due to an anatomic blockage?

Selecting a Fertility Center

Ready to seek fertility assistance? You might be inundated with so much information that makes selecting a fertility center seem like a daunting task. Here are some tips that will help couples determine the right physicians and fertility center: Couples Approach It takes two – both a man and a woman are needed to successfully conceive a baby. Comprehensive fertility care is [...] read more Selecting a Fertility Center

FAQ: What happens post-IVF? What should a woman do to improve the chances of IVF success?

After embryo transfer (and prior to), it is best for the female patient to minimize daily caffeine intake as well as food rich in mercury. Although there are no reliable data to support bed rest after embryo transfer in order to improve IVF success rates, many medical practices ask that the patient consider bed rest for [...] read more FAQ: What happens post-IVF? What should a woman do to improve the chances of IVF success?

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Want to get pregnant? Could your weight be holding you back? | Raising Austin

UnknownA new study from the National Institutes of Health looked at 501 couples from Michigan and Texas from 2005 to 2009 who were trying to get pregnant. It had the women chart their monthly cycles, intercourse and results of home pregnancy tests. It also looked at the body mass index of the couples and compared non-obese women and men... read more Want to get pregnant? Could your weight be holding you back? | Raising Austin

How Pesticides Might Affect Men’s Sexual Health

dailyRXMom'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. read more How Pesticides Might Affect Men’s Sexual Health

What Exercise Might Do for Men’s Sexual Health

dailyRXStaying active could benefit more than just heart health in men. In a recent study, older men who exercised reported less erectile dysfunction (ED). read more What Exercise Might Do for Men’s Sexual Health

How Even Borderline Low T Might Affect Your Health

dailyRXEven 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. read more How Even Borderline Low T Might Affect Your Health

Getting Healthy May Improve Men's Fertility

dailyRXHealth 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. read more Getting Healthy May Improve Men's Fertility

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. read more Two Brothers, One Mission

Fitness Improves Outcomes for Infertile Couples

austinFitThere 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. read more Fitness Improves Outcomes for Infertile Couples

Travis County Medical Society Member Spotlight

93C18BB3-E61C-4591-9BB3B280C4080BD5_smallInspired 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. read more Travis County Medical Society Member Spotlight

Reversing the Vasectomy

austinFitThe 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? read more Reversing the Vasectomy

Exercise and Conception

austinFitFitness 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. read more Exercise and Conception

Assisted Reproductive Technologies

ggh-2012Motherhood 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. read more Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Specialist urologists should handle vasectomy reversal cases says 10-year study

scienceCodexVasectomy 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. read more Specialist urologists should handle vasectomy reversal cases says 10-year study

Diabetes Linked to Low Testosterone

dailyRXIf 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. read more Diabetes Linked to Low Testosterone

Gum Disease and Bedroom Bummer for Men

dailyRXLiving 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. read more Gum Disease and Bedroom Bummer for Men

New Drug for Erectile Dysfunction

dailyRXThe 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. read more New Drug for Erectile Dysfunction

Maladies of Men

dailyRXMen 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. read more Maladies of Men

Hypogonadism/Low sex drive/Low testosterone

dailyRXMale 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. read more Hypogonadism/Low sex drive/Low testosterone

Stay Lean and Keep Your Testosterone

austin_fitWe 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. read more Stay Lean and Keep Your Testosterone

Paternity Pops Testosterone

dailyRXTestosterone 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. read more Paternity Pops Testosterone

If Family Planning Ain't Broke, Don't Fix it

dailyRXStandard 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. read more If Family Planning Ain't Broke, Don't Fix it

Saint David's South

stdavids 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.” read more Saint David's South

Fertility Consultation

article31810We 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. read more Fertility Consultation

Having Klinefelter Syndrome

tubesHaving 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. read more Having Klinefelter Syndrome

Watershed Moment

medcoforumWATERSHED 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... read more Watershed Moment

Women's Health Guide

3Austin 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. read more Women's Health Guide

Rock 'n Roll Lifestyle

dailyRXErectile 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'... read more Rock 'n Roll Lifestyle

The Lowdown on Low Testosterone

dailyRXTestosterone 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 read more The Lowdown on Low Testosterone

Ejaculatory and Erectile Disorders

toomuchtoosoonA 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. read more Ejaculatory and Erectile Disorders

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