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.
Our IVF Austin treatments may be the solution to conceiving. We’ll help determine whether you are a viable candidate for IVF treatments during your evaluation at our fertility clinic in Austin. Patients receive direct care at our state-of-the-art in house Austin IVF center at our Westlake location.
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.
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
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
There are very few physicians who touch your life in a meaningful way. Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is one of those physicians. My husband and I decided to start a family later in life (38 years) and spent almost a year working with another physician who lacked quality of care and used antiquated protocols. When we realized we were not going to be successful and had limited time left, we did a tremendous amount of research into clinics and physicians who not only had good success rates, but also based their practice on quality of care as their core mission. Once we met with Dr. Kavoussi we knew right away we found the right place and we were committed to working with him and his team through our journey towards fertility. Throughout the 2 year journey, Dr. Kavoussi was invested in our success. He knew us personally and ensured we took aggressive approaches within our limited timeframe of viable oocytes to ensure we were making the best use of our procedures. Finally on our 2nd IVF, through frozen embryo transfer, we had a little miracle and we were pregnant. I’m 12 weeks along and everything is progressing wonderfully so far. I am forever grateful to Dr. Kavoussi and his uncompromising commitment towards helping others build their families. I consider him the utmost gentleman and a dear friend. read more
Dr. Kavoussi is a very personable Doctor. He is very knowledgeable and caring. He takes the time to make sure you understand your treatment and will answer questions with understandable and thorough answers. I highly recommend him as a doctor. read more
Dr. S, I’m not sure we could ever fully convey our gratitude towards you for everything you have done to help make our dream of a family a reality. You are without a doubt the most caring and compassionate doctor we have ever encountered. Thank you for your knowledge, skill, professionalism, caring & responsiveness throughout this process. Your staff are all top notch and helped make our experience at Westlake IVF a great one ! We will not forget you and will be singing your praises for many years to come. We are so thankful for everything you have done for us ! read more
Dr. Parviz was truly a blessing, such a skilled professional with the proof to back it up. I had a reversal done I was laying in bed and the Dr called me the day after just to see how I was doing. His professionalism and dedication to his patients is what makes him such an amazing Dr. read more
I highly recommend Dr. Kavoussi. About a year ago I was having issues with my pituitary gland, and I was recommended to go see Dr. Kavoussi. I was diagnosed with male infertility, and my wife and I thought that having a child of our own was impossible. Thanks to Dr. Kavoussi, and his brother, and their wonderful staff we are now expecting twin girls read more
Dr. Kavoussi, our girls are 6 months old now, and perfect in every way ! We are so thankful for your support on our bumpy ride to parenthood. Your warmth and kindness helped us when we needed it most & we will always be grateful! read more
Excellent doctor and office staff!
We highly recommend Dr. Kavoussi! He helped keep us motivated and has excellent bedside manner. He answers all questions and gives you options. You never feel like you are being forced to do anything you are not ready to do like some doctors do. He listens and is always kind and welcoming, as are all of his staff. He is the best doctor in any field we have ever met and most importantly he helped us get pregnant! If we decide to have a second baby we will be returning even though we travel around 45 miles to get to his Westlake office. He and his staff are worth it! My husband and I both wish we could keep him as our OB and have him deliver our baby, that is how happy we were with him. read more
Best Doc in Austin
I have never dealt with such an amazing doctor, and now I can't stop raving about him. Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi's bedside manner should be the model for how all doctors should deal with patients. He makes you feel like your issues are his own, and that they will be overcome and you will get pregnant (the goal of going to see him). He takes time to answer questions, deals with you human to human (rather than doctor/patient) and absolutely completely knows his line of work. read more
Dear Dr. Kavoussi & Staff, wanted to share the "amazing" newest addition to our lives, our baby boy. He was a touch on the early side but has pretty much excelled ever since ! This is of course all in thanks to you ! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We had no idea this kind of happiness was possible. You gave us our world. read more
I went with my daughter to her first ap't with Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi. She has been trying for 3 years to conceive and Dr K was so sweet, caring and the most patient doctor I have ever encountered. He literally spent about 1 hr and 15min with us answering all questions we had. Never felt rushed. He is very compassionate to his patients and he really does treat them as if they are his only patient. How many doctors call their patients on a Friday night at 7 pm to see how they are doing? HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend. He goes above and beyond for his patients. I truly believe my daughter will become pregnant soon. Thank you God for sending us Dr. Kavoussi. read more
Dr. Kavoussi, Thank you so much for all your help through our fertility journey. You truly are a wonderful Dr, and we never had any fears we weren't in good hands. Your kindness made this difficult process just a bit easier. read more
My husband has azoospermia, high FSH and high LH. We sought help from a general urologist here in Austin, to no avail. We are so pleased to have found Dr. Parviz Kavoussi, a fertility doctor subspecialized in these types of issues. We couldn't be happier with the treatment we have received so far. read more
While many couples struggling with infertility recognize that they have the option of pregnancy through in vitro fertilization, the specifics of the procedure can be a bit of a mystery. What actually happens during IVF? While every clinic has its own unique IVF technique, generally, a woman undergoing the procedure is first given a medication [...]
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Dr. Parviz Kavoussi is interviewed on KVUE ABC News about the impact of chemicals in sunscreen on male fertility
Is Protein Juno The Key to Understanding Fertilization?
The discovery of a protein vital to the complex dance that allows an egg and sperm to combine to form an embryo may lead to new options for fertility treatments. Named for the Roman goddess of fertility, the newly discovered Juno protein is present on the surface of an egg cell. It binds with its [...]
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The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2014-2019 Strategic Plan
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine held a retreat in April 2014 in order to develop the Strategic Plan for the organization to span the years 2014-2019. The goals of the Strategic Plan encompass the following: Communications, Continuous Professional Development, Impacting Reproductive Care, Research, Engaging the Profession, Global Outreach, and Organizational Stability. “The ASRM is [...]
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AFRM partners with the Livestrong Foundation to be a resource for fertility preservation services for women with cancer prior to treatment for cancer
Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi Receives His 7th Consecutive Year of Patients’ Choice Award
Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi, the female fertility specialist of Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF, has again been honored with Patients Choice Award, making him a recipient of this distinction for a rare 7 consecutive years (2008-2014). Patient’s Choice Award is a national award that recognizes physicians who have consistently received high marks in all areas [...]
read moreDr. Shahryar Kavoussi Receives His 7th Consecutive Year of Patients’ Choice Award
Space Travel Damages Sperm Cells
Space travel may damage sperm cells and cause infertility, according to a new study completed by researchers from the University of Kansas. For the study, male rats were placed in a situation that mimicked zero gravity. After being in these conditions, the rats still had a strong urge to mate, but they were unable to [...]
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Why Day 5 or 6 trophectoderm biopsy is preferred instead of Day 3 embryo biopsy for preimplantation genetic screening/preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGS/PGD)
While male infertility is not always preventable, there are things that men can do to protect the health of their sperm cells. Recent scientific studies in the field of male infertility provide quite a few simple suggestions for men interested in optimizing their fertility. Recommendations to get enough sleep, incorporate healthy foods like carrots and [...]
read more5 Ways to Boost Your Sperm Health
FAQ: How are eggs grown and retrieved?
For the IVF process, multiple follicles (fluid collections within ovaries) containing eggs are grown to maturity with fertility medications which usually are injectable forms of follicle- stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). Follicle growth is measured by serial transvaginal ultrasounds and blood tests to assess estradiol levels. When a solid cohort of follicles are [...]
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Successful Birth: MicroTESE Helps Man with Zero Sperm Count Become a Dad
The physicians, clinical team, and embryology team at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine helped a couple who were in the most challenging of fertility situations have healthy twin children. Men with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA), having no sperm in the semen due to a lack of sufficient sperm production in the testicles, without an anatomic blockage, [...]
read moreSuccessful Birth: MicroTESE Helps Man with Zero Sperm Count Become a Dad
Endometrial polyps can affect fertility
What is an endometrial polyp? An endometrial polyp is a benign growth made of cells from the endometrium (which is the lining of the uterine cavity) and may cause women to experience spotting at a time that is between their monthly periods or may cause no symptoms at all. An endometrial polyp is made of [...]
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Coffee Consumption Linked to Male Infertility
For men, too much coffee may cause more than the jitters. According to a new study that researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass., presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual conference, drinking too much coffee can actually impair a man’s ability to father a child. Male infertility can be caused by [...]
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More IVF Donors and Better Outcomes
The decade between 2000 and 2010 saw a steady growth in the number of donor eggs used during in vitro fertilization (IVF) and improved outcomes for these procedures, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Incorporating data from 95 percent of all IVF cycles completed in the U.S. [...]
read moreMore IVF Donors and Better Outcomes
As an International Leader in This Operation, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi Publishes Study on Robot Assisted Vasectomy Reversal
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.
read moreHow Pesticides Might Affect Men’s Sexual Health
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.
read moreHow Even Borderline Low T Might Affect Your Health
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.
read moreGetting 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.
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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.
read moreSpecialist urologists should handle vasectomy reversal cases says 10-year study
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.
read moreGum Disease and Bedroom Bummer for Men
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.
read moreNew Drug for Erectile Dysfunction
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.
read moreHypogonadism/Low sex drive/Low testosterone
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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