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.
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 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.
I think the Kavoussi's family are a gift of God for those of us that struggle with fertility. I have nothing but good things to say about my experience with Dr. Parviz Kavoussi. He seems to always have the time to explain things out and give his best medical opinion when I needed to make a decision between a set of choices. Furthermore, Dr. Kavoussi always answered my questions and he takes good care of me. I could not ask for a better doctor. I would strongly recommend him. read more
Dr. 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
First time i met dr. kavoussi (2016) he told me "I'm going to make this happen. You're going to have a baby." i believed in his words. my baby girl twins are 6 months today! After 8 years of ttc, dr. kavoussi made it happen! best decision ever! 100% recommend dr. kavoussi and their staff. read more
Dear Dr. Kavoussi, We went with you on June, 2016 for the vasectomy reversal with the hope to be parents. Only 11 months after my surgery my wife became pregnant. Our daughter was born on February 8th, 2018. I cannot begin to tell you the joy you have brought into our lives. I thought it would take years! You and your team are such a blessing for us. We highly recommend to Austin Fertility Reproductive Medical, they are very kindly and professional. Words cannot express our gratitude. Thank you so much. God bless you. read more
How can I express my gratitude for the team that helped me create my family, my two favorite human beings on earth, the best thing that ever happened in my life? I met Dr. K after enduring three years of infertility and he helped me have my first child. After that I went through three years of recurrent pregnancy loss before returning to AFRM and asking them to help me again. My baby girl arrived on July first, and I couldn't be more grateful. The entire staff at this clinic was caring, kind, and dedicated every step of the way, both times around. I would gladly recommend them to anyone in need of fertility medicine. Thank you, AFRM, for making life worth living. read more
I cannot say enough great things about this practice. My husband and I needed Dr S Kavoussi's help growing our family. He, Kate, and all the staff were so wonderful, caring and informative throughout the entire process. Every staff person we interacted with was wonderful and responsive. This is a highly emotional process and they were the best partners ever. We are now the proud parents of a baby girl and we were fortunate enough to be successful after the first round. Thank you so much, Dr K and Kate and all the staff! read more
Dr. Kavoussi, Kate, and AFRM team: We just wanted to offer a note of appreciation for your help with bringing our son into the world. He was born March 14 and he has been growing like crazy ever since. He turned 10 weeks old today and we can hardly believe how time has passed. Thank you again for helping us grow our family. read more
Dr. K, you and your amazing staff at Westlake IVF were simply amazing! We thank you for your kindness and sensitivity to our struggles to get pregnant. Without you all we would not have this precious little baby to love. read more
Drs. Kavoussi, Kate & all of the Westlake IVF staff, we have been so blessed through this process which would never had been possible without each and every one of your help and unwavering support! We are forever greatful for the gift you have given us and want to send our sincere thanks. read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
FAQ: What is a vasoepididymostomy or the more complex type of vasectomy reversal?
When men have a vasectomy reversal 15 years or greater after a vasectomy, there is higher chance of having to undergo vaso-epididymostomy. This complex microsurgical reconstruction connects the upper (abdominal) end of the vas deferens to a microscopic epididymal tubule (in the structure between the testicle and the vas deferens where sperm mature and learn [...]
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Dr. Suheil Muasher receives the Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award
Every year at the annual scientific conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award is given to an individual who exemplifies the highest qualities of a teacher in the field of reproductive medicine. The 2018 award went to Dr. Suheil Muasher, professor of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Duke [...]
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FAQ: What are success rates for vasectomy reversal based on and what are Dr. Parviz Kavoussi’s success rates?
Hydrosalpinx – How Blocked Fallopian Tubes affect Female Fertility
You may have heard people talking about ‘blocked tubes’ when they explain their female fertility problems. If a fallopian tube blockage is located at the distal end of the fallopian tube, which is located furthest from the uterus, and if the fallopian tube is distended by fluid that has accumulated within the tube as a [...]
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The impact of testicular torsion on a man’s future fertility
Testicular torsion is an abnormal twisting of the testicle and spermatic cord resulting in severe pain and a lack of blood flow to the testicle. Although testicular torsion can occur at any age, the peak incidence is between 12 and 18 years of age. One out of every 4,000 men below the age of 25 [...]
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Dr. Parviz Kavoussi’s research on medications to treat low T in a fertility preserving manner presented at AUA.
With so much information about fertility it can be difficult to determine what is true or false. Here are a few misconceptions explained. Myth 1: Lie in bed with your feet in the air to increase chance of getting pregnant. While this potential routine after intercourse may be ritualized for some couple who are [...]
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Do Antihistamines Affect Male Fertility?
A recent study raised the question on whether antihistamines may have an adverse impact on male fertility. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was interviewed on ABC News on the implications of this study. Dr. Kavoussi states,“This study was a review article which looked at previous studies on antihistamine effect on testicular function. All the studies included in [...]
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Infertility Jargon: Acronyms You Should Know
If you are seeking fertility treatment you’ll find that there are unfamiliar terms and jargon used. While there are treatment related terms such as IVF, IUI and ICSI that patients commonly come across, what are other terms that are important for patients to know and to learn about? Here are some of the most important [...]
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The Silent Fertility Issue - Understanding Male Infertility
It takes two to make a baby, so why do many think it is only women who have fertility issues? When it comes to conception and fertility, the focus has centered mainly on women. There is a considerable awareness of female fertility and if a couple is having difficulty in conceiving, the natural conclusion is [...]
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NIAW 2018: Change the Conversation About Infertility
National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is later this month from April 22nd to 28th! This year’s theme is #FliptheScript to help change the conversations so that the community understands how far reaching the issue is and how factors such as insurance, laws, costs, sexual orientation, and religion play in the ability to build a family. [...]
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FAQ: How big is the incision made for vasectomy reversal?
In most cases, the scrotal incision Dr. Parviz Kavoussi makes to perform vasectomy reversal is the same size as the one made for the vasectomy, regardless of if it is performed microsurgically or with robot assistance. Both sides can be reversed through this one small incision.
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How Reliable is Sperm Morphology in Determining Male Fertility?
Male fertility specialists have numerous tests at their disposal. One of these relates to sperm morphology. Understanding more about sperm morphology provides couples with an additional option for resolving fertility issues. Sperm morphology involves reviewing a semen sample to measure the size and shape of the sperm in order to determine the percentage of normal [...]
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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, [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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: [...]
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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 [...]
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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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