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 and Dr. GL Machen, the only Fellowship Trained reproductive urologists in Austin. 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 3 convenient fertility Austin clinics, Westlake, South Austin, and Round Rock 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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Dr. Kavoussi was incredibly generous with his time for me.  Living across the country, a phone consult was set up quickly so I could discuss my situation and try to find the appropriate course of action.  The information he gave me has led me down the right path to finding the answers I need.  His entire staff was wonderful and respectful, and I am in their debt for their help.  I would recommend Dr. Kavoussi to anyone. read more
09/26/2019
Dear Dr Kavoussi and Staff, thank you all so much for everything you do!  We are so blessed to have met you all and are so excited to meet our little miracle! read more
09/23/2019
I had a really bad experience with my first fertility doctor and moving to this clinic was the best decision I made regarding treatment. It was clear from the outset that this clinic are experts in the fertility field. They are also well-organized and efficient. This is important as we were traveling 50 minutes one-way to the clinic while working full-time. They were prompt, took time to explain things, answered all of our questions, and had flexible scheduling. I have no negative things to say about them. As someone who works in sales, my job for 17 years has been reading people and both verbal and non-verbal communication. You are treated so kindly here. The doctor and his staff are available for questions and to explain treatment, quick turn around on phone calls/questions, and I know this sounds silly, but Dr. Kavoussi has kindness in his mannerisms and eyes. The nursing staff is AMAZING! I will never forget the day we left the clinic and "graduated" to our regular OB/GYN in my first trimester. It was a bid deal to us. We were emotional due to the journey and so appreciative of the care we'd received that my husband and I were both crying. The staff was doing the same thing by our side. They honestly care, and it shows. We are so thankful for them. My advice to anyone trying to decide between different fertility clinics in Austin, is don't overthink or second guess, go ahead and schedule a consultation, once you meet Dr. Kavoussi you will know you made the right decision. He is truly an expert in this field and knows what he's doing. read more
08/15/2019
I'm a older man and had been dealing with pain, swelling and Varicocele issues for about 2 years. I knew that I needed surgery but really didn't want any Urologist that did only 4 or 5 a year. My last Urologist recommended Dr. Parviz Kavoussi. After talking to Dr. Kavoussi, I understood he performs Varicocele surgery's each week with over 100 each year and trained using a microscope. That's exactly what I was looking for, especially using a microscope.. The bottom line, I had surgery about 2 weeks ago and still in the process of healing. I'm very glad I found Dr. Kavoussi and recommend him. He's a very nice young man that will listen to your problems, give you his honest opinion and will follow up with you after your surgery. read more
08/11/2019
Dr. Kavoussi & Team, thank you so much for the wonderful patient care throughout my egg freezing process.  The attentiveness, extra thoughtfulness, and detailed explanations made such a difference in my experience, so I wanted to put it in writing, as an extra thanks.  I'm sure it's not always fun getting emails, calls or having appointments on a weekend, but you made it all seem effortless, and unhindering.  Have a wonderful Summer and best of luck to you all! read more
06/24/2019
The clinic was well organized like a well oiled machine.  The staff was kind and compassionate.  Dr. Kavoussi is very kind.  He took his time in making sure we understood his game plan and answered all of our questions.  He was genuinely interested in our cycles and he personally called us to let us know the results.  The nurses and coordinator were very helpful, answered all questions and showed much compassion.  We felt that Dr. Kavoussi was the right choice after our first meeting.  His brother Dr. Parviz Kavoussi performed the successful sperm retrieval on my husband.  He was kind and took our concerns to heart.  I was only 26 when we started the process and had no concerns about my fertility but had to perform IVF because of male factor issues.  Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi made us feel confident that we had a great chance to conceive.  If you have concerns, ask many questions and ask for additional testing if you feel it necessary. read more
06/03/2019
I just wanted to thank Dr. Kavoussi for my vasectomy reversal. Just a year after my recovery, my son was born! I could not be happier and I am amazed at how quickly everything happened. read more
05/25/2019
Like an IVF cycle, this is a big time commitment.  They have a Westlake and South office which helps.  Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi never rushed appointments, he answered all my questions, and empathized greatly.  He appreciated the intensity and the emotions around this experience, and we felt like he truly cared.  He is a kind, comprehensive, well-informed doctor.  He went through all the pros and cons, and showed great compassion.  Don't hesitate to ask questions, he will answer them and wants you to feel as comfortable as possible in this process.  As for my protocol, it didn't result in any negative side effects for me.  The financial coordinator gives an easy to understand breakdown of costs, medications, procedures, etc.  For our first cycle they respected that I wanted to do a single embryo transfer, and in all discussions about future cycles, they have been supportive of doing a single transfer as well.  In the end we have our healthy son and a few frozen embryos.  I trust Dr. Kavoussi and his practice, and we will return again. read more
05/15/2019
Dr. K always made us feel welcome.  He explained each cycle fully and was genuinely interested in our success.  Dr K was very kind and answered any questions we had.  The nursing staff and coordinator were amazing.  They went out of their way to help me find the cheapest medications and helped with samples. read more
04/11/2019
Dr. Kavoussi is very well informed and seems to work hard to keep up with the literature and the latest studies.  He is a caring man and takes a great deal of time to help patients understand the process and make decisions regarding their care.  Do not be afraid to ask questions, even if they seem dumb. read more
03/27/2019
Dr. Kavoussi is a very caring doctor who spends a lot of time making his patients feel informed and in control of the process.  He is always available for calls, even when the clinic is closed.  He genuinely wants his patients to be happy and do well.  All of the staff is personable and caring.  They seem well trained and well informed and genuinely to enjoy what they are doing. read more
03/12/2019
I love going to this office. All staff is wonderful and I have always felt welcome. Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is wonderful! I'm certain he prays for us! And when things don't always go your way, he's there to talk and give hugs. His nurse is amazing as well. I Love her!! I don't think we could have made it through each step without her. Very friendly and available for hugs too!! The waiting room times are short, staff is amazing, and facility super clean. As for the IVF process, I don't know the name of the first protocol, but second one worked. Micro dose Lupron got me to retrieval! Had to freeze all but that's because of a fibroid I have. read more
02/05/2019
Dr. Kavoussi was straightforward and took care of all of our concerns. He was both realistic but very compassionate. His Nurse Practitioner was extremely responsive, positive and friendly. If you needed a pep talk, she was there to give it to you. She was almost like a coach. Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi was great from all angles. He's quite conservative in his treatment and aims for positive outcomes but generally will avoid more extreme procedures. read more
01/27/2019
I can’t speak highly enough on the great customer service and experience that I had with Dr Kavoussi and his staff. I got a vasectomy done, before, during and after the procedure it was clear to me that Dr Kavoussi cares for his patients, he makes sure you have all questions answered. The procedure and the recovery was pretty much pain-free and seamless. read more
01/23/2019
I had a vasectomy reversal through Dr. Kavoussi and wanted to take the time to give an honest review. Dr. Kavoussi was amazing from the first day of consultation to post surgery care. Very patient and caring is his style. If you are looking for a fertility specialist there is no one better than Dr. Kavoussi. read more
01/22/2019
Wonderful “bedside” manner. Did a great job explaining everything. I feel very confident in his care. read more
01/09/2019
I can not say enough good things about Dr. S Kavoussi and his office. I am a nervous wreck when it comes to doctors visits and I have never met a Dr who is more calming and kind than Dr. Kavoussi. From day one he made me feel comfortable. He gave me several options and even suggested a few no one else had. He addressed my pain, as well as my fertility questions. His office and his NP Amy are equally kind. I didn't think offices like this existed anymore, and they have made me a believer. I am not the nervous patient I used to be as they have restored my faith. Thank you so much!!! read more
01/10/2019
Dr Kavoussi, nurses, and all!  We talk about you often and are forever thankful for you and your team.  Have a wonderful Holiday and Very Happy 2019! read more
12/27/2018
Dr Kavoussi and Austin Fertility Staff, Our baby girl is perfect all thanks to you!  We are forever grateful for you and what you have done for our family.  Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!! read more
12/24/2018
Dr. Kavoussi and Team - Thanks to your efforts, we are celebrating our first of many Christmases with our son.  Having him is the best gift we could ever receive!  You never doubted that we would meet him one day, and we appreciate more than words can say. read more
12/19/2018
The positive reviews for Dr. Parviz Kavoussi are no exaggeration. Exceptional bedside manner, professionalism and mastery were evident in all of my interactions with him. Can’t recommend him enough. read more
11/19/2018
Dr. Kavoussi is one of the best doctors I have encountered - period. He is highly proficient, and has a phenomenal bedside manner. If one did not know better, he would think Dr. Kavoussi does what he does for the love of mankind, and not for personal gain. A rare man to be sure, and I highly recommend him. read more
11/08/2018
I just want everyone to know that I am 39wks with a healthy baby, due any day now!  So grateful to all the wonderful professionals at AFRM!!! read more
10/30/2018
Best doctor in Austin, Texas.  Thanks to Dr. Kavoussi my wife and I are having a baby this year!!  <3 read more
10/17/2018
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
10/04/2018
Terrific care and treatment plan!  Resolved all of my symptoms and shared so much knowledge with me along the way.  Great with patients but also VERY intelligent and good at what he does. read more
09/12/2018
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
08/01/2018
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
09/13/2018
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
07/24/2018
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
07/06/2018

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Intranasal testosterone replacement with the potential to not suppress sperm production

Traditionally, men who want to maintain fertility potential or are trying to achieve a pregnancy with their spouse/partner have been deterred from being on testosterone replacement for low testosterone.  The reason for this is that all of the classic testosterone replacement medications including topical gels, injections, patches, and pellets, suppress the signaling command hormones coming [...] read more Intranasal testosterone replacement with the potential to not suppress sperm production

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi discusses the association between endometriosis and potential adverse pregnancy outcomes on KVUE ABC News

Based on data from a study that was published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology in September 2019, an association was seen between endometriosis and an increased risk of several adverse pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi was interviewed by KVUE anchor Mari Salazar regarding the topic of endometriosis and such pregnancy outcomes. Watch Dr. Kavoussi’s [...] read more Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi discusses the association between endometriosis and potential adverse pregnancy outcomes on KVUE ABC News

Sperm Quality and Chemotherapy

A study published by the Annals of Oncology concluded that men who have received one course of chemotherapy for early stage testicular cancer are unlikely to see a detrimental effect on their sperm count and quality. Several previous studies found that men with more advanced testicular cancer who have undergone more than one treatment of chemotherapy or radiotherapy [...] read more Sperm Quality and Chemotherapy

Semen Analysis App vs. Laboratory Testing

Smartphones are assuming an increasingly large role in most people’s lives. If you have a curiosity about a certain subject, chances are good that there’s an app that will help you explore it. This is the case with certain apps that are related to male fertility. Specifically, apps that are designed to perform semen analysis [...] read more Semen Analysis App vs. Laboratory Testing

The Impact of Marijuana on Fertility

As marijuana use is legalized in more states and it becomes more socially acceptable to use it recreationally, use of this drug has increased. This holds true for couples of reproductive age who may be trying to conceive. Accordingly, it is critical that doctors understand how marijuana use may affect fertility preservation so that they [...] read more The Impact of Marijuana on Fertility

Austin Fertility’s Newest Physician: Dr. Luke Machen

Austin Fertility is excited to announce our newest physician to our clinic, Dr. Luke Machen, a reproductive urologist, who will be serving male patients in Round Rock, our newest location.  Now patients in Round Rock and the greater North Austin area can enjoy a shorter drive to see us. We’re fortunate to have Dr. Machen [...] read more Austin Fertility’s Newest Physician: Dr. Luke Machen

Fast food’s impact on male fertility

American men are becoming less fertile as a population over the decades.  Men have a significantly lower sperm count than they did 50 years ago.  A great deal of research is directed towards identifying potential reasons for this trend to see if there is a way it may be corrected.  Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was recently [...] read more Fast food’s impact on male fertility

Varicoceles can induce severe testicular injury resulting in sperm counts of zero with Sertoli Cell only

Approximately 1% of men in the general population in the United States have a sperm count of zero.  It is remarkably common considering that is one out of every 100 men.  Fifteen percent of men in the general population have a varicocele, an abnormal dilation of veins around the testicle which can adversely impact sperm [...] read more Varicoceles can induce severe testicular injury resulting in sperm counts of zero with Sertoli Cell only

AMH is not a predictor of elevated serum progesterone on the day trigger in IVF patients

Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF has an article, “Serum Antimüllerian hormone does not predict elevated progesterone levels among women who undergo controlled ovarian hyperstimulation for in vitro fertilization”, published in the journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, April 2019. “We were interested in investigating whether or not the ovarian reserve biomarker, antimüllerian hormone (AMH), can predict [...] read more AMH is not a predictor of elevated serum progesterone on the day trigger in IVF patients

The 2019 Texas Monthly Super Doctor Panel Selects Dr. Parviz Kavoussi

This is the 9th consecutive year that Dr. Parviz Kavoussi has been named as a Texas Monthly Magazine Super Doctor. This small group of physicians are selected based on peer recognition, professional achievement, and disciplinary history. Doctors from multiple specialties with the highest marks from each category are chosen to be on a blue ribbon [...] read more The 2019 Texas Monthly Super Doctor Panel Selects Dr. Parviz Kavoussi

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi contributes chapter on robot assisted vasectomy reversal

Smith’s Textbook of Endourology is widely considered the leading surgical textbook for urologic surgeons performing minimally invasive high technology surgery.  Dr. Parviz Kavoussi, as a leading expert in robot assisted vasectomy reversal, was selected to contribute the chapter on robot assisted vasectomy reversal in the 4th edition of this text.  The chapter includes the appropriate [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi contributes chapter on robot assisted vasectomy reversal

Damaged sperm DNA may contribute to recurrent pregnancy losses

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was interviewed in Fox 7 news regarding the impact of sperm DNA damage on recurrent pregnancy losses.  Multiple studies have reported that men with high percentages of their sperm with DNA fragmentation have a higher risk of contributing to recurrent miscarriages.  Dr. Kavoussi states, “The good news is now that we can [...] read more Damaged sperm DNA may contribute to recurrent pregnancy losses

Advanced paternal age’s potential impact on neonatal and maternal outcomes

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was recently interviewed live on NBC’s KXAN network regarding a recently published study evaluating outcomes of neonates and mothers when the male partner was considered to be in an advanced paternal age range at the time of conception.  This study looked at a birth registry which included over 40 million documented births [...] read more Advanced paternal age’s potential impact on neonatal and maternal outcomes

NIAW 2019: Infertility Uncovered

This year’s theme for National Infertility Awareness week (NIAW) is #InfertilityUncovered, which focuses raising awareness about the lack of access to family building options and emotional support for millions of women and men struggling to build a family. Visit NIAW to learn more. Follow us on as we will be publishing educational posts about infertility. [...] read more NIAW 2019: Infertility Uncovered

Random controlled ovarian stimulation prior to cancer treatments in women of reproductive age who are diagnosed with cancer

Until several years ago, the prevailing thought was that only one “wave” of follicles is available for growth per monthly menstrual cycle; therefore, controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) for fertility preservation would require waiting for a woman’s period to start prior to her starting fertility medications for COS leading up to oocyte retrieval for fertility preservation [...] read more Random controlled ovarian stimulation prior to cancer treatments in women of reproductive age who are diagnosed with cancer

Most recent take on endometrial scratching

To scratch or not to scratch:  that is the question.  Based on recent data, the current recommendation regarding endometrial scratching is not to scratch. Endometrial scratching involves the use of an endometrial biopsy sampler such as a pipelle, which is a straw-like apparatus that is thought to increase the rate of embryo implantation by remodeling [...] read more Most recent take on endometrial scratching

Why Younger Men Should Care about Low Testosterone

Having low testosterone (low T) levels is usually considered a problem in older men. In fact, men over the age of 40 begin experiencing a 3 percent reduction in testosterone levels. However, younger men can also have lower testosterone levels, which can have a big impact on male fertility.   Causes of Low T Levels [...] read more Why Younger Men Should Care about Low Testosterone

What does the egg freezing process involve?

Although the following are highlights of the process that are hopefully helpful in terms of providing a general overview, consultation with a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) provides more detailed information regarding the oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) process.  Female age and ovarian reserve testing are the two most important predictors of a successful egg freezing cycle.  Tests [...] read more What does the egg freezing process involve?

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi receives outstanding journal reviewer award

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi is a reviewer for scientific journals for methodology and content to decide what scientific research articles should or should not be published in medical journals.  He performs this service for a number of medical journals including: Journal of Urology, Journal of Sexual Medicine, U.S. Pharmacist, Journal of Diabetes Research and Clinical Metabolism, [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi receives outstanding journal reviewer award

Genetic carrier testing

Testing is currently available to test patients for the presence or absence of gene mutations that can be associated with genetic disorders.  Genetic carrier testing specifically tests for autosomal recessive and X-linked gene mutations, which some people may have and be unaware of due to the lack of clinical manifestation in carriers who do not [...] read more Genetic carrier testing

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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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