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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 is the kindest doctor I've ever seen as a patient.  From my very first appointment, I appreciated his warmth, and level of detail giving the best advice and options.  He combines compassion and personal attention with extreme attention to detail.  The nurses are very gentle, caring, and super sweet.  They explain things clearly and answer our questions very patiently.  They all did a fantastic job.  I am grateful to them and happy that I chose them. read more
08/30/2020
We have been patients of Drs. Shahryar and Parviz Kavoussi since 2017 and have been successful in having two beautiful children.  We welcomed our daughter just 2 weeks ago.  They and their staff, especially Amy, have been wonderful at every step in our journey.  They explain things clearly, answer our questions, and follow up.  Nothing about an infertility diagnosis is easy, but they candidly laid out our options, and I felt like we always got good advice.  There are a lot of options for these types of services in Austin, but we chose this practice because you will be known, treated like a person, and you will be cared for.  I can't recommend them enough. read more
08/20/2020
Dr. Kavoussi & Amy - We are still so appreciative of all your help in making this happen!  Thank you for taking good care of us.  Now, here's hoping we get some sleep sometime in the next year!  This newborn thing is hard! read more
08/12/2020
I've been a patient of Dr. Kavoussi for many years and genuinely appreciate his care.  He's very thorough and respectful.  Last year during routine bloodwork it appeared I may have prostate cancer, and the way he and his nurses handled my case was so helpful getting through that.  Thankfully I was clear in the end.  Recently, I had to follow up for my annual and due to covid was handled by telephone.  There was an insurance billing matter, and their insurance specialist was so kind and patient as we worked to get it resolved (which she did)!  I've had other guys tell me they need a urologist and Dr. Kavoussi is who I recommend to them.  I'm a loyal patient.  Thank you sir. read more
07/16/2020
My partner has been a patient with Dr. Kavoussi for many years.  He recently had his annual exam by phone due to COVID and asked me to post a 5 star review in appreciation for the continued years of treatment.  Several years ago my partner had a cancer scare and Dr. Kavoussi and his staff were always on top of his orders and prescriptions.  He thankfully was cleared and has remained loyal to the doctor ever since.  His last appointment had a billing problem on the insurance and the billing specialist at the office was very kind and helpful, refunding the charge once the insurance cleaned up the confusion.  I know who I will go to if I ever need a urologist.  5 stars well earned! read more
07/15/2020
Dr. Machen, We just wanted to let you know how grateful we are in helping us achieve our special little miracle.  We are super excited for this next chapter in our lives and have you to thank for it. read more
07/08/2020
Very professional service, Dr. Luke is very informative and does a great job. read more
06/29/2020
We adore Dr. Kavoussi.  From my very first appointment, I appreciated his warmth, candor, level of detail, and authenticity.  I am a "high information" patient, and wanted the nitty gritty scientific details.  He never talked down to me, and appreciated/encouraged my frequent research and questions.  WE LOVE Dr. K and this practice.  The nurses are also fantastic!  We got to know each other well over the course of my treatment, and they go out of their way to email, text or even see you on a weekend if necessary.  Everyone I came across in this practice was extremely well-versed in the details and science behind the treatment.  Dr. Kavoussi is honestly the kindest doctor I've ever seen as a patient.  He combines compassion and personal attention with extreme attention to detail and as much or as little medical information/explanation as you want - which in our case was a lot.  He always took the time to listen, answer questions, draw diagrams if need be, and explain risks.  His level of care, detail, and bedside manner were unmatched.  He is truly a good man. read more
06/26/2020
Dr Kavoussi & AFRM Staff - We are happy to announce the arrival of our little baby boy!  We were able to keep him "cooking" until 36 weeks!  He is such a blessing and we are so thankful he is in our lives.  Thank you for helping us on our journey to meet him! read more
06/15/2020
Our experience with Dr. Parviz Kavoussi were excellent.  He was incredibly open and honest with us about our options and possible outcomes.  So up to date on current research and trends involving male infertility and treatments.  Surgery went smoothly and recovery was easy.  Both he and his office staff were friendly and accommodating.  Definitely worth the 2 hour drive.  Cannot say enough positive things about Austin Fertility and specifically Dr. Parviz Kavoussi. read more
05/04/2020
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi is amazing! read more
03/25/2020
I saw Dr. Kavoussi (sr) when I was 19 years old.  Needing to see him again, being 36 and trying to get pregnant, my husband and I are seeing his sons who've taken over the family business, on both the female and male fertility sides.  They are all 3 wonderful doctors!  And the office staff and nurses have all been incredibly caring, helpful, and knowledgeable!  So glad to have such wonderful doctors in this phase of life!!! read more
02/24/2020
I saw Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi after having seen a couple of other doctors in Austin.  I felt discouraged and scared.  Dr. Kavoussi explained things very simply.  He knows exactly what he is talking about, he is confident and genuinely nice and warm.  It is a great chance to have him.  Since I am one of his patients, I feel I am in the best hands ever and I have stopped wondering about a million things: everything is clear now. read more
02/12/2020
Dr. Machen was attentive and knowledgeable.  I had a wonderful experience and would recommend him to others. read more
01/29/2020
I stressed about getting a vasectomy for over 15 years!  I finally decided to do it and to be honest, I'm not sure why I stressed for so long.  The procedure was fine (a little mental anxiety, no procedure pain) and the recovery was a piece of cake.  I really had no swelling or pain and while I was supposed to not lift more than 10 pounds for a week, within a day I was back to full mobility and was moving more weight than 10 pounds by about the third day.  I did take a valium before the procedure which I would highly recommend.  In hindsight, I would have asked for one to help the sleep the night before.  Even though I can look back and say it was no big deal, I was still anxious before the procedure.  But again, the procedure and the recovery were easy.  That was a lot of unnecessary stress over the years that I could have avoided. read more
01/28/2020
The procedure was handled very professionally and without any significant pain.  The Dr. did a wonderful job and made me feel at ease with the process. read more
01/14/2020
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi is a VERY knowledgeable Doctor.  Would Highly recommend him. read more
01/08/2020
Extremely thorough and very knowledgeable.  Made the visit to the urologist not so bad after all.  Highly recommend. read more
12/22/2019
Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi, Thank you for our little blessing!  We are so happy to start our lives with our little family!  Hope you and your staff have a Happy Holiday! read more
12/29/2019
Yeiii!!!! My wife almost in her due on Dec 27 with the second one. A baby boy. Thats why we highly recommended to Dr. Kavoussi ...he is the best in what he does. read more
12/19/2019
Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is one of the kindest people you'll ever meet.  He takes his time explaining everything, he looks at you in the eye, makes calls to you himself, and becomes invested in your journey even after.  He is gentle and caring, informative and honest, and a calm presence.  When we first arrived, compared to our previous clinic, we felt immediately at ease.  Dr. Kavoussi's nurse practitioner is amazing!  She's caring and knowledgeable, kind and whip smart.  Any time Dr. Kavoussi wasn't available right away, she was competent and helpful in the same way.  I never felt like I left without getting the best care.  She's also super sweet!  We had previously been with a doctor that couldn't care less about us.  We were just money to him.  When we switched clinics we instantly knew we'd made the right choice.  Dr. Kavoussi was present at every appointment in some way.  Always remembering intimate details of our life.  he took all the time in the world with us and never made us feel rushed or like he wanted to leave.  He made me feel seen, heard, and understood.  Our first IVF cycle with him gave us our son, and I will always be forever grateful.  He's also performed my endometriosis surgery and took such amazing care of me, checking on me himself the next day and then meeting me to go over his findings, something my previous doctor didn't do.  He truly is a kind, kind man, who has our best interest at heart.  He will not push for extra treatments and will give you the straight answer every time. read more
11/21/2019
Dr. Kavoussi was our fertility doctor, and if you are in the Austin area, there is no better doctor to see.  I've never had a doctor who cared more about me or took more time to walk through options, procedures, and explanations of the very complicated world of infertility.  He was genuinely excited when our IVF was going so much better than any of us had hoped.  I will forever be grateful for the care Dr. Kavoussi and his staff provided for us. read more
10/19/2019
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

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PCOS is more than an ovulation disorder

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common causes of anovulation and infertility, affecting up to 10% of reproductive age women. It is a multifactorial disease, and not every PCOS patient looks the same. It is often defined by the Rotterdam criteria which includes polycystic ovaries, irregular menses, and/or clinical or laboratory evidence [...] read more PCOS is more than an ovulation disorder

Austin Fertility’s Newest Female Fertility Specialist: Dr. Maya Barsky

Austin Fertility is thrilled to have Dr. Maya Barsky, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist, join the practice. A highly respected physician, she brings years of clinical and research experience. Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi, Austin Fertility’s Medical Director states, “Dr. Barsky is an excellent fit for our center. As part of our team, we’ll be able [...] read more Austin Fertility’s Newest Female Fertility Specialist: Dr. Maya Barsky

The team at AFRM has a 71% sperm retrieval rates with microTESE for men with sperm count of zero

Non-obstructive azoospermia (having a sperm count of zero due to a failure of adequate production of sperm rather than a blockage), arguably poses the most challenging scenario for a couple with infertility.  Over the last couple of decades, the technique of microdissection testicular sperm extraction (MicroTESE) has been developed and refined to offer couples in [...] read more The team at AFRM has a 71% sperm retrieval rates with microTESE for men with sperm count of zero

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors guideline for clinicians on sperm DNA fragmentation

As 60% of couples struggling with infertility have a male factor contribution in their difficulty conceiving, higher levels of testing of the male partner is necessary.  Since the 1600s, the traditional semen analysis has been the cornerstone of the male fertility evaluation.  This includes measuring the semen volume, the sperm concentration (number of millions of [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors guideline for clinicians on sperm DNA fragmentation

Providing Safe Fertility Care During a Pandemic

“Primum non nocere” is Latin for “above all else do no harm”. This a part of the Hippocratic Oath that all physicians take, which has taken on a whole new meaning during the COVID 19 pandemic.  As time goes by, we learn how to better provide the highest quality fertility care in a safe manner. [...] read more Providing Safe Fertility Care During a Pandemic

Prednisone may help men struggling to conceive after vasectomy reversal

Every year in the US, approximately 500,000 men undergo a vasectomy, and 3-6% of these men ultimately elect to have the vasectomy reversed. Fortunately, success rates for vasectomy reversal when using an operative microscope can exceed 95%. However, despite a successful operation, a small number of men can have persistently low sperm counts as a [...] read more Prednisone may help men struggling to conceive after vasectomy reversal

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi named Texas Monthly Super Doctor for 10th consecutive year

Annually, Texas Monthly magazine names a select group of Texas physicians as Super Doctors based on scoring from peers on surveys, research, and a blue ribbon panel review.  Over the last decade, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi has been selected every year.  Dr. Kavoussi states, “It is extremely flattering to have been selected for this honor”. read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi named Texas Monthly Super Doctor for 10th consecutive year

The Role of Male Sex Hormones

While female hormones may get more media attention, male hormones are just as critical to reproductive health. When the body produces too little or too much of any of the male sex hormones, it can have a detrimental effect. A thorough check-up with a urologist who specializes in male reproductive/sexual health may be the best [...] read more The Role of Male Sex Hormones

Male Infertility: What Are the Causes?

It is estimated that approximately 15% of couples will struggle with infertility. Of those couples, up to 50-60% will have at least a contributing male factor. The causes of male infertility are diverse, and can range from anatomical issues, to genetic mutations, to hormonal insufficiencies. For example, one of the most common causes of infertility [...] read more Male Infertility: What Are the Causes?

A form of testosterone replacement that can maintain sperm production

Low testosterone, also known as hypogonadism, is a common diagnosis made in over 13 million men in the United States annually.  The challenge in men wanting to maintain fertility potential who are hypogonadal has been that all the traditional forms of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) such as gels and injections suppress sperm production to zero [...] read more A form of testosterone replacement that can maintain sperm production

National Infertility Awareness Week 2020

This year’s NIAW (National Infertility Awareness Week) is about “empowering you and changing the conversation”. Infertility is a challenge that affects millions of Americans. The NIAW movement is here to help and support all who are struggling with infertility and want to build families. How can you participate? Head over to NIAW 5 Day Photo [...] read more National Infertility Awareness Week 2020

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi publishes report on elagolix use to treat a uterine adenomyoma

Elagolix (Orilissa®) is the first orally-available medication in a class of medications known as gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonists.  This medication has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of moderate to severe pelvic pain due to endometriosis.  In this case report, elagolix was used to treat a patient [...] read more Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi publishes report on elagolix use to treat a uterine adenomyoma

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi contributes the reproductive anatomy chapter in Campbell’s textbook of urology

Campbell’s textbook of urology is considered the most prestigious complete urologic textbook, often referred to as the “bible of urology”.  This is the primary text used for training medical students and urology residents in training, as well as for practicing urologists keeping up to date in the field.  Dr. Parviz Kavoussi, a recognized expert in [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi contributes the reproductive anatomy chapter in Campbell’s textbook of urology

Is there a link between cell phone/WiFi use and Male Infertility?

With the near-universal use of smart phones and presence of WiFi, there has been an increased interest in research regarding unintended consequences of these technologies. One example of this is in the realm of male fertility. For example, a recent news article from the Daily Mail quoted multiple physicians and scientists in the UK expressing [...] read more Is there a link between cell phone/WiFi use and Male Infertility?

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was invited to lecture at Baylor College of Medicine

The physicians at AFRM strongly believe in couples care for fertility. Fertility is the only issue in medicine where two people must be optimized for successful outcomes. The reproductive endocrinology and infertility division at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston invited Dr. Parviz Kavoussi as a guest lecturer to teach about all aspects of male [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was invited to lecture at Baylor College of Medicine

Springer’s Male infertility textbook includes Dr. Parviz Kavoussi’s chapter on robotic vasectomy reversal

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was one of the initial leaders in the advancement of the technique for vasectomy reversal with application of the robotic platform, and to date has the 2nd highest volume of these surgeries anywhere. He was asked to contribute a chapter covering all aspects of robot assisted vasectomy reversal to a new edition [...] read more Springer’s Male infertility textbook includes Dr. Parviz Kavoussi’s chapter on robotic vasectomy reversal

Dr Parviz Kavoussi lectures at Primed conference

For patients desiring conception, pregnancy and birth of their child is the ultimate goal, but the starting point begins with sexual function.  Thirty million men in the U.S. complain of erectile dysfunction (ED) annually in the U.S., and fortunately there are more appealing treatment options these days than there were in the past.  Dr. Parviz [...] read more Dr Parviz Kavoussi lectures at Primed conference

Men with varicoceles with testicular atrophy respond to varicocele repair

The reproductive urologists, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi and Dr. Luke Machen, at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine presented their research on varicocele repair in men with testicular atrophy at the 2019 American Society for Reproductive Medicine national meeting and congress.  A varicocele is an abnormal dilation of veins around the testicle which increase testicular temperatures and [...] read more Men with varicoceles with testicular atrophy respond to varicocele repair

Treatment of men with varicoceles and a sperm count of zero

A varicocele is an abnormal dilation of scrotal veins around the testicle and can decrease sperm counts, sperm motility, and morphology.  Varicoceles can also cause increased damage to the DNA of sperm cells, having an adverse impact on fertilization, pregnancy, and miscarriage rates.  Fifteen percent of men in the general population have a varicocele and [...] read more Treatment of men with varicoceles and a sperm count of zero

Study reviews factors in subchorionic hematoma (SCH) bleeding in IVF pregnancies

Subchorionic hematoma (SCH) is a blood collection that can be visualized at pelvic ultrasound and can be a source of first trimester bleeding and distress for patients. SCH has been found to be more common among pregnancies that are achieved via in vitro fertilization (IVF).  The article at the link below was recently published in [...] read more Study reviews factors in subchorionic hematoma (SCH) bleeding in IVF pregnancies

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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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