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, Dr. SK Kavoussi, Dr. Maya Barsky, and Dr. Dan Lebovic, our board certified reproductive endocrinologists. Dr. SK Kavoussi has been a multiple Patients’ Choice Award recipient (beginning back in 2008). 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.
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.
Dr. Kavoussi is amazing. He’s brilliant, patient, thorough, friendly, and most importantly he is an excellent surgeon. I’m so glad I trusted Dr. Kavoussi to operate on me. He clearly explained everything before and after the procedure and even called me personally after the surgery to make sure everything was going well. Dr. Kavoussi is the best of the best. Hands down. read more
Quick procedure. They prep you well, so I knew exactly what to expect. I showed up on time. My appointment was on time. Whole procedure took several minutes. Dr Kavoussi was professional and had a great attitude, which helped me to stay calm. Highly recommend. read more
My husband and I have been a patient of Dr. Lebovic for just under a year now and definitely recommend his office to anyone with fertility needs. Dr. Lebovic has worked with us through ups and downs on this journey and has been kind and caring through it all. His Nurse Practitioner, Ashlee, is absolutely amazing! She is empathetic, caring and makes you feel seen and heard. The office and providers are extremely responsive every time I have called or emailed. Ann, their financial coordinator, was also great to work with. She worked with our insurance company and us to ensure all authorizations were quickly completed and had no issues in this area (ran into financial/ins issues with another clinic). After being disappointed with two other local fertility clinics, we found a clinic that is thorough, compassionate and able to work through my fertility issues with successful results. After a failed round of IVF, Dr. Lebovic was able to research and come up with a unique plan that ended in success (we’re pregnant!!). We are very thankful to Dr. Lebovic, Ashlee and their team! read more
My miracle babies just turned 7 years old and I still think about how kind and caring Dr SK was all the time. He truly cared and was so empathetic during such a hard time. You don't ever want to have to go to a doctor for fertility issues but if you do, this is the place you want to be. I am so grateful to him and his team still to this day. He did so much for us and treated me like his own family. Go see him right away!!! Thank you Dr K, we will never forget you!! read more
If you were looking for not only the greatest doctor in Austin, but a friend, mentor, someone who relates to you, someone who is unconditionally by your side, never rushes you in the room, and always makes you feel like you are the only patient they have, please see DR.BARSKY like RIGHT AWAY!
She has been an angel to us during our journey, and thanks to her we were able to achieve conception on our first IVF attempt after many other treatments with other doctors have failed.
I suffer from PCOS, and she had provided me with the right protocol that was specifically made for me, and never made me feel like it was a written protocol for anyone else. As someone who has a hard time trusting the process, I have never ever ever ever once doubted, or questioned Dr. Barsky’s skills, guidance, and knowledge. She is absolutely fantastic and we will forever be grateful for the family she has given us.
If you are looking for someone who makes you laugh, but is also SO empathetic, so comforting, and understands your struggle(s) throughout the process, please please please see her she is going to make things so much easier for you.
There is truly no one out there like Dr. Barsky she will be there by your side for every step of the way. WE LOVE YOU DR. BARSKY! You are so easy to love! read more
If you are struggling and maybe even losing hope, it is worth your time to go visit Austin Fertility before you give up! Not only did they give us hope from the first phone call... they made it happen and gave me my baby! read more
Dear Dr. Kavoussi & Staff, we cannot begin to express our gratitude for your hand in growing our family. You have made our dream come true! We welcomed our son into the world on 12/3/2021! Y'all change lives! Thank you for what you do! read more
I have seen in total, over 10 doctors in the past few years for a number of differing medical reasons. Dr. Kavoussi is by far one of the most professional providers I have ever been treated by. He is extremely thorough and has also proven to be quite compassionate in my own personal experience. Short wait times- very helpful and friendly front end staff- clean environment.
Highly recommend and thank you for being such an important part of my healing process. read more
When I started looking for IVF locations, I was so nervous. I was new to Texas and IVF here and didn't know anybody to ask for experiences or opinions I literally took a chance and picked this clinic. My doctor at Austin Fertility was Dr. Maya Barsky. I have to admit that I was leery of female IVF doctors because of some issues in the past, which I know is unfair to judge all female doctors because of a few that didn't sit well with me (but that's what I did). I had my consultation via FaceTime with Dr. Barsky, she seemed kind, answered any all questions I had and took her time, and she was just so positive.
With each appointment I had with Dr. Barsky, I came to realized how truly great She was. She was so friendly and really took her time with me and my husband. She went through our medical history, our options going forward, which specialized doctors to speak with due to my age, situation, etc.
There was one appointment where my husband and I were concerned about a medical issue that may have changed our minds about having a baby, and Dr. Barksy didn't pressure us either way. In fact, she told us to speak to a certain kind of specialty doctor and gave us a name and phone number of a few. She told us one of our options if we were unsure how to proceed was to wait a month or two if we needed, just to make sure we were making the right decision for my safety and sanity. I knew right then that this doctor was truly WONDERFUL and made to be a doctor. We ended up being "cleared" by the specialized doctor and going through with IVF on time.
At my embryo transfer, Dr. Barsky and her team seemed as excited as I was. The two embryologists were friendly, informative and great. Dr. Barsky and her team of nurses (and also the embryologists) were like my support system since, sadly, my husband couldn't be there. Even without him there, I truly felt supported by everyone in the room. Once the embryo was safely in, I cried happy and exhausted tears. The build up in getting to that point was a lot but I was so happy and hopeful. Throughout this whole cycle, Dr. Barksy held my hand at times, gave me hugs at times, and treated me like a human being and not just a client or a patient. We ALL deserve a doctor like her for this emotional rollercoaster of a process.
I'm happy to say that I am now 12 weeks pregnant (if you're reading this Dr. Barksy or Austin Fertility staff- IT'S A BOY!). I've graduated from the clinic to my OB/GYN labor and delivery doctor. I wish I could have Dr. Barsky as my doctor for this whole pregnancy journey. I've told her this many times so she knows. 🙂
I would have written this positive review whether my IVF process resulted in a pregnancy or not though, simply because it's the truth and Dr. Barksy and her team deserve it. I'm so incredibly happy that I went to Austin Fertility and had Dr. Barsky as my doctor. read more
Receptionist was very friendly and helpful, Dr. Machen is amazing. He spent so much time answering all my questions and explaining everything. He was very honest about what his opinion was, what was fact, and what was an educated guess. Really helped me have clarity about my options going forward. Very friendly, great bedside manner. read more
Well, here it is, the review that will save you time shopping around for the right Dr. to help you grow your family. Dr. Kavoussi is great to speak with, and he’s very straightforward with describing procedures and expectations. I initially had a vasectomy just over a decade back, and it was performed by a relatively young Dr. that placed the clips a bit too low. Dr. Kavoussi stated I was one of his most difficult reversal surgeries, yet it was shortly after the six week recovery period that we had the news that we were expecting. Friends and family were pleasantly surprised about the time frame that we saw results, and it really goes to show how much effort this team puts in when it comes to dealing with complex surgeries like mine. Recovery was fast and didn’t involve much pain at all despite my situation requiring a longer surgery and some bigger incisions. I’m eternally grateful to have the opportunity to have a family after rebuilding my life, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of Dr. Kavoussi and his wonderful team. Thanks again!!! read more
For the record guys I just left the vasectomy clinic. EASIEST PROCEDURE EVER! I laid down for 15 minutes and before I knew it, it was over! Dr. Luke Machen at Austin Fertility and Reproductive Health in Round Rock is amazing. He was very sensitive to my concerns and quite gentle with my goods. I highly recommend. read more
Dr. Kavoussi, Nurses and Staff, It is with the most grateful hearts that we have you to thank for this happy and healthy baby boy. We still talk about your positive spirits that made a difficult time just a bit easier. Thank you for this gift and for all that you do! read more
My husband and I were trying for a year and suffered from reoccurring chemical pregnancies. We found Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi's fertility clinic on google. I received a consultation and became a patient of Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi's in June of 2019. In my consultation with Dr. Kavoussi, he addressed every concern, made me feel very positive and sure that he would help me figure out what was preventing my husband and I from conceiving a healthy pregnancy. My blood work showed my prolactin level was elevated so Dr. Kavoussi prescribed me cabergoline to level my hormones which was contributing to why I was having reoccurring miscarriages and prolonged cycles. I also had an HSG dye test which shows that both of my Fallopian tubes were thankfully open. I fell pregnant in October of 2019 on Femara, progesterone suppositories, cabergoline and timed intercourse. Just 3 cycles in of being on cabergoline and a patient of Dr. Kavoussi. I am so thankful for Dr. Kavoussi for helping me resolve my fertility issue and being so attentive to my concerns. I carried my pregnancy to term without any complications. I gave birth on the 4th of July 2020. I currently have a happy and healthy 1 year old that fills our life with SO much LOVE & LIGHT. Now that our daughter is one, we are back at Dr. Kavoussi's office ready to ttc for baby #2. Our baby girl is here with us today because of Dr. Kavoussi and his team! I refer all of my friends with fertility issues to him. He really is knowledgeable and genuinely cares about his patients. If you're reading this review like I was a few years back debating on whether or not to book a consult I'd say give him a call! He will NOT let you down! read more
My experiences here were phenomenal. The doctors, nurses, ins reps, office managers, financial people- all the rest are amazing. I had a retrieval at age 37, I'm holding my son now from my first FET at age 38. They were cautious and careful. Dr. K is amazing. I'm starting another FET now. Gladly recommend Austin Fertility / Westlake IVF. read more
My experience at Westlake IVF has been quite amazing! The entire team from receptionists, to sonographer, nurse practitioner, and doctors have all been amazing!!! I am an actual person to them, not just another patient like I felt was treated at other clinics. We have had great success in our process so far. Communication has been great and I always feel well informed. I highly recommend Westlake IVF to anyone! read more
I had procedure done here by doc Luke, great guy, true definition of professional, real bro vibes right here... the front office staff was amazing overall. Amazing job. I recommend a million times. read more
Dr. Kavoussi is the best Physician I have ever had the privilege of working with. He goes above and beyond to meet my care needs while effectively communicating to my provider ecosystem. Highly recommend for all Urology & Fertility needs. read more
Dr. Kavoussi, Amy & Staff... Thank you so very much for everything you did. We are sad that this will be our last appointment with your office. Thank you for being so caring and attentive to us during this process. We look forward to introducing you to our bundle of joy in 6 months! read more
Hi Dr. Barsky, Theresa, Andrea & Ann... wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! Hope you all have a healthy and happy holiday season. Thank you for all that you have done for us, to make our dreams of a family a (soon to be) reality! You have made us feel so comfortable and confident in the whole process. Looking forward to the next steps in 2021! read more
Dr. Kavoussi, words cannot express my gratitude for the years of wonderful care I have been blessed to received from you. Thank you so much for all you have done, and all you continue to do for couples like us who have struggled with fertility issues. You are a unique doctor to say the least. read more
Dear AFRM Team, Thank you so much for all your support, encouragement, and professionalism. We appreciate how you have walked with us through this long process and are grateful for your dedication and care. You do an amazing job! read more
Q&A: Gold Standard in Female Infertility Evaluation
Female fertility specialist, Dr. Dan Lebovic answers the question, “Is there a gold standard in female infertility evaluation?” The gold standard evaluation for female infertility may need to be tailored depending on the patient’s potential cause of infertility but if there is no known issue readily apparent then specific tests are most certainly warranted. The [...]
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Q&A: Gold Standard in Male Fertility Evaluation
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi, male fertility specialist answers the question, “Is there a gold standard in male infertility evaluation?” The conventional semen analysis has been the cornerstone of the male fertility evaluation, and it is useful in many circumstances but is far from a perfect predictor of male fertility potential. There has been a focus over [...]
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Q&A: Genetic Carrier Screening
Dr. Maya Barsky, a female infertility specialist answers the question, “What is genetic carrier screening and when is it needed?” Answer: Preconception genetic carrier screening is a tool that patients have to evaluate if they are carriers for certain genetic disorders. There are many different companies offering these tests often having 200+ genes they are [...]
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Dr. Parviz Kavoussi judges abstracts for SLS minimally invasive surgery week
The Society of Larparoendoscopic Surgeon’s holds its annual scientific meeting with its minimally invasive surgery week, presenting the latest and greatest in minimally invasive surgery. As a recognized leader in minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was charged with the task to judge and review scientific abstracts for acceptance into the meeting. Dr. Kavoussi states, [...]
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Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors research paper evaluating cytocentrifugation to help isolate sperm cells.
Dr Parviz Kavoussi leads conference on medical treatment for male infertility
There are a lot of misconceptions about medications that can improve male infertility. Unfortunately, most data shows that most medications used to improve male fertility do not significantly improve sperm parameters, pregnancy, or live birth rates, except for fairly rare specific situations. Similarly, vitamins and supplements have not been proven to improve male fertility or [...]
read moreDr Parviz Kavoussi leads conference on medical treatment for male infertility
Dr Parviz Kavoussi co-authors study on antisperm antibodies
Antisperm antibodies (ASA) are formed as a result of an abnormal exposure of mature sperm cells to the immune system. ASA testing is a high-level andrology laboratory test that is offered at Westlake IVF for infertile men who meet criteria for this complex testing. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi states, “ASA can be a cause of male [...]
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Dr. Parviz Kavoussi discusses the impact of COVID 19 infection on male fertility
AFRM’s medical and laboratory team co-author the original research article, “The effects of hysteroscopic morcellation of endometrial polyps on frozen embryo transfer outcomes”, in collaboration with the Institute for Social Research at University of Michigan, in the journal European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors study on sperm vitality
Sperm vitality is a laboratory assessment of whether sperm cells are alive or not. It is an important adjunct to be considered when basic semen analyses reveal specific concerning findings. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was part of an international consortium to write a comprehensive scientific article on the diagnosis and management of men with poor sperm [...]
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AFRM team publishes research showing testicular pathology is associated with FSH levels and testicular sizes.
AFRM and UofSC collaboratively present two research projects at the ASRM meeting
The medical and embryology teams at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF, in a collaborative study with the Department of Biomedical Sciences at The University of South Carolina Greenville, presented two research projects at the 76th annual American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting in Baltimore on October 19th, 2021. Blastocyst fluid-conditioned media (BFCM) is [...]
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Dr. Dolores J. Lamb: 2021 Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award
Dr. Dolores J. Lamb, is this year’s recipient of the Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award at the 2021 American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting. Currently at Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Lamb serves as the Vice Chair for Research in the Urology Department, the Director of the Center for Reproductive Genomics, and a Dow Professor [...]
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Dr. Parviz Kavoussi’s study indicates that men converting from clomiphene to Natesto desiring maintenance of spermatogenesis should be followed closely
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors study on retrograde ejaculation
Retrograde ejaculation is a disorder that results in a substantial redirection of semen backwards, so to speak, to the bladder, instead of going the correct direction outward through the urethra. There can be a number of causes of retrograde ejaculation such as pelvic/prostate surgery, pelvic radiation, uncontrolled diabetes, multiple sclerosis, retroperitoneal surgery, and certain medications. [...]
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Pregnancy After the Pill
Women looking to get pregnant after taking birth control pills often wonder how long it will take. Although most women get pregnant within six months after stopping the pill, the answer depends on several factors including age, weight, overall health, and length of time on the pill. Pregnancy rates tend to decline in women after [...]
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Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors study on leukocytospermia
Leukocytospermia, or an elevation of white blood cells in the semen, is a marker of infection or inflammation in the male reproductive tract. When activated, white blood cells can generate high levels of reactive oxygen species resulting in oxidative stress which has been correlated with poor sperm quality, increased levels of sperm DNA damage (fragmentation), [...]
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Causes and Treatments for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Recurrent pregnancy loss, or RPL, is defined by 2 or more miscarriages before the pregnancy progresses past the 20th week. The losses can be biochemical or clinical losses to be considered as recurrent pregnancy losses. Different Types of Pregnancy Loss A clinical pregnancy loss is one where the pregnancy has been diagnosed [...]
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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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