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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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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
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

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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

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi presents at UT Austin Dell Medical School Grand Rounds

There are a great deal of misconceptions regarding male fertility, not only in the general public, but in the medical community.  Dr. Kavoussi was invited to lecture at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School urology grand rounds.  He spoke on the topic of male fertility myths debunked.  “There is a great deal [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi presents at UT Austin Dell Medical School Grand Rounds

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi lectures at UTHSCSA infertility symposium

The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio hosted an infertility symposium to residents and fellows in the departments of urology, obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi served as a faculty lecturer on the topic of male infertility.  Dr. Kavoussi states, “It was a wonderful experience to have [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi lectures at UTHSCSA infertility symposium

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi reviews abstract for SLS minimally invasive surgery week

As an expert in robot assisted microsurgical vasectomy reversal, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was privileged to review abstracts for the 2020 minimally invasive surgery week at the Society of Lapraroendoscopic Surgeons meeting.  Dr. Kavoussi states, “It is always a pleasure to have such opportunities to review scientific research abstracts in minimally invasive surgery and getting to [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi reviews abstract for SLS minimally invasive surgery week

Tips for Couples to Maximize Their Fertility

Couples seeking fertility help to start a family should know that lifestyle, diet, and health can impact the ability to conceive. The steps that they take before, during and after fertility treatments may improve their odds of getting pregnant. The results of fertility treatments may be more positive when the couple keeps their overall health [...] read more Tips for Couples to Maximize Their Fertility

Long term efficacy and safety of treatment for low T in a fertility preserving manner

A longstanding dilemma in male fertility is how to treat men with low testosterone in a manner that is not bad for their fertility.  With the growing population of men in the US being diagnosed with hypogonadism (low testosterone) every year, a larger group of men in the age range where they still want to [...] read more Long term efficacy and safety of treatment for low T in a fertility preserving manner

Journal of Urology commentary on robotic vasectomy reversal

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was one of the three selected specialists in robot assisted vasectomy reversal invited to write about the pros of this technique in an article in the medical journal Fertility & Sterility.  The Journal of Urology recently published a commentary on this article commenting on robot assisted vasectomy reversal.  Dr. Kavoussi, a renowned [...] read more Journal of Urology commentary on robotic vasectomy reversal

Long term safety and effectiveness of treating low testosterone in fertility preserving manner

There are 13.1 million men in the United States diagnosed with low testosterone, or hypogonadism, annually. Many men seek treatment but the traditional testosterone replacement options such as topical gels, injections, pellets, and patches suppress sperm production and can have an adverse impact on a man’s fertility. Off-label use of a SERM, an oral medication [...] read more Long term safety and effectiveness of treating low testosterone in fertility preserving manner

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is interviewed on KVUE ABC News about vaping and fertility

E-cigarette use, or “vaping”, due to statements of greater safety than cigarette smoking, has become more popular among adolescents and pregnant women.  Moreover, it has been used more commonly in recent years as an alternative by individuals who are attempting cessation of cigarette smoking.  Due to a lack of long-term and second generation data, there [...] read more Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is interviewed on KVUE ABC News about vaping and fertility

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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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