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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.

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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 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
05/04/2021
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi is the best!  Literally saved my life. read more
02/08/2021
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
02/05/2021
Dr. Kavoussi and team, Thank you for everything you have done for us.  We are so appreciative of every one of you.  We hope to bring the baby to visit you some day soon  🙂 read more
02/01/2021
Dr. Machen is very professional and personable, which helps to ease the anxiety of the procedure.  He is also very skilled.  I highly recommend. read more
01/25/2021
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
12/18/2020
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
12/01/2020
Westlake IVF & Austin Fertility Team - Hope this season is every bit as wonderful as you are!  We are grateful for your genuine care.  Merry Christmas! read more
11/30/2020
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
11/13/2020
Dr. Kavoussi and Amy, we couldn't have done this without you and will be forever grateful for our bundle of joy!  Thank you so much for everything you do! read more
10/20/2020
Dr. Kavoussi & Team, our beautiful daughter will be turning a year old in two weeks.  When we were struggling to get pregnant, time dragged on forever but now it seems to be flying.  I just wanted to thank you for bringing this perfect little person into our lives.  She is so sweet, funny, smart, and all around amazing.  She brings so much joy to every day.  I can't imagine life without her in it.  You all have truly changed our lives by helping us bring her into our family and with all of the compassion and encouragement you showed us along the way.  Thank you for everything!  I hope you are all doing well during these unusual times. read more
10/16/2020
Dr. Kavoussi, Amy and staff were wonderful throughout our infertility journey.  It felt very much like we were communicating with family.  They understand my family's work and home situation and made accommodations for us to be treated at the clinic.  You will never find a more caring and compassionate clinic that truly cares about you and your individual journey. read more
10/07/2020
I am starting my fertility treatment with Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi.  I am going through IVF procedure with Austin Fertility and recommend them to everyone.  I am putting my faith in God that everything goes well in our journey. read more
09/18/2020
I was a patient of Dr. K.M. Kavoussi 30+ years ago.  Dr. Kavoussi is the best!  My husband and I tried for 2 years with no success.  After fertility treatment, my son was born June 12, 1986.  I will always remember you.  Thank you Dr. K! read more
09/03/2020
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

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Reassuring studies reveal COVID 19 does not have an adverse impact on female or male fertility

Although the mechanism of action of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID 19 mRNA vaccines did not raise a scientific concern for an impact on fertility, reassuring studies have been published that prove there is not a significant concern.  Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi and Dr. Parviz Kavoussi discussed the data in these scientific publications on Fox 7 [...] read more Reassuring studies reveal COVID 19 does not have an adverse impact on female or male fertility

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi is featured on Lifetime’s Balancing Act discussing treatment of testosterone deficiency in a fertility preserving manner

One of the long-standing challenges in men with testosterone deficiency has been treatment for this condition in a manner that does not suppress sperm production but also optimizes symptomatic response to treatment.  Traditional testosterone replacement treatments, such as gels and intramuscular injections, significantly suppress sperm production.  This has left limited treatment options for men wanting [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi is featured on Lifetime’s Balancing Act discussing treatment of testosterone deficiency in a fertility preserving manner

Varicocele Repair Leads to a Happy Father’s Day

A varicocele is an abnormal dilation of veins around the testicle which damage testicular cell function and can have an adverse impact on sperm production.  Varicoceles are found in 15% of men in the general population and 40% of men presenting for male fertility evaluations, making a varicocele the most common correctable cause of male [...] read more Varicocele Repair Leads to a Happy Father’s Day

AFRM opens andrology laboratory at South Austin location for semen analyses and IUIs

Andrology laboratory services are a crucial need in the care of fertility patients. These services include the semen analysis, which is the cornerstone of the male fertility evaluation, as well as higher level functional testing such as sperm DNA fragmentation testing. Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF has traditionally offered such diagnostic andrology services at [...] read more AFRM opens andrology laboratory at South Austin location for semen analyses and IUIs

Fertility Considerations for Older Women

Infertility clinics have seen an increasing number of women desiring children in their 40s and 50s.  In addition, men aged 60 and even into their 70s desiring to father a child are becoming more common.  In vitro fertilization (IVF) rates using a women’s own eggs in her 40s dramatically decreases even in patients with a [...] read more Fertility Considerations for Older Women

Can the COVID-19 vaccine impact a man’s fertility? Dr. Parviz Kavoussi responds in the Austin American Statesman.

Although the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming more widespread, there are still concerns that have arisen regarding it.  One concern is whether the vaccine may impact a man’s fertility in an adverse manner.  Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was interviewed by the Austin American Statesman regarding this.  He states, “There is no data indicating that the vaccine should [...] read more Can the COVID-19 vaccine impact a man’s fertility? Dr. Parviz Kavoussi responds in the Austin American Statesman.

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi and patients Karin and William Baker are interviewed on KEYE CBS News on Mother’s Day about embryo transfer during Austin’s recent ice storm

During the recent ice storm in the Austin area in mid-February of this year, an Austin couple was able to have their embryo transfer at Westlake IVF.  “It took ultimate teamwork to be able to perform IVF procedures for our patients during the ice storm”, said Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi.  “We needed to have one doctor [...] read more Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi and patients Karin and William Baker are interviewed on KEYE CBS News on Mother’s Day about embryo transfer during Austin’s recent ice storm

The Female Reproductive System: How it Works, Fertility Issues & Treatment

It is recommended if a woman is under 35 and has not successfully conceived after a year of trying to seek help from a fertility specialist, who can help evaluate and provide treatment plan options. Issues relating to the female reproductive system is one of the common causes of female infertility.   THE FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE [...] read more The Female Reproductive System: How it Works, Fertility Issues & Treatment

Westlake IVF welcomes Kenneth I. Aston, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. as IVF and andrology laboratory director

The team at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF is very pleased to welcome Dr. Kenneth I. Aston as the IVF and andrology laboratory director.  Dr. Aston is well recognized and accomplished in the field.  He completed his Ph.D. in Animal Science/Reproductive Physiology at Utah State University as well as a post doctorate degree at [...] read more Westlake IVF welcomes Kenneth I. Aston, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. as IVF and andrology laboratory director

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors study on global use of antioxidants for male infertility.

The use of antioxidants for infertile men is a common clinical practice globally; however, there is a great deal of variation between practice patterns amongst physicians worldwide on whether antioxidants are given, for which patients, which antioxidants, in what combinations, and at what dosing.  The truth is there is not confirmed definitive benefit of antioxidant [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors study on global use of antioxidants for male infertility.

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is interviewed on KEYE CBS News about COVID-19 vaccines and fertility

Do COVID-19 vaccines adversely affect fertility?  In December 2020, there was misinformation via a post on social media, which falsely claimed that COVID-19 vaccines negatively impact fertility.  The theory, which has been shown to be untrue, was that the antibodies generated by the COVID-19 vaccination would not only defend the body against the spike protein [...] read more Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is interviewed on KEYE CBS News about COVID-19 vaccines and fertility

Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 14 - 20th, 2021)

March 14 – 20th this year is Patient Safety Awareness Week. We believe that safe patient outcome is of utmost importance. For patients who are seeking infertility treatment, here is a short list of what to look for to ensure you are getting care that puts safety first: 1)  Work with a fertility specialist with [...] read more Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 14 - 20th, 2021)

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi reviews scientific abstracts for SLS minimally invasive surgery conference

The Society of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgeons holds an annual meeting titled minimally invasive surgery week.  As a leader in robotic microsurgical vasectomy reversal, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was selected to review scientific abstracts by minimally invasive surgeons for presentation at that meeting.  Dr. Kavoussi states, “It is very exciting to have the opportunity to get [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi reviews scientific abstracts for SLS minimally invasive surgery conference

Challenges Finding Male Fertility Specialists

Infertility affects up to 15% of all couples worldwide, and up to 50% of these couples will have a male factor contribution. Common causes of male infertility may result from hormonal or anatomical issues, such as varicoceles. These are important to identify because if corrected, they can improve semen parameters and pregnancy rates. Other procedures [...] read more Challenges Finding Male Fertility Specialists

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is interviewed on KVUE ABC News about COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy

Available data suggest that symptomatic pregnant patients with COVID-19 are at increased risk of more severe illness compared with nonpregnant women.  The absolute risk for severe COVID-19 among pregnant women is low; however, data indicates an increased risk of ICU admission, need for mechanical ventilation and ventilatory support, and death reported in pregnant women with [...] read more Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is interviewed on KVUE ABC News about COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy

AFRM team publishes study converting men maintaining fertility from clomid to Natesto.

As more men are waiting until later in life to father children, and more men are being diagnosed with low testosterone at a younger age, there is a fair amount of cross-over in these 2 groups of men.  A longstanding challenge in reproductive medicine has been treating men with low testosterone in a fertility preserving [...] read more AFRM team publishes study converting men maintaining fertility from clomid to Natesto.

Marijuana: Good or Bad for Male Fertility?

As more and more states legalize marijuana, there has been a corresponding increase in its utilization. In fact, it’s been estimated that 16.5% of adults in the US regularly use marijuana. Understandably, this has led to increased interest in possible health benefits and risks, including its potential effects on male fertility. There is evidence that [...] read more Marijuana: Good or Bad for Male Fertility?

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi presents on a form of testosterone which may preserve sperm production

As more men are being diagnosed with hypogonadism (testosterone deficiency) at younger ages, a challenge has been treating them with medications to increase testosterone levels in a way that is not detrimental for their sperm production and fertility potential.  Traditionally medications such as clomiphene citrate and hCG have been used to stimulate testicular cell testosterone [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi presents on a form of testosterone which may preserve sperm production

Study of Mosaic Embryo Transfers

Last year, at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) annual meeting, mosaic embryos were a big discussion. Should we transfer them? This year, data was presented on comparing clinical outcomes from transfers of 1,000 mosaic embryos to a control group of 5,561 euploid embryos. What is a mosaic embryo you may ask? When an [...] read more Study of Mosaic Embryo Transfers

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi serves as a panelist for SCS meeting

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was invited to serve as a panelist for the section on controversies in men’s health for the south central section of the American Urological Association annual meeting.  Dr. Kavoussi was charged with the task of discussing testosterone deficiency, including its treatment options and the potential implications for reproductive health.  It has been [...] read more Dr. Parviz Kavoussi serves as a panelist for SCS meeting

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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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