Welcome To Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine / Westlake IVF
Renowned and Award Winning Austin Fertility Experts
With over 50 years of combined experience helping couples build families, Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine (AFRM) is the only private fertility center in the state of Texas, and one of a select few in the United States with in-house fellowship trained and board certified specialists in female and male fertility providing comprehensive care for the couple as a whole. Our family-owned and family-oriented fertility practice has earned us a reputation for providing quality and compassionate patient care. Female patients are cared for by Dr. KM Kavoussi and Dr. SK Kavoussi, our board certified reproductive endocrinologist. Dr. SK Kavoussi has been a multiple Patients’ Choice Award recipient (2008 – 2016). Male patients are cared for by Dr. PK Kavoussi and Dr. GL Machen, the only Fellowship Trained reproductive urologists in Austin. Texas Monthly Superdoctor Dr. PK Kavoussi has success rates greater than 95% for vasectomy reversals within 15 years of vasectomy and exceptionally high sperm retrieval rates for men with azoospermia (no sperm in semen).
As leaders in reproductive medicine and infertility, our physicians are continuously active in advancing research in the field. We have also been sought by the media and news for our expertise and insights into the current trends in the field of fertility.
We provide 3 convenient fertility Austin clinics, Westlake, South Austin, and Round Rock to serve patients in central Texas. Achieve your family goals today. Contact us at (512) 444-1414 or online to schedule a fertility (infertility) private consultation today.
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. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dr Kavoussi and Austin Fertility Staff, Our baby girl is perfect all thanks to you! We are forever grateful for you and what you have done for our family. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!! read more
Dr. Kavoussi and Team - Thanks to your efforts, we are celebrating our first of many Christmases with our son. Having him is the best gift we could ever receive! You never doubted that we would meet him one day, and we appreciate more than words can say. read more
The positive reviews for Dr. Parviz Kavoussi are no exaggeration. Exceptional bedside manner, professionalism and mastery were evident in all of my interactions with him. Can’t recommend him enough.read more
Dr. Kavoussi is one of the best doctors I have encountered - period. He is highly proficient, and has a phenomenal bedside manner. If one did not know better, he would think Dr. Kavoussi does what he does for the love of mankind, and not for personal gain. A rare man to be sure, and I highly recommend him.read more
I think the Kavoussi's family are a gift of God for those of us that struggle with fertility. I have nothing but good things to say about my experience with Dr. Parviz Kavoussi. He seems to always have the time to explain things out and give his best medical opinion when I needed to make a decision between a set of choices. Furthermore, Dr. Kavoussi always answered my questions and he takes good care of me. I could not ask for a better doctor. I would strongly recommend him. read more
Dr. Kavoussi and his team were excellent. During my visits, and after they showed genuine care in my well-being, both emotionally and physically. I recommend Austin Fertility without hesitation. read more
First time i met dr. kavoussi (2016) he told me "I'm going to make this happen. You're going to have a baby." i believed in his words. my baby girl twins are 6 months today! After 8 years of ttc, dr. kavoussi made it happen! best decision ever! 100% recommend dr. kavoussi and their staff. read more
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 moreDr. 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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 moreDr. Shahryar Kavoussi is interviewed on KVUE ABC News about vaping and fertility
Dr Sandra Carson received the ASRM Kavoussi Family Teaching Award
The Kavoussi family created an annual award for a teacher in the field of reproductive medicine through the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). This award is intended to support such teachers with the recognition that all fertility specialists are able to provide care for patients and advance research in the field of reproductive medicine [...]
read moreDr Sandra Carson received the ASRM Kavoussi Family Teaching Award
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi recognized as a top reviewer by multiple scientific journals
Intranasal testosterone replacement with the potential to not suppress sperm production
Traditionally, men who want to maintain fertility potential or are trying to achieve a pregnancy with their spouse/partner have been deterred from being on testosterone replacement for low testosterone. The reason for this is that all of the classic testosterone replacement medications including topical gels, injections, patches, and pellets, suppress the signaling command hormones coming [...]
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Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi discusses the association between endometriosis and potential adverse pregnancy outcomes on KVUE ABC News
A study published by the Annals of Oncology concluded that men who have received one course of chemotherapy for early stage testicular cancer are unlikely to see a detrimental effect on their sperm count and quality. Several previous studies found that men with more advanced testicular cancer who have undergone more than one treatment of chemotherapy or radiotherapy [...]
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Semen Analysis App vs. Laboratory Testing
Smartphones are assuming an increasingly large role in most people’s lives. If you have a curiosity about a certain subject, chances are good that there’s an app that will help you explore it. This is the case with certain apps that are related to male fertility. Specifically, apps that are designed to perform semen analysis [...]
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The Impact of Marijuana on Fertility
As marijuana use is legalized in more states and it becomes more socially acceptable to use it recreationally, use of this drug has increased. This holds true for couples of reproductive age who may be trying to conceive. Accordingly, it is critical that doctors understand how marijuana use may affect fertility preservation so that they [...]
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Austin Fertility’s Newest Physician: Dr. Luke Machen
Austin Fertility is excited to announce our newest physician to our clinic, Dr. Luke Machen, a reproductive urologist, who will be serving male patients in Round Rock, our newest location. Now patients in Round Rock and the greater North Austin area can enjoy a shorter drive to see us. We’re fortunate to have Dr. Machen [...]
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Fast food’s impact on male fertility
American men are becoming less fertile as a population over the decades. Men have a significantly lower sperm count than they did 50 years ago. A great deal of research is directed towards identifying potential reasons for this trend to see if there is a way it may be corrected. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was recently [...]
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Varicoceles can induce severe testicular injury resulting in sperm counts of zero with Sertoli Cell only
AMH is not a predictor of elevated serum progesterone on the day trigger in IVF patients
Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF has an article, “Serum Antimüllerian hormone does not predict elevated progesterone levels among women who undergo controlled ovarian hyperstimulation for in vitro fertilization”, published in the journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, April 2019. “We were interested in investigating whether or not the ovarian reserve biomarker, antimüllerian hormone (AMH), can predict [...]
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The 2019 Texas Monthly Super Doctor Panel Selects Dr. Parviz Kavoussi
This is the 9th consecutive year that Dr. Parviz Kavoussi has been named as a Texas Monthly Magazine Super Doctor. This small group of physicians are selected based on peer recognition, professional achievement, and disciplinary history. Doctors from multiple specialties with the highest marks from each category are chosen to be on a blue ribbon [...]
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Dr. Parviz Kavoussi contributes chapter on robot assisted vasectomy reversal
Smith’s Textbook of Endourology is widely considered the leading surgical textbook for urologic surgeons performing minimally invasive high technology surgery. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi, as a leading expert in robot assisted vasectomy reversal, was selected to contribute the chapter on robot assisted vasectomy reversal in the 4th edition of this text. The chapter includes the appropriate [...]
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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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