With over 50 years of combined experience helping couples build families, Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine (AFRM) is the only private fertility center in the state of Texas, and one of a select few in the United States with in-house fellowship trained and board certified specialists in female and male fertility providing comprehensive care for the couple as a whole. Our family-owned and family-oriented fertility practice has earned us a reputation for providing quality and compassionate patient care. Female patients are cared for by Dr. KM Kavoussi, Dr. SK Kavoussi, Dr. Maya Barsky, and Dr. Dan Lebovic, our board certified reproductive endocrinologists. Dr. SK Kavoussi has been a multiple Patients’ Choice Award recipient (beginning back in 2008). Male patients are cared for by Dr. PK Kavoussi and Dr. GL Machen, the only Fellowship Trained reproductive urologists in Austin. Texas Monthly Superdoctor Dr. PK Kavoussi has success rates greater than 95% for vasectomy reversals within 15 years of vasectomy and exceptionally high sperm retrieval rates for men with azoospermia (no sperm in semen).
As leaders in reproductive medicine and infertility, our physicians are continuously active in advancing research in the field. We have also been sought by the media and news for our expertise and insights into the current trends in the field of fertility.
We provide 3 convenient fertility Austin clinics, Westlake, South Austin, and Round Rock to serve patients in central Texas. Achieve your family goals today. Contact us at (512) 444-1414 or online to schedule a fertility (infertility) private consultation today.
Fertility Austin Comprehensive Couple Evaluation
As the only fertility clinic in Austin specializing in a comprehensive care approach within the same practice, our physicians are able to recommend and provide ALL treatment options to couples. We are the only Austin Fertility center with an in-house reproductive urologist. We strongly believe that the optimal fertility care of the couple – both the female and male partner provides best results for conceiving.
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A common misconception is that infertility is only an issue on the woman’s side. However, 22% of infertility cases are attributed to male factor while an additional 30% to 40% include both male and female factors. Evaluation of the male partner can diagnose and treat reversible hormonal, anatomical, and genetic conditions in which assisted reproductive technology (ART) using the male partner’s sperm can be performed to improve the chances of pregnancy. For irreversible conditions, donor insemination may be an option.
The best infertility care requires an in depth knowledge of how the female and male reproductive systems work together. At AFRM, reproductive endocrinologists and reproductive urologists work as a team to improve the fertility outcome for the couple as a whole. Our unique, comprehensive care approach within the same practice, allows our physicians to prescribe combination treatment options including in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplastmic sperm (ICSI), IVF/ICSI, intrauterine insemination (IUI), sperm retrieval, varicocele repair, vasectomy reversal, donor egg IVF, and donor sperm for IVF or intrauterine insemination (IUI).
Comprehensive couple care is important especially for complex cases such as non-obstructive azoospermia, where there is deficiency of sperm in the semen without blockage in the male anatomy. A very specialized procedure known as microdissection testicular sperm extraction (microTESE) offers the chance to find microscopic pockets of sperm production within the testicle in the majority of men in this difficult circumstance. The extracted sperm can be used in combination with IVF to help couples conceive. This is a very different process than the simple sperm retrieval which is performed for men with blockages (vasectomy or other anatomic obstruction) that requires a very high level of expertise for acceptable success rates. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi has fellowship specialty training in microTESE, is the only surgeon in Austin with such training, and has excellent success rates in such technically demanding sperm retrievals.
In addition to improving a couple’s chances of having a baby, our comprehensive evaluations benefit patients from an overall health standpoint. Men with sexual function issues may be impacted by health risks such as high cholesterol, low testosterone, and cancer.
Quality and Compassionate Care
We are recognized by patients and peers in providing high quality, compassionate and individualized care, the cornerstone of our family-run and family-oriented fertility practice. Our priority is providing couples with the best care in a private and comfortable environment. Each patient receives personalized care and treatment by our physicians themselves, from consultation to procedure. We are the only fertility Austin center with an in-house IVF lab residing in the same office as our clinic to ensure that patients have a sense of comfort and familiarity with both the staff and the environment.
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For men who have undergone a vasectomy previously, our highly successful vasectomy reversal procedure can help you start or expand your family. Dr. PK Kavoussi, our male infertility physician can consult with you on vasectomy reversal and appropriate fertility treatment options.
Preeminent Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Leaders
In addition to the clinical care to patients, our physicians are at the forefront of advancing and contributing to the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility and reproductive urology. We collaborate on clinical and scientific research, author peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, co-author textbooks, and lecture at the University of Texas at Austin.
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With physicians specializing in both female and male fertility at our Austin infertility clinics, AFRM ensures all patients receive the best comprehensive care. With high success rates, award winning physicians, and over 40 years of experience, you can count on our Austin fertility center to help you start the family you’ve always wanted. Request a consultation by calling us at 512-444-1414 or online.
AFRM is the only private fertility center in Austin that looks at a couple’s fertility as exactly that, a “couple’s” fertility. In fact, AFRM is the ONLY private fertility center in the state of Texas, and one of a select few in the United States with in-house fellowship trained and board certified specialists in female and male fertility, in order to provide ALL options for couples.Read More
At Austin Fertility Reproductive Medicine & Westlake IVF (AFRM), we’re honored to be presented with the 2017 Yelp Award.
Dr. Kavoussi, Amy & Staff... Thank you so very much for everything you did. We are sad that this will be our last appointment with your office. Thank you for being so caring and attentive to us during this process. We look forward to introducing you to our bundle of joy in 6 months! read more
Hi Dr. Barsky, Theresa, Andrea & Ann... wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! Hope you all have a healthy and happy holiday season. Thank you for all that you have done for us, to make our dreams of a family a (soon to be) reality! You have made us feel so comfortable and confident in the whole process. Looking forward to the next steps in 2021! read more
Dr. Kavoussi, words cannot express my gratitude for the years of wonderful care I have been blessed to received from you. Thank you so much for all you have done, and all you continue to do for couples like us who have struggled with fertility issues. You are a unique doctor to say the least. read more
Dear AFRM Team, Thank you so much for all your support, encouragement, and professionalism. We appreciate how you have walked with us through this long process and are grateful for your dedication and care. You do an amazing job! read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 [...]
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Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is interviewed on KVUE ABC News about COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy
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 moreMarijuana: Good or Bad for Male Fertility?
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi presents on a form of testosterone which may preserve sperm production
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 moreStudy 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 moreDr. Parviz Kavoussi serves as a panelist for SCS meeting
Austin Fertility’s Newest Physician: Dr. Dan Lebovic
Austin Fertility is excited that Dr. Dan Lebovic has joined the clinic. Specializing in reproductive endocrinology and fertility, Dr. Lebovic’s clinical and research experience will be invaluable in helping patients with their family building goals. Learn more about him by reading his bio and CV. We had an opportunity to ask him some questions. Here’s [...]
read moreAustin Fertility’s Newest Physician: Dr. Dan Lebovic
Multiple Treatment Possibilities for Members of LGBTQ+ Community
Here at AFRM we help build loving families and understand that there is not only one way to become a parent. We are here to help you fulfill your family building goals and there are several options available to the LGBTQ+ community. Depending on sperm and egg availability, here are some treatment possibilities for using [...]
read moreMultiple Treatment Possibilities for Members of LGBTQ+ Community
Men with an atrophic testicle due to damage from varicocele get improvement in fertility with repair
Dr. Leon Speroff received 2020 Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award
At this year’s American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) annual meeting, Dr. Leon Speroff was given the 2020 Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award. A leading reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Speroff’s accomplishments include founder of the journal, Prostaglandins and a former ASRM president. About the Award: The Kavoussi Family Teacher Award was established in 2014 to honor teachers in the field of reproductive [...]
read moreDr. Leon Speroff received 2020 Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award
E-cigarettes may have negative effects on Sperm Counts
Billed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, the popularity of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, has increased in recent years. While e-cigarettes do contain fewer chemicals and may be beneficial in adults as a substitute for smoked tobacco products, they are far from safe. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, heavy metals, and other volatile organic compounds, all [...]
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Is Metformin beneficial in PCOS?
Insulin resistance is a common feature of PCOS- when more insulin is needed to keep sugars at a normal range. There are not really any great tests for insulin resistance which are widely available, but a 2hr glucose tolerance test can give you an idea. The medication Metformin can help with insulin sensitizing by decreasing [...]
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PCOS is more than an ovulation disorder
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common causes of anovulation and infertility, affecting up to 10% of reproductive age women. It is a multifactorial disease, and not every PCOS patient looks the same. It is often defined by the Rotterdam criteria which includes polycystic ovaries, irregular menses, and/or clinical or laboratory evidence [...]
read morePCOS is more than an ovulation disorder
Austin Fertility’s Newest Female Fertility Specialist: Dr. Maya Barsky
Austin Fertility is thrilled to have Dr. Maya Barsky, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist, join the practice. A highly respected physician, she brings years of clinical and research experience. Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi, Austin Fertility’s Medical Director states, “Dr. Barsky is an excellent fit for our center. As part of our team, we’ll be able [...]
read moreAustin Fertility’s Newest Female Fertility Specialist: Dr. Maya Barsky
The team at AFRM has a 71% sperm retrieval rates with microTESE for men with sperm count of zero
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors guideline for clinicians on sperm DNA fragmentation
As 60% of couples struggling with infertility have a male factor contribution in their difficulty conceiving, higher levels of testing of the male partner is necessary. Since the 1600s, the traditional semen analysis has been the cornerstone of the male fertility evaluation. This includes measuring the semen volume, the sperm concentration (number of millions of [...]
read moreDr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors guideline for clinicians on sperm DNA fragmentation
Providing Safe Fertility Care During a Pandemic
“Primum non nocere” is Latin for “above all else do no harm”. This a part of the Hippocratic Oath that all physicians take, which has taken on a whole new meaning during the COVID 19 pandemic. As time goes by, we learn how to better provide the highest quality fertility care in a safe manner. [...]
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Prednisone may help men struggling to conceive after vasectomy reversal
Every year in the US, approximately 500,000 men undergo a vasectomy, and 3-6% of these men ultimately elect to have the vasectomy reversed. Fortunately, success rates for vasectomy reversal when using an operative microscope can exceed 95%. However, despite a successful operation, a small number of men can have persistently low sperm counts as a [...]
read morePrednisone may help men struggling to conceive after vasectomy reversal
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.
read moreHow Pesticides Might Affect Men’s Sexual Health
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.
read moreGetting 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.
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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.
read moreSpecialist urologists should handle vasectomy reversal cases says 10-year study
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.
read moreGum Disease and Bedroom Bummer for Men
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.
read moreHypogonadism/Low sex drive/Low testosterone
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.
read moreIf Family Planning Ain't Broke, Don't Fix it
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.
read moreHaving Klinefelter Syndrome
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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