Monthly Archives: July 2014

Men with Klinefelter’s Syndrome Can Be Fathers

One in 500 males in the population is born with a specific variation in their chromosome makeup.  As the typical man has a karyotype (chromosome makeup) of 46, XY, men with Klinefelter’s Syndrome (KS) have an extra X chromosome, 47, XXY.  Men with KS have no sperm in the semen, except for the rare […]

Do Uterine Fibroids Affect Fertility?

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids, also known as uterine “leiomyomata” or “myomas”, are solid masses arising from the smooth muscle cells that form the uterine musculature, also known as the myometrium.  They are present in 30-50% of women and, although they can occur in women of any ethnic background, uterine fibroids are more common […]

A Blood Test to Check a Luteal Progesterone Level for Luteal Phase Assessment is Not Considered Accurate Testing

A blood test to check a luteal progesterone level for luteal phase assessment is not considered accurate testing

Why is progesterone important?

Progesterone is the hormone that supports the lining of the uterine cavity which is called the “endometrium”, in order to help with the implantation of an embryo.  In addition, if pregnancy occurs, progesterone helps […]

Dr. Kavoussi Goes on Air on NBC News to Discuss the Effect of Cell Phones on Sperm and Male Fertility

On Monday July 21st, 2014, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi will go on air live at the NBC news studio in Austin to discuss the impact of cell phones on sperm and male fertility.  The discussion will primarily be to review the findings of a recent study regarding this topic.  This study is a meta-analysis, which […]

With Infertility, Eating Bigger Breakfast Can Make all the Difference.

For women battling infertility, breakfast truly may be the most important meal of the day. Eating the largest meal in the morning instead of the evening can result in higher rates of ovulation in some women struggling with infertility, according to a recent study by scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel […]

Secondary Infertility: Causes & Treatments

Although secondary infertility accounts for nearly one third of infertility cases, the topic tends to lurk in the shadows of public conversation. Diagnosed when a couple who has previously had biological children without medical assistance is unable to get pregnant or to successfully carry a pregnancy to term after a year of trying, the […]

How Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) is a Useful Test When Individualizing an IVF Cycle

What is AMH?

AMH is a hormone that, in women, is produced by cells called “granulosa cells”, which surround the follicles (fluid collections that contain the eggs in the ovaries).  In the field of Reproductive Medicine, AMH is considered a measure of a woman’s ovarian reserve, which refers to the number of eggs that remain […]

Basic Science Research by Dr. Parviz Kavoussi Strives to Improve Odds for Couples to Conceive When the Man Has a Sperm Count of Zero

One percent of men in the United States are azoospermic, or have no sperm in their semen and 10-15% of men who go to the doctor to be evaluated for infertility will have no sperm in their semen.  Men with azoospermia are categorized as those with an anatomic blockage not allowing sperm to get […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi on Blog Radio Show Pelvic Zen (February 2014)

In February 2014, Dr Parviz Kavoussi was a guest on the blog radio show Pelvic Zen, during which Dr. Kavoussi discussed what patients need to know to prepare for a vasectomy and what they should expect afterwards. He also discussed vasectomy reversals, how commonly they are performed, expected success rates, and what factors predict […]

Austin Fit Magazine April 2014 “Fitness Improves Outcomes for Infertile Couples

Couples are more likely to enhance their fertility with fitness, according to the recent article “Assisted Reproductive Technologies Benefit from Better Health” in the April, 2014 issue of Austin Fit Magazine. Penned by Dr. Parviz Kavoussi and Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi of Austin Fertility and Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF, the article discusses the important and sometimes […]