Yearly Archives: 2017

FAQ: Is it typical to perform ICSI for IVF?

ICSI is recommended in cases of frozen oocytes that are thawed, due to the hardening of the zona pellucida (the cover or “shell” that surrounds the oocyte) when oocytes are frozen. “Standard insemination” for IVF (also known as “conventional” insemination for IVF) does not result in good fertilization rates in the case of frozen-thawed […]

ASRM features Dr. Parviz Kavoussi’s research on Clomiphene Citrate and semen parameters

There is a great deal of controversy in the scientific research on whether Clomiphene Citrate, a commonly used medication to treat low testosterone in men who want to maintain fertility potential in a way that is not detrimental for sperm, actually improves semen parameters on not.  Several studies have shown some improvement in some […]

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi co-authors review article on investigational medical therapies for endometriosis in the journal Seminars in Reproductive Medicine

“This article is a review article that provides an update regarding current research involving potential medical treatments for endometriosis,” states Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi.  “Our publication in the August 2017 issue of Seminars in Reproductive Medicine explores the mechanisms and possible future application of such medical treatments for endometriosis.  It was a great opportunity to […]

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi and Dr. Parviz Kavoussi Meet Louise Brown – First Person Born After Conception via IVF

Louise Brown, the first person to be born after having been conceived via IVF, is featured as a speaker at the 73rd annual American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting. “Louise Brown has been an inspiration to millions of patients and health care providers since the day she was born in 1978” states Dr. Shahryar […]

Dr. Marc Goldstein receives the 2017 Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award

Every year at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual scientific meeting and expo, the Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award is given to a teacher in reproductive medicine. The candidate who is awarded this scholarship is recognized as an outstanding educator in reproductive medicine. The award is made possible through an educational endowment from […]

Research by AFRM/Westlake IVF Finds Promescent® Adversely Impacts Male Fertility

Premature ejaculation is one of the most common sexual complaints in men, affecting between 20-30% of men. Promescent® is a commonly used over the counter desensitizing spray used to treat premature ejaculation. With more men choosing this treatment option, it raised the question of whether this treatment has a bad impact on sperm and […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi reviews abstracts for American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2017 annual meeting in San Antonio

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, or ASRM, is an organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine.  The society holds an annual scientific congress and expo to present the latest research and promote treatment for infertile couples.  As a nationally recognized expert in male fertility, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi […]

FAQ: What can couples do in terms of diet, lifestyle and other habits to improve the chances of fertility?

For Women

Women who have significant weight gain or extreme weight loss are more likely to not ovulate on a regular basis or at all. An ideal body mass index optimizes regular, ovulatory cycles among women of reproductive age, provided that reproductive hormone tests are in range. Minimizing alcohol intake improves the chances for pregnancy, […]

Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF Enrolls Men for Male Fertility Clinical Trial

Until recently, we have evaluated male fertility in a similar manner as Anton van Leeuwenhoek first did in 1677, by looking at sperm under the microscope, when he reported his findings of seeing sperm to the Royal Society. He described what he saw as “animalcules” less than a size of a grain of sand […]

Does Luteal Progesterone After Ovulation Induction and IUI Improve Fertility?

In an effort to improve success rates with ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination (IUI), some doctors and providers routinely prescribe progesterone supplementation to patients that undergo such treatments.  A recent study by Green et al, a systematic review and meta-analysis comprised of 11 randomized controlled trials (with a total of 2.842 patients that underwent […]