Yearly Archives: 2020

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 […]

Men with an atrophic testicle due to damage from varicocele get improvement in fertility with repair

Forty percent of men with infertility have a varicocele which is identified by physical examination.  A varicocele is an abnormal dilation of veins around the testicle which has been well established to cause an adverse effect on testicular function.  This includes decreasing semen parameters over time as well as causing an increase in sperm […]

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 medicine. […]

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, […]

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 […]

The Texas Medical Association selects Dr. Luke Machen to participate in their annual leadership college

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) leadership college was established in 2010 in order to foster strong physician leadership in Texas. Each year, a small group of individuals are selected to participate based on their commitment to leadership development, and their desire to contribute both to medicine and their community. Dr. Luke Machen was recently […]

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 […]

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 […]

The team at AFRM has a 71% sperm retrieval rates with microTESE for men with sperm count of zero

Non-obstructive azoospermia (having a sperm count of zero due to a failure of adequate production of sperm rather than a blockage), arguably poses the most challenging scenario for a couple with infertility.  Over the last couple of decades, the technique of microdissection testicular sperm extraction (MicroTESE) has been developed and refined to offer couples […]

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 […]