Yearly Archives: 2020

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 […]

Does Coronavirus negatively affect the male reproductive tract? The evidence so far

Important questions for young couples attempting to conceive have arisen during the pandemic. One such question is, does this illness affect the male reproductive tract? While multiple studies have been performed attempting to address this question, the results have been mixed so far.

Two studies found no evidence of coronavirus in semen an average of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi named Texas Monthly Super Doctor for 10th consecutive year

Annually, Texas Monthly magazine names a select group of Texas physicians as Super Doctors based on scoring from peers on surveys, research, and a blue ribbon panel review.  Over the last decade, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi has been selected every year.  Dr. Kavoussi states, “It is extremely flattering to have been selected for this honor”.

Study finds poor diets may negatively affect semen parameters

Studies have shown that semen quality has steadily declined since the middle of the 20th century, with one study estimating a 50-60% decrease in sperm counts since the early 1970s. The cause of this decline is unclear, but one potential culprit could be a worsening in diet and nutrition.

One such study examining this topic […]

The Role of Male Sex Hormones

While female hormones may get more media attention, male hormones are just as critical to reproductive health. When the body produces too little or too much of any of the male sex hormones, it can have a detrimental effect. A thorough check-up with a urologist who specializes in male reproductive/sexual health may be the […]