Yearly Archives: 2021

AFRM’s medical and laboratory team co-author the original research article, “The effects of hysteroscopic morcellation of endometrial polyps on frozen embryo transfer outcomes”, in collaboration with the Institute for Social Research at University of Michigan, in the journal European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.

“Our article specifically looked at whether or not hysteroscopic removal of endometrial polyps by means of a technique known as morcellation affected subsequent first frozen embryo transfer outcomes when compared with those who did not have endometrial polyps and had first frozen embryo transfers.  There were no differences in implantation rates, clinical pregnancy rates, […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors study on sperm vitality

Sperm vitality is a laboratory assessment of whether sperm cells are alive or not.  It is an important adjunct to be considered when basic semen analyses reveal specific concerning findings.  Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was part of an international consortium to write a comprehensive scientific article on the diagnosis and management of men with poor […]

AFRM team publishes research showing testicular pathology is associated with FSH levels and testicular sizes.

One of the most challenging scenarios for infertile couples is what is known as non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA).  This occurs when there is severe dysfunction in the cells of the testicles resulting in a sperm count of zero; however, this does not mean there may not be sperm within the testicles, but in many men, […]

AFRM and UofSC collaboratively present two research projects at the ASRM meeting

The medical and embryology teams at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF, in a collaborative study with the Department of Biomedical Sciences at The University of South Carolina Greenville, presented two research projects at the 76th annual American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting in Baltimore on October 19th, 2021.

Blastocyst fluid-conditioned media (BFCM) is […]

Dr. Dolores J. Lamb: 2021 Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award

Dr. Dolores J. Lamb,  is this year’s recipient of the Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award at the 2021 American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting. Currently at Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Lamb serves as the Vice Chair for Research in the Urology Department, the  Director of the Center for Reproductive Genomics, and a Dow […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi’s study indicates that men converting from clomiphene to Natesto desiring maintenance of spermatogenesis should be followed closely

A longstanding dilemma in male reproductive medicine has been the treatment of low testosterone in men desiring to maintain fertility.  As the majority of testosterone replacement options such as gels and injections diminish sperm production, the primary option has traditionally been the off-label use of clomiphene citrate (CC) to increase serum testosterone levels in […]

Pregnancy After the Pill

Women looking to get pregnant after taking birth control pills often wonder how long it will take. Although most women get pregnant within six months after stopping the pill, the answer depends on several factors including age, weight, overall health, and length of time on the pill.  Pregnancy rates tend to decline in women […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors study on retrograde ejaculation

Retrograde ejaculation is a disorder that results in a substantial redirection of semen backwards, so to speak, to the bladder, instead of going the correct direction outward through the urethra.  There can be a number of causes of retrograde ejaculation such as pelvic/prostate surgery, pelvic radiation, uncontrolled diabetes, multiple sclerosis, retroperitoneal surgery, and certain […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors study on leukocytospermia

Leukocytospermia, or an elevation of white blood cells in the semen, is a marker of infection or inflammation in the male reproductive tract.  When activated, white blood cells can generate high levels of reactive oxygen species resulting in oxidative stress which has been correlated with poor sperm quality, increased levels of sperm DNA damage […]

PCOS Awareness Month September 2021

September is PCOS Awareness Month. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder leading to enlarged ovaries with numerous small cysts. This disorder can cause serious health issues in women and girls such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, endometrial cancer, and female infertility. Austin female fertility specialist and a leading PCOS expert, […]