Yearly Archives: 2021

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi and patients Karin and William Baker are interviewed on KEYE CBS News on Mother’s Day about embryo transfer during Austin’s recent ice storm

During the recent ice storm in the Austin area in mid-February of this year, an Austin couple was able to have their embryo transfer at Westlake IVF.  “It took ultimate teamwork to be able to perform IVF procedures for our patients during the ice storm”, said Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi.  “We needed to have one […]

The Female Reproductive System: How it Works, Fertility Issues & Treatment

It is recommended if a woman is under 35 and has not successfully conceived after a year of trying to seek help from a fertility specialist, who can help evaluate and provide treatment plan options. Issues relating to the female reproductive system is one of the common causes of female infertility.

 

THE FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM

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Westlake IVF welcomes Kenneth I. Aston, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. as IVF and andrology laboratory director

The team at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF is very pleased to welcome Dr. Kenneth I. Aston as the IVF and andrology laboratory director.  Dr. Aston is well recognized and accomplished in the field.  He completed his Ph.D. in Animal Science/Reproductive Physiology at Utah State University as well as a post doctorate degree […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors study on global use of antioxidants for male infertility.

The use of antioxidants for infertile men is a common clinical practice globally; however, there is a great deal of variation between practice patterns amongst physicians worldwide on whether antioxidants are given, for which patients, which antioxidants, in what combinations, and at what dosing.  The truth is there is not confirmed definitive benefit of […]

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is interviewed on KEYE CBS News about COVID-19 vaccines and fertility

Do COVID-19 vaccines adversely affect fertility?  In December 2020, there was misinformation via a post on social media, which falsely claimed that COVID-19 vaccines negatively impact fertility.  The theory, which has been shown to be untrue, was that the antibodies generated by the COVID-19 vaccination would not only defend the body against the spike […]

Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 14 – 20th, 2021)

March 14 – 20th this year is Patient Safety Awareness Week. We believe that safe patient outcome is of utmost importance. For patients who are seeking infertility treatment, here is a short list of what to look for to ensure you are getting care that puts safety first:

1)  Work with a fertility specialist with […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi reviews scientific abstracts for SLS minimally invasive surgery conference

The Society of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgeons holds an annual meeting titled minimally invasive surgery week.  As a leader in robotic microsurgical vasectomy reversal, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was selected to review scientific abstracts by minimally invasive surgeons for presentation at that meeting.  Dr. Kavoussi states, “It is very exciting to have the opportunity to […]

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month: Dr. Maya Barsky Speaks about the Importance of Maternal Immunizations

For International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, I wanted to take a moment and discuss maternal immunizations. It is important before getting pregnant to know your rubella and varicella status. If not immune, please get these vaccines prior to pregnancy and wait one month after getting the recommended regimen before trying to conceive. These infections […]

Challenges Finding Male Fertility Specialists

Infertility affects up to 15% of all couples worldwide, and up to 50% of these couples will have a male factor contribution. Common causes of male infertility may result from hormonal or anatomical issues, such as varicoceles. These are important to identify because if corrected, they can improve semen parameters and pregnancy rates. Other […]

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is interviewed on KVUE ABC News about COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy

Available data suggest that symptomatic pregnant patients with COVID-19 are at increased risk of more severe illness compared with nonpregnant women.  The absolute risk for severe COVID-19 among pregnant women is low; however, data indicates an increased risk of ICU admission, need for mechanical ventilation and ventilatory support, and death reported in pregnant women […]