Dr. Maya Barsky, a female infertility specialist answers the question, “What is genetic carrier screening and when is it needed?” Answer: Preconception genetic carrier screening is a tool that patients have to evaluate if they are carriers for certain genetic disorders. There are many different companies offering these tests often having 200+ genes they are […]
The Society of Larparoendoscopic Surgeon’s holds its annual scientific meeting with its minimally invasive surgery week, presenting the latest and greatest in minimally invasive surgery. As a recognized leader in minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was charged with the task to judge and review scientific abstracts for acceptance into the meeting. Dr. Kavoussi states, […]
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors research paper evaluating cytocentrifugation to help isolate sperm cells.
In men diagnosed with azoospermia (sperm count of zero in the semen) by the standard recommended laboratory procedure, a few sperm cells may be identified in the semen following additional centrifugation. When these very few sperm cells are found, the diagnosis is changed from azoospermia to cryptozoospermia. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authored a research paper assessing […]
There are a lot of misconceptions about medications that can improve male infertility. Unfortunately, most data shows that most medications used to improve male fertility do not significantly improve sperm parameters, pregnancy, or live birth rates, except for fairly rare specific situations. Similarly, vitamins and supplements have not been proven to improve male fertility or […]
Antisperm antibodies (ASA) are formed as a result of an abnormal exposure of mature sperm cells to the immune system. ASA testing is a high-level andrology laboratory test that is offered at Westlake IVF for infertile men who meet criteria for this complex testing. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi states, “ASA can be a cause of male […]
As the pandemic has continued to impact more people getting infected with COVID 19, more data has been evaluated on the effect of the virus in different areas of health. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was interviewed on CBS news regarding a new study published in Fertility & Sterility assessing COVID 19 infection impact on male fertility. […]
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, miscarriage […]
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 sperm […]
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, not […]
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 […]