Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine Blog

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, […]

Causes and Treatments for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Recurrent pregnancy loss, or RPL, is defined by 2 or more miscarriages before the pregnancy progresses past the 20th week. The losses can be biochemical or clinical losses to be considered as recurrent pregnancy losses.

Different Types of Pregnancy Loss
A clinical pregnancy loss is one where the pregnancy has been diagnosed via […]

Exercise and Male Fertility: Does Type of Exercise Matter?

The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are manifold, and it helps that Austin consistently ranks as one of the best for active lifestyles. These benefits may extend to fertility, as overall data shows that exercise can have positive effects on semen parameters.

That being said, some exercises may provide more benefit than others. In identifying […]