Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine Blog

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 […]

AFRM team publishes study converting men maintaining fertility from clomid to Natesto.

As more men are waiting until later in life to father children, and more men are being diagnosed with low testosterone at a younger age, there is a fair amount of cross-over in these 2 groups of men.  A longstanding challenge in reproductive medicine has been treating men with low testosterone in a fertility […]

Marijuana: Good or Bad for Male Fertility?

As more and more states legalize marijuana, there has been a corresponding increase in its utilization. In fact, it’s been estimated that 16.5% of adults in the US regularly use marijuana. Understandably, this has led to increased interest in possible health benefits and risks, including its potential effects on male fertility.

There is evidence that […]