Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine Blog

Intranasal testosterone replacement with the potential to not suppress sperm production

Traditionally, men who want to maintain fertility potential or are trying to achieve a pregnancy with their spouse/partner have been deterred from being on testosterone replacement for low testosterone.  The reason for this is that all of the classic testosterone replacement medications including topical gels, injections, patches, and pellets, suppress the signaling command hormones […]

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi discusses the association between endometriosis and potential adverse pregnancy outcomes on KVUE ABC News

Based on data from a study that was published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology in September 2019, an association was seen between endometriosis and an increased risk of several adverse pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi was interviewed by KVUE anchor Mari Salazar regarding the topic of endometriosis and such pregnancy outcomes.

Watch Dr. Kavoussi’s […]

Male Fertility Cryopreservation Prior to Gonadotoxic Treatment

Men and adolescents who are undergoing medical treatments that might negatively affect their future fertility may want to consider sperm cryopreservation. Although such measures have been available since at least the 1970s, these options tend to be underutilized by men who are faced with gonadotoxic treatment.

Gonadotoxic treatment generally refers to any medical procedures that […]

Sperm Quality and Chemotherapy

A study published by the Annals of Oncology concluded that men who have received one course of chemotherapy for early stage testicular cancer are unlikely to see a detrimental effect on their sperm count and quality.

Several previous studies found that men with more advanced testicular cancer who have undergone more than one treatment of chemotherapy or radiotherapy […]

Semen Analysis App vs. Laboratory Testing

Smartphones are assuming an increasingly large role in most people’s lives. If you have a curiosity about a certain subject, chances are good that there’s an app that will help you explore it.

This is the case with certain apps that are related to male fertility. Specifically, apps that are designed to perform semen analysis […]

The Impact of Marijuana on Fertility

As marijuana use is legalized in more states and it becomes more socially acceptable to use it recreationally, use of this drug has increased. This holds true for couples of reproductive age who may be trying to conceive. Accordingly, it is critical that doctors understand how marijuana use may affect fertility preservation so that […]

Austin Fertility’s Newest Physician: Dr. Luke Machen

Austin Fertility is excited to announce our newest physician to our clinic, Dr. Luke Machen, a reproductive urologist, who will be serving male patients in Round Rock, our newest location.  Now patients in Round Rock and the greater North Austin area can enjoy a shorter drive to see us.

We’re fortunate to have Dr. Machen […]

Fast food’s impact on male fertility

American men are becoming less fertile as a population over the decades.  Men have a significantly lower sperm count than they did 50 years ago.  A great deal of research is directed towards identifying potential reasons for this trend to see if there is a way it may be corrected.  Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was […]

Varicoceles can induce severe testicular injury resulting in sperm counts of zero with Sertoli Cell only

Approximately 1% of men in the general population in the United States have a sperm count of zero.  It is remarkably common considering that is one out of every 100 men.  Fifteen percent of men in the general population have a varicocele, an abnormal dilation of veins around the testicle which can adversely impact […]

AMH is not a predictor of elevated serum progesterone on the day trigger in IVF patients

Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF has an article, “Serum Antimüllerian hormone does not predict elevated progesterone levels among women who undergo controlled ovarian hyperstimulation for in vitro fertilization”, published in the journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, April 2019.
“We were interested in investigating whether or not the ovarian reserve biomarker, antimüllerian hormone (AMH), can predict […]