Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine Blog

Providing Safe Fertility Care During a Pandemic

“Primum non nocere” is Latin for “above all else do no harm”. This a part of the Hippocratic Oath that all physicians take, which has taken on a whole new meaning during the COVID 19 pandemic.  As time goes by, we learn how to better provide the highest quality fertility care in a safe […]

Prednisone may help men struggling to conceive after vasectomy reversal

Every year in the US, approximately 500,000 men undergo a vasectomy, and 3-6% of these men ultimately elect to have the vasectomy reversed. Fortunately, success rates for vasectomy reversal when using an operative microscope can exceed 95%. However, despite a successful operation, a small number of men can have persistently low sperm counts as […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi named Texas Monthly Super Doctor for 10th consecutive year

Annually, Texas Monthly magazine names a select group of Texas physicians as Super Doctors based on scoring from peers on surveys, research, and a blue ribbon panel review.  Over the last decade, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi has been selected every year.  Dr. Kavoussi states, “It is extremely flattering to have been selected for this honor”.

Study finds poor diets may negatively affect semen parameters

Studies have shown that semen quality has steadily declined since the middle of the 20th century, with one study estimating a 50-60% decrease in sperm counts since the early 1970s. The cause of this decline is unclear, but one potential culprit could be a worsening in diet and nutrition.

One such study examining this topic […]

The Role of Male Sex Hormones

While female hormones may get more media attention, male hormones are just as critical to reproductive health. When the body produces too little or too much of any of the male sex hormones, it can have a detrimental effect. A thorough check-up with a urologist who specializes in male reproductive/sexual health may be the […]

Male Infertility: What Are the Causes?

It is estimated that approximately 15% of couples will struggle with infertility. Of those couples, up to 50-60% will have at least a contributing male factor. The causes of male infertility are diverse, and can range from anatomical issues, to genetic mutations, to hormonal insufficiencies. For example, one of the most common causes of […]

A form of testosterone replacement that can maintain sperm production

Low testosterone, also known as hypogonadism, is a common diagnosis made in over 13 million men in the United States annually.  The challenge in men wanting to maintain fertility potential who are hypogonadal has been that all the traditional forms of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) such as gels and injections suppress sperm production to […]

National Infertility Awareness Week 2020

This year’s NIAW (National Infertility Awareness Week) is about “empowering you and changing the conversation”. Infertility is a challenge that affects millions of Americans. The NIAW movement is here to help and support all who are struggling with infertility and want to build families.

How can you participate? Head over to NIAW 5 Day Photo […]

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi publishes report on elagolix use to treat a uterine adenomyoma

Elagolix (Orilissa®) is the first orally-available medication in a class of medications known as gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonists.  This medication has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of moderate to severe pelvic pain due to endometriosis.  In this case report, elagolix was used to treat a […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi contributes the reproductive anatomy chapter in Campbell’s textbook of urology

Campbell’s textbook of urology is considered the most prestigious complete urologic textbook, often referred to as the “bible of urology”.  This is the primary text used for training medical students and urology residents in training, as well as for practicing urologists keeping up to date in the field.  Dr. Parviz Kavoussi, a recognized expert […]