Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine Blog

AFRM along with UofSC publish an article on the expression of pregnancy-associated plasma protein of pregnancy-A (PAPP-A) in blastocoel fluid-cultured medium (BFCM).

Pregnancy-associated plasma protein of pregnancy-A (PAPP-A), a marker that is clinically used as part of prenatal testing by measurement in maternal serum during the first trimester of pregnancy, has been shown to predict adverse maternal and fetal obstetric outcomes such as pre-eclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction among others.  “Our study is the first to […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi discusses testosterone therapy that can preserve sperm production

The annual Androgen Society Meeting took place in Orlando, Florida this year. At this conference, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi lectured on a form of testosterone therapy that allows for sperm production to continue in most men, in contrast to other forms of testosterone therapy modalities which suppress sperm production.  The intranasal gel Natesto, a form […]

Q&A: Gold Standard in Female Infertility Evaluation

Female fertility specialist, Dr. Dan Lebovic answers the question, “Is there a gold standard in female infertility evaluation?”

The gold standard evaluation for female infertility may need to be tailored depending on the patient’s potential cause of infertility but if there is no known issue readily apparent then specific tests are most certainly warranted. The […]

Q&A: Gold Standard in Male Fertility Evaluation

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi, male fertility specialist answers the question, “Is there a gold standard in male infertility evaluation?”

The conventional semen analysis has been the cornerstone of the male fertility evaluation, and it is useful in many circumstances but is far from a perfect predictor of male fertility potential.  There has been a focus over […]

Q&A: Genetic Carrier Screening

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 […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi judges abstracts for SLS minimally invasive surgery week

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 […]

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 […]

Dr Parviz Kavoussi leads conference on medical treatment for male infertility

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 […]

Dr Parviz Kavoussi co-authors study on antisperm antibodies

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 […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi discusses the impact of COVID 19 infection on male fertility

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 […]