Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine Blog

Dr Parviz Kavoussi provides commentary on data confirming COVID 19 mRNA vaccines not harmful for male fertility

With undue concern about the COVID 19 mRNA vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna) having an adverse impact on male fertility, due primarily to social media misinformation, data was needed to disprove this.  A study out of the University of Miami was published in JAMA revealing no worsening of semen parameters after receiving the vaccine.  Dr. Parviz […]

Reassuring studies reveal COVID 19 does not have an adverse impact on female or male fertility

Although the mechanism of action of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID 19 mRNA vaccines did not raise a scientific concern for an impact on fertility, reassuring studies have been published that prove there is not a significant concern.  Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi and Dr. Parviz Kavoussi discussed the data in these scientific publications on Fox […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi is featured on Lifetime’s Balancing Act discussing treatment of testosterone deficiency in a fertility preserving manner

One of the long-standing challenges in men with testosterone deficiency has been treatment for this condition in a manner that does not suppress sperm production but also optimizes symptomatic response to treatment.  Traditional testosterone replacement treatments, such as gels and intramuscular injections, significantly suppress sperm production.  This has left limited treatment options for men […]

Varicocele Repair Leads to a Happy Father’s Day

A varicocele is an abnormal dilation of veins around the testicle which damage testicular cell function and can have an adverse impact on sperm production.  Varicoceles are found in 15% of men in the general population and 40% of men presenting for male fertility evaluations, making a varicocele the most common correctable cause of […]

AFRM opens andrology laboratory at South Austin location for semen analyses and IUIs

Andrology laboratory services are a crucial need in the care of fertility patients. These services include the semen analysis, which is the cornerstone of the male fertility evaluation, as well as higher level functional testing such as sperm DNA fragmentation testing. Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF has traditionally offered such diagnostic andrology services […]

Fertility Considerations for Older Women

Infertility clinics have seen an increasing number of women desiring children in their 40s and 50s.  In addition, men aged 60 and even into their 70s desiring to father a child are becoming more common.  In vitro fertilization (IVF) rates using a women’s own eggs in her 40s dramatically decreases even in patients with […]

Can the COVID-19 vaccine impact a man’s fertility? Dr. Parviz Kavoussi responds in the Austin American Statesman.

Although the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming more widespread, there are still concerns that have arisen regarding it.  One concern is whether the vaccine may impact a man’s fertility in an adverse manner.  Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was interviewed by the Austin American Statesman regarding this.  He states, “There is no data indicating that the vaccine […]

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi and patients Karin and William Baker are interviewed on KEYE CBS News on Mother’s Day about embryo transfer during Austin’s recent ice storm

During the recent ice storm in the Austin area in mid-February of this year, an Austin couple was able to have their embryo transfer at Westlake IVF.  “It took ultimate teamwork to be able to perform IVF procedures for our patients during the ice storm”, said Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi.  “We needed to have one […]

The Female Reproductive System: How it Works, Fertility Issues & Treatment

It is recommended if a woman is under 35 and has not successfully conceived after a year of trying to seek help from a fertility specialist, who can help evaluate and provide treatment plan options. Issues relating to the female reproductive system is one of the common causes of female infertility.

 

THE FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM

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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 […]