Female Fertility

Fertility Myth Busters

With so much information about fertility it can be difficult to determine what is true or false. Here are a few misconceptions explained.


Myth 1:  Lie in bed with your feet in the air to increase chance of getting pregnant. 

While this potential routine after intercourse may be ritualized for some couple who are trying […]

Is a Short Luteal Phase Affecting Your Fertility?

A short luteal phase or luteal phase defect may affect a woman’s fertility. If you have been having problems trying to conceive then it’s worth discussing the possibility of a short luteal phase with your doctor.

What is a Short Luteal Phase?
The luteal phase is the latter part of your menstrual cycle. It occurs after […]

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi co-authors review article on investigational medical therapies for endometriosis in the journal Seminars in Reproductive Medicine

“This article is a review article that provides an update regarding current research involving potential medical treatments for endometriosis,” states Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi.  “Our publication in the August 2017 issue of Seminars in Reproductive Medicine explores the mechanisms and possible future application of such medical treatments for endometriosis.  It was a great opportunity to […]

Does Luteal Progesterone After Ovulation Induction and IUI Improve Fertility?

In an effort to improve success rates with ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination (IUI), some doctors and providers routinely prescribe progesterone supplementation to patients that undergo such treatments.  A recent study by Green et al, a systematic review and meta-analysis comprised of 11 randomized controlled trials (with a total of 2.842 patients that underwent […]

Fertility Mythbuster: A woman’s ovulation is the same every month.

Women who ovulate on a regular basis every month may do so on the same day of their menstrual cycle (for example, on day 14 of a 28 day cycle; however, the ovulation is not necessarily the “same” every month.  If the woman has both of her ovaries, she may ovulate from the right […]

FAQ: If a woman misses her period or has a history of abnormal menstrual cycles, can she still get pregnant?

A woman with infrequent or absent periods are able to become pregnant with her own egg as long as she is not of an age at which egg quality is an insurmountable concern and as long as she is not menopausal. The most common cause of infrequent or absent periods is polycystic ovary syndrome […]

How old is too old to get pregnant? Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi discusses on the Fox 7 News show Good Day Austin.

In light of Janet Jackson’s recent announcement that she is pregnant, Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is interviewed by Fox 7 News’ Amanda Salinas about how old it too old for a woman to become pregnant.  The topic certainly is a challenging one with some arguments in favor of, and some arguments against, the idea of […]

Lifestyle habits that optimize female fertility

What are some lifestyle habits that can optimize female fertility?

Although fertility factors such as ovarian reserve, ovulation, tubal factor, male factor, uterine factor, endometriosis, and pelvic adhesions may be significant in a given case and it is important to evaluate and treat such factors, lifestyle habits can idealize outcomes.

Body mass index (BMI):  BMI is […]

Uterine Septum Removal Found to Improve Fertility and Pregnancy Outcome

A uterine septum is a congenital uterine anomaly that is, in essence, an embryologic remnant within the uterus that did not resorb away as it does in most women. According to a systematic review in 2011, of women in the general population, 2.3% have a uterine septum and there is a similar percentage of […]

FAQ: How good are the eggs from “egg freezing”?

Egg freezing, termed “oocyte cryopreservation”, is an option that is available for women in order to preserve their eggs for potential future use. The eggs from egg freezing are, at best, as good as they were prior to being cryopreserved. Younger women with good egg reserve parameters will obviously have “better” eggs. In the […]