FAQ: What is assisted hatching? When is this recommended and how does it improve IVF success?

IVF treatment cycle stages

Assisted hatching is a specialized laboratory technique that embryologists perform with pinpoint laser technology to create an opening in the zona pellucida, the glycoprotein layer that surrounds the embryo, in order to improve in vitro fertilization (IVF) implantation rates with embryo transfer. This procedure helps an embryo remove its “shell” before they are transferred to […]

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) 2017


The 2017 theme for National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is “Listen Up!” This year NIAW runs from April 23 – 29, 2017. At AFRM we want to take this moment to spread awareness of infertility that affects millions and offer support to help those affected to reach their family building goals. NIAW is run by […]

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 3% […]

Recognizing the Warning Signs of Infertility in Men and Women

Recognizing Infertility Female Male Signs

Identifying the signs of infertility can allow couples to seek medical assistance with these issues early. This can allow older individuals to correct these conditions while there is still time to achieve a healthy pregnancy and can help younger couples to start their families earlier. Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi and Dr. Parviz Kavoussi of Austin Fertility […]

How common is male infertility?


Infertility affects approximately 15% of couples trying to conceive. Around 20% of couples with infertility solely have a male factor as the cause. Another 30-40% of cases involve both male and female factor, so 50-60% of the time there is male factor involvement. While few clinics exist to address male infertility, Austin Fertility & Reproductive […]

Common over-the-counter pain relievers may affect women’s fertility


Although there have been prior studies to suggest that over-the-counter pain relievers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can delay the day that a woman ovulates, a recent presentation of data by Dr. Sami Salman at the 2015 European League Against Rheumatism Congress has brought attention to this topic once more.  The recent study included 39 […]

What are the stages of an IVF treatment cycle?

IVF treatment cycle stages

A fresh IVF cycle consists of a medication regimen also referred to as a “stimulation protocol”, during which the eggs within follicles in the ovaries are grown as is the endometrial lining of the uterus. Monitoring the growth of follicles and the endometrial lining is performed by transvaginal ultrasound and when the oocytes (eggs) are […]

Study Suggests Solar Activity Affects Infant Survival and Women’s Fertility

Women's Fertility Solar Activity

A recent study in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B showed that individuals born in a solar maximum period (more ultraviolet radiation) had a 5.2 year shorter lifespan, on average, than those born in a solar minimum timeframe (less ultraviolet radiation). Furthermore, women with lower socioeconomic status who were born in a solar […]