Male Infertility

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 […]

Is there a link between cell phone/WiFi use and Male Infertility?

With the near-universal use of smart phones and presence of WiFi, there has been an increased interest in research regarding unintended consequences of these technologies. One example of this is in the realm of male fertility. For example, a recent news article from the Daily Mail quoted multiple physicians and scientists in the UK […]

Men with varicoceles with testicular atrophy respond to varicocele repair

The reproductive urologists, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi and Dr. Luke Machen, at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine presented their research on varicocele repair in men with testicular atrophy at the 2019 American Society for Reproductive Medicine national meeting and congress.  A varicocele is an abnormal dilation of veins around the testicle which increase testicular temperatures […]

Treatment of men with varicoceles and a sperm count of zero

A varicocele is an abnormal dilation of scrotal veins around the testicle and can decrease sperm counts, sperm motility, and morphology.  Varicoceles can also cause increased damage to the DNA of sperm cells, having an adverse impact on fertilization, pregnancy, and miscarriage rates.  Fifteen percent of men in the general population have a varicocele […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi presents at UT Austin Dell Medical School Grand Rounds

There are a great deal of misconceptions regarding male fertility, not only in the general public, but in the medical community.  Dr. Kavoussi was invited to lecture at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School urology grand rounds.  He spoke on the topic of male fertility myths debunked.  “There is a great […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi lectures at UTHSCSA infertility symposium

The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio hosted an infertility symposium to residents and fellows in the departments of urology, obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi served as a faculty lecturer on the topic of male infertility.  Dr. Kavoussi states, “It was a wonderful experience to […]

Long term efficacy and safety of treatment for low T in a fertility preserving manner

A longstanding dilemma in male fertility is how to treat men with low testosterone in a manner that is not bad for their fertility.  With the growing population of men in the US being diagnosed with hypogonadism (low testosterone) every year, a larger group of men in the age range where they still want […]

Intranasal testosterone replacement with the potential to not suppress sperm production

Traditionally, men who want to maintain fertility potential or are trying to achieve a pregnancy with their spouse/partner have been deterred from being on testosterone replacement for low testosterone.  The reason for this is that all of the classic testosterone replacement medications including topical gels, injections, patches, and pellets, suppress the signaling command hormones […]