Male Infertility

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 […]

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 co-authors study on sperm vitality

Sperm vitality is a laboratory assessment of whether sperm cells are alive or not.  It is an important adjunct to be considered when basic semen analyses reveal specific concerning findings.  Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was part of an international consortium to write a comprehensive scientific article on the diagnosis and management of men with poor […]

AFRM team publishes research showing testicular pathology is associated with FSH levels and testicular sizes.

One of the most challenging scenarios for infertile couples is what is known as non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA).  This occurs when there is severe dysfunction in the cells of the testicles resulting in a sperm count of zero; however, this does not mean there may not be sperm within the testicles, but in many men, […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi named Texas Monthly Super Doctor for 11th consecutive year

A select group of physicians in each specialty are selected as a Texas Monthly Magazine Super Doctor.  This honor is awarded based on ranking by peers based on surveys, research, and blue ribbon panel review.  Dr. Parviz Kavoussi has been named as a super doctor for the 11th consecutive year.

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 […]

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi co-authors study on global use of antioxidants for male infertility.

The use of antioxidants for infertile men is a common clinical practice globally; however, there is a great deal of variation between practice patterns amongst physicians worldwide on whether antioxidants are given, for which patients, which antioxidants, in what combinations, and at what dosing.  The truth is there is not confirmed definitive benefit of […]