Male Infertility

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 […]

Challenges Finding Male Fertility Specialists

Infertility affects up to 15% of all couples worldwide, and up to 50% of these couples will have a male factor contribution. Common causes of male infertility may result from hormonal or anatomical issues, such as varicoceles. These are important to identify because if corrected, they can improve semen parameters and pregnancy rates. Other […]

Marijuana: Good or Bad for Male Fertility?

As more and more states legalize marijuana, there has been a corresponding increase in its utilization. In fact, it’s been estimated that 16.5% of adults in the US regularly use marijuana. Understandably, this has led to increased interest in possible health benefits and risks, including its potential effects on male fertility.

There is evidence that […]

Men with an atrophic testicle due to damage from varicocele get improvement in fertility with repair

Forty percent of men with infertility have a varicocele which is identified by physical examination.  A varicocele is an abnormal dilation of veins around the testicle which has been well established to cause an adverse effect on testicular function.  This includes decreasing semen parameters over time as well as causing an increase in sperm […]

E-cigarettes may have negative effects on Sperm Counts

Billed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, the popularity of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, has increased in recent years. While e-cigarettes do contain fewer chemicals and may be beneficial in adults as a substitute for smoked tobacco products, they are far from safe.  E-cigarettes contain nicotine, heavy metals, and other volatile organic compounds, […]