The Importance of Estradiol Test

An estradiol (E2) test is commonly used in fertility clinics. Estradiol, a primary form of estrogen, functions to regulate the menstrual cycle, promote uterine lining growth, and prepare women’s bodies for early pregnancy after conception. Thus, measuring estradiol levels is important in assessing women’s reproductive health. Estradiol is closely monitored in conjunction with other hormones […]

What’s the role of endometrial thickness in getting pregnant?

The endometrium, the uterus’ inner lining, varies in thickness throughout the different phases of the menstrual cycle. Endometrial thickness directly impacts embryo implantation. After an egg is fertilized, the developing embryo travels down the Fallopian tube to the uterus where it needs to implant. An optimal thickness of the uterine lining is preferable for successful […]

The Impact of Sexual Transmitted Infections on Fertility

Sexually Transmitted Infections and Infertility

A growing concern is the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the US within the last year. Preliminary data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reveal 2.5 million reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in 2021 “with no signs of slowing”. Experts state that the spike in STIs over the last couple […]

Endometriosis vs. PCOS

Endometriosis vs PCOS

Endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are a couple of conditions that can impact female fertility and make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant. Affecting over 10% of reproductive-age females in America, endometriosis occurs when tissue that is normally found in the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus. Similarly, about 10% of […]

Why choose a double board-certified female fertility specialist?

double board certified female fertility specialist

Obtaining a subspecialty board certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) is the gold standard for a female fertility specialist. Why is the gold standard important for patients seeking female fertility care? A board-certified REI means that patients are working with a doctor who is not only board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn) but also […]

AFRM along with UofSC publish an article on the expression of pregnancy-associated plasma protein of pregnancy-A (PAPP-A) in blastocoel fluid-cultured medium (BFCM).

Blastocyst - Austin Fertility - Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi

Pregnancy-associated plasma protein of pregnancy-A (PAPP-A), a marker that is clinically used as part of prenatal testing by measurement in maternal serum during the first trimester of pregnancy, has been shown to predict adverse maternal and fetal obstetric outcomes such as pre-eclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction among others.  “Our study is the first to show […]

Q&A: Gold Standard in Female Infertility Evaluation


Female fertility specialist, Dr. Dan Lebovic answers the question, “Is there a gold standard in female infertility evaluation?” The gold standard evaluation for female infertility may need to be tailored depending on the patient’s potential cause of infertility but if there is no known issue readily apparent then specific tests are most certainly warranted. The […]

Fertility Considerations for Older Women

pregnant woman - reproductive choices in older women

Infertility clinics have seen an increasing number of women desiring children in their 40s and 50s.  In addition, men aged 60 and even into their 70s desiring to father a child are becoming more common.  In vitro fertilization (IVF) rates using a women’s own eggs in her 40s dramatically decreases even in patients with a […]

The Female Reproductive System: How it Works, Fertility Issues & Treatment

Female Reproductive System

It is recommended if a woman is under 35 and has not successfully conceived after a year of trying to seek help from a fertility specialist, who can help evaluate and provide treatment plan options. Issues relating to the female reproductive system is one of the common causes of female infertility.   THE FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE […]

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is interviewed on KEYE CBS News about COVID-19 vaccines and fertility


Do COVID-19 vaccines adversely affect fertility?  In December 2020, there was misinformation via a post on social media, which falsely claimed that COVID-19 vaccines negatively impact fertility.  The theory, which has been shown to be untrue, was that the antibodies generated by the COVID-19 vaccination would not only defend the body against the spike protein […]