Welcome To Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine / Westlake IVF
Renowned and Award Winning Austin Fertility Experts
With over 50 years of combined experience helping couples build families, Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine (AFRM) is the only private fertility center in the state of Texas, and one of a select few in the United States with in-house fellowship trained and board certified specialists in female and male fertility providing comprehensive care for the couple as a whole. Our family-owned and family-oriented fertility practice has earned us a reputation for providing quality and compassionate patient care. Female patients are cared for by Dr. KM Kavoussi and Dr. SK Kavoussi, our board certified reproductive endocrinologist. Dr. SK Kavoussi has been a multiple Patients’ Choice Award recipient (2008 – 2014). Male patients are cared for by Dr. PK Kavoussi, the only Fellowship Trained reproductive urologist in Austin and named Texas Monthly Superdoctor. Dr. PK Kavoussi has success rates greater than 95% for vasectomy reversals within 15 years of vasectomy and exceptionally high sperm retrieval rates for men with azoospermia (no sperm in semen).
As leaders in reproductive medicine and infertility, our physicians are continuously active in advancing research in the field. We have also been sought by the media and news for our expertise and insights into the current trends in the field of fertility.
We provide 2 convenient fertility Austin clinics, Westlake and South Austin, to serve patients in central Texas. Achieve your family goals today. Contact us at (512) 444-1414 or online to schedule a fertility (infertility) private consultation today.
Fertility Austin Comprehensive Couple Evaluation
As the only fertility clinic in Austin specializing in a comprehensive care approach within the same practice, our physicians are able to recommend and provide ALL treatment options to couples. We are the only Austin Fertility center with an in-house reproductive urologist. We strongly believe that the optimal fertility care of the couple – both the female and male partner provides best results for conceiving.
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A common misconception is that infertility is only an issue on the woman’s side. However, 22% of infertility cases are attributed to male factor while an additional 30% to 40% include both male and female factors. Evaluation of the male partner can diagnose and treat reversible hormonal, anatomical, and genetic conditions in which assisted reproductive technology (ART) using the male partner’s sperm can be performed to improve the chances of pregnancy. For irreversible conditions, donor insemination may be an option.
The best infertility care requires an in depth knowledge of how the female and male reproductive systems work together. At AFRM, reproductive endocrinologists and reproductive urologists work as a team to improve the fertility outcome for the couple as a whole. Our unique, comprehensive care approach within the same practice, allows our physicians to prescribe combination treatment options including in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplastmic sperm (ICSI), IVF/ICSI, intrauterine insemination (IUI), sperm retrieval, varicocele repair, vasectomy reversal, donor egg IVF, and donor sperm for IVF or intrauterine insemination (IUI).
Comprehensive couple care is important especially for complex cases such as non-obstructive azoospermia, where there is deficiency of sperm in the semen without blockage in the male anatomy. A very specialized procedure known as microdissection testicular sperm extraction (microTESE) offers the chance to find microscopic pockets of sperm production within the testicle in the majority of men in this difficult circumstance. The extracted sperm can be used in combination with IVF to help couples conceive. This is a very different process than the simple sperm retrieval which is performed for men with blockages (vasectomy or other anatomic obstruction) that requires a very high level of expertise for acceptable success rates. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi has fellowship specialty training in microTESE, is the only surgeon in Austin with such training, and has excellent success rates in such technically demanding sperm retrievals.
In addition to improving a couple’s chances of having a baby, our comprehensive evaluations benefit patients from an overall health standpoint. Men with sexual function issues may be impacted by health risks such as high cholesterol, low testosterone, and cancer.
Quality and Compassionate Care
We are recognized by patients and peers in providing high quality, compassionate and individualized care, the cornerstone of our family-run and family-oriented fertility practice. Our priority is providing couples with the best care in a private and comfortable environment. Each patient receives personalized care and treatment by our physicians themselves, from consultation to procedure. We are the only fertility Austin center with an in-house IVF lab residing in the same office as our clinic to ensure that patients have a sense of comfort and familiarity with both the staff and the environment.
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For men who have undergone a vasectomy previously, our highly successful vasectomy reversal procedure can help you start or expand your family. Dr. PK Kavoussi, our male infertility physician can consult with you on vasectomy reversal and appropriate fertility treatment options.
Preeminent Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Leaders
In addition to the clinical care to patients, our physicians are at the forefront of advancing and contributing to the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility and reproductive urology. We collaborate on clinical and scientific research, author peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, co-author textbooks, and lecture at the University of Texas at Austin.
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With physicians specializing in both female and male fertility at our Austin infertility clinics, AFRM ensures all patients receive the best comprehensive care. With high success rates, award winning physicians, and over 40 years of experience, you can count on our Austin fertility center to help you start the family you’ve always wanted. Request a consultation by calling us at 512-444-1414 or online.
AFRM is the only private fertility center in Austin that looks at a couple’s fertility as exactly that, a “couple’s” fertility. In fact, AFRM is the ONLY private fertility center in the state of Texas, and one of a select few in the United States with in-house fellowship trained and board certified specialists in female and male fertility, in order to provide ALL options for couples.Read More
I am so unbelievably grateful for everything Dr. Kavoussi, Kate, and the rest of their staff did for us! They gave us 2 beautiful children and did so in the most loving and caring environment. They are the nicest, most genuine, and personable doctors I have ever encountered. I never felt like I was going to a doctor's appointment but instead to catch up with my friends. They have become family to us and I plan to keep it that way. If you are seeking professional help to start your family, trust me when I say look no further. Austin Fertility/Westlake IVF is the best decision I have ever made. read more
HI! Doctor Kavoussi and Staff! Our son came to see you almost a month ago --- you came in to see him after doing procedures all day. You listened to him and quickly assess the situation. We were in your office on Tuesday and by Friday, he was having his procedure done! We were from out of town and you and your staff did everything you could to get his procedure put on the schedule. Friday the 10th of March-- you took very good care of him. We were back at the motel and he rested. We were able to travel back to Amarillo. I can honestly say he is out of pain for the first time in almost 3 years. Thank you Dr. Kavoussi and your most excellent staff that helped us get this procedure done. Words are not quite adequate to tell you how much we appreciate you. Our son will be seeing you in a few weeks and will be good to see you and thank you again for all you have done. Signed---a thankful mom! read more
Amazing, my friend and I have miracle babies with our husbands from this team of precious people! We love them and are soooo thankful for them! #webeatinfertility #weare1in8 #ICSIIVF I love this clinic, especially since it isn't huge and tons of people. You get to know people and they respond fast to emails and questions! Love!! read more
After having two different tubal pregnancies, my OBGYN suggested it would be my best option to look into IVF if I wanted to become pregnant. Dr. S. Kavoussi, Kate, and the entire team at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine made my journey such a wonderful process for my husband and I. I couldn't recommend a better team to assist you during this sensitive/important time in your life. After going through our second round of IVF, I am now eight months pregnant with our baby girl that is due at the beginning of March. I have never had any doctor who I've felt cared so much for my well being and for what I wanted. It's almost as if time doesn't matter with the staff at Austin Fertility. I've received calls from the embryologist on Saturday mornings to follow up and even a call at 8pm on a Friday night from Dr. Kavoussi, inquiring how I'm felling after a procedure. This was our first experience with IVF and the process, so there were a million questions asked. Thank you Kate, for answering all of them along with all of my emails and phone calls. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Kavoussi and his team and they will always hold a special place in our hearts! read more
After a year of trying, followed by a miscarriage, and almost another year of trying, we were recommended by my OB to see Dr. Kavoussi. I knew after my consultation that he was the right doctor. We talked for over 45 minutes and he listened to all my concerns and answered every question. I conceived on my second round of treatment and my husband and I welcomed a healthy baby girl about 6 months ago. There are no words to describe how grateful we are to Dr. Kavoussi and his entire staff. Everyone was so kind and friendly and made us feel so comfortable. Thank you again! read more
Dear Dr. S Kavoussi, we just wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you did to help us along on the journey that led to our daughter. We really appreciate all of the time you spent with us. Your compassion and dedication gave us the support we needed through a very emotional time. The care we received at your practice was truly exceptional and you are an exceptional doctor. Thank you for touching our lives in such a meaningful way. We are so thankful we found you! read more
I saw Dr. Kavoussi for reproductive treatment a year and a half ago. My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for 3 years, and after having a tubal pregnancy I began to look at fertility options. Dr. Kavoussi helped me find the right treatment for my circumstance. I got pregnant on the second round of treatment and my daughter was born last year. She just turned 1 last month and I am so grateful to Dr. Kavoussi and his team for helping my husband and me conceive our beautiful daughter. read more
I would have never appreciated this office and their entire staff without having a different Reproductive Endocrinologist first. To put it bluntly, my first experience with a different doctor was unpleasant. I saw the differences right away at Dr. Kavoussi's office. Our phone calls with questions or concerns were taken care of promptly. The entire staff genuinely cares about their patients. The testing and care we received was more thorough. Fertility treatments were such a positive experience for us here because of the excellent care provided. Even if we did have to try them more than once. We are expecting our son later this year after 5 years of trying. My husband and I cannot say enough great things about this facility. read more
Dr. S. Kavoussi, Kate, and the rest of the staff were wonderful throughout our fertility treatment. The whole crew was supportive, funny, and thoughtful when we came to the office for treatments. It took our family a while to conceive, but it finally happened thanks to Dr. Kavoussi and we now have a new baby girl. read more
Dr. S.K. Kavoussi, Thank you and your staff so much for helping my husband and I conceive our little angel. Throughout our challenges, you and your staff were so personable and sympathetic to our needs. We truly appreciate your efforts and care shown to us. read more
I recently had a no-scalpel vasectomy with Dr. Parviz Kavoussi and am beyond satisfied with the entire experience. From the initial consultation to the final follow visit, I was very comfortable with all the interactions. The actual procedure was very short, and the after was totally a breeze. I experienced very little discomfort and no real pain. I would strongly suggest anyone looking to have this procedure done to visit AFRM and Dr. Kavoussi. read more
Last week marked one year from our retrieval/transfer and we are so happy to have a healthy 3.5 month old son! He is thriving and we owe it all to Dr. S, Kate and the entire team! Thank you for helping us become a family of 3! read more
I would have never appreciated this office and their entire staff without having a different Reproductive Endocrinologist first. To put it bluntly, my first experience with a different doctor was unpleasant. I saw the differences right away at Dr. Kavoussi's office. Our phone calls with questions or concerns were taken care of promptly. The entire staff genuinely cares about their patients. The testing and care we received was more thorough. Fertility treatments were such a positive experience for us here because of the excellent care provided. Even if we did have to try them more than once. We are expecting our son in October of 2016 after 5 years of trying. My husband and I cannot say enough great things about this facility.
Dr. Kavoussi, Kate & Staff: Thank you all so very much with your help during this very anxious time in our journey to become parents. All of you have answered numerous phone calls with silly/simple questions from us and have done a lot of work to get my medication approved by insurance. Your efforts have been very much appreciated! read more
Thank you Dr. S. Kavoussi and staff for making our dream come true. My husband and I welcomed a beautiful, healthy baby girl on Sunday. There are no words to express how grateful we are to you. read more
My twins are now 5 years old and heading to kindergarten. Having them would not have been possible without Dr S. Even to this day I rave about him and his staff. He had the best bedside manner and always made me feel like I was his only patient! A year after my twins were born, we welcomed a baby girl who was a complete surprise! Thanks Dr S! read more
I'm so thankful for the ENTIRE staff and Dr. S Kavoussi. I had a bad experience with my first Reproductive Endocrinologist. I wasn't sure if I wanted to try anymore fertility treatments. I'm so glad we did! What impressed me most about this clinic was how much everyone cares about you. Infertility is such a personal experience that many of us are emotional about. I found everyone to be supportive and worked hard to make us feel comfortable. They were also much more thorough than my first doctor had been. After two IUI's at this clinic, we are now 19 weeks pregnant with our son. read more
Dr. Kavoussi is the most compassionate physician I've come into contact with, and I've known many. I simply cannot recommend this practice enough. There is no leaving his office with unanswered questions or unaddressed concerns. No matter what you face, Dr. Kavoussi will explain your options in the clearest, most encouraging fashion. read more
Had our very first consultation today with Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi regarding IVF and using a gestational carrier. We couldn't be any more impressed with the outcome of our appointment. Got so much detailed information, all of our questions answered and felt at home. Everyone was extremely nice. Super excited to see what the future brings our family! read more
Dr. Kavoussi and his team absolutely rocks! We always felt well taken care of medically speaking. Moreover, I feel that his staff is equipped very well to make this arduous experience as smooth as possible. The finance person Debra is a bit curt, but she does a great job. This next piece of comment is not and should not be taken as a criticism on Dr. Kavoussi and his team. The pharmacy of choice, Freedom Fertility Pharmacy, did rather poor job at contacting us in order to arrange the delivery of medication. Since the nature of the procedure is highly time-sensitive, this can create some unnecessary stress to a couple that is already overwhelmed by the enormity of the whole process. However, Dr. Kavoussi and his team went above and beyond what I would have expected. Seeing that my wife and I were stressed and concerned we would not have the medication on time, he provided us with 2 samples the medication we needed (granted we never had to use it and we returned to them) in order not to miss that IVF cycle. I would recommend this place and I would come back if my wife and I decide to have a 3rd child. read more
Words cannot express how very grateful, thankful, and appreciative that I am to this wonder team of professional people for assisting in giving me the gift of another child! I cannot tell you enough good things about Dr. Kavoussi, Kate, and the rest of the staff! They are all so pleasant and understanding. I love this place!! Thank you again for making my dream come true! I am happily starting my third trimester and am expecting in April! God bless you all!! read more
Dear Dr. Kavoussi, another success for the team! Our beautiful son joined us last month and is doing well. We cannot thank you enough for your kindness and expertise in enabling us to have and to be a family. read more
I was diagnosed with non-obstructive azoospermia (“No Sperm Count”) for the last 2 years. In the past couple of years, I have seen several urologists, went through several semen tests, began taking Clomid to increase sperm production and still no sperm was found. The urologists I had seen ultimately recommended a Micro TESE procedure. Though the doctors that we consulted all seemed to recommend a particular course of treatment in the Micro TESE, their prognosis of sperm retrieval was pretty limited. The three or four urologists that I consulted put my chances at sperm retrieval between 40-50%. I didn’t know, at with less probability of a coin flip, if it was worth the cost to pursue this surgery. I continued to investigate my options and was even considering going out of state and having a sperm mapping procedure by another specialist. Given the azoospermia, slim probability of sperm retrieval despite a Micro TESE procedure, most doctors and fertility specialists that we consulted, also counseled my wife and I to consider sperm donation banks to give ourselves the best chance at becoming pregnant. Though we still had hope of having a child it seemed less and less likely that we would conceive a biological child with each consultation.
Somehow in seeking opinions, I found Austin Fertility and Reproductive Medicine-Westlake IVF and Dr. Parviz Kavoussi. As seems to be the case with fertility clinics, my wife first became a client of Dr. Parviz Kavoussi’s brother at the clinic, Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi. The clinic is convenient as these brothers are specialized and equipped to treat both female and male reproductive issues. In that consultation, Dr. S. Kavoussi let me and my wife know that his brother deals with cases like mine routinely and he told us that he felt having the Micro TESE procedure with his brother would very likely yield some sperm. The percentage he shared with us was 90% as he said that Dr. P. Kavoussi has had very strong retrieval rates. We were somewhat skeptical given the consults that we had to this point all seemed to guestimate our chances at about 50/50 at best. Yet, here we were being told our chances were in the 90s! Following this consult, I set an appointment to be evaluated directly by Dr. P. Kavoussi. Dr. P. Kavoussi was patient with me and explained in his best estimation that my chances of sperm retrieval were high. He put me at ease sharing some stories about other patients in similar circumstances who had successful outcomes. Given his confidence about our chances, I decided to go ahead and have the procedure. The procedure itself was fairly painless-more uncomfortable than any real pain. It was performed early in January 2016. The anticipation of the surgery was worse than the actual procedure. I stayed home from work 3 days. More importantly however is that Dr. P. Kavoussi was able to find plenty of healthy looking sperm. Both doctors are very optimistic about our chances of having a biological child of our own. Whereas previously, most doctors would advise us to have donor sperm available for IVF, after the Micro TESE, Dr. P. Kavoussi told us it looked as though that would no longer be necessary given what he was able to find. We are still in the process but cleared a big hurdle and are looking forward to the next phase of this journey. I would highly encourage you to consider Austin Fertility and Reproductive Medicine-Westlake IVF.
Dr. Kavoussi, Kate, Roxy, Marisol, Casey, along with the rest of the staff have been so amazing. They have become family to us. We now have a 5 week old baby boy. We took him to meet his Westlake family yesterday for the first time. The drive there with our son in the car was surreal. We drove to their facility countless times during our treatment not knowing what our fate was. There constant support helped make the process a much better experience. read more
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 [...]
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Roxanne B. Summers-Colquitt, M.S., T.S., E.L.D. is appointed as IVF Laboratory Director at Westlake IVF
Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi Receives Patients’ Choice and On-Time Doctor Awards
Austin based fertility specialist, Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi is honored to be recognized for his work with patients. He is again a recipient of the Patients’ Choice Award for 2016, which distinguishes physicians who have made a difference in the lives of patients. This award is based on receiving near perfect scores, as voted by patients [...]
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FAQ: How common is vasectomy reversal?
Approximately, half a million men in the United States undergo vasectomy annually, and about 6% percent will choose to have their vasectomy reversed sometime in their lifetime. Learn more about the vasectomy reversal procedure.
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Dr. Parviz Kavoussi lectures on his robotic vasectomy reversal experience at conference in Maastricht, Netherlands.
We live in an incredible time for medicine. Recent advancements have allowed women of advanced maternal age to have babies, uterine transplants have been successfully performed on women who were born without them, and improvements in cryopreservation have led to more successful pregnancies after eggs and embryos have been frozen. You would think that we pretty much have infertility [...]
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Egg & Sperm Facts
Historically the thought of what sex a baby will be was assumed to be related to the gamete of the mother, but we now realize that sperm, not eggs, determine a baby’s gender. This is good since it has allowed us to address male fertility issues instead of looking only to women for causes of infertility. Want to know [...]
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Dr. Parviz Kavoussi interviewed on KXAN regarding his study on Clomid Citrate safety
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi recently published his study further confirming the safety of using the medication Clomid Citrate in men with low testosterone who want to maintain fertility potential. The standard treatment of men with low testosterone has historically been with testosterone replacement therapy with either gels, shots, or pellets that go under the skin. These [...]
read moreDr. Parviz Kavoussi interviewed on KXAN regarding his study on Clomid Citrate safety
A Few Amazing Sperm Facts
While sperm cells make up half of the formula for new life, people typically don’t give them much thought. However, there is a lot of interesting and even surprising information about sperm and semen, the fluid that surrounds it. Here is a look at some of the facts surrounding the male half of the reproductive [...]
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Fast Food is Not Good for Men's Fertility
Modern life is busy; sometimes people just want a meal that is fast, affordable, and satisfying. This comes at a cost to our health. While fast food is certainly convenient, it is not health food. The effects of the drive-through extend far beyond the waistline, harming your cardiovascular system, kidneys, and more. New research suggests [...]
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Dr. Parviz Kavoussi speaks about robot assisted vasectomy reversal at international conference in Thailand
Egg cells, or ova, are the defining characteristic between the male and female of every species on Earth. Though some males, like the seahorse, will carry fertilized embryos in their specialized pouches, it is the creation of the eggs itself that is used to define the female. Though they may seem simple, ova are remarkably [...]
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Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi and Dr. Thomas (Rusty) Pool co-author the chapter on Optimization of Treatment Outcomes for Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the textbook “Organization and Management of IVF Units
Dr. James Segars receives the 2016 Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award
This year’s American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) annual scientific meeting took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Dr. James Segars received the Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Segars is a professor and director of new research in reproductive science and women’s health at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Segars’ prior [...]
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How the Female Scent Aids Sperm in Fertility
When it comes to fertility, the ability for a sperm to move quickly to the right location is very important, and very difficult. To reach a fertile egg, sperm must swim a distance proportionate to a human swimming half the length of the Gulf of Mexico, while dealing with obstacles like cervical mucus condition, competition [...]
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Infertile Men More at Risk for Osteoporosis and Diabetes
Could disorders such as diabetes and osteoporosis affect men’s fertility? Many men who struggle with male infertility assume that their reproductive systems are at fault. However, the problem may be a much more pervasive one, affecting health through your entire body. Male infertility is the culprit in around 60% of infertility cases. According to Austin [...]
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Austin Fertility doctors lectured on optimizing outcomes for couples with male infertility at St. David’s Medical Center
Mom's advice to eat plenty of veggies still rings true, but men might want to do so with some caution. High-pesticide fruits and vegetables might damage men's sexual health. A new study from Harvard found that men who ate vegetables and fruits with the highest levels of pesticide residues had lower sperm counts and fewer normal sperm.
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How Even Borderline Low T Might Affect Your Health
Even if you're close to having low testosterone but not quite there, you still might encounter some related health problems.
A new study found that men with borderline testosterone levels had high rates of depression and other health problems.
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Getting Healthy May Improve Men's Fertility
Health problems that seem unrelated to men's fertility — like diabetes or high blood pressure — may damage men's sperm. And men can take steps that can both improve their overall health and make them more fertile.
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Two Brothers, One Mission
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi and Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi are brothers and physicians both trying to help couples with fertility and work deligently to help their patients reach their goal of being able to have a child. For men women and men alike, there are many factors involved if unable to conceive and both doctors at the Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine practice each discuss their specialties.
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Fitness Improves Outcomes for Infertile Couples
There is no better field in medicine than fertility care for treating two people at the same time for optimal results. One unique aspect of fertility care is that it requires an in-depth understanding of multiple organ systems and their complex functions between two individuals. When reproductive endocrinologists and reproductive urologists work together, they areable to optimize fertility outcomes for the couple as a whole. Although evaluating and treating both partners optimizes fertility, couples can enhance their fertility with fitness. A fitter couple is a more fertile couple.
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Travis County Medical Society Member Spotlight
Inspired by his father’s dedication to his family and patients, Parviz K. Kavoussi, MD knew he wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a physician as well at the age of three. He began his pursuit early and volunteered in an emergency department at 15-years-old. To Dr. Kavoussi, the most rewarding aspect of his practice is being able to contribute to a patient’s quality of life and helping couples achieve their dreams of creating a family.
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Reversing the Vasectomy
The vas deferens: one of the vast differences between men and women. It is basically a small, hollow tube with the consistency of a wet noodle that allows the transit of sperm cells from the testicle on their way to the outside world to try to win the race and be the luckiest, or fittest, to reach and fertilize an egg. Why does it get so much attention in reproductive medicine?
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Exercise and Conception
Fitness is clearly important for men and women’s health, but what about fitness' impact on fertility? Testosterone is believed to be an important factor in a man’s fertility. Low testosterone (total testosterone level of less than 300 ng/dl by the endocrine society definition) is very prevalent in infertile men. Forty-five percent of men with no sperm in the semen, without a blockage in the system transporting sperm, have low testosterone and 43% of men with low sperm counts have low testosterone levels.
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Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Motherhood is an experience that no one has to miss out on, even if biological factors are interfering. At Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine, the physicians are able to offer services of a state-of-the-art in vitro fertilization (IVF) lab called “Westlake IVF”, used for assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi explains what those technologies are and what steps to take when considering treatment by a fertility specialist.
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Specialist urologists should handle vasectomy reversal cases says 10-year study
Vasectomy reversals should be carried out by urology specialists with access to appropriate micro-surgical training and assisted reproductive technologies and not general urology surgeons, according to research published in the October issue of BJUI.
The findings are based on a series of surveys carried out among consultant members of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) over a ten-year period.
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Diabetes Linked to Low Testosterone
If you are a man with diabetes, you are twice as likely as other men to suffer from low testosterone. But does it work the other way around? Can low testosterone boost your risk for diabetes?
Low levels of testosterone may affect how a man's body reacts to insulin, a hormone that helps control levels of blood sugar.
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Gum Disease and Bedroom Bummer for Men
Living with erectile dysfunction, or impotence, can be a huge blow to a man's ego and, in some cases, his health. If doctors know who is at risk, they can take steps to stop erection problems.
Men with periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, may have an increased risk of impotence.
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New Drug for Erectile Dysfunction
The medication Stendra (avanafil) has just been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat erectile dysfunction, the FDA announced today.
Approximately 30 million men in the U.S. have difficulty getting or maintaining an erection, according to the FDA's release. This inability to have a satisfactory sex life can negatively impact a person's quality of life and personal relationships.
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Maladies of Men
Men and women have much in common. But let's face it: there are some obvious differences between the sexes, especially when it comes to sexual health.
Just as women have their own set of distinct health issues, there are many health problems that only concern men. Low testosterone and erectile dysfunction (impotence) are two prime examples of men's sexual health problems.
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Hypogonadism/Low sex drive/Low testosterone
Male infertility (the inability to reproduce) can be caused by a number of factors, including varicoceles, or swollen veins in the scrotum. Now, it seems varicoceles may lead to problems even more severe than infertility.
Varicoceles may disrupt a man's ability to produce testosterone - a hormone that is extremely important for keeping men in good health. However, surgery can boost testosterone levels in men suffering from the condition.
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Stay Lean and Keep Your Testosterone
We know how important estrogen is for women, but did you know it’s an important hormone for men? Yup, you guys have it, too. There is an enzyme in fat cells called aromatase; it takes testosterone made by the testicles and coverts it into estrogen. The more fat cells a guy has, the more testosterone gets turned into estrogen. The less relative testosterone is kept around to act on tissues, the tougher it is to maintain muscle mass and lose fat mass. The more fat that is put on, the more testosterone is converted into estrogen, in essence dropping the testosterone level, which in turn makes it harder to burn the fat mass… and so the vicious cycle begins. That’s why hitting the gym and getting regular cardiovascular exercise to keep the waistline in check is a great way to keep more of the testosterone that’s being made as testosterone.
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Paternity Pops Testosterone
Testosterone levels lower when a newborn is in the house
Women's bodies obviously change physically in preparation for caring for newborns. Some men experience biological changes as well.
A new study from the Philippines indicates that men's testosterone level temporarily lowers upon arrival of a new baby. The median testosterone level drop for new fathers was 26 percent in the
daytime and 34 percent in the evening.
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If Family Planning Ain't Broke, Don't Fix it
Standard Days Method family planning system has a loyal following.
Remember the days when many companies weren't willing to employ married women because of the assumption they would just get pregnant?
Currently, women can seemingly have it all as long as some family planning is in place to accommodate both career and family dreams. A new study finds that women who follow the Standard Days Method for family planning are likely to continue the method because of it effectiveness.
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Saint David's South
Family of Physicians Practicing at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, Helping Couples Achieve Fertility
AUSTIN, TX—In August 2010, Parviz Kavoussi, M.D., joined St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, alongside his father, K.M. Kavoussi, M.D., and his brother, Shahryar Kavoussi, M.D. This family of physicians specializes in all aspects of fertility and reproductive medicine, focusing on both the female and male factors that can affect fertility in couples.
“Our patients really like having all of these services offered in one office because it ensures that everyone is on the same page, so to speak,” Dr. Parviz Kavoussi said. “Examining infertility from both sides is the more effective, and less expensive, approach.”
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We live in a culture where time is often measured out to the last second, and having control is paramount. Shoot off a quick e-mail. Return a call on your cell as you speed off to your next engagement. Plan projects down to the letter and project outcomes for success. Well, pregnancy, or more specifically, getting pregnant, doesn’t work that way. It’s not something that can be penciled into one’s planner between a job promotion and an extended vacation.
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Having Klinefelter Syndrome
Having Klinefelter Syndrome does not mean it is impossible to father children
A common concern for males with KS and their families is the ability to father children. Although subfertility is characteristic of KS and the majority of KS men do not have sperm in the ejaculate, there are exceptions as well as other techniques to help with fertility potential. Although small, firm testes are common among all KS men, up to 50% have normal testosterone concentrations. Men with the mosaic form of KS (having 46XY cells mixed with 47XXY cells) are occasionally fertile. KS men with low sperm counts in the semen may have the sperm used for assisted reproductive techniques (such as in vitro fertilization- IVF) by simply collecting the sperm through semen samples obtained by masturbation.
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WATERSHED MOMENT FOR SUBMUCOSAL FIBROID AND POLYP REMOVAL
In the field of women’s health, abnormal uterine bleeding is responsible for the majority of all gynecological consultations. Studies have indicated that in more than 40% of the cases, hysteroscopic evidence of a submucous myoma or endometrial polyp will be detected. For many decades, surgeons have been challenged using the same surgical tools to address this critical area until a new product, MyoSure, was recently introduced by Interlace Medical (Framingham, MA; http:// www.myosure.com).
Many of the cases that present are women who have infertility issues, so preserving the form and function of the uterus is...
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Women's Health Guide
Austin Fertility and Reproductive Medicine A Family of Physicians Helping Couples Build Families of Their Own.
The Kavoussi’s have called Austin home for more than 30 years and feel a strong bond to the city and the people who make Austin the unique place it is. They are a family of physicians dedicated to helping couples achieve their dreams of building a family. Dr. K.M. Kavoussi completed his residency at the Bayview campus of Johns Hopkins University followed by a fellowship.
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Rock 'n Roll Lifestyle
Erectile dysfunction can be remedied by a healthier lifestyle
The same poor health habits that can lead to heart disease, diabetes and cancer also can contribute to erectile dysfunction (ED). Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to having a vibrant sexual health.
If men see their sexual value falling, maybe those personal habits need a closer look. Men with ED should lay off the 'drugs and rock 'n roll'...
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The Lowdown on Low Testosterone
Testosterone levels impact diabetes, high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction
By the age of 35, men's testosterone levels begin to drop by one or two percent each year. By the age of 50, 30% of men are already below the normal testosterone range and that number increases as years advance.
At 60 years of age, 60 percent of men have low testosterone! In the United States alone, 13 million men each year are diagnosed with low testosterone. The real number of men afflicted is probably much greater
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Ejaculatory and Erectile Disorders
A look at ejaculatory and erectile disorders:
Men, are you able to make love so that both you and your partner are satisfied? While women are often satisfied in myriad of ways sexually, including achieving orgasm(s), for men, erection, orgasm and subsequent ejaculation are the culmination of the sex act. So what do you do if you "come" too soon, too late, or not at all? Premature ejaculation (PE) is the most common sexual complaint, more common than erectile dysfunction." says Dr. Parviz Kavoussi, a urologist and partner at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine.
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