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How Pesticides Might Affect Men’s Sexual Health

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 […]

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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. Download PDF

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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. Download PDF

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Stay Lean And Keep Your Testosterone

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 […]

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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 […]

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Surgery Gives Low Testosterone A Boost

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 […]

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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 […]

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Having Klinefelter Syndrome

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 […]

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What’s the big deal about the “no-scalpel vasectomy”?

Although there are a number of differences in how vasectomies are performed by different physicians, they are generally categorized as one of two techniques: the incisional method and the no-scalpel technique. The incisional method is the older, traditional method of using a scalpel to make a 1 cm incision to isolate the vas deferens. The no-scalpel technique uses a sharp, pointed microsurgical instrument with a spreading motion to isolate the vas deferens through a 2-3 mm puncture in the skin. Typically, the puncture site is not identifiable within a month after the vasectomy. The no-scalpel technique has been shown in research studies to result in shorter operative times and it decreases the rate of vasectomy related complications such as bleeding, infection, swelling, and pain during the procedure and early after the procedure. All important stuff! This is the preferred method for these reasons and the only method that Dr. Parviz Kavoussi utilizes to perform vasectomy. He states, “if we have a technique with optimal success rates and lower complication rates, why wouldn’t we use it?”

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