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Fertility Doctor of the Month: Kenneth K. Moghadam, MD

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Kenneth K. Moghadam, MD. Austin Fertility Institute

March 2013

Dr. Kenneth K. Moghadam is the Founder and Medical Director of the Austin Fertility Institute in Austin, Texas. He launched the single-doctor practice three years ago, five years into his career. He believes the hallmarks of the Austin Fertility Institute are one-on-one physician care, excellent access to patient information and physician and nursing availability. “It’s a cliché that there’s a family or personal atmosphere at a practice, but I think that’s really what we try to cultivate.” FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Dr. Moghadam as Doctor of the Month.

Austin Fertility Clinic Success Rates

Babies born from IVF in Austin, TX

So you’ve decided to see a fertility doctor to help you in trying to conceive, but how can you make the best decision regarding which fertility clinic to choose? With 34 fertility clinics in Texas, three of which are in Austin, you have many choices available to you.

One way to help narrow down your options is to read through the fertility clinic success rates. Fertility clinic success rates for clinics in Austin, Texas, and throughout the country can be found in the Assisted Reproductive Technology Report .

DHEA Could Benefit Women Trying to Get Pregnant

KHOU.com,  Aug 3, 2012

The hormone DHEA naturally occurs in the body, but levels decrease as we age. DHEA supplements can be bought over the counter. They have helped slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's, and arthritis. Now doctors at the Texas Fertility Center are studying the impact of DHEA on women trying to get pregnant. Dr. Natalie Burger, a physician at Texas Fertility Center, has implemented the DHEA supplement among dozens of patients pursuing IVF on a trial basis.

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Texas has a population of more than 25 million, so it’s not surprising that it has a large number of fertility clinics and fertility doctors.

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In order to analyze the sperm, a sperm analysis can be done several times to ensure accuracy of the test results. If there is a reproductive issue with the male, time is a dependent factor on prospective treatment for the couple, explains Dr. Seth Levrant who participates in the clinic Partners in Reproductive Health in Munster, IN and Tinley Park, IL.

Dr. Richard Paulson, a fertility doctor with USC Fertility in Los Angeles explains how the hormones estrogen and progesterone can prepare the uterine lining for implantation of an embryo, even in women who have had ovarian failure or in menopause.

UCSF's Dr. Evelyn Mok-Lin discusses the role of egg freezing today.

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New Study to Identify High-Quality Embryos for IVF

Texas Fertility Center leads the study

A worldwide study that is led by Texas Fertility Center, an Austin, TX, fertility clinic, and includes top fertility clinics in the United States, Spain, Israel, France, Japan and the Netherlands, has the goal of dramatically changing how scientists determine embryo viability for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Typically during IVF, the embryologists in the lab select the embryos to transfer to the uterus via a method called embryo grading. This is a subjective system based on the appearance of the embryo under the microscope. For example, with a Day 3 embryo, a Grade 1 embryo might have cells of equal size and no fragmentation (when a small portion of the cytoplasm inside the cell breaks off) compared to a Grade 4 embryo with cells of unequal size and moderate to heavy fragmentation. There are different grading systems for Day 5 (blastocyst) embryos.

Embryo grading is an imperfect tool to determine which embryos have the best potential for a healthy pregnancy and birth. The technique has limited ability to determine which embryos are most likely to implant because at least 60 percent of human embryos that may appear normal under a microscope are actually chromosomally abnormal and are likely to not implant or miscarry.

Texas Doctors Study Fertility Without Multiples

WFAA,   

Women undergoing fertility treatments often end up with twins or triplets. Now, a San Antonio study is helping test different treatments to see which one is most likely to yield a single baby. UT Medicine is looking for infertile couples to volunteer. They must have tried unsuccessfully for at least a year to get pregnant. The woman must be between 18 and 40.

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Austin, TX, Fertility Guide

Texas has a population of over 25 million, so it’s not surprising that it has such a large number of fertility clinics. The state of Texas has 34 fertility clinics, two of which are located in Austin. There are six fertility doctors based in Austin, and 11 located in nearby San Antonio, where there are six more fertility clinics.

Frozen Egg Baby Born in Austin, Texas

Austin American Statesman,  July 17, 2011
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Catherine Collins is the first baby born in Central Texas — and only the second birth to be announced in Texas — from a frozen egg. She arrived May 3, almost a year after a woman in Houston used her own frozen eggs to bear twins on May 28, 2010. These two babies are among 1,000 such births worldwide, according to estimates by various groups, but new technology is paving the way for more, said Dr. Kaylen Silverberg, an infertility specialist at Texas Fertility Center in Austin who assisted the Navarre family.

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Freezing Eggs in Austin, TX

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An option for preserving fertility

Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, has been around for several decades; however, it was not very successful until recently due to a newer process called "vitrification."

Austin Clinical Trials

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Infertility related research studies

Clinical trials are carefully controlled studies that operate under a set purpose. The goal of these clinical trials is to answer a certain question regarding a certain disease, illness, or disorder. Clinical trials often operate in multiple locations across the country, or even the world, at the same time. These clinical trial locations all run under the same purpose with the same conditions and requirements.

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