Our Office COVID-19 Information

We are updating our guest and Covid-19 policies. 

  • No guests are allowed except for one guest during your ultrasound visit.
  • Children are not allowed in the office.
  • We require masks for all patients, both vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Failure to follow these policies could result in rescheduling your appointment. Thank you for your cooperation.

Protecting your health, and the health of our staff and providers is a priority. We ask that if you are experiencing a fever of 100.4 plus or productive cough to call us at 512-425-3825, Option 3 so that we can determine the best way to meet your medical needs.


See our Childbirth Education Updates HERE.

St. David' Healthcare Visitation Policy Changes & COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

It’s been a year and a half since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Texas. As the virus continues to evolve, and COVID-19 continues to bear down on our community, we have remained steadfast in our resolve to combat it. Below are updates on some important and timely issues related to COVID-19 that we wanted to share with you.

Visitation Policy Changes
Due to a recent legislative mandate (Texas House Bill 2211), we are making changes to our visitation policy to comply with the new law. As of September 1, all patients will be allowed one visitor per day during visiting hours.
• Visiting hours are 5am-8pm
• Visitors must be 18 years of age or older
• Visitors must pass the entrance screening
• Visitors must wear a mask at all times
• Any patient seeking emergency care may have one visitor

One visitor may remain overnight for the following services or circumstances:
• Pediatrics under 18 years old
• NICU
• Laboring mothers
• Patient advocates for elderly, disabled or impaired patients
• Undergoing surgery or a procedure
• End-of-life care

We are committed to providing a safe environment for our patients, physicians, colleagues and visitors. Universal masking remains in effect and additional PPE may be required. All visitors are required to comply with these policies.

Visitation may be denied if an attending physician determines in-person visitation with the patient may lead to the transmission of an infectious agent that poses a serious community health risk.

COVID-19 Vaccination Booster
After careful consideration of the latest medical data, the FDA recently authorized mRNA COVID-19 booster shots for immunocompromised people. A recommendation for the general population is expected soon. This measure is designed to further protect you from COVID-19 as immunity wanes with time and this virus continues to spread.

As a result, we are actively planning for hospital-based third dose vaccination clinics in late September or early October. These vaccinations will only be available to colleagues who have already received both prior doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Please remember to verify your vaccination status prior to September 15 through the HCA Healthcare COVID-19 immunization link.

A third shot is now available and recommended for those who are immunocompromised and, therefore, at greater risk of serious, prolonged illness. Immunocompromised colleagues are encouraged to speak with their physician about whether getting an additional dose is appropriate. This helpful link can identify the closest and most convenient location to receive the vaccine.

For now, booster shots are being advised for the mRNA vaccines only, which does not currently include the Johnson & Johnson shot. It is also recommended to receive the same vaccine administered during the prior two dose series.

For the thousands of St. David’s HealthCare colleagues who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, thank you for choosing to protect yourself and the people around you.
Moment of Silence

The Texas Hospital Association is encouraging hospitals throughout the state to observe “five minutes of silence” at noon on Friday, September 3, to honor those impacted by COVID-19. The observance hopes to shine light on the number of people who have died from COVID-19, on healthcare heroes – like you – who have bravely fought the pandemic, and on the importance of taking action to prevent further illness. We encourage you to participate in this time of reflection, honor and remembrance.

COVID-19 Vaccination
Our physicians are among the most trusted in Central Texas. The community has trusted us to care for them for decades, and now we’re asking them to trust us about the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to watch the below video that features several of our physicians talking about the COVID-19 vaccine, and join us in sharing it with friends and family.

Watch Video Here

Thank you for your tireless work to beat COVID-19. Together, we can move forward and end the pandemic.

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Individualized care at
every stage & every age

New Patients Welcome!

512-425-3825

located near Mopac & Parmer
gynecologic consultant to the

UT Women’s Athletic Program

Natural Beginning Birth Center

Gynecological Services

Annual Gynecologic Checkup

Annual gynecologic exams are an essential part of maintaining long-term health and preventing illness before it occurs. Every day at OBGYN North, Austin, we see women of all ages for their annual gynecologic exams. Each gynecological visit includes a full medical history, physical exam (general, breast and pelvic), and discussion of health maintenance strategies.

The doctor usually begin the gynecologic checkup with a breast exam to check for lumps that may be a sign of cancer, then will check the external genital area for irritations, cysts or other problems. Next, the physician examine the cervix and vaginal walls. During this time, the doctor will also conduct a pap smear to check for cancerous and pre-cancerous cells. The last step in the annual gynecologic exam is for the physician to check the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.

Appropriate mammograms, colonoscopies, and blood work (cholesterol screening) are then ordered, if needed.

Unfortunately, insurance companies do not allow us to address significant gynecologic problems on the same day as a well-visit, therefore these problem appointments must be scheduled as separate gynecologic visits.

Abnormal Bleeding

Abnormal bleeding, whether irregular, heavy, or absent, is a common gynecologic problem for women. It can be caused by hormonal problems (low thyroid function, polycystic ovarian syndrome, diabetes), anatomic issues (uterine fibroids, polyps), blood abnormalities (Von Willebrands disease), and gynecologic infections (sexually-transmitted diseases).

It is essential for us at OBGYN North to fully evaluate the source of the problem rather than just masking the gynecologic symptoms with birth-control pills, as we believe the treatment should be directed at the true cause. We complete the gynecologic evaluation in an organized, prompt manner in order to provide understanding to the woman experiencing these gynecologic symptoms and to provide education to allow her to choose the treatment plan that best fits her lifestyle and beliefs.

Pelvic Pain/Endometriosis

Pelvic pain with and between menstrual cycles can impair a woman’s quality of life and ability to work or attend school. Endometriosis is a gynecologic condition that occurs in women when the inner uterus lining starts to grow outside of the uterus and can be a common cause of such gynecologic symptoms. However, other causes for pelvic pain can include fibroids, adhesions, infection, etc. It is important for us to find out the real cause of the problem, therefore the pain is evaluated with a variety of exams including pelvic exam, ultrasound, trial of medications, and ultimately explorative surgery. At OBGYN North, we believe that long-term pain medications are never the ideal solution given issues of addiction and therefore, we always attempt to identify the source of the gynecologic pain and treat it directly. If long-term pain medications are required, we work in conjunction with pain management specialists to find the appropriate regimen. Our ultimate goal is to relieve the gynecologic symptoms and return each woman her quality of life.

Pre-Pregnancy Counseling

At OBGYN North, pre-pregnancy counseling is recommended to give your baby the best start in life. Think about preconception counseling as preventive medicine for you and for the child you’re planning to conceive and to get your own health squared away before you get pregnant. As a matter of fact, a complete medical history, physical and gynecological exams a few months to a year before you start trying to conceive will help you determine what steps you may still need to take to become physically and emotionally ready to have a baby. At OBGYN North we also recommend Pre-pregnancy counseling for those women with chronic medical problems that might have complications in pregnancy and that can be prevented with advanced planning.

Birth-Control Visits

Are you looking for the best birth control option? At OBGYN North, we can assist you to find out the right treatment for you.
There are diverse today, and no longer include just birth-control pills. Traditional birth-control medication (combined estrogen/progesterone) can be administered also through a skin patch or vaginal ring. Progesterone-only birth-control is still available in pill and injection (depo Provera), but now also in a 3-year implantable option (Nexplanon).

  • Intra-Uterine Devices (IUD) are another long-acting contraceptive that can either contain hormone (Liletta, Mirena, Sklya) or not contain hormone (Paragard). These are placed into the uterine as a simple office procedure and can stay in place for 3-10 years depending on the IUD chosen.
  • Permanent sterilization through tubal Ligation is a procedure that seals off a woman’s fallopian tubes that carry an egg from the ovaries to the uterus. It can be done immediately after childbirth, laparoscopically through telescope into the abdomen, or hysteroscopically through a telescope into the uterus.
  • Laparoscopic tubal ligations are now done frequently with complete removal of the fallopian tubes which has been shown to reduce risk of ovarian cancer. Of course, at OBGYN North we always encourage our patients to discuss vasectomy with their partners given that this is the simplest, lowest-risk procedure to achieve permanent sterilization.

Infertility Evaluation/Treatment

Infertility affects up to 15% of the population. Not all infertility is due to female problems – in fact, 40% has a male source, 40% has a female source, and 20% has no identifiable source. After 6 – 12 months of trying to conceive without success, at OBGYN North we begin the evaluation with blood work, ultrasound, and hysterosalpingogram (HSG) for the female partner and semen analysis for the male partner. Based on these results, medical (metformin, clomid, etc) and surgical (laparoscopic removal of endometriosis or adhesions) treatments are then initiated.

If injectable medications, intrauterine insemination (IUI), or in-vitro fertilization (IVF) are necessary, at OBGYN North, we refer all patients to one of the fellowship-trained reproductive endocrinology/infertility physicians in central Texas.

Abnormal Pap Smears/Colposcopy

The Pap smear is a gynecological screening test for pre-cancers and cancers of the cervix. Most abnormal pap smears are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is a virus transmitted through sex. At OBGYN North, when a Pap smear returns abnormal, the cervix is then examined in detail using a colposcopy (microscope for the cervix) to look for these lesions. Such gynecologic lesions are then biopsied to assess whether a true precancer or cancer exists. Further treatment is then based on these biopsy results – repeat pap smear in 12 months for low-grade lesions, LEEP (loop electrocautery excision procedure) for high-grade lesions, and hysterectomy for cancers. At OBGYN North, we understand that this can be a very anxiety-provoking experience, therefore we schedule these appointments quickly and report results to patients as soon as they are available to reduce our patient’s stress.

Menopausal Care/Bioidentical Hormones

Some women gracefully enter menopause while others find this transition torturous. For those with significant symptoms, much can be done to reduce these symptoms – both with hormonal, non-hormonal, and herbal treatments. At OBGYN North we like to explore all of these options with our patients and decide which treatment best suits them.

Bioidentical hormones are one example of treatment which has become very popular today to take care of the menopausal symptoms. This type of hormone is identical in molecular structure to the hormones that women make in their bodies and are normally derived from plants.

If you looking for an OB/GYN in Austin, Texas committed to providing high quality, up-to-date OB/GYN care to women from adolescence through menopause, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Also, check out how we are up to in the OBGYN news and see what people think about our services.

 

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Maansi Piparia

MD, FACOG

Rebecca Teng

MD, FACOG

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Allie Evans

MD, FACOG

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