Gynecology Specialist

River Place OB/GYN

OB-GYNs located in Austin, TX

Gynecology literally means "the science of women.” At River Place OB GYN in Austin, Texas, Dr. Thoppil and Dr. Shepherd are experts in the science of women and committed to providing the highest-quality of gynecological care unique to every stage of a woman’s life. That's why they're considered the best OBGYN in Austin.

Gynecology Q & A

What type of gynecological care is offered to adolescence (UP TO AGE 20)?    

We recommend young women make their first visit to our practice between the ages of 13-15. During these years, when menstruation has begun, teens experience many changes, both physically and emotionally. As any woman will attest, adolescence can be challenging. Recognizing this, we seek to establish a supportive environment to answer questions, assess development and provide preventive care. In most cases, a physical exam is not necessary. However, it is recommended at least a portion of the visit be dedicated to some one-on-one time where a young woman can comfortably and safely ask questions.

What are the goals of gynecological care during the reproductive years?

During these visits, family planning, sexuality, menstrual cycles, and general health are discussed. The focus is on creating healthy habits. Among the common issues women may experience during this phase include abnormal bleeding, weight gain, mood changes, pelvic pain, and difficulty getting pregnant. An annual pap smear begins at age 21, a procedure our doctors strive to make as comfortable as possible.

What does gynecological care consist of during the transitional years?

Towards the end of the reproductive years, as hormones fluctuate, women often experience physical and emotional changes. The severity of these can vary greatly between individuals. Many find difficulty in managing perimenopausal and menopausal and symptoms like mood changes, weight gain, fatigue, and skin changes. Women in the transitional years are screened for cervical, uterine, and breast problems. We also recommend a colon screening for most women after age 50. We are experienced in helping mature patients conquer challenges of peri-menopause and menopause with lifestyle remedies, as well as hormones for appropriate candidates when necessary.

What type of care do women require in their mature years?

Among the biggest post-menopause health concerns of women are brittle bones (osteoporosis), heart disease, and weight gain. Women should continue their annual wellness exams, where we screen for early signs of any issues, and schedule routine mammograms. We also help each woman decide whether hormone replacement therapy is right for her. Whenever necessary, we doctors also will help coordinate your health needs with our network of specialists.

Insurance Providers

Here are just some of the insurances we accept. If you have a narrow network plan (POS, exchange, specific hospital, EPO, HMO) please confirm our network status. They do not always follow the full network benefits. To find out if your insurance is accepted, please check the insurance website or give our office a call.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Multiplan PHCS
Multiplan, Inc.
United Health Care