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Should I get a flu shot?

Many patients who are trying to conceive or are pregnant wonder if they should receive a flu shot.  The answer to that question is yes.  For more information see: www.flu.gov

When it comes to having a baby, does size really matter?

Now that I have your attention let me say a few things about size, more specifically the size of your Reproductive Endocrinologist’s (RE) practice.

Here at The Center for Fertility & Gynecology, we believe that exceptional results are often found in smallest packages.

That’s why we choose to keep our practice smaller, allowing us to focus on comprehensive patient care with a personal touch. Our boutique style practice will give you the attention you need at this stressful time, this style of care will be apparent from your first phone encounter through you final OB ultrasound.

Let’s start with the phone. When you call our practice you will be greeted by one of our friendly receptionists who will take the time to schedule a convenient appointment for both you and your partner. If you want to speak to someone before scheduling an appointment one of our Registered Nurses will be happy to address clinical questions, our Billing Specialist will be happy to discuss your insurance coverage or financial concerns.

We make every effort to return all phone calls in a prompt manner, usually within a few hours. Most of our patients develop friendly relationships with our clinical and clerical staff. Our unparalleled staff offers comprehensive care in the Nursing, Laboratory and Ultrasound divisions.

There are two Registered Nurses in our office. Leanne Thomas R.N. has worked for The Center for Fertility & Gynecology since 2004. I have been the Practice Manager and clinical coordinator since 1993.
I began my Nursing career in 1979 and have specialized in women’s health since 1986.

Our laboratory is on site with testing available Monday through Saturday. Marissa Lutz has been our lab manager since 1996, she has worked for The Center since 1993 and is an expert in running a highly proficient state accredited facility. It is our pleasure to provide testing for patients who choose to work with IVF programs located outside of our practice as we have strong affiliations with some of the country’s most successful programs. We provide the same high standards in our state accredited ultrasound division. We are fortunate to employ Joanne Fries as our lead ultrasound technician. Joanne has trained the majority of the infertility ultrasound technicians in the Pittsburgh region who have chosen to dedicate their careers to the field of infertility.

We will work tirelessly on your behalf to take full advantage of your insurance coverage. We will research your insurance package and obtain any and all authorizations needed to allow you to maximize your infertility benefits.
Dr. Tippet is board certified in OB/GYN and board eligible in Reproductive Endocrinology. He started the first IVF program at AGH in 1988 but decided to take his career in different direction, that of addressing the needs of patients who really don’t need or want IVF.

We do hundreds of ovulation induction cycles each year with both oral and injectable medications and have dozens of happy prospective parents each month.

Dr. Tippet will allocate one hour of his time for your initial appointment. Follow up consultations will be scheduled in a timely manner, we allow thirty minutes for all of these appointments so that he has time to address all of your questions and concerns.

In our practice you won’t be just a chart number. We never require appointments for blood tests. We offer individualized injection teaching classes with emphasis on your specific treatment plan. There is no need to re-register each time you come into our office and parking is convenient and free.
We are easy to access from the PA turnpike and Routes 79, 279 and 19.

On a personal note, many patients wonder if I am related to Dr. Tippet since we share the same last name. I am his wife; we began dating when he was a Medical Student at Pitt and have been married after his graduation in 1982. We have two grown children and look forward to helping you build a happy family too!

Please give me a call if you have any questions or are considering scheduling an appointment!

Center for Fertility Offers New Treatment for Heavy Periods

Safe, Non-Invasive, Economical Alternative to Hysterectomy

For the estimated one in four women suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding, a leading gynecologist is the first local physician to offer an innovative, economical, non-surgical treatment that has the potential to change their lives, literally.

Until now, women suffering from the painful and often debilitating condition known as menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding) have had to suffer in silence — or in extreme cases, undergo major surgery via a hysterectomy — to relieve their symptoms.

But that is no longer the case, thanks to an economical, quick and painless technique – cryoablation – that’s now being offered by Paul D. Tippet, M.D., a board certified gynecologist and reproductive endocrinologist with the Center for Fertility and Gynecology (CFG).

Dr. Tippet was the first physician in the region to perform endometrial ablation and again leads the way as the first gynecologist in the metropolitan Pittsburgh area to perform the minimally invasive, office-based procedure. Cryoablation therapy provides much-needed relief to women suffering from abnormal uterine bleeding, a condition that can limit their activities, impair quality of life and strain marital and family relationships.

Many women with abnormal uterine bleeding eventually have hysterectomies, accounting for as many as 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the U.S. each year, according to Dr. Tippet.

Utilizing the “Her Option” Office Cryoablation Therapy System, a medical device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the cryo-technology treatment freezes, reduces or eliminates the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium), the tissue responsible for excessive bleeding, thus allowing the uterus and natural hormones to remain intact.

“The Her Option therapy offers a safe and effective, less invasive alternative to hysterectomy for women who have completed childbearing,” notes Dr. Tippet, a highly skilled surgeon who specializes in reproductive endocrinology. “The therapy is performed with minimal anesthetic in approximately 20 minutes.”

Moreover, a majority of women experience minimal discomfort during the procedure, notes Dr. Tippet, because of the natural analgesic effects of freezing.

Her Option works via a slender probe, attached to a cooling unit that is inserted through the cervix into the uterus. The tip of the probe is brought to a very low temperature to freeze the uterine lining. The therapy is guided and monitored on a real-time basis using ultrasound.

“Many women simply feel that heavy bleeding is just something they have to live with and suffer in silence due to lack of awareness of treatments or reluctance to discuss the problem,” adds Dr. Tippet, noting that the problem also frequently impacts a woman’s general health and well-being.

Citing one market research study that indicates 58 percent of women have not discussed their abnormal bleeding condition with a healthcare provider, Dr. Tippet is striving to reduce that trend by making women informed and aware that a new treatment option is available. “Educating patients about common conditions and treatment options is critical. Standard treatments like hormone therapy work with some women but are not tolerated well by others.

Unlike a hysterectomy, which requires major surgery and a four- to six-week recovery time with long-term implications, “The cryoblation procedure can be done in the office with no general anesthesia or intravenous sedation,” continues Dr. Tippet, “which makes it less expensive and safer.” Patients usually are responsible for only an office copayment, which also makes for much less out-of-pocket expense.