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ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Concerned about Bleeding during pregnancy..., bleeding during pregnancy, transvaginal ultrasound
bleeding during pregnancy, transvaginal ultrasound, brown blood: HI Elizabeth, CONGRATULATIONS! You beat the odds! Ok, as far as the nurse taking you off of the metformin, I cant help you there... sounds like your doctor has this under control though. You said the new doctor , did you switch? Or is this an infertility...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Concerned about period, correct time, short period
correct time, short period: A period is considered normal even if it is very short. I have some patients who get their period for one hour each month. It is abnormal for you to bleed for more than 14 days at a time, but if the period comes at the correct time, even a short period is...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Concerned over symptoms & spotting, subchorionic hematoma, sac women
subchorionic hematoma, sac women, subchronic hematoma: Hi Jackie :) Keep in mind Jackie, that spotting during the first trimester is NOT uncommon. However, sounds to me that you could possibly have what is called a subchronic hematoma. This is usually the result of a ruptured blood vessle, in the placenta....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Should I Be Concerned, cyst on right ovary, tiny cysts
cyst on right ovary, tiny cysts, ruptured cyst: You have very, very tiny cysts on your ovaries. I doubt that they are all the same cyst, as cysts come and go. We are not concerned unless an ovarian cyst is greater than 6cm in diameter. The tiny cysts (less than 4cm) usually disappear on their won. Please...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Concerns, leaking amniotic fluid, group b strep
leaking amniotic fluid, group b strep, wet underwear: Dear Ellen, OK, first - the chances of you leaking amniotic fluid via the vagina after an amniocentesis is minimal (1% of cases). The puncture site usually seals itself very rapidly and is abdominal. There would be no natural tract for the bacteria to travel....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Concerns about past failed pregnancies, best time to take a pregnancy test, partial molar pregnancy
best time to take a pregnancy test, partial molar pregnancy, early stages of pregnancy: The best time to take a pregnancy test is seven days after missing your period. You were due for your peeriod on May 21 (count the first day of your last period as cycle day #1). Therefore, if you do not get your period by May 28, repeat the test. You have...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Concerns about past failed pregnancies, partial molar pregnancy, early stages of pregnancy
partial molar pregnancy, early stages of pregnancy, stages of pregnancy: Amy, I can t imagine how scared you must feel! My advise to you is to have your doctor draw your HCG levels, first to determine if you are pregnant, and then if you are, every 72 hours to make sure the hormone is doubling like it should. Just because...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Concerns, hcg levels, high fsh
hcg levels, high fsh, infertility treatment: Honestly, anything could happen. She could have been estimated inaccurately on how far along she is or anything. I am not totally familiar with the HcG levels and stuff like that. You may want to get a 2nd opinion. Often these turn out to be for the better...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Condom Broke, pre nut, fertile time
pre nut, fertile time, dear michael: Dear Michael, Generally, the time during a woman s period is not her fertile time. Although it is not completely impossible for a woman to get pregnant at any time during her cycle, this would definitely not be the most fertile time. So, it is wise of you...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Condom Broke, best time to take a pregnancy test, home pregnancy test
best time to take a pregnancy test, home pregnancy test, methods of birth control: There is no guarantee that you are or are not pregnant. There is an excellent chance of pregnancy if any sperm are deposited in your vagina on one of your fertile days. Your fertile days are cycle day #13, 14, 15, or 16. That was September 25,26,27,or 28....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Conflicting tests, serum beta hcg, estimated due date
serum beta hcg, estimated due date, test serum: Dear Tanya, Dating using your 6/25 LMP and 21 day menstrual cycles would put you at about 4 weeks, 4 days today with an estimated due date of 3/25/08. If you have regular periods every 21 days and your LMP was 6/25, we would have expected you to have ovulated...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Confused, blood test for pregnancy, pregnancy test
blood test for pregnancy, pregnancy test, pregnancy tests: The manufacturers of pregnancy tests claim that, in order to say that a test is positive, the lines MUST be dark and bold and they must show up within 5 minutes. If your last period started on May 13, you were due for your next period on June 9. A pregnancy...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Confused, symptoms fatigue, lower abdomen
symptoms fatigue, lower abdomen, leg cramps: Your bleeding pattern appears irregular but I doubt thatyou are pregnant. If youar last period srtarted on December 5, you would have ovulated on December 18 and could have conceived if you had sex on December 17,18,19, or 20. Therefore, you could not have...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Very Confused, home pregnancy tests, birth control pills
home pregnancy tests, birth control pills, weeks pregnancy: If your last period started on February 16, ovulation would have occurred on March 1 and you could ONLY have conceived if you had unprotected sex on February 28, March 1,2, or 3. After Plan B, it is common to have 2-3 days of bleeding. You were due for your...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Confused, human chorionic gonadotropin, prune juice
human chorionic gonadotropin, prune juice, chemical pregnancy: HI, it sounds like you are pregnant and that little bleeding you had was implantation; your period is only a couple of days late and it might be to early for a home test to pick up a positive becaus ethe HcG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is too low in...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Confused, home pregnancy test, conception ovulation
home pregnancy test, conception ovulation, ortho tri cyclen: Dear Chasity, If you missed alot of pills in January, you can t assume you were protected against pregnancy for that cycle. If you believe that the bleeding you had on 1/23-1/26 was the four days of your regular period, then it is unlikely you conceived...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Confused, fertile window, trying to have a baby
fertile window, trying to have a baby, lmp: Dear Dolores, If your LMP was 6/13 and you have regular 28 day cycles, your fertile window would have been 6/23-7/3 and we would have expected you to have ovulated on approximately 6/27. 7/1 was probably past the point when your egg would have still...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Confused about conception, best time to take a pregnancy test, home pregnancy test
best time to take a pregnancy test, home pregnancy test, embryo implantation: If the first day of your last period started on October 3, you would have ovulated around October 15 abd could only have become pregnant if you had sex on October 14,15,16, or 17. (We always count from the FIRST day of your period, not from the last day of...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Confused on dates, menstural period, weeks pregnancy
menstural period, weeks pregnancy, gestational age: Hi Kirsten :) I did some calculations myself, and I have to agree with you. According to my calculations, as of today, you are exactly 11 weeks pregnant. My date for your due date, is April 30th, of 2007. Its quite possible, that your baby might...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Confused about Symptoms, early pregnancy signs, larger breasts
early pregnancy signs, larger breasts, unprotected intercourse: Pregnancy symptoms (brest tenderness, fatigue, nausea) can occur immediately when you conceive. However, if you ahve a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period untl the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. You can...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Confused!!!, transvaginal sonogram, yolk sack
transvaginal sonogram, yolk sack, uterous: Hello Sherri. Every pregnancy can be very different. It is certainly possible that you ovulated later than usual, it is also possible that the ultrasound is wrong( I have VERY little faith in scans). All you can do is feed yourself very well and wait. If this...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Confusing symptoms, bladder infection or pregnancy?, best time to take a pregnancy test, bladder spasms
best time to take a pregnancy test, bladder spasms, bladder infection: If your last period start4ed on December 24, then the earliest you could have ovulated would have been on January 6 and you can conceive if you have unprotected sex on January 5,6,7, or 8. If you did become pregnant on one of those days, a pregnancy test would...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Confussed about my OBGYN'S advise., basal body temperature chart, basal body temperature
basal body temperature chart, basal body temperature, birth control pills: If you have been trying to conceive for a year, it is definitely time to start an infertility workup. A workup involves preparing a Basal Body Temperature chart to see if you are ovulating, an endometrial biopsy to see what is going on with your endometrium,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Congenital Defects, normal fetal heartbeat, echo cardiogram
normal fetal heartbeat, echo cardiogram, 110 bpm: A normal fetal heartbeat during pregnancy is 120-160 bpm. Your baby s heartbeat of 150bpm is within normal limits. There is no reason to think that this baby will have problems. However, I would suggest tht you get a fetal echo cardiogram during this poregnancy...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Conseption Dates, not sure if the unborn child is mine., pregnancy test, buldge
pregnancy test, buldge, deffinetly: A pregnancy test will show a positive result if taken 14-21 days after the day of conception (intercourse). If she had sex on November 30, a pregnancy test could have been positive by December 14 (two weeks later). You have to find out the date of the first...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Conseption date, menstrual period, last period
menstrual period, last period, old woman: If the first day of her last menstrual period started on January 13, the earliest that she could have ovulated would be January 26 and she could have conceivewd if she had sex on January 25,26,27, or 28. It would have been way too early for her to have ovulated...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Constant Cramping, ligament pain, tendons and ligaments
ligament pain, tendons and ligaments, lower back pain: Hi Sarah :) Sounds to me like you could be suffering what is called Round Ligament pain. As your uterus expands to accomodate your growing baby, the tendons and ligaments start to stretch. This can cause a sharp cramping or pull like sensation in the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Constipation due to C-sections?, internal hemmroids, emergency c section
internal hemmroids, emergency c section, colon cancer: The problems may be due merely from being pregnant, not from having a cesarean section. There is an increase in hemorrhoids during pregnancy and the changes in bowel habits are due to the changes that occur during the pregnancy, not due to having had a cesarena...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Constipation, whole grain bread, prune juice
whole grain bread, prune juice, breakfast cereals: Dear Karen, I do sympathize with your dilemma. Many women experience this during pregnancy. The reason is that during pregnancy, the body produces more female hormones than normal. It is the job of these hormones to make sure that the pregnancy develops...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Contageous virus, essential amino acids, diet sodas
essential amino acids, diet sodas, childhood viruses: Nutrasweet is a combination of essential amino acids: aspartame and phenylalanine. Both are safe for use during pregnancy unless you have an allergy to either. I would not worry about listeria because it is quite rare. Of course, do not use luncheon meats...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Continued bleeding on Provera, anovulatory cycle, continued bleeding
anovulatory cycle, continued bleeding, provera: WEhen we give Provera in order to stop current bleeding, we give either 10 mg twice a day for 5 days, or 10mg once a day for 10 days. You will usually start bleeding very heavy and then it will taper off and stop. When you start your next period, start the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Continued spotting after D&C, gestational sac, feotus
gestational sac, feotus, miscarraige: Hi Tina, I think it would be wise to get this situation resolved before entertaining the idea of a future pregnancy. I also forgot to mention prior, that sometimes left tissue in the uterus due to a miscarriage, after a DNC can also cause all the problems...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Continuous BC using Triphasic Pills, triphasic pills, mid cycle
triphasic pills, mid cycle, hormonal therapy: The reason we use triphasic pills is to mimic your regular cycle. I would suggest that you continue as you have been doing. Take the pills in order but merely leave out the last seven pills, if you want to use continuous hormonal therapy and avoid having a...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Continuous period- abnormality or Birth Control?, pap smear ascus, atypical squamous cells
pap smear ascus, atypical squamous cells, birth control pills: You started bleeding because you stopped the birth control pills. As long as you do not bleed for longer than 14 days, it is no problem. However, if you bleed for more than 14 days at a time, you should call your gynecologist and get some Provera (10mg twice...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Contraception, contraception method, vasectomy
contraception method, vasectomy, contraception: If the vasectomy was performed correctly, it is 99% effective against sperm production. However, some men can recanalize and produce sperm, and some procedures have not been done correctly and are ineffective. Furthermore, even though a vasectomy will prevent...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Contraceptive Pill, unwanted pregnancy, contraceptive pill
unwanted pregnancy, contraceptive pill, safe side: Hi Cheryl, you should be just fine. All of the regular non-placebo pills are the same dosage. Just to be on the safe side though you might want to use an additional form of bith control, just to be extra safe against unwanted pregnancy.... and...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Contraceptive Pills, birth control pills, oral contraceptive pills
birth control pills, oral contraceptive pills, taking the pills: If you are not taking any pills at this time, and you have a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. You can ONLY become pregnant if you have sex on cycle day #13, 14,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Contraceptives, alesse 28, breakthrough bleeding
alesse 28, breakthrough bleeding, getting your period: It is not dangerous to avoid getting your period every month. The new Seasonale pill only gives you are period every 3 months. From time to time, you will get some breakthrough bleeding that does help to clean out the endometrium. In the past, it was thought...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Contractions that go nowhere!, effaced, contractions
effaced, contractions, contraction: Eventually you will start having contractions that come every 6 minutes and do not stop. You have to continue to time your contractions. When you have contractions at the level of your belly button that come every 6 minutes (from the start of one contraction...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Contractions, contractions, abdomen
contractions, abdomen, lacey: Hello Lacey. I can understand your anxiety. However, are the contractions that you are feeling painful? Actually, your uterus has been regularly contracting ever since the pregnancy started. It will continue to contract throughout the pregnancy. As long as...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Copper IUD/Pregnancy, copper iud pregnancy, symptoms of a tubal pregnancy
copper iud pregnancy, symptoms of a tubal pregnancy, ectopic pregnany: HI Jackie, I would not wait because even though you are not having symptoms, go ahead and go see your gyn and ask for a ultrasound to see if there is an ectopic pregnancy. If they won t do one as soon as you leave there go to the ER and tell me you think...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cord, healthy pregnancy, congratulations on your pregnancy
healthy pregnancy, congratulations on your pregnancy, sure things: Hi Michele, congratulations on your pregnancy! I doubt there is anything anyone can do about the twisting of the cord; your doctor must think things are Ok as he is satisfied with another ultrasound in 8 weeks. Babies can move and twist and turn and...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Corpus Luteum Cyst, corpus luteum cyst, ectopic pregnancy
corpus luteum cyst, ectopic pregnancy, methotrexate: Dear Nancy, If you are quite uncomfortable , I would call your doctor again. Another intervention may be necessary, but if the pain is enough that it is interfering with your daily life, then you do need to seek appropriate treatment to fix the problem....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Corticosteroids during pregancy, cleft lip and cleft palate, topical corticosteroids
cleft lip and cleft palate, topical corticosteroids, childhood illnesses: We have used cortocosteroid creams during pregnancy for many years. Although there is a 1% chance of cleft lip or cleft palate with the use of steroids during pregnancy, the surgical repair of these defects has improved so greatly that we do not avoid the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cough Drops During Pregnancy, cough drops during pregnancy, accurate answer
cough drops during pregnancy, accurate answer, wild cherry: Hello Karen- to give you an accurate answer, I would need to know all the ingredients in the lozenges. I suspect they are fine, but send the info anyway. I think you may need to add humidity to your environment. At work, try drinking a LOT of water. Hope that...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cough Drops While Pregnant, cough drops, pregnacy
cough drops, pregnacy, wild cherry: They would probably be okay but you should ask your Dr. or Pharmacist as this is not my true area of expertise. Peppermint or Butterscotch candy would probably give you the same results and not be a bit harmful. I don t like to see women take any meds...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Coumadin and Menstruation, blood thinner, dr rappaport
blood thinner, dr rappaport, irregular bleeding: Coumadin is a blood thinner (similar to Heparin). It can cause heavier bleeding or irregular bleeding at various times of the month. YOu should make sure that you check your coagulation profiles often to ensure that you do not have too much Coumadin in your...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Coxsockie exposure, coxsackie virus, serologic studies
coxsackie virus, serologic studies, mild case: If you have had no signs of any disease, I doubt that you contracted the coxsackie virus. HOwever, there is no way for me to know based on your description. It is highly unlikely that you were infected. If you did not contract the virus, your baby will not...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: CRAMPING, home pregnancy test, last period
home pregnancy test, last period, july 26th: Hi Jackie, it is too early to tell; I guess you could be feeling implantation (where the embryo embeds itself into the uterine lining), so maybe this is what you are feeling. You should try a home pregnancy test around July 26th to see if you are indeed...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: CRLs (twins) measuring 1 week behind w/ IVF, gestation sac, ivf pregnancies
gestation sac, ivf pregnancies, fertilization ivf: Dear Andrea, It was from the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Volume 92 Issue 9 Page 953 - September 1985. The title of the article was Gestation sac size in in-vitro fertilization pregnancies and there were numerous authors as it appeared...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping, best time to take a pregnancy test, earliest symptoms of pregnancy
best time to take a pregnancy test, earliest symptoms of pregnancy, symptoms of pregnancy: When was the first day of your last period? If you started your period 2 1/2 weeks ago, then you could have conceived if you had unprotected sex 14 days after the first day of your period. If you did, indeed, conceive on that day, a pregnancy test would not...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping, ovarian cysts, dull ache
ovarian cysts, dull ache, gynecologist: I can t evaluate your condition over the internet.. I strongly suggest that you cocnsult with your gynecologist and get a thorough investigation. Then discuss with the gynecologist tne possibility of endometriosis. I doubt that small ovarian cysts will cose...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping at 27 weeks, lower abdomen, desk job
lower abdomen, desk job, gas pains: If you start to have cramps that occur more than every 5 minutes (from the start of one contraction to the start of the next contraction) at the level of your belly button, and each contraction lasts for longer than 45 seconds, you may be going into labor...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping at 4 weeks, beta hcg, tender breasts
beta hcg, tender breasts, pregnncy: As long as you are not having any bleeding, don t worry. If you want to be sure, take two blood pregnancy test, 48 hours apart (Beta HCG). If there is a doubling of the results in 48 hours, it indicates a viable pregnncy. If there is a halving of the results...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping & Bleeding, bleeding in early pregnancy, normal cramping during pregnancy
bleeding in early pregnancy, normal cramping during pregnancy, cramping during pregnancy: Cramping during pregnancy is normal, as is a tiny bit of bleeding in early pregnancy. Often it is brownish and is from old blood that is being pushed out of the uterus. If it is bright red, it may be due to the formation of the placenta ( Subchorionic bleeding...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping during pregnancy and blood tests, home pregnancy tests, egg implants
home pregnancy tests, egg implants, cramping during pregnancy: Hi Terri, And Congradulations :) What you are feeling is completely normal, so dont worry :) The spotting is implantation bleeding. This is followed by cramping. The cramping feels simular to a period cramp, and is often mistaken for an upcoming period....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping in early pregnancy?, best time to take a pregnancy test, cramping in early pregnancy
best time to take a pregnancy test, cramping in early pregnancy, birth control pill: If your last period started on November 3, you would have ovulated arund November 16 and could have conceived only if you had sex on November 15,16,17, or 18. If you did, indeed, become pregnant on one of those days, a pregnancy test will not show a positive...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping and fainting, iron deficiency anemia, pain in the groin
iron deficiency anemia, pain in the groin, low blood pressure: You and your daughter should be able to ask as many questions of your doctor and the nurse as you wish. If your doctor gets angry with your questions, find another doctor. A blood pressure during pregnancy can fluctuate widely, but your daughter s appears...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Why am I having Cramping that fills like contractions?, hospital hope, vaginal bleeding
hospital hope, vaginal bleeding, contractions: Hello Tara. You need to rest- allow your body to recover from the unwise exertion. As long as there is no vaginal bleeding, you will be fine. If you start to pass bloody mucus from your vagina AND the contractions continue- go to the emerg. dept. of your hospital....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping and No Period, pregancy test results, prodrome
pregancy test results, prodrome, trying to have a baby: The cramping is probably merely a prodrome to your period. YOu are now 9 days late for your period (if your last period started on September 11). If you do not get your period by the end of the month, ask your doctor to start your period for you using Provera...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping after my period????, ovulation pain, period pain
ovulation pain, period pain, mid cycle: YOu should have gotten your period on June 22 or 23. If you have cramps around your period, it is called dysmenorrhea and can be alleviated with ibuprefen (Motrin or Advil). If the cramps start in mid cycle (as I mentioned before) it is due to ovulation...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping no period and breastfeeding, vaginal opening, polyp
vaginal opening, polyp, first period: Hi Suzan, More than likely, you re body is just getting ready to have a period and it is trying to regulate itself. However, if you are having a lot of pain, there may be other causes. For example, sometimes, you can have a polyp in front of your vaginal...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping after my period????, menstrual cramps, lower abdomen
menstrual cramps, lower abdomen, mid cycle: If you have a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. YOu can ONLY become pregnant if you have unprotected sex on cycle day #13, 14, 15, or 16. You cannot become pregnant...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping/Spotting, home pregnancy test, pregnancy and childbirth
home pregnancy test, pregnancy and childbirth, lower abdomen: Hello Kim- your symptoms are not worrisome at this point. If this pregnancy is going to fail, there is NOTHING you can or should do at this stage. Most women experience at least one failed pregnancy in their lifetime, and probable many more that go undetected....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping in the vagina, frozen embryo transfer, implantation symptoms
frozen embryo transfer, implantation symptoms, sign of pregnancy: If the first day of your last period was January 7, and you had an embryo transfer on January 27 (cycle day 21), the pain (or bleeding) could have been due to implantation. I do not know why you had pain shooting down towards your vagina. HOwever, the best...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramping, baby things, seven weeks
baby things, seven weeks, six weeks: I certainly understand you being nervous about any pain. But rest assured unless you are bleeding or in REALLY REALLY bad pain that you are making room for baby. Things are being moved and stretched and pulled in there to make space. Being pregnant...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramps, dull ache, last period
dull ache, last period, shorter periods: If your cycles are now around 24 days in length (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation probably occurs on cycle day #10. That would also explain the cramping you have during the second half of your cycle. I would...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramps at 4 weeks, early pregnancy, ofcourse
early pregnancy, ofcourse, couple days: Hi Lindsay, First of all, congratulations!! This is such an exciting time for you. Cramping in early pregnancy is completely normal, as long as it isn t accompanied by bleeding. Your uterus is growing and expanding causing the cramping to occur. Sounds...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramps during pregnancy., cramps during pregnancy, menstral cycle
cramps during pregnancy, menstral cycle, prenancy: Hello April- you should become concerned only if these cramps become very regular, gradually longer and stronger over time OR there is also vaginal bleeding. Otherwise, there is nothing to worry about. One of the best treatments is a very warm(hot) bath....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramps but no period, menstral cramps, missing your period
menstral cramps, missing your period, pregnancy test: It is common to have cramping throughout pregnancy. If you had sex around the time of ovulation, and have not gotten your period yet, the best time to take a pregnandy test is seven days after missing your period. Since you were due for your period on September...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cramps, glucose tolerance test, carbohydrate intolerance
glucose tolerance test, carbohydrate intolerance, irregular periods: If you are putting on weight, noticing hair on parts of your body,or having irregular periods, you may be suffering from PCOS (polycystic ovarian synerome). This can be due to some carbohydrate intolerance. You should go to a gynecolgist and start an evaluation....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Crinone, can it mask a miscarriage?, low progesterone levels, non viable pregnancy
low progesterone levels, non viable pregnancy, supplemental progesterone: I know of no viable pregnancy that progressed with such low progesterone levels. Crinone or progesterone suppositories given during the pregnancy has helped increase the patient s progesterone level to an acceptable level in order to lower the risk of miscarriage....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Crinone, crinone 8, pregnancy at 11 weeks
crinone 8, pregnancy at 11 weeks, crinone: Dear Jenn, I definitely would not swim or bathe on a regular basis and definitely not immediately following insertion of the Crinone. From what I can tell, it looks like there is about a 6 hour absorption time, but I would verify that and get a further...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cryo effects on labor/delivery, cryo surgery, induced labor
cryo surgery, induced labor, jumping the gun: Hi Janine, Let me first start out by saying that I totally understand your concern for being induced to early. However, this is your first baby and it doesn t surprise me that you haven t dilated yet. The fact that you are 100% means that your cervix...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: CT Scans, X-Rays during pregnancy, chest x rays, congenital abnormality
chest x rays, congenital abnormality, upper respiratory infection: The antibiotics, heparin, and nitroglycerin were all safe for use in early pregnancy. We do not encourage the use of aspirin during pregnancy because it increases the risk of bleeding and causes premature closure of the ductus arteriosus in the baby s heart....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Curettage, currettage, second pregnancy
currettage, second pregnancy, healthy pregnancy: The currettage did not cause you to have difficulty in becoming pregnant, nor did it cause you to have late or irregular cycles. Usually, you are back to normal a month after the procedure. Remember, miscarriages occur in 15-20% of every pregnancy. There is...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cycle Length? Am I pregnant?, pregnancy test, luteal phase
pregnancy test, luteal phase, hpt: From October 10 until November 8 was 30 days. From November 8 until December 7 was 30 days. So far, it appears that you have a 30 day cycle and therefore, probably ovulate on cycle day #16 each month. If your lasat period started on December 7, you probably...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cycle after MC, best time to take a pregnancy test, symptoms of ovulation
best time to take a pregnancy test, symptoms of ovulation, sore breasts: You did not mention when the first day of your last period was and if you had a D&C after the miscarriage. The light staining at the end of December was probably your first period after the miscarriage. If it was, you probably will ovulate around two weeks...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cycling, stair steppers, fitness activity
stair steppers, fitness activity, lift weights: Cycling is a great non-impact aerobic fitness activity and since you are acclimated to that level of exertion, you can maintain a high fitness level throughout your pregnancy. Both you and your baby will reap tremendous benefits. But...most experts agree that...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cyst and pregnant?, pregnancy hormone, result window
pregnancy hormone, result window, late period: HI Nikki, Those HPT s can trick your eyes! Very annoying isnt it. I have heard that some cysts can cause your body to produce HCG (the pregnancy hormone) and this may have fooled the test. It sure does seem that your cyst and the late period are...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Cysts on Labia Majora, obstetrics and gynecology, labia majora
obstetrics and gynecology, labia majora, sized lump: It sounds like you should be seen. If your insurance is kicking in soon, you can probably wait for that - but I would get the ball rolling now. The cheapest and perhaps best way to do so is to make an appointment with a resident clinic at a hospital the has...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c/section, nancy wainer cohen, silent knife
nancy wainer cohen, silent knife, amazon: Hello Sarah- thank goodness you are thinking about this issue NOW and not waiting until 35 weeks!!! Your body will grow just the right baby for you to deliver vaginally. Your size or height has NOTHING to do with it. I want you to go to a website called Nancy...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c section, nancy wainer cohen, silent knife
nancy wainer cohen, silent knife, vbacs: Hello Brandi- I tried to answer your question a few days ago, but the system would not let me- so sorry for the delay in answering. Of COURSE you can have a VBAC- your dr wants another section because it is SO much more convenient for him/her and the hospital....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c-section, elective cesarean section, appoinment
elective cesarean section, appoinment, c sections: If your due date is October 14, you are now 34 weeks 2 days. On September 21, you will be 36 weeks 4 days, and you will be 38 weeks on September 30. September 3o is two weeks prior to your due date of October 14. A pregnancy is 40 weeks from the first day...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c section, fetal heart rate, nancy wainer cohen
fetal heart rate, nancy wainer cohen, pitocin: Hello Cher- you were pressured into a section because the dr. wanted to get your delivery over with and probably get some sleep. You need to go to a website called Nancy Wainer Cohen and order her two books- Open Season and The Silent Knife. Nancy is THE expert...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c section, normal vaginal delivery, bladder injury
normal vaginal delivery, bladder injury, postpartum hemorrhage: Having had a bad vaginal laceration causing hemorrhage and a low hemoglobin is NOT an indication to have a cesarean section. It is unlikely that you will again have a problem with a vaginal delivery. The first delivery is usually much more difficult that the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c-section, general anesthesia, operating room
general anesthesia, operating room, c section: Usually, the patient is awakened from general anesthesia before leaving the operating room (while still on the table). However, the patient may continue to be groggy and show signs of nausea for awhile after. That is why the patient is recovered for a full...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c-section, doctors office, vaginal discharge
doctors office, vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding: Dear Shannon, Sometimes the emptying of the bladder will allow the uterus to empty a bit as well, so that may be why you notice a little more bleeding when up to the bathroom. Make sure you are not straining for bowel movements and that you are using that...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c-section, x ray, c section
x ray, c section, doctor who: Dear Judy, If you do not feel comfortable in your doctor s assessment of it, I can only suggest that you see another doctor and let him/her assess it to get another point of view. Obviously, I cannot even begin to speculate on what this might be from this...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c-section hematoma, cosmetic improvements, late date
cosmetic improvements, late date, google: Dear Tracy, I would suspect that aspirating any fluid from the hematoma would be a remedy for within the first 30 days, but not at this late date. Since it has faded considerably over the past year, more than likely it will continue to gradually lighten....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: is a c-section painful, shoulder dystocia, spinal anesthesia
shoulder dystocia, spinal anesthesia, fear of the unknown: Amy, As long as they can give you spinal anesthesia or an epidural, you won t feel anything. If you feel anything at all, they won t start the operation. I think, in your case, that a c-section is definately the best alternative. A shoulder dystocia...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c section rate, cesarean section rate, c section delivery
cesarean section rate, c section delivery, cesarean sections: You ask her doctor. The doctor will not be offended with the question. The overall cesarean section rate in the United States at this time, is from 20%-25%. Studies show that this rate will approach 30% in the near future. Women are moving away from VBACS...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c-section s/p lumbar surgery, degenerative disc disease, tubal ligation
degenerative disc disease, tubal ligation, spinal anesthesia: I do not believe that you will find any anesthesiologist who will do spinal anesthesia or epidural anesthesia. That does not mean that you must have a cesarean section. You can still have a vaginal delivery with Stadol or Demeral.If you do have a cesarean...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c-section or vaginal?, vaginal deliveries, spinal anesthesia
vaginal deliveries, spinal anesthesia, vaginal delivery: Hi Brittney! This is totally a personal choice for you. But you did ask the right person, because I stood in your shoes, with my first pregnancy. With my daughter, I was overdue, and decided to be induced. I didnt want the recovery time for a c-section,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c-section w/ bleeding disorder, mitral valve prolapse, hematologist
mitral valve prolapse, hematologist, platelet count: Even with Von Willebrand s, as long as your platelet count is within normal limits, you may be allowed to have regional anesthesia (epidural or spinal). Discuss it with the anesthesiologist at the hospital where you will be delivering. However, if you do have...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c-section, hydrogen peroxide, head nurse
hydrogen peroxide, head nurse, q tip: Hello Yung Pak. First STOP using the peroxide- this is a very old idea and does more tissue damage than it does good. Clean the area with plain water or salt water. If the area does not have a reddened area around it, it is most likely not infected. If it...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c-sections, csection, c sections
csection, c sections, pelvic area: Women often have babies after a c/s without their incision bursting. This can happen, it is rare, it is more likely close to the last c/s, (which yours would be) where the incision was, and if you are a heavy woman. (the heavier the patient the greater...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c-sections, cesarean sections, c sections
cesarean sections, c sections, merry christmas: Dear Nikki, There is no set number of safe C-sections. Obviously, doctors don t want women who have to have C-sections to go crazy with reproducing, but as far as an actual number, per se, there is none. Usually when your doctor sees that your uterus...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c-sections and amniotic embolus, fetal heart tones, transverse incision
fetal heart tones, transverse incision, incision line: Repeat cesarean sections do not increase the risk of amniotic fluid emboli. Amniotic fluid emboli continue to be very rare occurrences with almost a 100% chance of maternal death. We perform repeat cesarean sections when the previous one was a classical section...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: c-sections, rape trauma, csection
rape trauma, csection, c sections: Hello Marjie. You must get tested and be sure about the pregnancy so that you can make informed decisions about the future. Your uterus and belly will cope just fine with another pregnancy at this point- most of the healing is finished by 6 weeks after surgery....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: caesarean sections, operative report, caesarean sections
operative report, caesarean sections, medical reason: With each cesarean section operation, the bladder must be tacked up higher and higher. This can present difficulty in entering the pelvis in order to gain access to the uterus. In addition, you may have developed many adhesions with each surgical procedure...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: caffine, soda pop, congrats
soda pop, congrats, moderation: Drinking caffiene should be avoided. If you just can not go with out your coffee or soda pop you should try to go decaffienated or drink it only in moderation. I quite drinking caffiene while pregnant. Once I had my son I started again and HATED the way...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: calcium deficiency during pregnancy, stewed prunes, egg yolk
stewed prunes, egg yolk, edible bones: I am not to familiar with this subject. However, I do know that it is very hard to not get adequate amounts of calcium in your system. There are a variety of products that contain calcium. white bread, fortified breakfast cereals eaten dry or with fruit...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: calculating due date, calculating due date, sonogram
calculating due date, sonogram, last period: If your last period started on December 4, you probably ovulated on December 17 and probably conceived if you had ses on December 16,17,18, or 19. Your due dat4e is September 11, 2006. A sonogram, later on in pregnancy will pinpoint how far you are and when,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cancer, risk factor, pancreatic cancer
risk factor, pancreatic cancer, cancers: No. What you probably mean is is the risk for developing a pancreatic cancer less in women with normal weight than those who have increased weight. Obesity may increase the risk for some cancers, but I do not think it is a significant risk factor for developing...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cancer/surgery/pregnancy, cancer doctor, baby nature
cancer doctor, baby nature, cancer surgery: Dear Linda, No, your baby will not contract cancer from the cancer you have been diagnosed with. I know you have some worries right now, but you need not add that one to your list. Your OB doctor will work together with your oncologist and surgeon to...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cancer, cancer recurrence, statistical chances
cancer recurrence, statistical chances, sir chris: Cure means that you live a long enough period of time to die of something else. For stage I ovarian cancer about 80% are alive without any recurrences after 5 years. For your mother you would have to know the original grade, how thoroughly it was staged, and...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: I cant wait, 50 effaced, baby tomorrow
50 effaced, baby tomorrow, dialated: Hi Kayla :) I understand how you feel, nearing the end of a pregnancy seems like an eternity! Unfortuently, even though you have had change in your body, this doesnt indicate an exact time. You could go into labour tomorrow, or you could go 4 weeks from...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: did the car accident cause my miscarriage?, cause and effect relationship, stomach pain
cause and effect relationship, stomach pain, steering wheel: It sounds like the miscarriage occurred at the time of the accident. HOwever, even if you were hit and the seatbelt caused pain and you sufferred whiplash, there is no way to know if the miscarriage (or the bleeding) occurred due to th4e accident. It seems...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: carbaprost? intra uterine urea?, bilateral ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries syndrome
bilateral ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries syndrome, oral mucosa: First you have to take a pregnancy test to see if you are, indeed, pregnant. If you have had unprotected sex at least 14 days ago, a pregnancy test should be accurate by now. You did not ask any specific questions so I do not know what you would like to know....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: career, pediatrician, private practice
pediatrician, private practice, pediatrics: I did not understand your question. You asked what is residency . A residency is the period of time that you spend in the hospital after medical school to train for a secialty (pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, surgery, etc). Usually it takes from 3-5 years....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: castor oil as a labor inducer?, 50 effaced, determining due date
50 effaced, determining due date, hot showers: The castor oil will not cause you or the baby any harm, but I doubt that it will help to induce labor. Many of my patients have tried it to start labor, but it has not worked for most and it tastes absolutely terrible. If your due date (based on your last...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: having a cat, litter box, congratulations on your pregnancy
litter box, congratulations on your pregnancy, pregnant women: HI Stephanie, Congratulations on your pregnancy! You will be just fine, dont get rid of the cat. What you are hearing about is called toxoplasmosis. Pregnant women have cats in their lives all the time. if it worries you, you could either have someone...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: causes of miscarriage, subchorionic hemorrhage, week pregnancy
subchorionic hemorrhage, week pregnancy, pregnany: Usually, a subchorionic hemorrhage does not cause a miscarriage. A subchorionic bleed is caused when blood is sequestered within the folds of the developing placenta. It usually has no relationship with the growing fetus. I believe that you have had two...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: what are causes of missed periods?, best time to take a pregnancy test, causes of missed periods
best time to take a pregnancy test, causes of missed periods, tilted uterus: The most common cause for missing a period is pregnancy. If your last period started on April 22, you probably ovulated around May 5. You could only have become pregnant if you had unprotected sex on May 4,5,6, or 7. If you did become pregnant on one of those...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: What causes this?, birth control pills, hemorrhoid
birth control pills, hemorrhoid, estrogen: You may have developed a fissure in your rectum that is causing the bleeding, or you may merely have a hemorrhoid that can bleed. I would suggest that you check it out with your doctor. If you are on birth control pills and are having breakthrough bleeding...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: What is causing all this bloating, negative pregnancy tests, tender breasts
negative pregnancy tests, tender breasts, withdrawal method: If you started your period March 29, you are not pregnant. If you started the pill, you would not have ovulated and, therefore, could not have become pregnant this month. The cramps are probably due to middle of the montn pain (mittelshmerz) which can often...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cd37 and no period, best time to take a pregnancy test, anovulatory cycle
best time to take a pregnancy test, anovulatory cycle, stopping the birth control pill: If you have a normal 30 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #16. YOu can only become pregnant if you have unprotected sex on cycle day #15,16,17, or 18. If you did become pregnant...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: ceasarian, utereus, scar tissue
utereus, scar tissue, vaginal delivery: Asra, With every c-section, your uterine wall gets weaker and developes scar tissue. In your case, especially after having 2 c-sections, your chances of uterine rupture are greater and it would not be safe for either you or the baby to have a vaginal delivery....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: two centermeters dailted, centermeters, 2cm
centermeters, 2cm, contraction: You can remain at 2cm until you go into labor and that can take another 3-5 weeks. If this is your first baby, you will be considered to be in labor when you start to have contractions, every 3 minutes, from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cerclage, incompetent cervix, fetal assessment
incompetent cervix, fetal assessment, bedrest: For a few days following the cerclage, we usually keep the patient on bedrest with the legs elevated. However, after a few days, you do not need to stay on bedrest and can work if you choose. You have to be aware of any contractions or leakage of fluid,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cerclage and mucus plug, mcdonald cerclage, mucus plug
mcdonald cerclage, mucus plug, bloody show: There is always a mucus plug protecting the contents of the uterus. The McDonald cerclage merely prevents the cervix from dilatation prior to the beginning of labor. The stiches will be removed around 38-39 weeks gestation, but you may still not have a bloody...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cerclage stitch, mcdonald cervical cerclage, incompetent cervix
mcdonald cervical cerclage, incompetent cervix, weighed 8lbs: The McDonald cervical cerclage is pretty good and has success in about 80% of the time. You should take it easy and lie down if you have any pains. What is happening this pregnancy. You should have serial sonograms to assess whether the cervix remains closed...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cerclage, mcdonald cerclage, signs of infection
mcdonald cerclage, signs of infection, cause cancer: A cerclage does not cause cancer. However, it can be a nidus of infection, especially if you become pregnant again and break your water. If the cerclage cannot be removed, you have to be careful when you become pregnant again to watch for any signs of infection...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cerclages, abnormal pap smears, leep procedure
abnormal pap smears, leep procedure, incompetent cervix: Dear Brittany, The cervix is the narrow, tubular, lower end of the uterus that extends into the vagina. When you re not pregnant, the cervical canal remains open a tiny bit to allow sperm to enter the uterus and menstrual blood to flow out. Once you become...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cerivcal change and swimming, mucus plugs, mucus plug
mucus plugs, mucus plug, pre term labour: Dear Yoko, You should be fine to go swimming in the pool since you have not noticed the loss of your mucus plug or rupture of your membranes (bag of water). As with any exercise, you should never exercise to the point of exhaustion or breathlessness. This...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervical cancer, cervical ectropion, spotting after sex
cervical ectropion, spotting after sex, pap test: Light spotting after sex is not a sign of cervical cancer. As long as your PAP smears have been within normal limits, you do not have cervical cancer. Heavy bleeding right after sex certainly warrants an exam. However, if the PAP remains negative, there is...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervical change, true labor contractions, softening of the cervix
true labor contractions, softening of the cervix, braxton hicks contractions: Dear Jen, Wow - I m at a loss for words. Were you put on the Cardizem for high blood pressure? The symptoms may very well be related to the medication, but may not necessarily by an allergy as much as as side effects. You may need an adjustment in dosage...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervical change, mild contractions, cervical dilatation
mild contractions, cervical dilatation, second pregnancy: You will have mild contractions thoughout the pregnancy. As long as they are not coming regularly, at the level of your belly button, every 3 minutes (from the start of a contraction to the start of the next contraction) and each contraction does not last...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervical dysplasia, severe dysplasia, cervical dysplasia
severe dysplasia, cervical dysplasia, cone biopsy: Kathleen, Wait for at least 3 months and then repeat the Pap. If it is still suggestive of CIN III, then you may need another cone or LEEP. If it is normal or abnormal of a lesser dysplasia, I would do nothing. Just keep repeating the Pap every 3 months....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervical dysplasia, human papilloma virus, cervical lesion
human papilloma virus, cervical lesion, cervical dysplasia: Cervical dysplasia is a disorder of the cells of the cervix. It can exist without the presence of Human Papilloma Virus. Likewise, HPV can be present and not cause cervical dysplasia but can merely cause genital warts (condyloma accuminata). If there is dysplasia...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervical exams, dilation and effacement, cervical spines
dilation and effacement, cervical spines, pregnancy question: We determone station by measuring the number of centimeters above or below the cervical spines during an internal exam. Sometimes it is difficult to palpate the spines, but with the passage of time and many exams, you will be able to see how deep your fingers...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervical fluid, best time to take a pregnancy test, labor bloody show
best time to take a pregnancy test, labor bloody show, cervical mucus: The cervical mucus changes in texture when you ovulate, but there is no change due to pregnancy. However, during the pregnancy, you will get more and more vaginal discharge and a cervical plug will form, sealing the uterus from the outside. This plug is...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervical length, lower abdominal cramping, sexual intercourse
lower abdominal cramping, sexual intercourse, bedrest: Normally, the cervical length should be 3cm or more. At 2.8cm it is a bit short, but does not mean that you will lose the baby or go into preterm labor. However, you must be observed just in case you do go into preterm labor. Bedrest with bathroom priveleges...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervical shortening, ischial spines, incompetent cervix
ischial spines, incompetent cervix, pregnancy losses: Dear Heather, Wow - well, the fFN test is a fairly reliable indicator when there is an absence of the protein for women tested. According to ACOG, Fetal fibronectin testing may be useful in women with symptoms of preterm labor to identify those with negative...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervical softening, first time mom, birth and labour
first time mom, birth and labour, strawberry tea: There is nothing you can take to prepare you for labor. You will automatically do fine. The cervix will soften on its own. Most of us do not autimatically perform episiotomies any more and opt for a small tear in the perineum if it occurs rather than purposefully...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervical tear?, dear jennifer, cervix
dear jennifer, cervix, brenda: Dear Jennifer, Typically the doctor will assess the extent of the tear and repair if necessary. If the cervix was torn and repaired, this will not be an issue with any subsequent pregnancy. If the cervix was torn and assessed to be a small enough tear that...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervix, scar tissue, cerclage
scar tissue, cerclage, beaking: Hi Tammy :) Well reading your history here, sounds to me that you are relatively safe against the threat of pre-labour. Your last pregnancy was great, with the help of the cerclage, and I agree with your doctor. I think this one will be great as well. ...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervix dialation, lower abdominal cramps, signs of premature labor
lower abdominal cramps, signs of premature labor, cervix dialation: Hello Kristy- you are showing signs of premature labor. You need to be off your feet as much as possible- stop working, no intercourse. Don t put ANYTHING into your vagina. Did the DR. not tell you all this? Yes, birth at this time would be very dangerous...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervix length, cervix length, incompetent cervix
cervix length, incompetent cervix, cervix: Dear Candy, It is neither good nor bad at this point. It just means that you are not at risk for an incompetent cervix due to cervical length. Those with an incompetent cervix are at risk for pre-term deliveries because their cervix begins to efface (shorten...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervix not open and normal birth, raspberry leaf tea, uterine muscles
raspberry leaf tea, uterine muscles, normal birth: Hello Sonia. Your cervix must be soft and ripe before it will start to dilate(open). An induction will not be successful if your cervix is not ripe. Your dr will likely want to rupture your membranes in trying to get you to dilate- if that is done you must...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: is my cervix ripe???, internal cervical os, mucus discharge
internal cervical os, mucus discharge, thick mucus: I can t tell if your cervix is ripe without examining it myself. An examiner has to determine if the internal cervical os is dilated or if merely the external cervical os is dilated. A ripe cervix is softer than an unripe cervix. If this is your third...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervix is starting to dialate, routine visit, beginnig
routine visit, beginnig, last period: Your cervix can remain dilated at 1 1/2 cm until you reach your due date. If this is your third child,you should go to the hospital or call your doctor when you are having strong contractions at the level of your belly button, every 6-8 minutes (from the beginnig...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cervix, cervical position, fertile days
cervical position, fertile days, cervix: you can feel it. I know this is going to sound gross but if you stick one finger and touch your cervix you can tell how high and low and how open and closed it is. Also keep in mind when planning you can go by your most fertile days and also by your temperature....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cesarean, vaginal delivery, fetal distress
vaginal delivery, fetal distress, normal delivery: Many women have expressed desire to have a cesarean section to avoid the pain of labor, to avoid episiotomy, to avoid relaxation of the pelvis causing problems with support in the future, for urinary problems or purely electively. There are many debates as...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cesarean surgery, nancy wainer cohen, silent knife
nancy wainer cohen, silent knife, wainer: Hello Lyndsey. Every hospital has it s own rules and every surgeon and anesthetist has their own rules too. Usually just the father of the baby is allowed in and he must sit on a stool beside the mother s head. However, if the anesthetist is in a bad mood...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cesarean, emergency cesarean, heating pad
emergency cesarean, heating pad, last period: After any abdominal surgery, you tend to develop adhesions between ligaments and muscles and organs. This can cause epigastric pain or pulling sensations. Usually, this will dissipate over time. You can try a heating pad or Tylenol to help control the discomfort....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cesarian birth, nancy wainer cohen, artificial hormones
nancy wainer cohen, artificial hormones, silent knife: Hello Vie. When such a thing does happen, the drs get very paranoid for a period of time. I would be interested to know where you live. Uterine rupture is VERY rare and most often happens as the result of induction by the drs with artificial hormones called...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Is a cesarian required?, anal fistula, rectal mucosa
anal fistula, rectal mucosa, cesarian: If the anal fistula was repaired 9 years ago, it is, most likely, completely healed by now and I doubt that you will need to avoid a vaginal delivery in order to avoid re-opening of the repair. However, a vaginal delivery may cause injury to your rectum...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cesarian, emergency cesarean section, early stages of pregnancy
emergency cesarean section, early stages of pregnancy, stages of pregnancy: The risk of rupture of the uterus when trying for a VBAC is 1%. This increases with each cesarean section. There is no reason you cannot try for another VBAC, but you may have difficulty finding an obstetrician who will allow you to try for a VBAC after 2...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cesearean sections, lower abdominal muscles, rectus abdominus
lower abdominal muscles, rectus abdominus, cesearean section: During a cesarean section, the abdominal muscles (the rectus abdominus) is separated. It is not cut. After the opoeration, the muscles return to their original location and function as they did before the operation. Sometimes, a separation may cause you to...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cessation of pregnancy symptoms, pregnancy lmp, fetal heartbeat
pregnancy lmp, fetal heartbeat, early pregnancy: If you have not had any heavy vaginal bleeding with cramping, I doubt that you have had a miscarriage. You do not have to feel nauseated or vomit every day during early pregnancy. At 7 weeks from your last period, a sonogram should show a fetus and a fetal...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Is there a chance Im pregnant, stopping birth control pills, birth control pills
stopping birth control pills, birth control pills, premature ovarian failure: Dear Jessica, There are many various causes for amenorrhea (absence of periods) - pregnancy being just one. Others can be: -Emotional or physical stress / Depression -Rapid weight loss or gain -Low body weight -Obesity -Frequent or strenuous exercise...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: chance of pregnancy?, bareness, condoms
bareness, condoms, condom: There is definately a chance of pregnancy happening in this case. As you know there is what is called pre-ejaculation. Semen do live in this fluid. Condoms should always be worn even if you don t think pregnancy should happen. Ofcourse it is a significantly...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Is there any chance for this pregnancy?, empty gestational sac, irregular gestational sac
empty gestational sac, irregular gestational sac, yolk sac: The discriminatory zone is the level of HCG, above which we should see a fetus on sonogram. If you had an HCG of 36,000 a fetus and a fetal heartbeat should definitely have been seen on sonogram. It sounds like a blighted ovum. If you have any doubts, take...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: chance of pregnancy, best time to take a pregnancy test, blood test for pregnancy
best time to take a pregnancy test, blood test for pregnancy, missing your period: If you have a 28-32 day cycle, ovulation occurs on cycle day #14-18. If your last period started on March 4, you would have ovulated between March 17-21. You could have conceived if you had unprotected sex between March 13-23. A pregnancy test will not show...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: chance of pregnancy?, male condoms, birth control method
male condoms, birth control method, pregnancy question: Dear Casey, There is virtually no chance of a blood pregnancy test being wrong. As a method of birth control, condoms are statistically very effective. In one year with perfect use (meaning couples use condoms consistently and correctly at every act...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: chance of pregnancy, birth control pills, ovulation calculator
birth control pills, ovulation calculator, bareness: You certainly could get pregnant this way. It would depend if you were fertile at the time. You can go to www.babycenter.com then to tools and calculators then to ovulation calculator to find out if you were ovulating at the time. You should ALWAYS be...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: chance of being pregnant, mood swings, pregnancy test
mood swings, pregnancy test, menstrual period: If your last period started on August 1, the earliest that you could have ovulated would have been on around August 12 and you could only have conceived if you had sex on August 11,12,13, or 14. If you do not get your period by August 28, wait an additional...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: What are my chances??, miscarage, weeks of pregnancy
miscarage, weeks of pregnancy, pregnancys: Hi Angel, I have no clue what makes you go into labor so early but there are things that the doctors can do to monitor and possibly prevent this from happening again. I dont know if even the doctors can explain why you go into early labor. it may just...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: What's the chances that I'll conceive with a positive ovulation test, egg white discharge, ovulation test
egg white discharge, ovulation test, miss rebecca: Hi Rebecca :) Everything you did was just fine. You had sex right before, the day of, and after ovulation. Sperm lives for 3-4 days, so there still where swimmers there waiting even days after the fact. Even though you did everything right, it doesnt...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: What are the chances of pregnancy?, chances of pregnancy, sperm cells
chances of pregnancy, sperm cells, tender breasts: Dear Doug, The most fertile day of a woman s cycle are the 11th-21st days (Day 1 being the 1st day of her period). So, if her period ended on 11/20, it probably started around 11/16. That would make 11/25 Day 10. Now - keep in mind that sperm cells can...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: what are the chances of pregnancy?, chances of pregnancy, lower back pain
chances of pregnancy, lower back pain, stopping the pill: Hi Page :) You are always at risk, when missing a pill, when on birthcontrol. However, sounds to me that what you might be suffering more so is a hormonal imbalance. It is suggested, that when coming off any form of hormonal birth control, that you...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: what are the chances that i am pregnant, spotting period, early pregnancy
spotting period, early pregnancy, bowel movements: Hi Liza, I would try to re-test one more time. Make sure you test first thing in the morning. I don t know if your symptoms are pregnancy related, (the eating a lot and bowel movements don t really sound like early pregnancy) but you are right you never...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: chances of getting pregnant??, sex with my husband, 3rd of april
sex with my husband, 3rd of april, aprl: Your period started on April 1, even if it lasted only a short time or came and went for a few days. If you have a normal 28 day cycle, ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. You could conceive if you have sex on cycle day #13,14,15, or 16. So if your last period...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: our chances?, reflex action, pre cum
reflex action, pre cum, correct time: If she has a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of her period until the first day of her next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. She can ONLY become pregnant if you have sex on cycle day #13, 14, 15, or 16. She cannot become pregnant if you have...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Could changing my patch a day late result in a late period?, ortho evra, late period
ortho evra, late period, hormone levels: Dear Dee, As long as you changed your patch in the 24 hour window, you should remain completely protected - especially if you use condoms anyway. The time of day should not matter (as long as it s on same day), except that it does aid a lot in the routine...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cherry, intact hymen, pap smear
intact hymen, pap smear, gymnastics: If the hymen has been ruptured, the woman may not be a virgin. Although a hymen may be ruptured during gymnastics, horseback riding, injury, bicycle riding, etc. A PAP smear cannot be performed with an intact hymen. HOwever, there is no way for a doctor to...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: chest pain/heartburn, earliest symptoms of pregnancy, history of asthma
earliest symptoms of pregnancy, history of asthma, symptoms of pregnancy: Usually, the earliest symptoms of pregnancy are breast tenderness, fatigue, and nausea. However, if you have a history of asthma, you may have some effects of the asthma. During pregnancy, there is improvement in asthma in 25% of patients, worsening of asthma...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: chewing nicorett gum rather than smoking, nicorette gum, cold turkey
nicorette gum, cold turkey, neice: You are right none of it is good. So I am not sure which one I would put my money on for being better. You should talk to your OBGYN for your needs on this one as they know you best. Some would depend on how much you smoke etc. It is good your notice...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: chicken pox/pregnancy, immature immune system, case of shingles
immature immune system, case of shingles, friends and neighbors: Dear Karen, If you ve had chicken pox before, you re probably immune, so there s no need to worry. Up to 95% of adults in the U.S. are immune, including many people who had chicken pox and never even knew it. If you re not sure whether you re immune, a...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: about child, vaginal mucus, expert doctors
vaginal mucus, expert doctors, digital thermometer: Dear Meenu Kapoor, I am sorry for the late response to your question. My family is moving out of state in a week and I am packing as well as taking care of the regular house duties so there has been no time for computers last week. As for your situation....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Can I have a child, reproductive endocrinologist, intact uterus
reproductive endocrinologist, intact uterus, tertiary medical center: If you have enough estrogen secreted by your body, and you have an intact uterus, there is no reason why you cannot be a surrogate mother. Your husband s sperm can be used to fertilize a donor egg and the fertilized egg can be implanted into your uterus. YOu...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: child birth, non stress test, biophysical profile
non stress test, biophysical profile, pitocin: It is normal for a woman to go into labor by 40 weeks gestation. It is common to sometimes go into labor later than your due date. However, if you are allowed to go past 42 weeks gestation, the placenta may shut down and the baby is in danger. That is why...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: after child birth, child birth, first period
child birth, first period, ovulation: Hello Mindy- hopefully you are breastfeeding- if so, your period may not show up for several months. As long as your baby is sucking at the nipple, your periods(ovulation) will be delayed. HOWEVER- you cannot use this as birth control because the amount of...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: i have one child im 20 years..., stomach cramps, viable pregnancy
stomach cramps, viable pregnancy, fetal heartbeat: If your last period started on February 10, and you had a positive pregnancy test, youy should now be 12 weeks pregnant. A sonogram should show a fetus and a fetal heartbeat, especially if your Beta HCT is 2075. If you had a miscarriage, you would have had...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: I had my last child three..., hormone changes, pregnacy
hormone changes, pregnacy, breasts: You would not be producing milk from the child you had three ago. If you are producing milk out of both breast it is probably something hormonal, pregnacy, or a hormone change for instance. Women will sometimes have hormone changes, this is normal and...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: about child, fertile days, low sperm count
fertile days, low sperm count, varicocele: There is no tablet that will increase the sperm count. If your partner has a low sperm count, it may be due to an anatomical problem in his sperm duct and can be treated surgically. You will have to consult a urologist to evaluate any problems with your partner...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: childbirth, pain killers, pain medication
pain killers, pain medication, pain med: Hi Teresa, Usually during the pregnancy we allow nothing except Tylenol for the pain. During labor you will be given and this is according to the area in which you are may be different from me, we tend to use either a IV pain med such as demerol and epidurals...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: childbirth, cervical dilatation, cervix
cervical dilatation, cervix, childbirth: Usually, the baby is engaged by the time you go into labor. It may have to travel down towards the vagina a bit more and you may have to push for awhile to get it down. However, engagement has nothing to do with cervical dilatation. Once you are fully dilated...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: childbirth problems, baby pain, vaginal delivery
baby pain, vaginal delivery, dilatation: During a vaginal delivery, the baby should not be delivered until your cervix has dilated to 10cm (full dilatation), in order to avoid tears in the cervix. You should not even start pushing until you have reached full dilatation. There are medications that...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: childbirth, third pregnancy, onset of labor
third pregnancy, onset of labor, multip: If this is your third pregnancy, and you are due on October 25, you are now 38 weeks pregnant and can start to efface and dilate your cervix at any time. However, there is no way to predict when you will go into labor. You can start labor at any time from...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: chillddbirth, contractions, sunny side
contractions, sunny side, babies: There are no complications if the baby s back is agaiinst the mother s back during labor. However, the position of the baby is important. If the head is facing down (Anterior presentation) it is easier to deliver than if the head is facinig up ( sunny side...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cholestasis of pregnancy symptoms/other conditions, cholestasis of pregnancy, emergency c section
cholestasis of pregnancy, emergency c section, c section delivery: There are many causes of itching during pregnancy. Benadryl is safe to use to control the itching. Your use of Benadryl in the last pregnancy did not have any relationship to the problems that presented during labor causing you to have an emergency cesarean...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cholestatis of pregnancy, cholestasis of pregnancy, mild jaundice
cholestasis of pregnancy, mild jaundice, liver enzymes: The main symptom of Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy is severe pruritus. A mild jaundice may develop in around 50% of patients. Anorexia, malaise, fatty feces, and dark urine are also common complaints. Usually it is accompanied by weight loss, malnutrution,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: chronic kidney disease and pregnacy, chronic kidney disease, health insurence
chronic kidney disease, health insurence, nephrologist: If you have chromic kidney disease, you MUST be managed by an obstetrician as well as a nephrologist during your pregnancy. YOu can definitely carry a baby to term, have a normal pregnancy, and deliver a healthy baby, but you must go to a doctor early. If...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: circulation and pregnancy, circulation problem, hello doctor
circulation problem, hello doctor, menstrual period: You have developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which is very common during pregnancy. It is caused by slight swelling in your wrist which compresses the artery, vein, and nerve. This causes your hand to go numb or become tingly. Try shaking it to relieve the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: circumvallate placenta, lower abdominal pains, marginal placenta
lower abdominal pains, marginal placenta, fetal membranes: Acircumvallate placenta is usually seen AFTER delivery as a small central plate surrounded by a thick white ring that is composed of a double fold of amnion and chorion (fetal membranes)with fibrin and degenerated decidua between. It is diffcult to identify...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: circumvellate placenta, circumvallate placenta, low lying placenta
circumvallate placenta, low lying placenta, fetal surface: Dear Andrea, First, 17 weeks is pretty early to have a diagnosed circumvallate placenta. Ultrasounds and sonographers are becoming much more advanced in diagnostics, however I would almost wonder if this is simply a low-lying placenta which is over the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: about clampsia, elevated liver function, severe preeclampsia
elevated liver function, severe preeclampsia, preeclamsia: Eclampsia is a condition where the patient is having seizures and can lead to the demise of the patient and the baby.. The condition of preeclampsia will lead to eclampsia Preeclamsia is a disease with high blood pressure, proteinuria ( protein in the urine)...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: clarification, prolactin level, hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland
prolactin level, hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland, anterior pituitary gland: She cannot be pregnant if she had the abortion over a year ago and has had regular periods since that time. HOwever, she may have an overproduction of Prolactin, which is a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland, and which is the hormone that causes...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: classical incision question, braxton hicks contractions, warm tea
braxton hicks contractions, warm tea, cervical changes: Dear Diana, We normally would not be concerned about Braxton Hicks contractions causing a uterine rupture in a woman with a history of a C-section. BH contractions are normally of much less intensity than a true contraction and do not cause the uterine/cervical...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cleaning supplies, cleaning supply, cleaning materials
cleaning supply, cleaning materials, lung problems: You are not at increased risk by cleaning the countertop with a paper towel. Nothing will enter your skin and cause harm to the baby or to the pregnancy. Don t worry. Prolonged exposure to pathogens means constant inhaling of them with no access to clean air...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: What is the clear mucos and green mucos mean?, mucos plug, mucus plug
mucos plug, mucus plug, pinkish discharge: Snot like mucus and discharge is normal as you approach your due date. a brownish or pinkish discharge may, indeed, be the mucus plug (bloody show). HOwever, green discharge may be meconium which is a bit worrisome. Amniotic fluid is thin and will run down...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: clingwrap condoms, preventing pregnancy, sexual intercourse
preventing pregnancy, sexual intercourse, barrier method: If your girlfriend has a 28 day cycle (from the first day of her period until the first day of her next period, she probably ovulates on cycle day #14 and can conceive if she has sex on cycle day #13,14,15, or 16. Since you are not aware of exactly how many...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: clomid, ovulation induction, home insemination
ovulation induction, home insemination, mature egg: Dear Angela, Clomid works by stimulating an increase in the amount of hormones that support the growth and release of a mature egg (ovulation). This medication is not recommended for women whose ovaries no longer make eggs properly (primary pituitary or...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: clomid and cycle, home pregnancy test, hcg tests
home pregnancy test, hcg tests, viable pregnancy: Clomid will not interfere with your menstrual cycle. Clomid merely enhance the possibility of ovulation. If you had a positive home pregnancy test but a quantative HCG was negative (less than 5), you may have done the HPT incorrectly. The lines have to be...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: clomid dosage and timing, negative feedback mechanism, short luteal phase
negative feedback mechanism, short luteal phase, anterior pituitary gland: Comid works on the hypothalamus to interfere with the negative feedback mechanism towards FSH production in the anterior pituitary gland. This increases the FSH production, which increases the probability of more follicle development, in turn increasing the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: clomid and hsg, hsg test, clomid
hsg test, clomid, contraindication: There is no contraindication to prescribing Clomid without first performing an HSG. However, the decision is made by the individual practitioner. For PCOS, I usually start metformin at the same dosage you are on , as well as Clomid 100mg on cycle day #5,6,7,8,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: clomid ovulation, best time to take a pregnancy test, missing your period
best time to take a pregnancy test, missing your period, tets: You did not tell me the first day of your last period, so I can t comment on what is going on. However, if you did ovulate on cd 17-19, you may have ovulated. If so and you miss your next period, you may have conceived. The best time to take a pregnancy test...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: clomid, short luteal phase, luteal phase defect
short luteal phase, luteal phase defect, extra insurance: Viagra has not been approved for use as an agent to thicken the uterine lining. I know of no studies advising the use of Viagra for that purpose. I also have not had any detrimental effects from the use of Clomid to control a luteal phase defect. I would just...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: am i close to labor??, dilation and effacement, 50 effaced
dilation and effacement, 50 effaced, ischial spines: Dear Jessica, Well, first, did they do an ultrasound in the first 12 weeks? Usually they will do an ultrasound around 7 weeks that will confirm dating. These are very accurate as to the dating of a pregnancy. So if you are 33 weeks based on an early ultrasound,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Am i close to labor, braxton hicks contractions, mucos plug
braxton hicks contractions, mucos plug, prodromal labor: When you start to feel contractions at the level of your belly button, that occur every 3 mintues (from the start of one to the start of the next one) and each contraction stays hard for a full minute, and this continues for an hour, then you are in labor....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: closed cervix, estrogen replacement therapy, complications of hysterectomy
estrogen replacement therapy, complications of hysterectomy, brittle women: Dear Karen, Hmmmm... that is a very personal decision. I actually was considering the same thing about 2 years ago. My best friend had had one about 10 years ago and has never regretted it. But... my mother talked me out of it and my husband went instead....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: clots, fetal heartbeat, baby aspirin
fetal heartbeat, baby aspirin, pencil eraser: It is doubtful that yoou would have miscarried merely due to passage of a small clot (which is common in early pegnancy) HOwever, since you do have teh antiphospholipid syndrome and Lupus, there is a higher risk fo miscarriage and you should get a sonogram...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cmv, dna herpesvirus, low grade fever
dna herpesvirus, low grade fever, cervical secretions: You certainly should continue to hold your son and kiss him. You do not have to be that compulsive. CMV infection is the most common congenital infection, affecting 0.4-2.3% of babies. It is a DNA herpesvirus. In the United States, approximately half of the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: is cna job to strenuous, proper body mechanics, pregnancy hormones
proper body mechanics, pregnancy hormones, med surg: Dear Faith, If you are in good physical health and used to the physical aspects of the job, there should not be an issue. It may surprise you to know that the risk of heavy lifting in pregnancy is not about injury to the baby but injury to the mother. Pregnancy...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: coarse hair, stray hairs, fertility problems
stray hairs, fertility problems, lots of hair: Ocasional stray hairs on your skin are harmless. If you get lots of hair (hirsuitism), you can use dipilatory, or hydrolysis, or even can shave them. They will not cause infertility.however they can be a sign of PCOS. I would see your doctor or, perhaps, an...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: coil, doctor asap, iud
doctor asap, iud, fetus: Sometimes with IUD s and the coil they can shift out of place making it possible to conceive. since you have past the nausea stage you are a couple months along you need to get to a doctor asap...if you are pregnant the coil can be hazardous to you and the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cold medicine in pregnancy, tylenol extra strength, strength tylenol
tylenol extra strength, strength tylenol, cold medicine: I doubt that the two doses of Triaminic caused any birth defects or heart disturbances. You can safely take Sudafed for stuffy nose or runny nose, as well as Robitussin for coughs. Take Tylenol, Extra strength Tylenol for aches, headaches, etc. Unless you...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: coloring hair during pregnancy, home pregnancy test, changes during pregnancy
home pregnancy test, changes during pregnancy, dying your hair: You can safely dye your hair during pregnancy. It will not cause any harm to you, the pregnancy, or the fetus. However, since the protein in your hair changes during pregnancy, it is possible that you will not get the exact color you think you are going to...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: colposcopy results, inflammation of the cervix, squamous dysplasia
inflammation of the cervix, squamous dysplasia, intraepithelial lesion: Dear Kristina, HSIL is high-grade SIL (squamous intraepithelial lesion). Squamous is a kind of flat cell found covering much of the cervix, vagina, and vulva. Intraepithelial means within the protective layers of cells (epithelium). Lesion is an area of...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: is this common?, cystic breast disease, iron deficiency anemia
cystic breast disease, iron deficiency anemia, birth control pills: The symptoms that you describe can normally occur during and slightly before menses. Some women experience them at each period and some are quite severe (PMS). Ibuprofen will help (600mg every 6 hours starting before your period starts). Sometimes Vitamin...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: common?, hcg levels, first month of pregnancy
hcg levels, first month of pregnancy, digital test: Sometimes women will have bleeding that they think is their period, what they are really having is implantation bleeding. It you are pregnant having your period will NOT effect the test. Your age does not matter much when it comes to this. If you are...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: complete placenta previa, internal cervical os, emergency c section
internal cervical os, emergency c section, placental previa: Dear Marissa, Total placenta previa occurs when the internal cervical os is completely covered by the placenta. If you have placenta previa, your doctor will monitor you and your baby carefully to reduce the risk of these serious complications: 1. Bleeding...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: complications of D&C, period cramps, blighted ovum
period cramps, blighted ovum, vaginal ultrasound: A diagnosis was never made for your pain and bleeding. If you are still having such pain and now have edema of yourleft foot and leg, you should go back to the ER and have an entire evaluation. Repeat the sonogram looking for evidence of an ectopic (tubal)...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: What are the complications with a very low placenta?, marginal placenta, low placenta
marginal placenta, low placenta, placenta previa: There are two possibilities here: the first is that the placenta is low, or near the internal opening of the cervix (within 2-3 cm). The second is that the placenta is so low that it crosses the internal opening of the cervix. The first is called a marginal...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: complications, lower back pain, ginger ale
lower back pain, ginger ale, non stress test: If you start to have contractions at the level of your belly button, which occur every 3 minutes (from the beginning of the contraction to the beginning of the next contraction) and each contraction lasts (stays hard) for at least 45 seconds, then I would...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: When did I conceieve?, gynocologist, last period
gynocologist, last period, sonogram: If your last period started on August 31, and you were ten days late in starting your pills, you probably ovulated on September 14 and could have conceived if you had unprotected sex on September 13,14,15, or 16. If you started the pills after September 14,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Can you conceive during your menstrual?, ovulation, unprotected sex
ovulation, unprotected sex, can you get pregnant during your period: You cannot become pregnant during your period or for around 14 days after the start of your period. If you have a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. YOu can only...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conceive, pregnency, strict orders
pregnency, strict orders, tegretol: HI Saritha, Sure she can marry and have children provided she is under strict orders from her ob and the doctor treating her for her seizures. She must stay on the medications they gave her for this and be watched carefully for any problems. If she does...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: when i conceived, estimated due date, exhusband
estimated due date, exhusband, conception date: Hi Shannon :) Thankyou for writing! Let me explain how to you, how this all works. As a rule, a lady will ovulate 14 days from day 1 of their period. Now again, for some ladies, it may be earlier, or later, but that generally when it happens. Conception...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conceiving, ovulation test kits, trying to conceive a boy
ovulation test kits, trying to conceive a boy, conceiving a boy: Hi Brandy, No questions are dumb here! Anyway, some people conceive the month they stop birth control, and for some people, it takes a few months. Keep in mind that it takes normal healthy couples up to a year to conceive. I have read the book by Dr....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conceiving #2, pregnancy test, last period
pregnancy test, last period, unprotected sex: If you normally have a 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. You can only become pregnant if you have unprotected sex on cycle day #13, 14, 15, or 16 each month. If your...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conceiving and dental work?, wisdom teeth, novacaine
wisdom teeth, novacaine, dental work: You can safely have dental work performed if you are trying to conceive or are already pregnant. You can safely have anesthesia and antibiotics during pregnancy. However, the dentist knows to ask if you are pregnant and not to use Tetracycline during pregnancy....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conceiving issues, ovulation thermometers, determining ovulation
ovulation thermometers, determining ovulation, ovulation kits: If you have a normal 29 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #15. You can only conceived if you have unprotected sex on cycle day #14,15,16, or 17 each month. The ovulation kits...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conceiving after a miscariage--follow up, ovulation predictor kits, progesterone level
ovulation predictor kits, progesterone level, miscariage: There is no medical reason for waiting until you get your next period to conceive after having had a miscarriage. It is only so that can accurately date the pregnancy.Sometimes, you may ovulate and not be aware of it. Since we date a pregnancy from the first...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conceiving after a miscariage, signs of ovulation, luteal phase defect
signs of ovulation, luteal phase defect, progesterone level: After a miscarriage, you can start trying to conceive again after your next period. We ask that you wait for your next period only in order to date the pregnancy. YOu probably will ovulate around 2 weeks following the start of your next period. If you had...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conceiving post iud, bleeding during ovulation, copper iud
bleeding during ovulation, copper iud, sore breasts: Dear Lynn, Most of the time your cycles should return to normal , or what they were before insertion of an IUD, almost immediately after the IUD is removed. Sometimes a hormonal IUD, such as Mirena, can cause the same type of symptoms that coming off...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conceiving, ovulation tester, coming off the pill
ovulation tester, coming off the pill, pregnancy test: Yes, this can most definately happen especially when coming off the pill. Your body is kind of in an I dont know what to do stage because all this time hormones were being made for it via the pill but now it is having to make it so your body is gonna be...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, natural flow, menstrual period
natural flow, menstrual period, fourteen days: A woman cannot conceive during her menstrual period because she has not ovulated. If a woman has a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of her period until the first day of her next period) ovulation occurs around cycle day #14. She can ONLY become pregnant...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, best time to take a pregnancy test, menstrual period
best time to take a pregnancy test, menstrual period, last period: If you have a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. YOu can only become pregnant if you have sex on cycle day #13,14,15, or 16. If your last period started on November...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, last period, serm
last period, serm, ovulation: If you have a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. You can ONLY conceive if you have unprotected sex on cycle day #13, 14, 15, or 16 each month. Serm can live for...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, provera, unprotected sex
provera, unprotected sex, ovulation: Usually, you will return to the cycles you had prior to pill use within a few months. If you do not get your period in a couple of months, call your doctor and have your period started for you with Provera 10mg twice a day for 5 days and you should get your...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, date of conception, pregnancy test
date of conception, pregnancy test, last period: Your last period was January 9. If you have a normal 28 day cycloe (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. You can become pregnant if you have unprotected sex (or if any sperm gets into...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema
congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, miscarrages: Severe bloating and fluid retention can be caused by excess salt intake, causing an outflow of fluid from your cells, edema, and wheezing. It can lead to congestive heart failure or pulmonary edema. We also see fluid retention prior to your menstrual cycle....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, conception date, 19th august
conception date, 19th august, last period: I you have a 32 day cycle, Ovulation occurs on cycle day #18. If your last period started on August 19, then you would have ovulated on September 5 and you could have conceived if you had unprotected sex on September 4,5,6, or 7. You are due on May 25 and...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, sex with my husband, correct time
sex with my husband, correct time, last period: If you normally have a 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation takes place on cycle day #14. You can conceive if you have sex on cycle day #13,14,15, or 16. Therefore, if your period started on October...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, ortho evera patch, prenatal vitamins
ortho evera patch, prenatal vitamins, kind of birth: Hi Stephanie, Yes, it is possible to get pregnant while on any kind of birth control. It is not a good idea to be on any kind of hormone birth control (like the patch or the pill) while pregnant, but if it s during the very early stages, the risks are...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, 8th of january, dna testing
8th of january, dna testing, conception date: Hi Melissa, Ok, hopefully I can help. If your due date is Sept 26, the doctor is estimating that your 1st day of last period was approximately (or should have been around)December 19th. Your times with #1 coincide with conceiving for this cycle. ...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, ultrasound scan, dna samples
ultrasound scan, dna samples, preg: Sorry, I pressed the wrong button and didn t mean not to answer the question. Anyway...you should have ovulated around the 3rd of September or so. The 25th of September would have been too late for you to get pregnant. So, most likely, #1 is the father...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, cheri, dozens
cheri, dozens: Hello Gennica. Even if you ARE pregnant, it is far too soon for ANY symptoms to appear yet. They will only start when you are about 6 weeks along. What makes you think a man can tell? If that were true, I wouldn t get dozens of these questions every week....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, ovulation, clearblue fertility
ovulation, clearblue fertility, aerobics: Hi Kadoula, I doubt the traveling and exercise has anything to do with your ovulation or conception. I havent used those fertility monitors, so I am not sure exactly what they do or what they detect. I do think you must be ovulating, that is why the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, hello lindy, signs of pregnancy
hello lindy, signs of pregnancy, physical signs: Hello Lindy- taking chances are you? Yes, it certainly IS possible to get pregnant even though he does not ejaculate. The mucus that he secretes from his penis BEFORE ejaculation also has sperm in it. You MUST put a condom on that penis EVERY time it comes...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, hello dawn, female reproductive tract
hello dawn, female reproductive tract, semen: Hello Dawn. In a sample of semen there are millions more male producing sperm that female producing sperm BUT the male producers only live 24 hours and they swim VERY fast. The female producers swim slower but they live 72 hours inside the female reproductive...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, best time to take a pregnancy test, implantation bleeding
best time to take a pregnancy test, implantation bleeding, regular period: If you have a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. If your last period started on July 12, then you would have ovulated on July 25. YOu could only have become pregnant...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, best time to take a pregnancy test, threshhold
best time to take a pregnancy test, threshhold, hcg: A pregnancy test will not show a positive result until 14-21 days after conception. The best time to take a pregnancy test is seven days after you miss your next period (21 days after intercourse). Before then, there is too much of an error or there is not...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, drowsiness, nausea
drowsiness, nausea, headaches: Some of the first symptoms you will notice are in the first couple of weeks. They include: headaches, drowsiness and heart burn. So it is possible you are pregnant. About 3-4 weeks into your pregnancy the nausea and tenderness starts. As for the exercise,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, best time to take a pregnancy test, missing your period
best time to take a pregnancy test, missing your period, faint line: If you did get your period, you probably are not pregnant. The best time to take a pregnancy test is seven days after missing your period. A test is not considered to be a positive test unless the line is bold and dark. Any faint line is considered to be a...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, menstrual period, last period
menstrual period, last period, unprotected sex: If your last period started on December 15, then you ovulated on December 28 and could ONLY have conceived if you had unprotected sex on December 27,28,29, or 30. If you had sex on December 29, that was when you conceived. December 25 was too early to have...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception & birth control, due date calculators, estrogen levels
due date calculators, estrogen levels, birth control pill: Ovulation occurs when estrogen levels drop, an LH (luteinizing hormone) surge has occurred, and pregesterone starts to rise. Ovulation usually occurs around cycle day #14 and you can conceive if you have sex on cycle day #13,14,15, or 16. When you are taking...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception conception conception!, estimated due date, conception date
estimated due date, conception date, month of april: Dear Nicole, Yes, with your dates indicating by LMP that your estimated due date is 1/21/07 and ultrasound essentially confirming those dates, your estimated conception date would be approximately 4/28/06. I hope that helps and I wish you a Merry Christmas!...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception after D&C, ovulation test kit, ovulation kit
ovulation test kit, ovulation kit, brown discharge: I don t think that the bleeding you see is due, at all, to the D&C or any residual from the prior pregnancy. HOwever, since the bleeding occurs the morning after sex, it may be due to some scratches or inflammation due to the sex act. Perhaps you are not lubricating...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception after D&C, implantation bleeding, brown discharge
implantation bleeding, brown discharge, hpt: If you had the D&C on January 27, you have to assume you did not ovulate until, at least February 10. If you did conceive around then, a pregnancy test would not show a positive result until 14-21 days later (or February 24-March 3)I would suggest that you...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, menstural period, conception date
menstural period, conception date, harjeet: Hello Harjeet- of course there is really no way of knowing for SURE- but I suspect your conception date is the 15th. You should have ovulated on the 10th or 11th, but I think you ovulated late and the sperm from the 15th intercourse did the deed. Hope that...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, emergency c section, conception date
emergency c section, conception date, lmp: Hi vanessa, I am sorry it took me a while to reply, I am in the hospital as I had an emergency c section to deliver the surrogate baby I was carrying. I would say yes it is very possible she was conceived on May 5th, you likely would have been ovulating...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, lmpd, conception date
lmpd, conception date, ultrsound: Let me know the date of the first day of your last period, the date you took the sonogram that claimed that your last period was August 23. If your last period started on August 23, you have been due on May 30. You would have ovulated on September 5, and...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, ultrasound scan, non stress test
ultrasound scan, non stress test, biophysical profile: A sonogram is not accurate until after 12 weeks or pregnancy. We usually will perform a sonogram after 6 weeks gestation becuase, before that time, we cannot see a fetus on sonogram. If, on October 14, you measured on sonogram to be 7 weeks 3 days pregant,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, ovulation and conception, conception date
ovulation and conception, conception date, last period: If you were really 39 weeks (exactly) when you delivered t he baby, then you would have been 40 weeks, a week later (June 1). Your last period would have been on August 25 and you would have measured 39 weeks when you delivered on May 25. It never, never...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, conception date, last period
conception date, last period, due date: If your last period started on May 12, you are due on February 19. You would have ovulated on May 25 and could have conceived if you had sex on May 24,25,26, or 27, Remember that there are 300,000 sperm at the tip of the penis prior to ejaculation. When he...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, fertile window, conception date
fertile window, conception date, gestational age: Dear Shawn, Based on a LMP of 12/31/2006 and a regular 31 day cycle, we would anticipate that your fertile window would have been 1/13-1/23. We would have expected you to have ovulated approximately 1/17. Conception dates are typically estimated within...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, conception date, date of conception
conception date, date of conception, last period: If your delivery date was June 17, then , since a pregnancy is 40 weeks from the first day of your last period,your last period must have started on September 10. Therefore, since ovulation occurs 14 days after the first day of your period, the date of ovulation...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, conception date, last period
conception date, last period, taking your time: If you were 9 weeks 3 days on August 10, then your last period started on June 5 and you probably ovulated on cycle day #14 (June 18). Therefore, you could have conceived if you had sex on June 17.18,19,or 20. You are due, therefore, on March 11. Good Luck...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, certified nurses, conception date
certified nurses, conception date, pregnacy: Hello, First I want to make sure you know I am not a Doctor. I am a CNA (Certified Nurses Assistant) and a person who reads alot and has been pregnant with a difficult pregnacy and delivery. Having said that, on to your question. I always suggest www.babycenter.com...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, contraceptive pills, conception date
contraceptive pills, conception date, last period: I do not know what drug was placed into your drink, so I can t comment on its effect on the pregnancy or on the fetus. However, most date rape drugs or sedatives will not cause any harm at the time of conception. For the future, any birth control pill can...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, conception date, sonogram
conception date, sonogram, sonograms: It would have been ideal if you had a sonogram at 20 weeeks gestation (February 14), since a sonogram taken after 20 weeks is inaccurate and one done at 10 weeks is not great.The measurements that were done (that measured 24 weeks) were the biparietal diameter...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, conception date, last period
conception date, last period, lmp: If you have a normal 28 day cycle, and your last period started on April 25, you would have ovulated on May 8 and could have conceived if you had sex on May 7,8,9, or 10.If your cycle was a bit shorter, you could have conceived on may 5. You could not have...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, conception date, last period
conception date, last period, june 29: If you are 33 weeks on May 10, your last period was September 22 and you ovulated on October 5. You could have conceived if you had sex on October 4,5,6, or 7. You are due on June 29. (We count the pregnancy from the first day of your last period, not from...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: another conception date question, conception date, gestational age
conception date, gestational age, last period: Hi Nicole, no problem, I volunteer to answer questions so it is never a problem or a bother, no matter what the question is. From what you say it doesnt sound like #1 is the father... you had a period after you had sex with him, right? Even though it...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception date, pregnancy test, conception date
pregnancy test, conception date, last period: You could not have become pregnant prior to December 17 if you started your period on that date. If you have a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs around cycle day #14. If your last...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception dates, pregnancy test, test march
pregnancy test, test march, last period: Your last period started on February 1, and it sounds normal even if it only lasted 4 days, you would have ovulated on February 14. A pregnancy test would not show a positive result until, at least 14-21 days. The best time to take the test would be 7 days...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception + and fetal dating dont match, adequate growth, sonogram
adequate growth, sonogram, last period: If a sonogram on December 22 showed that you were 5 weeks 5 days pregnant, then your last period would have been November 11 and you would have ovulated on November 24 and could have conceived if you had sex on November 23,24,25, or 26. If you are sure that...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception help2, conception date, last period
conception date, last period, july 21st: If your last period started on July 8, ovulation occurred on July 21 and you could have conceived if you had unprotected sex on July 21,22,23, or 24. You could have conceived if you had sex on July 21 or 22, but you could not have conceived if you had sex...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception with irregular period, ovarian cysts, ultasound
ovarian cysts, ultasound, conception date: A sonogram is not accurate at 7 weeks gestation. It is more accurate at 12 weeks and very accurate at 20 weeks gestation. What was the date of the second and third sonogram that you took. If the three sonograms showed that you are due between May 3-May 10,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception at onset of period?, ovulation predictor, how to detect ovulation
ovulation predictor, how to detect ovulation, billings method: Hello Courtney- No- you will not conceive that close to your period.The egg is released a full 14 days BEFORE you have a period and will be nowhere around by the day before your period comes. I suggest you go to a website called the Billings Method and learn...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: periods with one overy, ovulaton, last period
ovulaton, last period, overy: Even with only one ovary, you will have periods every month, not every other month. Your period (the sloughing off of the endometrium) is controlled by hormones (estrogen and progesterone). Even if you have a tiny portion of only one ovary, you still can conceive....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception and ovulation, best time to take a pregnancy test, ovulation and conception
best time to take a pregnancy test, ovulation and conception, fertile days: If you have a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. YOu can only conceive if you have sex on cycle day #13, 14, 15, or 16. YOu cannot conceive on any other day of...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception and removal of marina coil, marina coil, withdrawl method
marina coil, withdrawl method, pregnancy test: I m not sure that I understand your question. When was the first day of your last period? Was it February 15? If so, you may have ovulated around February 28. I doubt that you ovulated as soon as your removed the IUD. If you do not get your period by March...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception after stopping BCP, birth control pills, ortho tri cyclen
birth control pills, ortho tri cyclen, delayed periods: Dear Lynette, Many women who quit taking the pill often experience some irregularity of their menstrual cycles for awhile. Each woman is different - some start having regular periods right away, while others have delayed or irregular periods for 6 months...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception after taking Loestrin BC, urine pregnancy test, hormonal symptoms
urine pregnancy test, hormonal symptoms, internet postings: Dear Angie, It was good that you quit the BCPs after the end of a full pack. Sometimes when women stop taking the pills before the end of the cycle of pills it can really mess with their hormone levels, and thus their cycles. The way the BCP works is...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception and testing, month old baby, sick to my stomach
month old baby, sick to my stomach, pregnancy test: Hi Mallory, You should test yourself at home roughly 14 days after conception. If you want an answer sooner, you can go to a doctor and get a blood test which will show a positive result about 7 days after conception. You may however, need to wait longer...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conception, experience orgasm, dr shettles
experience orgasm, dr shettles, male orgasm: According to Dr. Shettles in Choosing the Sex of your Baby , the method for having a male infant is as follows: 1- Intercourse should be timed as close to the moment of ovulation as possible. 2- Intercourse should be immediately preceded, on each occasion,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: concern..., cramping in early pregnancy, lower abdominal pain
cramping in early pregnancy, lower abdominal pain, fetal heartbeat: It is very common to have some cramping in early pregnancy. As long as you are not having any vaginal bleeding, you probably are fine. At 9 weeks gestation (from the first day of your last period) a sonogram should show a fetus and a fetal heartbeat, so if...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: concern..., pregnacy, worrier
pregnacy, worrier, cramp: Hello, sorry for your troubles in the past. Pregnacy has all kinds of pains, so rest assured that just because you have a pain does not always mean miscarriage. As far as when you are no longer are at risk: The truth is you can lose the baby at any time,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: concerned about cervical strength after laser cone surgery, conization of the cervix, cervical cerclage
conization of the cervix, cervical cerclage, cervical incompetence: Don t worry about cervical incompetency at this time. If your last period started on June 5, and you are pregnant, you are now 8 weeks 3 days pregnant. When your doctor does the first visit (which should be around now), the cervix can be easily examined. If...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: concerned,worried, dna test, being a girl
dna test, being a girl, sonogram: You claim that your period started on the 5th or 9th of June, but we have not reached June 5th yet, so I don t understand what you are saying. You doctor is correct. If a sonogram showed that you were due on March 20, you definitely conceived on June 25 and...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: concerns after vaginal birth, absorbable sutures, vaginal birth
absorbable sutures, vaginal birth, stiches: Hello Emily. Some of the absorbable sutures just never dissovle. Have a look at them with a mirror- if you can easily pull on them and they come out, do so. They can take several weeks to dissolve. If they are not gone by your 6 week checkup, have the dr....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: concerns, laporoscopy, scar tissue
laporoscopy, scar tissue, sonogram: If you do not get your period, we usually try to induce your period using progesterone (either Provera or Preometria). After taking the progesterone for 5 days, you should get your period within another 10 days. If you do not get your period, we usually will...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: concetion date, sonogram, gestational age
sonogram, gestational age, june 27: Just ask your doctor to order a sonogram for you. I can t calulate how far pregnant you are if you were told that you were 4-6 weeks on August 13. That is too long a period of time. In order to tell exactly when you conceived, I have to know if you are 4 weeks...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: concetion date, pregnancy test, last period
pregnancy test, last period, sonogram: It would help if you knew the first day of your last period. If you had a positive pregnancy test on August 12, the latest that you conld have conceived would be 14 days prior to that, or on July 29, If they said you were 4-6 weeks pregnant on August 12, it...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: concetion help, conception date, sonogram
conception date, sonogram, last period: If you are due on April 14, you ovulated on April 27 and could have conceived if you had sex on April 13,14,15, or 16. Ovulation usually is 14 days from the first day of your period. Are you basing your due date on the first day of your period or by a sonogram?...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: concieve, sperm cells, conception date
sperm cells, conception date, ovulation: Dear Gabrielle, According to my calculations (backwards) :-) ... If your due date is 10/8/07, your LMP date would have been 1/1/07. This gives you an estimated conception date of 1/15/07 (based on a regular 28 day cycle). Now - conception date is...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: is it possiible?, date of conception, sonogram
date of conception, sonogram, hormone level: If you were 6 weeks 3 days by sonogram on November 30, you must have conceived between October 28-31. October 19 would have been too early. However, remember that a sonogram taken at 6 weeks gestation is very inaccurate. Repeat the sonogram at 12 weeks or...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: When did I concieve?, pregnancy test, doctor didn
pregnancy test, doctor didn, blood in the urine: Nicole, Based on your LMP and your ultrasound, you conceived somewhere around November 8th. You can usually see a yoke sac around 4-5 weeks by transvaginal ultrasound. As far as the blood is concerned, It shouldn t have come from the baby. It sounds to...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: concievement date, last period, august 6th
last period, august 6th, day of ovulation: When was the first day of her last period? If they gave her a due date of August 6, then she probably started her last period on October 31, and would have ovulated around November 13. She would have conceived if she had unprotected sex on November 12,13,14,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: concieving a boy, cervical secretions, timing of intercourse
cervical secretions, timing of intercourse, male sperm: In order to create an alkaline environment in the vagina, which is more advantageous for male sperm to survive, you, the woman, should douche just prior to intercourse. This douche is made by taking a hot water bottle and filling it wich 2 tablespoons...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: could i have concive?, best time to take a pregnancy test, last period
best time to take a pregnancy test, last period, one of those days: If you normally have a 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. If your last period strted on August 21, you would have ovulated on September 3 and could only have conceived...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: confused, regular periods, unprotected sex
regular periods, unprotected sex, ovulation: It does not matter how long you bleed with your period as long as you do not bleed longer than 14 days at a time. You can also sometimes start your period a few days before or a few days after your regular time. You cannot become pregnant during your period,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: confused, obstetrition, healthy pregnancy
obstetrition, healthy pregnancy, family doctor: Hi Jen, I am not sure what to do about your dilemma except maybe move halfway between the two families and everyone will be happy. But the most important thing to do is get with a good obgyn and now, you need prenatal care to make sure you have a healthy...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: so confused 3 periods 1 month preggo or not?, birth control pills, viable pregnancy
birth control pills, viable pregnancy, clinic test: If you have any doubt, take two blood tests for pregnancy (Beta HCG) 48 hours apart. If there is a doubling of the results in 48 hours, it indicates a viable pregnancy. if there is a halving of the results in 48 hours, it inidcates a miscarriage. If both results...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: confused, best time to take a pregnancy test, emergency contraception
best time to take a pregnancy test, emergency contraception, mittelshmerz: If the seventh day of your cycle was April 29, then your last period started on April 23. If you usually have a 32 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #18 and you would not have...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: confused, last period, sonogram
last period, sonogram, fourteen days: If a sonogram shows that you are due to have the baby on July 24, then your last period started on October 17, 2005 and you ovulated on October 31. You could have conceived if you had sex on October 30,31, November 1, 2, or 3. Conception usually occurs fourteen...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: confused, first week of pregnancy, week of pregnancy
first week of pregnancy, week of pregnancy, date of conception: Hi Milly, The first week of pregnancy starts on the first day of your LMP. However, you don t actually conceive until week 2 of your pregnancy. I know it can be confusing. So, right now, you are 39 weeks (which is actually 37 weeks post conception)....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: so confused, coming off the pill, hcg level
coming off the pill, hcg level, time allowance: Hi Patty :) Well, the moment you come off the pill you are at risk to get pregnant. We often here of ladies that skipped a pill during their cycle, and got pregnant. Its a chance you take because you can spontaniously ovulate on the day you missed the pill....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: confused, normal vaginal discharge, menstrual irregularities
normal vaginal discharge, menstrual irregularities, stress change: Dear Brianne, If you waited until after the full week of your missed period and it was negative, then you are likely not pregnant. I would suspect that when you went to the doctor he did an exam, so the white discharge is probably normal vaginal discharge...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: I am very confused., public health service, health care providers
public health service, health care providers, months of pregnancy: Dear Jenniffer, I will try not to rant about the fact that this country has people who cannot simply go to a doctor because they have no health care plan available to them.... believe me, it is difficult. But be aware - if you are planning to become pregnant,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: I am confused by my due date, estimated due date, lmp
estimated due date, lmp, growth patterns: Dear Katarina, If your LMP was 11/1/06 and you have regular 28 day cycles, by my calculations your estimated due date would be 08/09/07. Now, my question would be - is your doctor basing his dating on LMP calculations or an early ultrasound? If he is...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: confused who the father may be, ovulation conception, sperm cells
ovulation conception, sperm cells, sex with my husband: Dear Amy, If your LMP was 12/13/06, I calculate (based on 28 day cycles) that your estimated ovulation/conception date would have been about 12/27 or 12/28 and your due date would be 9/20. Now, sperm cells can survive once past the cervix for up to five...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Very confused, Please help!!!, best time to take a pregnancy test, beta hcg
best time to take a pregnancy test, beta hcg, blood test for pregnancy: If your last period started on October 6, the earliest that you could have ovulated would have been on October 19 and you could ONLY have conceived if you had sex on October 18,19,20, or 21. If you did, indeed, become pregnant on one of those days, a pregnancy...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: very confused please help, beta level, doctors office
beta level, doctors office, pregnacy: Hello Kristine. Yes, you could still be pregnant and perhaps you passed a twin embryo. OR, you could be NOT pregnant and your hormones are just taking time to rebalance. Only time will tell my dear- I hope it turns out the way you want it to. All the best-...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: confused:pregnancy, viable pregnancy, symptom of pregnancy
viable pregnancy, symptom of pregnancy, preventing pregnancy: DepoProvera is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. HOwever, it has three annoying side effects. It can cause complete cesation of yoor periods, it can cause irregular bleeding at variuls times of the month, and it can cause unpredictable bleeding for many...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: confused pregnant or not pregnant, bleeding gums, pregnancy hormone
bleeding gums, pregnancy hormone, regular period: Hi Shimae, anything is possible however lets wait for your next cycle and close to the time or at the time if you skip it do another blood test and then you may know by either starting a regular period or a more positive sign. Sometimes it may just be to...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: confused pregnant or not, nausea and fatigue, earliest signs of pregnancy
nausea and fatigue, earliest signs of pregnancy, signs of pregnancy: What was the date of the first day of your last period? If you have a 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. YOu can only become pregnant if you have unprotected sex on cycle...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: confused?!, pull out method, pregnancy test
pull out method, pregnancy test, single mom: I re-read your question after sending it, and noticed you are on the pill. This changes my answer. I am sorry to confuse you more. I am replying at 6 am, I guess I am not quite awake, please forgive me. If you are on the pill then your chances are very...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: confusion about conception date, menstraul period, conception date
menstraul period, conception date, last period: Are you absolutely certain that your last period was August 1, 2005. Because if it was, than you should be 39 weeks and 6 days. However, if an ultrasound indicated that you are only 37 weeks, your Dr. may have adjusted your due date due to the size and maturity...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: confusion whether i am pregnant or not, periods during pregnancy, pregnancy tests
periods during pregnancy, pregnancy tests, pregnancy test: If you have a 28 day cycle and your period was due on December 21, then the period before that was obviously November 24. You would have ovulated on December 7 and could ONLY have become pregnant if you had sex on December 6,7,8, or 9.You could not have conceived...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: what is conization of fetus, abnormal pap smear, conization of the cervix
abnormal pap smear, conization of the cervix, abnormal cells: When we get a slightly abnormal PAP smear, we have to see what the cells of the cervix look like under the microscope. A conization of the cervix (or uterus) is a procedure where a cone-shaped section of the tip of the uterus (cervix) is removed and sent to...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conseption, partener, lmp
partener, lmp, thnx: Hi Milly, I stand by what I said, you are fine and can stop worrying. Your scans are accurate, and the other person you asked about this is not correct. Yes you can get pregnant on your period, but YOU DID NOT. you had a period after the other man, ...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conseption date, paternaty, december 17
paternaty, december 17, december 29: You cannot become pregnant unti the day of ovuolation, which is 14 days after you get your period. We count a pregnancy from the first day of your period even though youdo not conceive util 14 days later. Your period started on December 17, but you did not...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conseption and lmp, conseption date, ultrasound scan
conseption date, ultrasound scan, date of conception: If her due date (by sonogram) was calculated to be September 24,then her last period must have started on December 17 since a pregnancy is 40 weeks from the FIRST DAY of her last period. Ovulation, therefore would have been on December 30 (fourteen days after...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conseption and period, conseption, conception date
conseption, conception date, exacly: Hi Manda, I did some calculations with the numbers your provided me. Keep in mind, this is just an estimate, and gives you a rough Idea, of likely when conception occured. From my calculations, your last period, ended roughly on the 10th of December. ...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: conseption, ultrasound scan, last period
ultrasound scan, last period, sonograms: The measurements of the sonogram are correladted to your dates. Don t try to agonize about it. By measuring it this way, it is easier correlated to your dates. A sonogram is not accurate until 6 weeks after the first day of your last period. We see nothing...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: constant vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain, vaginal ultrasound, culture and sensitivity
vaginal ultrasound, culture and sensitivity, foul odor: The pills should stop the bleedng after awhile. However, what concerns me is the foul smelling odor. Was a culture and sensitivity done? It is important for it to be done. Perhaps there is a laceration or scratch in the mucosa of the vagina. I can t speculate...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: constipation in babies, old baby girl, constipation in babies
old baby girl, constipation in babies, la leche league: Hello again Holly- okay- storing stools is very common in breastfed infants- they seem to do such a great job of absorbing the vital nutrients from the milk, that it sometimes takes a few days to build up enough waste to stimulate the rectum. Do try a glycerin...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: constipation during pregnancy, heating pad, constipated
heating pad, constipated, lot of water: Hi Karen :) Well this is certainly a normal complaint in pregnancy, and unfortuently many women suffer constipation. In most cases, the reason why they are getting constipated, is because of the pre-natel vitamins. They certainly can back you up. For...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: constipation in early pregnancy, constipation in early pregnancy, move move move
constipation in early pregnancy, move move move, water water water: I feel for you, constipation is very very uncompfortable. WATER WATER WATER, and MOVE MOVE MOVE often helps. Fiber, such as fruits and beans, maybe sourkraut if you like that. Past that it will prbobably be enema time! (check with your Dr) Good luck...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: when to consult infertility specialist, infertility doctors, infertility specialist
infertility doctors, infertility specialist, sperm counts: Most perinatologists will not see you until you become pregnant. Most general ObGyn or Infertility doctors will not see you until you have been trying to conceive for a full 12 months. When the workup starts after 12 weeks, we usually send your husband to...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: continous bleeding/slimming tea, slimming tea, vigor ace
slimming tea, vigor ace, withdrawal method: Dear Annabelle, As far as the tea, the best bet is to simply stop drinking it if you are concerned about it having any effect on your fertility. I m sorry - I have never heard of it. As for the counting - very easy. On the day your period starts, that...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: if you continue to take the pill early on after becoming pregnant will it terminate the pregnancy?, breast tenderness, dear kelly
breast tenderness, dear kelly, unplanned pregnancy: Dear Kelly, Well - I think I ll kind of go backwards with your questions... Given all of this information, my first inclination is that you are not pregnant. You have been having your periods as you expect to up to now and have had two negative tests....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: continued bleeding after 1 missed pill&antibiotics, taking the pills, sinus infection
taking the pills, sinus infection, combined pill: Dear Nicole, Women can have irregular bleeding in the first few months after starting the BCP anyway. The fact that you had a gap in taking the pills of a day and a half or a bit more is likely what spawned the bleeding. The antibiotic probably has little...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: contraception injection, marijuana and pregnancy, contraception injection, depoprovera shot
contraception injection, depoprovera shot, smoke marijuana: If your last period started on October 2, you will not ovulate until October 15 and can ONLY become pregnant if you have unprotected sex on October 14,15,16, or 17. Since you got the DepoProvera shot on October 4, you probably will not ovulate on October 15...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: contraception, iron deficiency anemia, cancer of the ovaries
iron deficiency anemia, cancer of the ovaries, cancer of the uterus: The best method of birth control is the birth control pill or the patch. It is 99.9% effective against pregnancy, and it prevents iron deficiency anemia, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, cancer of the uterus, cancer of the ovaries, benigh cystic...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: contraceptives+no period, best time to take a pregnancy test, last period
best time to take a pregnancy test, last period, gynecologist: When you have been on the pill for awhile, it is very common (and acceptable) to have a period that is shorter. (Even if it lasts only 1 hour or 1 day.) You can stay on the pill for your entire life until you reach menopause. However, if you do not get y8ur...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: contractions, braxton hicks contraction, true labor
braxton hicks contraction, true labor, labor and delivery: Hi Kymberly, You are experiencing classic Braxton Hicks contraction. These are what prepares your body for labor. They are benign and are not considered true labor. If, however, you experience more than 6 in an hour for 2 hours straight and they become...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: contractions and dilation at 22 weeks, mucus plug, pubic bone
mucus plug, pubic bone, terbutaline: You be dilated up to 1cm for your entire rest of your pregnancy. As long as you are not having regular, painful contractions at the level of your belly button, that come evwery 5 minutes apart and last for 1 minutes, you do not have to worry. If you feel painful...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: contractions, but far apart, irregular contractions, early miscarriages
irregular contractions, early miscarriages, lower abdomen: At this stage of pregnancy, you will start to get irregular contractions. They may start in your back or lower abdomen and will, eventually, localize to your belly button. When you get contractions at the level of your belly button that come every 3 minutes...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: contractions?, braxton hicks contraction, lower abdomen
braxton hicks contraction, lower abdomen, gut rot: Since you are only 32 weeks pregnant at this point, it is too early for you to go into labor, and if you are having contractions that are comming more than every 10 minutes and are lasting more than 30 seconds, you should be checked by your doctor. If your...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: copper coil, copper coil, stomach pains
copper coil, stomach pains, miscarrige: Hi Nicola, Congratulations on your baby! You and I must have delivered around the same time. I gave birth to my surrogate babygirl on June 6th. I too am having the same exact problem, I dont think it has to do with the coil but rather your cycle trying...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cord question, sonogram pictures, blowing bubbles
sonogram pictures, blowing bubbles, obstetrician: One cannot see a knot in the umbilical cord on a sonogram. On a sonogram, the cord looks like a series of short lines, one on top each other. There may, indeed, be something coming out of the baby s mouth, but, since there is no air in the baby s lungs while...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cord, vessel umbilical cord, vascular occlusion
vessel umbilical cord, vascular occlusion, absence of one: Every baby has only one umbilical cord. HOwever, usually there are three vessels in the cord. A two-vessel umbilical cord (absence of one umbilical artery ) occurs about once in 500 deliveries. The cause may be aplasia or artrophy of the missing vessel. ABout...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: correction, fertile days, ovulation
fertile days, ovulation, fertility: The latest data show that sperm can remain viable for only 12-24 hours (although sperm have been noted to be present up to 36 hours after sex), and the egg can live for 24-48 hours. That is why we say that the window of fertility is one day prior to ovulation...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: in our county there was a..., coffee beans, viral syndrome
coffee beans, viral syndrome, placenta: At times there have been woman who deliver their baby in the toilet. This can also be followed by delivery (in the toilet) of the placenta and accompanying blood. I don t know what you mean by coffee beans. Often vomitus is comprised of substances that resemble...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: a couple of questions, human pregnancy, stages of pregnancy
human pregnancy, stages of pregnancy, human application: Dear Lisa, There are very few studies of hair dye use during human pregnancy. In animal studies, at doses 100 times higher than what would normally be used in human application, no significant changes were seen in fetal development. We know that only a...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramp, warm soaks, nerve pain
warm soaks, nerve pain, symptoms of pregnancy: At 5 weeks gestation, the only symptoms of pregnancy that you will have now are fatigue, nausea, breast tenderness, and (possibly) increase in urination. YOu will start to get pains in your groin ( round ligament syndrome ), which is pain upon rising from...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramping, ponstel, specific place
ponstel, specific place, lmp: When you are ready for your period, or during the days surrounding your period, you can have cramping all over your body. There is no specific place that you must cramp.It is not something to worry about. If it hurts, take Mortrin, Advil, Ponstel, etc...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramping, breast bone, internal organs
breast bone, internal organs, sequestration: Usually, the cramps that you get below the breast bone is due to sequestration of gas in the chest. It could also be due to heartburn or inflammation of your ribs ( chostochondritis ). Your thorax is under your breast and that is where the heart is. If you...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramping, bleeding in early pregnancy, menstrual cramps
bleeding in early pregnancy, menstrual cramps, sexual intercourse: Dear Jessica, Vaginal bleeding/spotting can occur frequently in the 1st trimester of pregnancy and may not be a sign of any problem. Approximately 20-30% of women experience some degree of bleeding in early pregnancy. As long as the bleeding does not become...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramping and chest pains, ovarian cysts, chest pains
ovarian cysts, chest pains, sonogram: If you have severe cramps , EVERY DAY, that is unrelated to your menstrual period, then you have to be fully evaluated by a gynecologist or gastroenterologist. YOu may be sent for a sonogram to see if you have any ovarian cysts or any other cause for the pain....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramping or contractions, liver function tests, 50 effaced
liver function tests, 50 effaced, abnormal liver function: How often are you having contractions? For the first baby, you are considered to be in labor when you are having contractions at the level of your belly button (not in your back or down low) which occur every 3 mintues (from the start of one contraction to...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramping or diahreeah during pregnancy, fetal heartbeat, experience headaches
fetal heartbeat, experience headaches, abdominal cramps: If you had a miscarriage in the past, you probably will worry even if I told you not to worry. HOwever, as long as you are not having heavy vaginal bleeding and heavy cramps, you should not worry. If you start to bleed heavily along with abdominal cramps,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramping, diarrhea and vomitting, nausea and vomiting, lomitil
nausea and vomiting, lomitil, abdominal cramps: It is certainly normal to have severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. Diarrhea can be controlled by Kaopectate, Lomitil, or Immodium. Make sure you maintain hydration by drinking lots of fluid. You can ask your doctor for Zofran to control the vomiting if...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramping during early pregnancy, cramping during early pregnancy, hot water bottle
cramping during early pregnancy, hot water bottle, heating pad: In early pregnancy, there is a condition called the round ligament syndrome which is caused by stretching of the round ligaments by the growing uterus. This causes pain or a ripping sensation on one side of the abdomen or the other when rising from a sitting...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramping during pregnancy, cramping in early pregnancy, menstral cramps
cramping in early pregnancy, menstral cramps, cramping during pregnancy: Nicole, Cramping in early pregnancy is normal. If the bleeding hasn t continued, then everything is probably okay. If you experience cramping and spotting, call your doctor right away. You might want to give him/her a call anyway to let them know that...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramping pain below stomach, ectopic pregnancies, c section scar
ectopic pregnancies, c section scar, test clearblue: As I said before, a pregnancy test is not accurate until 7 days after you miss your period. If your last perod started on March 5, you were due for your next period on April 1, so if you have not started your period by April 8, take a pregnancy test and you...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramping and back pain, menstrual cramp, tender breasts
menstrual cramp, tender breasts, frequent urination: Dear Heather, Yes, some abdominal cramping and backache is not uncommon in early pregnancy. Other common symptoms in early pregnancy are swollen or tender breasts, fatigue or tiredness, nausea/vomiting, headaches, and frequent urination. Even a little spotting...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramping after periodsand pregnancy, earliest symptoms of pregnancy, blood test for pregnancy
earliest symptoms of pregnancy, blood test for pregnancy, fewer periods: In order to become pregnant, you must get a period regularly. If you want me to help, you have to let me know the exact date of the first day of each period you had. It is not enough to say you had one in December but not in January. A cycle is considered...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramping, period cramps, prenatal classes
period cramps, prenatal classes, right foot: Hello Lynn- yes it is fine as long as there is no spotting or bleeding. If you should develop bleeding, there is nothing you can do about it- if a pregnancy is going to fail in the first 12 weeks, it must be allowed to do so- nature know best. Now, I have...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramps, diaphram, last period
diaphram, last period, abdomen: You are now almost 23 weeks pregnant and you may have pressure that is similar to the pressure that you feel when you are going to start your period. Believe me, you will not start your period. It is only the uterus growing in your abdomen and pushing all...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramps, breast bone, menstrual cramps
breast bone, menstrual cramps, mylanta gas: Your ribs are connected to your breast bone (sternum) and you, indeed, can have pain in your ribs from gas in your intestine. Not much to do about it except take simethicone (Mylanta Gas, Mylicon, etc. Try to move your bowels. If you are constipated, try some...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramps, sharp shooters, first trimester
sharp shooters, first trimester, ligaments: Hi Tia :) What you are experiencing, is completely normal. You are suffering round ligamant pain. The ligaments in the lower abdoman, surrounding the uterus are stretching to accomodate growing baby. So cramping in the lower abdoman is very common. Pain...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramps, abnormal vaginal discharge, last time ii
abnormal vaginal discharge, last time ii, estrogen dominance: Dear Grace, There are many various potential causes for irregularities in our cycles. They are: -Significant weight gain or loss -Excessive or strenuous exercise -Poor nutrition (or a diet too high in carbohydrates) -Smoking -Drug use -Excessive...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramps after c-section, menstrual cramps, gas x
menstrual cramps, gas x, dr rappaport: Hi Robin: I m afraid I can t offer a whole lot of insight here -- this is outside my area of expertise. BUT, for what it s worth, I will say that since MY first abdominal surgery (I had one Oct. 01 and another, Sept. 03), I have found gas to be excruciating...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramps during pregnancy, cramps during pregnancy, menstral cramps
cramps during pregnancy, menstral cramps, early pregnancy: Let me know the first day of your last period and I will attempt to figure out what is going on. The brownish staining is normal in early pregnancy. It is usually old blood coming from the uterus. Occasional cramping is common, I hope you meant that the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramps and lower back pain, lower back pain, lower abdomen
lower back pain, lower abdomen, contractions: At 36 weeks gestation, it is common to start having Braxton-Hicks contractions. These are pains felt in your lower back and lower abdomen but only last less than 30 seconds and are not regular. (Usually walking will stop the cramps). When you get contractions...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramps after period, home pregnancy test, bloodwork
home pregnancy test, bloodwork, cramps: Tiffini, Hi. Have you had your period this month, or did you miss it? My advise is to take a home pregnancy test. If it turns up negative, than have your physician send you for a serum HCG (bloodwork) to confirm pregnancy. It may be that you are working...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramps and swelling, emergency room staff, swollen ankles
emergency room staff, swollen ankles, slip on shoes: Congratulatons on your pregnancy- It wont be long now! Your questions are not weird at all. The swollen ankles are very common the same thing happened to me the first time I was pregnant. I would say (especially since you say you were dehydrated) keep...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cramps, best time to take a pregnancy test, pregnany test
best time to take a pregnancy test, pregnany test, last period: If you have a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next perod) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. YOu can only become pregnant if you have sex on cycle day #13, 14, 15, or 16. If you do become pregnant on one of...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: crinone, progesterone supplementation, cleft palates
progesterone supplementation, cleft palates, crinone 8: Progesterone supplementation has been found to prevent miscarriage (Crinone or progesterone in oil). I would not take it past 12 weeks gestation. It does not cause birth defects, as far as I am aware. I was not aware of any cases of cleft palate or abdominal...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Is crying before bowel movement normal?, bowel movement, bowel movements
bowel movement, bowel movements, cramps: Karen- I URGE you to go back to breastfeeding- it will elimate the problem. I suspect your son is having quite a time digesting the formula, causing some bowel discomfort. He could also be allergic to the cow s milk and experiencing bowel cramps as a result....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: csection and rapid heartbeat, spinal anesthesia, rapid heartbeat
spinal anesthesia, rapid heartbeat, heartrate: If you have an episode of tachycardia immediately following the administration of a spinal anesthesia, you probably have some reaction to the medication given through the spinal catheter. You will have to consult an anesethesiologist to try to determine why....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: csection, bikini incision, vaginal childbirth
bikini incision, vaginal childbirth, contracted pelvis: The only time that you have to repeat a cesarean section is when you have a situation that is the same as the previous situation (when you had your first cesarean). If you had a contracted pelvis (that is not likely to have changed) or if you had a breech...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cul de sac, ruptured ovarian cyst, progesterone supplementation
ruptured ovarian cyst, progesterone supplementation, progesterone level: The cul-de-sac is the space in the lower pelvis below the tubes and the ovaries. If there were a ruptured ovarian cyst or any mass, fluid is usually seen in this area. The sonographer is merely saying that there is no free fluid or masses, which is the normal...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: curious, pregnancy after tubal ligation, tubal ligation
pregnancy after tubal ligation, tubal ligation, unplanned pregnancy: Dear Nicole, No. Tubal ligation should be considered an permanent, irreversible procedure. Occasionally a woman can still get pregnant, despite having had her tubes tied properly. The tubes can evolve in such a way as to try to heal themselves, and sometimes...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: just curious to know, beta hcg test, irregular bleeding
beta hcg test, irregular bleeding, depoprovera: If you have ever taken DepoProvera shots for prevention of pregnancy, that may be the culprit. The DepoProvera has some annoying complications. It can completely stop your periods, it can cause irregular bleeding, or it can cause unpredictable bleeding throughout...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: curious, last period, pregnant belly
last period, pregnant belly, mester: Hi Angelica :) I calculated your gestation according to your last period. You are exactly 13 weeks pregnant today. Some ladies at your point, might see a slight bump in the tummy region. But definately by 16-18 weeks, you should see a pregnant belly....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: I am currently pregnant and..., health food store, pregnancy advances
health food store, pregnancy advances, lecithin capsules: Hello Bernadette. If you are under 12 weeks along- you need to see your dr. NOW- you could have a tubal pregnancy and this is dangerous. If you are past 12 weeks and have had an ultrasound that confirms the pregnancy to be in the uterus, then you are most...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: I am currently trying to..., best time to take a pregnancy test, fertile days
best time to take a pregnancy test, fertile days, lh surge: If you have a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. Ovulation occurs within a few seconds, after there is an LH surge (luteinizing hormone). Sperm can remain viable...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: my cycle, charting basal body temperature, luetal phase
charting basal body temperature, luetal phase, fertile window: When you get your period, it can be 1-10 days in length. If it is longer than 14 days, it is an abnormal period. Your period of 3 or 4 days is completely normal. The luteal phase is the time from ovulation to the first day of your next period.If you have a...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: my cycle, negative pregnancy test, pre menopause
negative pregnancy test, pre menopause, consecutive periods: Dear Rebecca, Usually I recommend waiting until after the full week of a missed period before taking a pregnancy test. HPTs do claim accuracy on the 1st day of a missed period, but many women do not have hCG levels high enough at that point for the test...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cycle, fish oil capsules, well balanced diet
fish oil capsules, well balanced diet, effects of sleep deprivation: Dear Lisa, Relax. You really must relax. I cannot tell you how many stories I have heard about couples who were trying to conceive for YEARS and could not do so until they just absolutely quit focusing on it. Then... all of a sudden, they were pregnant....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: no cycle for 45 days, early pregnancy symptoms, pre menstrual symptoms
early pregnancy symptoms, pre menstrual symptoms, planned parenthood: Dear Artrina, My first question is to ask if you have a Planned Parenthood or other women s clinic in your area that offers free or income-based medical care? If so, that may be a viable option for you if you have insurance issues right now. The symptoms...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: When will cycle become normal again, basal body thermometer, ectopic pregnancy
basal body thermometer, ectopic pregnancy, regular period: Removal of an ectopic pregnancy must be considered like a delivery rather than like a period. You should get your regular period in around 4-6 weeks following rhe surgery. Then you will probably ovulate two weeks after that and can become pregnant. The methotrexate...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: my cycle is very irregular..., heavy bleeding, ovaries
heavy bleeding, ovaries, 1 feb: Hello Shonda. It sounds like you may have conceived and lost it, or you may be having problems with your ovaries. If you are trying to conceive, you need to get checked out, otherwise, this may not be a problem. Just wait it out and see if your cycle settles...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: What is my cycle?, ovulation predictor kit, fertility software
ovulation predictor kit, fertility software, devided: If you have a normal 28 day cycle, ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. However, if you have a cycle that is longer or shorter than 28 days, ovulation occurs 14 days BEFORE the first day of your next period. If the first day of your period in May was 5/29,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cycles, menstrual diary, pap smear
menstrual diary, pap smear, enlarged uterus: Dear Veronica, *First* Please accept my apologies for the delay in answering. Our cable (TV and internet) went out early Saturday and after several BOGUS stories, the tech came today and regretfully informed us we were mistakenly shut off for our NEIGHBOR...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cycles, yellowish discharge, vaginal infection
yellowish discharge, vaginal infection, heavy bleeding: It is perfectly normal to have two to three days of heavy bleeding and then no bleeding at all. A clear yellowish discharge is also normal. If there is a foul smelling odor to it or if it itches, it may be a sign of an vaginal infection, but just a clear yello...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: I have a cyst and i'm pregnat, necessary surgery, pain medicine
necessary surgery, pain medicine, cyst: Dear Lace, Most surgeries like this are put off until after a pregnancy, but it sounds like this has been deemed a necessary surgery for you due to the extreme pain you are in. The surgery itself should be done under a pain-controlled situation with...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cyst/tumor on ovary, birth control pills, cyst on the ovary
birth control pills, cyst on the ovary, acne breakouts: I doubt that your sister has any evidence of cancer. Ovarian cysts are very common and come and go very often without the women even being aware of them. The acne and hirsuitism is probably NOT due to any ovarian problem. However, if the doctor palpated an...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cyst unborn child., choroid plexus cyst, types of lesions
choroid plexus cyst, types of lesions, sonagram: Ask what type of cyst was found. Was it a choroid plexus cyst or some other type of cyst. Let me know. There are so many different types of lesions that I cannot comment just on the basis of your description of a cyst that will will go away. Please get...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cystocele repair and tvt, stress incontinence, tvt sling
stress incontinence, tvt sling, extreme pain: Dear Jackie: I m afraid I really don t know how best to advise you. I CAN tell you that the overwhelming majority of women have successful outcomes with the TVT; unfortunately, you are one of those who did not. It is not uncommon to require urethrolysis...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: cystocele surgery, dr appt, competent surgeon
dr appt, competent surgeon, urinary function: Hi Paulette: It is completely normal to require a cath, post-op, so I wouldn t be too concerned about that. There is some swelling that may take a week or two (or in some cases, more) to subside and it typically will take many weeks before urination resembles...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: D & C, pregnancy loss, hcg levels
pregnancy loss, hcg levels, normal blood: Dear Joyce, hCG is made by cells that form the placenta, which nourishes the egg after it has been fertilized and becomes attached to the uterine wall. Usually, hCG can first be detected by a normal blood test about 11 days after conception and about 14...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: D&C for conceving child, dilatation and currettage, artificial insemination
dilatation and currettage, artificial insemination, uterine cavity: When artificial insemination is attempted, the only problem would be a blockage tht may possibly be found in the fallopian tubes, which will not allow the sperm to travel up the tube and fertilize the ovum (egg) that is waiting at the end of the fallopian...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: D&C and incompetent cervix, cervical laceration, incompetent cervical os
cervical laceration, incompetent cervical os, incompetent cervix: An incompetent cervical os is not caused by having a D&C (even if there was a cervical tear during the procedure). In a D&C, the cervix is dilated and the inside of the uterus is scraped in order to clean out the inside wall. Often, during the D&C a cervical...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Had a D&C now I'm having a hard time with my periods, sonogram, gynecologist
sonogram, gynecologist, uterus: During a D&C for a miscarriage or an abortion, we try to remove all the products of conception that may be in the uterus. When women have prolonged bleeding after a D&C, it could be due to retained products of conception , and another D&C may have to be performed...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: After D&C, blighted ovum, hormonal imbalance
blighted ovum, hormonal imbalance, unprotected sex: Hi Lisa, I am sorry to hear about the outcome of your last pregnancy :( Well, when you have a DNC, the physican scrapes the uterine lining away. Its a surgical period. If you have a 28 day cycle, then you would ovulate day 14, after the DNC. Your...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: MY DAUGHTER'S PREGNANCY, uterine fibroids, abdominal muscles
uterine fibroids, abdominal muscles, breech baby: Dear Elena, If her fundal height is measuring 36 cm at 29 weeks gestation, she is measuring large for dates . Measuring large for dates means the fundal height is more than 2 cms larger than average for that stage of pregnancy, based on the due date. Her...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dampness, vaginal wetness, pregnacies
vaginal wetness, pregnacies, panty liners: Hello Michelle and Congrats! It could be a number of things. What you need to decide is, does it have a color? Is there any odor? If you answer no and no it is probably just vaginal wetness that is pretty common even this early in the pregnacy. ...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Danger of Hydramnios, c section delivery, abruptio placenta
c section delivery, abruptio placenta, fetal anomalies: Dear Gen, Typically, there is a reason for an AFI over 25 at 28 weeks but in up to 50% of cases, there are simply no risk factors for polyhydramnios ever found. It may be that there is an issue with the baby s gastrointestinal tract or swallowing mechanism....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Daughter with diffculties., pediatric endocrinologist, saliva test
pediatric endocrinologist, saliva test, growing a beard: I do not believe that the changes in the roof of your daughter s mouth are, in any way, related to her gynecological problems. If her periods have become irregular, she should go back on the birth control pill. That will regulate her periods and will reduce...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: DEAD FETUS, home pregnancy tests, emergency c section
home pregnancy tests, emergency c section, internal ultrasound: Dear Tammy, If the ultrasound found a non-viable 7.5 week fetus, you will eventually miscarry. Many doctors and women opt for a D&C procedure because there is no way to know how long after a fetal demise that a miscarriage will take place and the waiting...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: DEPO-SHOT, FERTILITY, PROVERA, ovulation predictor kit, pap smear
ovulation predictor kit, pap smear, irregular periods: DepoProvera has three annoying side effects. It can cause complete stoppage of your period while you are taking the shots and this can continue for many months after you stop the shots. It can cause irregular periods, or it can cause unpredictable bleeding...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: DESPERATE FOR ANSWERS, primary amenorrhea, cervical mucus
primary amenorrhea, cervical mucus, concieving: Dear Krystal, As far as your chances of conceiving, I really can t answer that question for you. All I can do is tell you that it sounds as if you and your doctor have done and are doing the correct things to increase your chances for conception. The...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dear Doctor,My Stats:Age:..., empty gestational sac, yolk sac
empty gestational sac, yolk sac, high fsh: If you are pregnant and your last period started on November 11, then on December 21 you were only 5 weeks 5 days pregnant (from the first day of your last period). Prior to 6 weeks, we only see (on sonogram) an empty gestational sac. After 6 weeks, we see...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dear Doctor,I just started..., home pregnancy test, brain tumors
home pregnancy test, brain tumors, irregular periods: If you have a normal 28 day period, and your last period started on October 21, you were due for your next period on November 17. One explanation is that you are premenopausal. After the age of 45, you start to have irregular periods and occasionally miss...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dear Dr, Rappaport,I rec'd..., colorectal surgeon, colo rectal
colorectal surgeon, colo rectal, local anesthesia: A hematoma can be removed by aspiration if it has not organized yet. If it is a full blown blood clot, it may not be able to be aspirated with a needle and may need to be evacuated with other instruments. Depending on the position and the extent of the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dear doctor Rappaport,I..., induced labour, heavy periods
induced labour, heavy periods, subchorionic: You may have a subchorionic bleed or hematoma or you may have a small area of placental abruption . At this stage of pregnancy, either should heal over and the blood or hematoma should dissipate. As long as the baby has a strong heartbeat and has adequate...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: menstruation, predicting ovulation, stopping birth control
predicting ovulation, stopping birth control, first three months: There is no rhyme or reason to the irregularity of your cycles once you go off birth control. Often, the cycles will revert to the type of cycle you had before you originally went on the pills. Usually, the cycles will regulate themselves after several months....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Deceleration Question, variable deceleration, nuchal cord
variable deceleration, nuchal cord, accels: Dear Carrie, I am in complete and total agreement with the doctor s observations. One isolated episode of a variable deceleration is completely benign. It absolutely indicates a brief compression of the cord - either against the wall of the uterus, or baby...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Decreased libido, loss of libido, hormonal contraceptives
loss of libido, hormonal contraceptives, female libido: Dear Erica, Most often, a decrease in sex drive is usually caused by changes in your lifestyle or is a side effect of taking certain medications (such as hormonal contraceptives or antidepressants). There s a big difference between sexual desire and physical...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Define Waterbirth/Is it better than VAB, vaginal birth after cesarean, cesarean section
vaginal birth after cesarean, cesarean section, leboyer method: A waterbirth is a type of delivery where we perform a vaginal delivery in water, usually in a tub of water, but sometimes in a stream. The baby actually floats out through the water, cleans itself off as it floats out and, I ve seen it smile. In the LeBoyer...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dehydration, gall bladder problems, practicing midwife
gall bladder problems, practicing midwife, chronic nausea: Hello Rachael- yes, this can have an effect on the baby. If there is a chronic lack of amniotic fluid around the baby, deformities of the feet, legs and arms can occur due to the baby laying against the uterus- it is supposed to float in amniotic fluid. There...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Delaying period, birth control pills, ortho novum 777
birth control pills, ortho novum 777, ortho novum: If your last period started on May 2, you should have started the birth control pills on Sunday May 7. Now you will have to wait for your next period (May 29) and start on the Sunday after you first start bleeding. Then, take pills #1-21 and, the very next...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Delivery, vitro fertilization, pregnancy researchers
vitro fertilization, pregnancy researchers, bleeding from the vagina: Dear Heather, Unfortunately, that is a question I can t answer conclusively for you. There are SO many different risk factors/causes for premature labor/delivery. Some are: (LIFESTYLE) -Late or no prenatal care -Smoking -Drinking alcohol -Using...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Delivery Options, nurse midwife, new haven ct
nurse midwife, new haven ct, home births: I would suggest that you avoid home delivery, especially for your first delivery. If there is a problem (breech, placenta previa, abruption of the placenta) and you try to deliver at home, it can be wrought with disaster. Nowadays, most obstetricians offer...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Delivery twin pregnancy, vaginal deliveries, twin pregnancy
vaginal deliveries, twin pregnancy, gestational age: We do not induce or perform a cesarean section until we are sure that the babies lungs are mature. This occurs usually after 38 weeks gestation. HOwever, some doctors will not perform a cesarean section unless there is a clearcut indication for a cesarean...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Delivery, dilation and effacement, first time mom
dilation and effacement, first time mom, cord prolapse: Dear Kates Mom, Here s the thing, the more vaginal exams - the more chance for infection, the more chance for membrane rupture before full engagement of head possibly leading to cord prolapse, the more chance of injuring a softening and tender cervix, and...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Demised Twin, 3d ultrasound, spotting during pregnancy
3d ultrasound, spotting during pregnancy, brownish discharge: Sometimes, the demised fetus doesn t disolve and it will just be delivered when you deliver the other baby. The spotting could be from the demised twin, however, anytime you have spotting during pregnancy, it is cause for some concern. You should call your...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dental problems while pregnant, tylenol extra strength, tylenol with codeine
tylenol extra strength, tylenol with codeine, dental extractions: We do not advise the use of Advil, Motrin, Asparin, Ponstel, Anaprox, etc during pregnancy. They lower blood volume and can cause a premature closure of the ductus arteriosus in the baby s heart. Use ONLY Tylenol, Extra strength Tylenol, Tylenol with codeine,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dental Work While Pregnant, lead apron, topical anesthesia
lead apron, topical anesthesia, panick attacks: I am not aware of any detrimental effects of Nitrous Oxide during pregancy. Your dentist would know better. HOwever, please tell the dentist that you are pregnant so that, if he takes X-rays, he will shield your abdomen with a lead apron and will avoid the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dental work during second trimester, signs of infection, novacaine
signs of infection, novacaine, tooth extraction: If you need a tooth extraction during pregnancy, it must be done to avoid infection and lots of pain. It can safely be done during pregnancy and you can have novacaine and antibiotics (except tetracycle). YOu can have percocet for pain relief after the procedure....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dentist x-rays, lead apron, dental x rays
lead apron, dental x rays, thin beam: You can safely have dental X-Rays during pregnancy. A dental X-ray is a coned down X-ray, using a cone shaped transducer. If you are pregnant, the dentist can place a lead apron over your pelvis, protecting it from the rays. The X-Rays travel straight ahead...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Depo, depo provera, back ache
depo provera, back ache, breast tenderness: Dear Haley, This is not only normal with Depo Provera use, it is expected. Irregular, heavy, or no bleeding are common side effects of Depo Provera. Lack of a period becomes increasingly common with longer use. Other side effects are: headaches, nervousness,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Depo Injection, depoprovera, 11th july
depoprovera, 11th july, becuase: If you are getting the DepoProvera shot every three months, you are protected against pregnancy until you get the next shot, even during the 10th weeks. DepoProvera is 99.9% effective against pregnancy, so it is doubtful that you could become pregnant during...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Depo Provera and Pregnancy, home pregnancy test, depo provera
home pregnancy test, depo provera, cervical mucus: Hi Sophia, the Depo shot is supposed to stop you from ovulating. But since your body still produces other hormones this is why you still can bleed. It also is supposed to thicken and alter the cervical mucus making it harder for an embryo or sperm to survive....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Depo-Provera & no period, depo provera, effective birth control
depo provera, effective birth control, breast tenderness: Dear Jessica, The first shot of Depo Provera is usually given during or a few days after the start of a menstrual period. After 24 hours, the shot is effective birth control for the next 13 weeks. Irregular, heavy, or no bleeding are common side effects...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Depo-Provera question, depo provera, irregular periods
depo provera, irregular periods, hormone level: DepoProvera has three annoying side effects: it can cause a complete cesation of your period, it can cause irregular periods, or it can cause unpredictable bleeding at various times of the month. This can continue even many months after you have stopped the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Depo Provera Shot, depo provera shot, depo provera
depo provera shot, depo provera, release eggs: DepoProvera works by preventing ovulation. It is 99.9% effective in prevanting pregnancy. However, it has some annoying side effects. It can cause a complete cesation of your menstrual period, it can cause unpredictable bleeding at various times of the cycle,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Depo Provera?, depo provera shot, depo provera
depo provera shot, depo provera, depoprovera: Krista, The discharge may not be related to the Depoprovera. You should see a gynecologist for an evaluation of the discharge. The nipple itching may or may not be related, but with the Depoprovera beginning to wear off it may be related to the hormone...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Depo / pregnancy, home pregnancy test, depo shot
home pregnancy test, depo shot, posibility: Jasmine, Yes, if you don t follow up with your Depo shot, you have a chance of getting pregnant. You should use other means of birth control until you continue the Depo. You might want to take a home pregnancy test if you are concerned that you are pregnant....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Depo shot, depo provera, google search
depo provera, google search, safe side: Hi Clayton, I did a google search under Depo provera and a bunch of information popped right up. From what I find it says it is effective 24 hours after the first shot, and should last for 13 weeks. But, if she just had that shot I would be on the extra...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Depo, pregnant pregnancy, pregnancy symptoms
pregnant pregnancy, pregnancy symptoms, depo shot: HPT s take 1-2 months to show results so it is probably not likely that your pregnant. Pregnancy symptoms also don t start showing until 1-2 months into the pregnancy. You can try going to your ob/gyn and getting a blood test done because they are alot more...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Deposhot, vocal cord paralysis, true vocal cord
vocal cord paralysis, true vocal cord, depo shot: Dear Maria, All of the events you described can absolutely have an effect on your menstrual cycles. The Depo shot also can affect them. The effects of the Depo shot can actually linger in your system for up to several months. You can conceive without...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dermoid Cyst, dermoids, dermoid cyst
dermoids, dermoid cyst, cyst on: Impossible for me to say for sure of course, but it sounds like there is some mistake - either the CT scan is wrong - or read incorrectly - or mislabled etc... If not, that sounds like a fast growing thing - although you didn t actually tell me the size....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dermoid cyst, dermoid cysts, dermoid cyst
dermoid cysts, dermoid cyst, dull ache: Dear Stephanie, Dermoid cysts can cause the ovary to twist (torsion) and imperil its blood supply. The larger the dermoid cyst, the greater the risk of rupture with spillage of the greasy contents which can create problems with adhesions, pain etc. Although...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Determining How Far Along I Am, sonogram, last period
sonogram, last period, 4 months: From the way you describe it you probably are farther along than you think. There is a logitimate reason behind this. Sometimes women have their periods for up to 2 months after conceiving. You could be 3-4 months along even though you had periods. The...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Determining Paternity, yolk sac, gestational sac
yolk sac, gestational sac, withdrawal method: If the second sonogram (11/18) showed a due date of July 1, then her last period must have been on September 25 and she must have ovulated on October 8 (if she had a normal 28 day cycle). She could have conceived on October 7,8,9, or 10. If she had a 30 day...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Determining sex by an ultrasound, male fetus, sonographer
male fetus, sonographer, sonogram: I found that the best time to accurately see the gender of the baby is after 20 weeks gestation. However, any time that the sonographer can identify a penis or a scrotum is the best time. Often, prior to 20 weeks, it is difficult to identify the genitalia...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dextromethorphan and pregnancy, cough medicines, cough medication
cough medicines, cough medication, dextromethorphan: Dextromethorphan is used as an anti-cough medication and is safe for use during pregnancy. However, be careful when using it in alcohol-based formulas because alcohol is dangerous for use during pregnancy. Use of dextromethorphan in candies, lozenges, and...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: DISCOMFFORT, glucose tolerance test, low lying placenta
glucose tolerance test, low lying placenta, fetal heartbeat: If the sonogram showed that you are 16 weeks gestational age with a good fetal heartbeat, it does not matter if you feel like you are much bigger. Usually, a low lying placenta will move away by 22 weeks, so you should repeat the sonogram at around 22 weeks...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Diabetes during Pregnancy, glucose tolerance test, insulin therapy
glucose tolerance test, insulin therapy, gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes is a disease of pregnancy and usually disappears as soon as the baby is born. If you have diabetes during pregnancy, you have to keep your glucose within normal limits or the baby can be a stillbirth or become macrosomic (over 10lbs)...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Diabetes testing, glucose tolerance test, history of diabetes
glucose tolerance test, history of diabetes, screening result: The purpose of the 3 hour glucose tolerance test is to see how quickly your body gets rid of a carbohydrate load. That is why we load your body with carbohydrates prior to the test. The 1 hour GGT was merely a screening test to see what your glucose was at...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Diabetes, uncontrolled diabetes, type 1 diabetes
uncontrolled diabetes, type 1 diabetes, normal delivery: Uncontrolled diabetes can cause fetal wastage (miscarriage or stillbirth) or macrosomia (very large babies). However, if you are well controlled by diet and insulin, you should have no problem carrying a pregnancy to term and having a normal delivery. There...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Diabetic pregnancies and cesareans, diabetic pregnancies, hestorectomy
diabetic pregnancies, hestorectomy, sex etc: A cesarean section does not have the morbiditiy or recuperation time that a hysterectomy has. It is so commonly performed now and one of the most common reasons to do a cesarean is due to large baby of a diabetic mother (macrosomia). She will be in the hospital...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dialated to Four, dialated, contractions
dialated, contractions, cheri: Hello Sara. I personally walked around for three weeks at four cm. dilated. When you actually DO enter active labor, it won t take long for birth to happen, most likely. Just be patient and let mother nature decide when the time is right. All the best- Cheri...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dialating, mucus plug, dialate
mucus plug, dialate, intense pain: The pain is due to pressure. You still have a few weeks to go before starting labor. When you have contractions, every 5 minutes at the level of your belly button, and each one lasts for at least 45 seconds, and this continues for an hour, then your cervix...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dialation, contractions, last period
contractions, last period, third child: Since this is not your first baby, it is common to dilate before you go into actual labor. Labor is defined as having contractions more freqent than every 6 minutes (from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next contraction) at the level...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dialation and efacement, dialation, great shape
dialation, great shape, bedrest: Rebecca, Congratulations on your pregnancy! You could carry to full term. I doubt you will, but it is possible. With both my previous pregnancies I was 3 cm dilated and 2 cm dilated for WEEKS prior to delivering. I was also 100% effaced. There is...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dialation Questions, prolapsed cervix, multiple pregnancies
prolapsed cervix, multiple pregnancies, kegel exercises: Dear Jennifer, Cervical prolapse is a condition that can occur with multiple pregnancies and can also be hereditary. Kegel exercises can help to lessen this. But depending upon the degree of the prolapse, it may need surgical correction at a later date....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dialation, mucus plug, point hope
mucus plug, point hope, dilation: Hello Nitra, no, dilation happens whether the plug has shifted or not. In fact the dilation CAUSES the plug to shed. If you could see the whole plug at one time, it is about a half cup of bloody mucus. Most women pass small bits of it in early labor and the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Diarrhea during early pregnancy, diarrhea during early pregnancy, food poisoning symptoms
diarrhea during early pregnancy, food poisoning symptoms, mild diarrhea: There can be many causes for diarrhea or copious bowel movements other than pregnancy. I would suggest that you try Kaopectate, Lomotrin, or Imodium if you are having diarrhea. In addition, try to keep replacing any fluids you lose. If your last period started...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Diet and Pregnancy, menstrual period, 33 years
menstrual period, 33 years, weight watchers: If you have lost 30 lbs and are pregnant, you should go on some sort of maintenance (like weight watchers maintenance diet) so that you will not lose or gain any weight. It is not good to lose any weight during pregnancy because we have no way to know if you...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dieting before pregnancy, placental abruption, sympathomimetic drugs
placental abruption, sympathomimetic drugs, pregnancy complications: Dear Helena, The three active ingredients in Hydroxycut are ephedrine, caffeine, and aspirin - none of which are recommended in pregnancy. Caffeine can be ingested in small doses (a few cups of coffee or soda a day, etc,..) but not in high concentrations...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Difference in Asian and Western Women, old wives tales, wise tales
old wives tales, wise tales, native beliefs: Hello Kevin, Please know right from the start I mean not direspect to your wife and her native beliefs. People in other countries often have beliefs that have no medical facts behind them. In the United States we often refer to these as old wives...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Different types of births, cesarean birth, vaginal birth
cesarean birth, vaginal birth, pelvic floor: An episiotomy is an incision that is made in the perineum (between the opening of the vaign and the rectum) in order to facilitate the delivery of the baby through the vagina. A vaginal birth is merely the delivery of a baby through the vagina. A cesarean...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Difficulty having sex, vaginal yeast infection, treatments for yeast infections
vaginal yeast infection, treatments for yeast infections, vaginal secretions: Dear Ashley, More often than not during pregnancy women have increased vaginal secretions. The dry feeling and irritation you are experiencing leads me to think you MAY be experiencing the symptoms of vaginitis and/or a vaginal yeast infection. Pregnant...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Diflucan and Pregnancy, yeast infection, mediction
yeast infection, mediction, detrimental effects: Diflucan is a category C mediction and it can be used during pregnancy if the potential benefit justifies the possible risk. There have not been any adequate or well controlled studies in pregnant women. In rats, doses of 50 times the normal human dose have...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dilatation and Curettage, dilatation and curettage, birth control pills
dilatation and curettage, birth control pills, irregular periods: What is the reason that your doctor wants to perform a D&C? If you have periods that start on the 8th of each month, and last for less than 14 days at a time, there is no reason to have a D&C. A cycle is considered normal if it is 21-35 days (from the first...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dilated at 21 weeks, cervix length, signs of preterm labor
cervix length, signs of preterm labor, baby in breech position: As long as the sonogram showed your cerviix to be at least 3cm long with no funneling, you need not be on bedrest. Bedrest has always been recommended if you have cramping, or shortened cervix,ot any signs of preterm labor (more than six contractions per...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dilated cervix, mucus plug, streaks of blood
mucus plug, streaks of blood, red streaks: Dear Lissette, A 1+ would be between a 1 and 2cm - a bit more than 1cm. So...it is starting for you! :-) Please remember that the effacement, or thinning out, of the cervix is just as important as dilation. Don t get discouraged about dilation not happening...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dilated & Effaced at 35 weeks, first time mom, mucus plug
first time mom, mucus plug, vagina area: HELLO! This is very exciting indeed! A first time mom can labor a long time, and be in pre-labor (as you are) even longer. You may carry clear to your due date even with these symptoms. Some women lose their mucus plug weeks before delivery some don t...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dilated & Effaced, now bleeding clots, braxton hicks, dark blood
braxton hicks, dark blood, black blood: You can have clots and dark blood after a pelvic exam. When you start to have regular contractions at the level of your belly button, that occur every 3 minutes (from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next contraction) and each contraction...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dilation and Effacement, dilation and effacement, 75 effaced
dilation and effacement, 75 effaced, mintues: Usually, for a woman having her first pregnancy, she will not go into labor until 39-40 weeks gestation, and may even not go into labor uhtil up to 42 weeks, after which her doctor will induce her labor. It is quite common to have the cervix dilate to 1-2cm...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dilation and effacment, preganancy, dilation
preganancy, dilation, cheri: Hello Jennifer- your info tells me that your body is getting ready for birth, BUT you could still easily carry this baby well past your due date. Babies come when the time is right- NOT when WE want them to- unless you allow a dr. to interfere. I do NOT suggest...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dilation, early signs of labor, signs of labor
early signs of labor, signs of labor, dilation: Hello again Stacy. I walked around 4cm dilated with my first child for 3 weeks. There are no set rules Stacy, every body works in it s own way. Your most important task in the next several weeks is to trust that your body knows exactly when this baby needs...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dillated and fustrated, lol., irregular contractions, fustrated
irregular contractions, fustrated, lots of sex: Hello Sabrina. You may have delivered by now, but just in case- try having lots of sex, nipple stimulation, long walks. I know it is frustrating, but this is partly how mother nature prepares us for the jumbled life of living with a newborn. All the best-...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Discharge, late pregnancy, prenatal classes
late pregnancy, prenatal classes, vaginal discharge: Hello Jenni- your vaginal discharge is perfectly normal- as you would know if you had taken prenatal classes. I would be really interested to know WHY you didn t take them OR if you DID - who taught them. I seem to get a LOT of questions that make me suspect...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Discharge, watery vaginal discharge, foul odor
watery vaginal discharge, foul odor, foul smell: If cultures have been negative and there is no itching, the discharge appears to merely be a regular secretion. This not uncommon and will not cause you any harm. I am concerned, however, that it has a foul odor to it. Are you sure that it is not just a strong...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Discharge, vaginal ultrasound, bacterial cultures
vaginal ultrasound, bacterial cultures, old blood: If all bacterial cultures have come back negative, then you should not use antibiotics to try to treat this discharge. It may merely be old blood coming from the uterus. It may be normal secretions of the vagina. Usually, if it is BV, metronidazole (500mg...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Discharge, 10th week of pregnancy, week of pregnancy
10th week of pregnancy, week of pregnancy, weeks of pregnancy: Hi Nicole, Generally speaking spotting can happen, and is common during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, if you start to bleed heavily, or have severe cramping it can be an indication that something more serious is going on. Sometimes, when...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Abnormal Bleeding, low sperm count, sexual intercourse
low sperm count, sexual intercourse, pregnancy test: If you normally have a 32 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs 14 days PRIOR TO your first day of bleeding, or on cycle day #18. Therefore, if your last period started on June 3, you probably...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Discharge During Pregnancy, discharge during pregnancy, leak urine
discharge during pregnancy, leak urine, medical card: If she is just a few weeks pregnant then it is probably not amniotic fluid. She may have pressure on her bladder causing her to leak urine. She needs to be seen by a Dr. no matter if it can be afforded or not, her health is more precious than money. ...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Discharge during pregnancy, discharge during pregnancy, good luck
discharge during pregnancy, good luck: It is normal to have an increase discharge. Color, smell, and thickness is important to pay attention to incase of infection. As long as you do not have any itching or pain, smell, or bleeding it is probably just normal pregnacy increase. Good luck...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Discharge, vaginal discharges, candida albicans
vaginal discharges, candida albicans, antibiotic creams: You can only become pregnant if you had unprotected sex at the correct time of your cycle (either by intercourse or by his ejaculating on your skin in the area of your vagina, if the skin was wet). If you have a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of your...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Discontinuing Nuva Ring, home pregnancy test, nuvoring
home pregnancy test, nuvoring, sore breasts: The first few cycles after stopping any hormonal birth control method can be irregular. If your last period started on July 25, and you started your period on August 17, this cycle is 24 days long, which is within normal limits. I do not think you need another...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dizziness, vaso vagal reaction, fetal heartbeat
vaso vagal reaction, fetal heartbeat, sudden dizziness: It sounds like you had a vaso-vagal reaction after the shower. It could have been the change in temperature or in your position. As long as you did not pass out for too long a period of time, it will not affect you or the fetus. Certainly, I would have the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dizzyness , Convulsions in Early Pregnancy, headache migraine, constant headache
headache migraine, constant headache, loss of consciousness: Dear Cheryle, First, I want to apologize for the delay in answering (PC troubles)... Now, I am not going to presume to try and diagnose you from this forum, as that would not be appropriate. My first thought was that I would assume that they have made...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: DNA testing, dna lab, dna testing
dna lab, dna testing, amniocentesis: Yes, paternity can be test during pregnancy. A swab is taken from the suspected father s mouth. A swab is taken from the mother s mouth. Some fluid is taken from around trhe baby (amniotic fluid). This is sent to a special DNA lab. The cost is around $1500....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Doctor doesn't remember doing tubal- late period, pregnancy test, monthly period
pregnancy test, monthly period, htn: HI Melissa, it is certainly strange that the doc has no record or recollection of a surgery, go to the hospital and they should have a record of it if it was done. YOu are allowed to get your records. THe answer to your question is it also depends on the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Doctor Visits, prenatal appointment, doctor visits
prenatal appointment, doctor visits, midwife: Hello Vanessa. Many drs don t want to see you until you are 8-12 weeks along. You would have to call the office and ask what they want. I would suggest you consider seeing a midwife instead- she will be much more interested in seeing you early and she will...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Doctor visit, best time to take a pregnancy test, sexual intercourses
best time to take a pregnancy test, sexual intercourses, smear test: If you have a normal 28 day cycle (from the first day of your period until the first day of your next period) ovulation occurs on cycle day #14. You can ONLY become pregnant if you have unprotected sex on cycle day #13, 14, 15, or 16. If you did become pregnant...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dog Jumped on Stomach and 12 weeks pregnant, spotting in early pregnancy, fetal heartbeat
spotting in early pregnancy, fetal heartbeat, abdominal muscles: The fetus is well protected in a sea of amniotic fluid surrounded by a thick muscle (the myometrium), which is further protected by your abdominal muscles and adipose tissue. It is extremely rare to have a placental tear if a 10lb dog jumps on your abdomen....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Don't know how to interpret the test results...., progesterone level, seman analysis
progesterone level, seman analysis, hasband: Based on the results you mentioned, you appear to be fine. Your tubes are patent and the semen analysis was within normal limits. Your progesterone level is a bit low, but that depends on when in your cycle it was done. I would keep trying with Clomid for...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: I Dont really know what is wrong with me, home pregnancy tests, stopping birth control pills
home pregnancy tests, stopping birth control pills, birth control pills: Dear Brittaney, If you have had a blood pregnancy test at Planned Parenthood and have done two more urine tests at home and all have been negative, I would suspect that you are not pregnant. The symptoms you describe are hormonal in nature and could...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Doppler, breech presentation, fetal movement
breech presentation, fetal movement, renting a home: Between 14-20 weeks gestation, you should be able to hear the fetsl heartbeat with the doppler if you place it on the center of your abdomen midway between your pubic bone and your belly button (directly in the middle). After 20 weeks, you will start to hear...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Downs Syndrome, trisomy 21, sign of down syndrome
trisomy 21, sign of down syndrome, risk for down syndrome: Nuchal transllucency is a soft sign of Down Syndrome. It is by far not definitive. The only definitive test is amniocentesis, where a karyotype is made and the chromosomes are examined for Trisomy 21. At your age, there is a very low risk for Down Syndrome...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Drinking and Birth Control, birth control pills, time effect
birth control pills, time effect, ovulation: The ingestion of alcohol will not cause any ineffectiveness in birth control pills. The pill works by preventing ovulation, if taken from the first Sunday after your period and if you do not miss any pills. It is not affected by alcohol. However, some antibiotics...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Drinking During pregnancy, fetal alcohol syndrome, early pregnancy
fetal alcohol syndrome, early pregnancy, whole time: Usually, if you drink heavily in very early pregnancy, you may have a miscarriage, but rarely will cause any harm to the develolpment of the baby. If you continue to drink heavily during pregnancy, you run the risk of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome with dire consequences...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Drinking during pregnancy, fetal alcohol syndrome, binge drinkers
fetal alcohol syndrome, binge drinkers, early pregnancy: If your last period started on September 25, you would have ovulated on October 8 and could only have conceived if you had unprotected sex on October 7,8,9, or 10. We do not know how much alcohol is safe. We do know that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome occurs with...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Drinking While Pregnant, fetal alcohol syndrome, wine drinker
fetal alcohol syndrome, wine drinker, glass of wine: Dottie, You are right to be concerned for your friend. Although some experts will still say a glass of wine a day is okay (especially in Europe) most studies show that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome can be caused by even a small amount of alcohol. Since she was a...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Drinking and smoking., baby thanks, 7 months
baby thanks, 7 months, congrats: GOOD NEWS! Most things you do before knowing you are pregnant do not matter much. (short of maybe cocaine or things of that nature) So don t spend the next 7 months worrying about that. It is done, you didn t know now you will do right! As far as the...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Drinking, fetal alcohol syndrome, drinking wine
fetal alcohol syndrome, drinking wine, glass of wine: The recommendation is to refrain from ALL alcoholic beverages for the entire pregnancy. No exceptions. No drinking at all. We used to allow one glass of wine or a cocktail per week around ten years ago, but it has been found that ANY amount of alcohol can...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dropped Bladder, prolapsed bladder, vaginal hysterectomy
prolapsed bladder, vaginal hysterectomy, recuperation period: If you have a prolapsed bladder it may be due to a prolapsed uterus or merely a severe cystocele. It should be evaluated. If you have no other problems, the best method of treatment is via vaginal hysterectomy. This will be done through the vagina and you...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dropping HCG levels, beta hcg levels, home pregnancy test
beta hcg levels, home pregnancy test, hcg level: In a miscarriage, the Beta HCG values usually halve every 48 hours. If the HCG values continue to drop in this manner, a sonogram is not necesary to make the diagnosis. YOu may or may not need a D&C to assure that the uterus is completely empty. If the cervix...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: "Dropping"/Painful sex @ 35 weeks, signs of a yeast infection, monistat 3
signs of a yeast infection, monistat 3, monistat 7: It is certainly common to start to drop at 35 weeks gestation. If you start to have contractions every 6 minutes (from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next contraction), and each contraction lasts (remains hard) for at least 45 seconds,...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dropping, paternity test, sonogram
paternity test, sonogram, last period: If Jamy is due on March 26, then her last period started on June 19 and she could only have conceived if she had sex on July 1,2,3, or 4. It does not matter if she is feelings contractions now or if she has already dropped. It is impossible to see any facial...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Drugs in pregnancy., cocaine exposure, cocaine use
cocaine exposure, cocaine use, achohol: Hi Megan :) Alot of pregnant ladies indulge before knowing they are pregnant. Alchohol consumption early in pregnancy is not usually a huge concern, unless drinking is continued. The risks are minimal that the baby would be affected, from 1 night of drinking....

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dry Sex, irregular period cycle, dry sex
irregular period cycle, dry sex, yellowish discharge: Although the possibility of pregnancy is present whenever sperm get into the vagina during the fertile period (cycle day #13, 14, 15, or 16), it is doubtful that you did get her pregnant ejaculating through your clothes. A yellow discharge may be a bacterial...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dry Sex, sexual interaction, dry sex
sexual interaction, dry sex, sexual intercourse: If any of your semen comes in contact with her vagina, thigh, or vulva, and it is moist, the sperm can swim into the vagina and she can become pregnant. If your clothes are dry and the semen does not get onto her skin or if you do not ejaculate, she cannot...

ObGyn/Pregnancy issues: Dry, lack of cervical mucus, hostile cervical mucus
lack of cervical mucus, hostile cervical mucus, robitussin: Dear Marty, Unfortunately, a side effect that sometimes happens with the Clomid is what is called hostile cervical mucus . It s essentially what you are describing. First - make sure that the Robitussin you are taking is Guaifenesin ONLY. Make sure...