Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get pregnant after stopping birth control?
- Depending on the type of birth control and other factors, it can be right away or take up to 3-6 months.
I am pregnant. When do I need to see a provider?
- Seeing your provider in the first trimester is a good idea. Some people need to see their provider as soon as they find out they are pregnant to monitor any issues that may need addressing.
When do I need to start taking Prenatal vitamins?
- As soon as you find out you are pregnant is a good time to start. If you have the benefit to plan your pregnancy, start at the time of your last menses. In general, vitamins once a day are a good idea.
I delivered by cesarean section with my last birth and am pregnant again. Do I need another cesarean section?
- No, Having a trial of labor and vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC) is often the safest way to delivery. Make sure to ask your provider if they offer VBAC when you first meet them.
Are their options other than epidural for relief during labor?
- Yes, there are many options available. They range from hypnobirthing and water birth to various medications and routes of delivery.
I had trouble breast feeding my last child. What is available to help me this time around?
- A lactation consultant as well as competent nursing care are great tools. Your provider should guide you in all of your options.
When should I schedule my first visit with an OB/GYN?
- In general, whenever you need to establish care and make an independent relationship with a provider is the time. They can offer advice on many health promoting aspects of your life.
When should I start getting mammograms?
- Age 40 is the time to start and may be earlier depending on risk factors.
I am having heavy periods and not sure what to do?
- Heavy periods can be due to one of many factors. There is help in sight. Most if not all the reasons for this are amenable to treatment.
What can I expect from menopause?
- Many women experience symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness and some have no symptoms at all. Regardless, your provider should guide you in this next phase of life smoothly.
I am interested in the weight loss program but have some medical issues. Can I still start the program?
- Yes. Some medical issues are ok to have as long as they are well controlled. Make an appointment to inquire more.