Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact our offices immediately, and we will verify whether you have a sexually transmitted disease or not. Early treatment typically helps to reduce the effects of a STI. Refrain from any sexual activity until you have received a diagnosis and discussed treatment options with your physician. Regular screening is a major component of healthy living, as some STIs do not show symptoms.
If you are sexually active at the time that you miss a period, you should take a home pregnancy test immediately. If you are using hormonal contraception, a missed period could be a side effect. If this condition persists for more than three months, whether or not you are on contraception, you should contact us.
Exercise during pregnancy is important, but it requires a fine balancing act. Workouts should not be overly strenuous, involve a risk of falling or require excessive physical activity. Your physician can provide additional guidance, but a good rule to follow is to avoid any activity that might require you to monitor your heartbeat.
If you become pregnant, and you are taking prescription medication, it’s important to discuss these medications with our team of physicians. Please schedule an appointment as soon as you can.
Pregnancy can be a complicated time in a woman’s life. It’s full of celebration, and complicated changes to the body. Your first step is to setup an appointment with our obstetricians. Their job is to walk you through what the next 9 months will bring for your life. Our goal is a safe and happy delivery, and we will be with you every step of the way toward that end result.
Emergency contraception, commonly called “the morning after pill”, is designed to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex has occurred. Physicians recommend usage as soon after sexual activity as possible in order to maximize the effectiveness of the dose, but taking the pill up to 72 hours after sexual activity is acceptable. Additionally, it’s important to note that this pill does not terminate or abort any existing pregnancies. Schedule a consultation with our trained physicians to answer any questions you may have.
Infections are not something to put off, or wait. They can quickly become complications, and patients are encouraged to call us immediately if an infection is thought to be occurring. Our team will diagnose the problem and suggest a range of treatments with the focus on your health and wellness.
PAP tests can begin to show effective data at the age of 21. Depending on familial discretion, screening for sexually transmitted diseases and contraception can be provided earlier, but it’s important to consult with physicians on this topic.

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