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Q: If I am on my period, should I reschedule my yearly appointment?

A: Yes, you will need to reschedule your appointment.

Q: Can I just come by and get a urinalysis done?

A: Yes, as long as you are current on your yearly appointments.

Q: Can I call and speak directly to a physician?

A: In order to respond to your questions more quickly, we have a nurse whose time is dedicated to taking phone calls, relaying messages to our physicians and then returning your call as soon as possible. Whenever necessary or when time allows, a physician may return your call.

Q: Since Medicare only pays for an annual exam every 2 years, do I have to come in every year?

A: The physicians recommend annual exams because some conditions – especially in mature patients – can develop rapidly. These may or may not be life threatening, but an annual exam allows your doctor to recommend life-style changes, treatment or procedures that can prevent more serious conditions, or relieve discomfort or inconvenience.

Q: I've started my period. Should I reschedule my transvaginal ultrasound appointment?

A: Started your period does not affect your ultrasound test unless bleeding is heavy. Otherwise, if you are comfortable having this exam during this time, you may keep your appointment.

Q: Can I see the same physician throughout my pregnancy?

A: Yes, you can. If you are more comfortable seeing the same doctor on each of your visits, that can be easily arranged. However, some patients prefer to see more than one physician. This allows them a wide range of opinions and expertise during their pregnancy, and a large percentage of patients who have had that experience seem to like it.

Q: Does Murray Woman's Clinic accept KenPAC patients?

A: Certainly. No referral is necessary for women who are expecting or who wish to have counseling regarding possible infertility issues or for advice on family planning.

Q: I've heard there is a new procedure that may eliminate the need for a hysterectomy.

A: You're probably referring to "endometrial ablation." Murray Woman's Clinic pioneered two different approaches to this procedures in the Murray area. This safe, in-office procedure may be accomplished in as little as 90 seconds (although your visit will take longer for your safety and comfort). In many cases, it eliminates the conditions that have traditionally been addressed through hysterectomy. Pleas see a more detail discussion in our website section on "Services."

Q: What does 'Board Certified' mean?

A: We know: we mention that often in our description of our medical staff. That's because, while any physician who is permitted by the state to practice medicine may be "licensed," it takes a great deal of effort, study and professionalism to be Board Certified in your particular specialty. Board Certified doctors – like all the OB/GYN physicians at Murray Woman's Clinic – are recognized by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as having been examined for their practices, experience, quality of care, and on-going educational efforts. You can learn more about Board Certification by clicking here.

Q: What do I do if my prescription runs out before my next annual exam is scheduled?

A: This is due to insurance protocol. Each year your annual exam appointment must be at least 1 year and 1 day after the date of the last visit. This is easily fixed by calling the nurse for a refill until your next appointment.

 

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Health Questions

Q: What medications can I take for a cold when I'm pregnant?

A: Some medications may present challenges for the unborn baby. Therefore, Murray Woman's Clinic, following the guidelines of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recommends:

  • Plain Sudafed (no decongestant medication added)
  • Plain Actifed
  • Tylenol Cold
  • For aches: Plain Tylenol
  • For a cough: Robitussin (without decongestant medication added)

Q: I had a baby 5 weeks ago, can I have intercourse?

A: You really should not have intercourse until you have had your 6 weeks postpartum check-up and make sure that everything is okay and back to normal. You can also request birth control at this time if you haven't discussed with anyone before.

Q: Why do I keep getting yeast infections?

A: Yeast infections are caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the vaginal vault. There can be many causes for this: diabetes, douching, etc. Sometimes frequent yeast infections can be a symptom of undiagnosed diabetes. If you have frequent yeast infections you should make an appointment for evaluation of cause.

Q: Can my partner and I pass a yeast infection back and forth?

A: Yes. Your partner should see an urologist for evaluation.

Q: I've had a blood clot in the past, what can I do about birth control?

A: Unfortunately any kind of hormone therapy is advised against after having a blood clot. Fortunately there are a few options at your disposal. If you are finished having children, a tubal ligation or Essure tubal occlusion may be for you. An IUD is another option. Call for an appointment to discuss which option is best for you.

Q: I leak urine when I cough or sneeze, what can I do?

A: There are many different reasons for leakage of urine. Your best option is to see a provider for evaluation.

Q: I am on birth control pills but my period started a week early, is this normal?

A: Yes this can happen occasionally and is nothing to be alarmed about if:

  • You haven't missed any pills.
  • You haven't been on antibiotics.

If this is this the case, just continue with your pills as normal.

If you have missed pills you may continue the rest of the pack as normal (you may have some abnormal bleeding or spotting the next month) or stop taking pills, have a menstrual cycle then start fresh pack.

If you have been on antibiotics and sexually active, it would be a good idea to take a pregnancy test. Antibiotics can lower the effectiveness of birth control pills.

Q: I think I have a bladder infection do you treat those and what do I need to do?

A: Yes, we treat urinary tract infections. If you are a patient and you have been seen in the last year, you may just walk-in for a Nurse Visit. If you have never been here or if it has been over a year, you will need to make an appointment.

Q: I had my first Depo Povera injection about a month ago. My period was heavy and long and now I am spotting every day, is this normal?

A: Yes, this is normal. The Depo Provera is thinning out the lining of the uterus so that eventually have lighter periods. This bleeding and spotting can last 3-6 months. Some ladies will experience spotting throughout their time on Depo. If dizziness, weakness occurs, call to make an appointment for evaluation.

 

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