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Dr. Deborah Metzger

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Los Altos, CA
40 years experience female

Locations

Office

Los Altos, CA

Address

851 Fremont Ave, Los Altos, CA
Directions

Insurances accepted

Zurich North America

About

Bio

<P><B>Deborah A. Metzger, PhD, MD </B>is a gynecologist and reproductive endocrinologist whose major interest is the integrated treatment of women and men with complex medical issues including chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, chronic pelvic pain and vulvodynia. During the past 24 years, she has developed novel approaches to these underappreciated problems. </P> <P><B> </B>After graduating from college (SUNY @ Buffalo, 1973), she obtained a PhD in molecular endocrinology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas (1979). She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston (1982) and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (1986) and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (1988) at Duke University in North Carolina. She has served on the medical school faculties of the University of Connecticut, Yale, and Stanford. Currently she is Medical Director of Harmony Women’s Health in Los Altos, California.</P> <P> <SPAN>She has lectured extensively throughout the world, published widely in textbooks and peer-reviewed journals and is one of the editors of <U>Chronic Pelvic Pain: An Integrated Approach</U> (Saunders, 1998), the first book on the subject.</SPAN> <SPAN> She was also medical editor for <U>Stay Fertile Longer</U> (Rodale, 2003). In addition to her involvement in many professional societies such as ACAM, AAEM, and ILADS, she is a founding member and past-President of the International Pelvic Pain Society. </SPAN></P><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>

Specialties
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Doctor Q&A

49 Answers
2 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Vaginal infection: If you are referring to the genital area, it is possible that you have a vaginal infection. Your gynecologist can do an exam and determine if you do.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Odor, color: All women have vaginal discharge that is produced by the cervix and the vaginal walls as a type of natural douche. If your discharge changes a lot fr... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Lack of lubrication.: Vaginal dryness is the sensation that comes with a lack of the normal secretions and/or thinning of the skin in the vagina. There are many causes of ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Unpredictable.: The normal amount of time from the start of one period to the next is somewhere between 26 and 32 days. If your periods consistenly come outside of t... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Several things.: I am assuming that your periods are qute long. The normal length of a period is 3-7 days. If yours is longer than that, you should see your gyn to m... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
More than likely not: Abnormalities on mammograms are common. A radiologist can examine the mammogram and decide whether additional testing is indicated such as an ultraso... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Sxs but not pregnant: A false pregnancy occurs when a woman misses a period and has symptoms similar to those in early pregnancy such as nausea, increased urinary frequency... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Probably: If your cycle is 33 days every cycle, you get pms symptoms prior to your period such as sore breasts, water retention, or irritability and have mild c... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Not related.: Having your tubes tied or burned does not have any effect on your menstrual cycle. The brown spotting most likely is a little bit of leftover blood f... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes.: If your wife has a 30 day cycle, that means that her fertile days are between day 12 and 18. If you do the math, it means you caught the window of op... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes, it can.: If you had a cervical biopsy, the area where the biopsy was taken has to heal. Just as with any cut , if you disturb the scab, it bleeds.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Possibly.: A pet scan just indicates that there is an abnormality present . The biopsy is reassuring, but you need to discuss your concerns with your doctor and... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Very unlikely.: If you have regular periods, you release an egg 14 days before the start of your period. Having sex at that time has a very high chance of pregnancy.... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Many things: Right before your period is a vulnerable time for your immune system. Some options are to use continuous birth control pills so you don't have the sl... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Many things: Any vaginal bleeding during pregnancy should prompt an examination by your OB or midwife. It could mean that you have a cervical infection or a compl... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Irregular cycles : Taking Necon or any other oral contraceptive does not fix the problem causing the irregular periods. If you stop the pill, your periods will most lik... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes.: If the bleeding is less than a period and is tapering off, it is normal. However, if it is heavy, you should see the surgeon who performed the hyster... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Same thing,: Menstrual and pregnancy cramps are your body's way of getting things out of the uterus-blood or the baby. Cramps with your period are normal, but cra... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Getting close: As you approach your delivery, it is common for the baby to get into the right position to prepare for birth. This is a good sign.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
A lot of things: Many things can cause this. It could be a vaginal, cervical, or uterine infection. Other possibilities are a cervical polyp, hormonal imbalance or e... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Pregnancy?: If you have regular periods, what you have described could be symptoms of a pregnancy or ectopic. It is important that you get a blood pregnancy test... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Misery.: An untreated yeast infection can spread on the skin and cause constant itching and burning. The more important question is what is going on in your b... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Virus? Bad food?: It is likely that both of you have eaten some food that caused an infection or you have some virus because both of you have the same symptoms. See wh... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Not much.: Allicin, the active ingredient in garlic, has antibacterial activity so your use of it has some logic to it. However, just as not every antibiotic ca... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Not your usual.: Women are used to changes in their bodies during their cycles. Many women get a lot of mucous right before ovulation and some have a small amount of ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Bacterial vaginitis: Nitrofurantoin is a common antibiotic used for uti's. But vaginal infections can also give symptoms of a uti. Fluconazole is used to treat yeast inf... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes.: I had a patient who was due to get her period on her wedding day. By starting a progestin about a week after ovulation, we were able to delay her per... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Pretty high!: Sperm can last in the woman's reproductive tract for almost a week. If there is a sperm waiting for an egg as it is released, pregnancy can occur unl... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Endocrinologist: There are so many possibilities for the cause. It is important that you consult with a reproductive endocrinologist to have the cause of your symptom... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
No symptoms: Before they begin their period, girls have menopausal levels of estrogen, but have no symptoms. Once a girl begins having periods, her estrogen may r... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes.: Peppermint oil has traditionally been used to calm a queasy stomach, help with nausea, and ease gas. It is not toxic.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Normal.: While some women have menstrual cycles that are identical from month to month, as you get into your late 30's, your ovaries are not as consistent. Wh... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes: Phenylephrine is commonly found in over-the-counter cold and allergy medications. It is classified as pregnancy class c-animal studies show adverse f... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Possibly.: It is unusual for ovulation to occur so early in the menstrual cycle. The more important issue here is that the sperm can sometimes live in the woman... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Hormones in food: Foods that contain phytoestrogens (weak Estrogens produced by plants) include vegetables, legumes (beans), seeds, dairy, and soy. Anti-estrogenic f... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Unlikely.: With an hsv infection, a woman has painful sores around the vagina. Small itchy bumps could be due to a yeast infection. In any case, you should se... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Cyclic yeast.: Having symptoms of a yeast infection with each period are common in women. Some women use a yeast medication every month, or you could address sympto... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yeast are seen.: When a woman has symptoms suggestive of a vaginal infection, her physician will take some of the vaginal secretions and look at it under the microscop... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Probably boyfriend: Sperm can live in a woman's reproductive tract for 7 days. Medical studies have shown that a woman can ovulate at any time during the month, includin... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
See a gyn!: If your bleeding during your period is so heavy that your blood pressure is low and you have nausea and vomiting, you should see a gyn. There are so ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes: Paromomycin is a medication used to treat intestinal parasites. It is classified as pregnancy class c which means that either animal studies show a p... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Unlikely.: The most fertile time of the month is about 2 weeks from the start of your period assuming that you have a period every 28 days. If your periods are ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Vaginal infection: The presence of heavy discharge and fishy odor are symptoms of a vaginal infection. Over the counter medications such as Monistat will not address it... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
No.: Pregnancy and birth control do not change the rhythm of your cycle once you stop them. If you had irregular periods before getting pregnant, they wil... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Not a problem: The amount of alcohol in the peppermint extract is teeny-not even the amount in a sip of wine. Enjoy your ice cream!
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes.: It is very common to have bleeding around the time of implantation which is sometimes mistaken for a period. Repeat the pregnancy test in a day or tw... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Periods: Menopause is a time when the ovaries stopped producing estrogen. The symptoms of hot flashes, pain with intercourse, and droopy breasts. In women of... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes.: Weight changes can interfere with your menstrual cycle. However, weight gain occurs for a number of reasons including diet and stress which also affe... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Breast development: The first period usually occurs sometime between the ages of 10 and 13. For a year or two before the first period, your daughter will notice the gro... Read More

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Aug 4, 2013
Great responses. Recommend highly.
HealthTap member
Jun 21, 2013
Back between 2003 and 2006, I underwent few treatments for IC, Endo and abdominal pain. My surgon recommended me to Dr. Metzger and she was able to help me identify the root cause for my problems and ...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Metzger is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful. I did pushups..80 to be exact and 2 weeks later I still hurt in left shoulder blade ribs and chest.
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Thx! I have fibroid and endometriosis. I stopped all meds while TTC, and at the verge of giving up as it's been so frustrating and miserable
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My periods are always messed up. The month of July, my period lasted literally alll month. That's why I'm scared.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical School at Houston, TX
Graduated 1982MD

Awards

Please see complete CV at www.harmonywomenshealth.com
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