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Dr. Robert Benner

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pittsfield, MA
34 years experience male

Locations

Office

Pittsfield, MA

Address

Po Box 1690, Pittsfield, MA
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

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Specialties
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages spoken

English, Turkish

Doctor Q&A

22 Answers
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Make sure it's yeast: Studies show that many "yeast infections" are bacterial imbalances or even normal secretions. During pregnancy, an increase in discharge is normal. It... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Normal distribution: A bell-shaped curve, also called a normal distribution, shows the variation of a measured value around a mean, or average. In the US, the average baby... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Minimal concern: Mucinex (guaifenesin) is guiafenesin, an expectorant-- a medicine to thin mucus so that it can more easily be cleared from the throat and sinuses. It... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
No: Most women who have had breast reductions will find it difficult to nurse, and some may find it impossible. There's no harm in trying but it is import... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
No: No need to change your routine. Shampoo is not absorbed into the body, and thus has no impact to a developing fetus.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Likely minimal: The drops which are sold at health food stores are probably a scam with no real active ingredients capable of being absorbed orally. The injections u... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Yes: The safest sex is sex with a single partner who has no other partners but you. If this is not your situation, then condoms are very important, as this... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
VBAC is usually safe: Vbac, or vaginal birth after c-section is usually a reasonable alternative to repeat c-section. There is approximately a 1% chance of a serious compl... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
No: Cats can carry toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection which can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Pregnant women should avoid cleaning the l... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
6 weeks: We usually recommend 6 weeks, but this is based on very little real research. Once bleeding has stopped and the incision is no longer too tender, gent... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Kinda complicated!: We all have a blood type such as a, b, ab, or o but also are either Rh negative or Rh positive. Rh incompatibility is when the mom is Rh negative and ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
No: Running with scissors is dangerous. Running in skechers is not. High heels and platforms are only "dangerous" in pregnancy if you fall or twist your... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Highly unlikely: There is really just a tiny amount of caffeine in most chocolate. Unless you are unusually sensitive, it is unlikely to keep you awake no matter when... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Oversensitive senses: The reasons for increased sensitivity to smells, and the cravings for and aversions to foods in early pregnancy are not clear. These probably had some... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
No: A vaccine can only prevent, not treat, rubella. However, a "positive test" usually just indicates that one is already immune, either due to prior inf... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Discuss your options: If the baby is breech at an early ultrasound, this has no significance. If it is in the last 3-4 weeks, then you have some choices to make. The baby c... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Yes: Constipation is a frequent complaint during pregnancy. Occasional laxative use is safe for relief of this common symptom. It is best not to become re... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
It will get better: Breast tenderness is one of the most common symptoms of early pregnancy. It is so common that it is the tip-off to some women that they are, indeed, p... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
If at all possible: Ct scans do expose a person to a significant dose of radiation, and the baby cannot be shielded if the scan is of the abdomen. Unless the CT is critic... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Try it and see!: One half tablet of doxylamine can be taken along with vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) three times daily for nausea of pregnancy. As a side effect can be slee... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Usually not needed: The two reasons for condom use are pregnancy prevention and std protection. No need to worry about the first! if neither of you have other partners, S... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
No: Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, and therefore a pregnancy cannot occur once this is done. A rare exception to this would be an ectopic preg... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Benner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Benner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Graduated 1988MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA
MD

Residency

Yale Bridgeport Hospital

Affiliations

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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