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Dr. Michael Flax

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Albuquerque, NM
46 years experience male

About

Bio

I practice general Gynecology. I am board certified i OB/GYN, but quit practicing OB 3 years ago. I am board certified in OB/GYN, and have been in practice for 30 years with a particular expertise in Laparoscopy, Menopause, and the dying art of least invasive Vaginal Surgery. Office is on time!

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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Doctor Q&A

191 Answers
419 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Both: Cold sores around the mouth are very common, exacerbated often in sunlight, and are caused by the herpes virus.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes: Miscarriage and spontaneous abortion are the same. Spontaneous abortion is the medical term. Miscarriages are quite common, but less so at 13 weeks. I... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes: By kissing, by touching the sore and then touching the genital area, or by oral sex.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
HPV is a virus: Hpv is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause changes in the female birth canal cell that can lead to cancer of the cervix. There are many strain... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Probably infection: A fishy smell is usually caused by bacterial vaginosis (bv). However it might be associated with other infections as well, including chlamydia.Best ch... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Not enough Info: An ovarian cyst is normal in pregnancy. Unless it is very large and or causing pain, it should not be removed as it is sustaining the pregnancy. At 12... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes: Originally called the yuzpe method, it is very effective. An offshoot of this method which has been around since the 1970s, is the Plan B method, now ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Not enough Hormone: The test relies on the presence of a pregnasncy hormone to be positive. If ther is a question, then there is not enough hormone to be sure. Wait 1 wee... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Probably normal: Women will often get "break-thru bleeding" on the pill. If this bleeding is within the first 3 packages ignore it. If after the first 3 packages, or i... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
2-6 weeks: After a pregnancy is terminated, bleeding irregularly usually last from 2-6 weeks.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
No: your previous abortions should not affect the viability of your recent miscarriage, although it RARELY could affect how long you carry a baby(prematu... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
No: Probably not. Ovulation occurs 14 days prior to your next period with regular cycles.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Endometrial bx: Any abnormal bldg should be investigated. A thorough history and physical exam, especially a pelvi exam should be done. I would also suggest an endome... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Check labs see Dr: I would first rule out a pregnancy.I would then do some blood work like a thyroid screen, prolactin, fsh for menopause, and then an ultrasound after h... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Depends: If your dates are correct, then an HCG at 56/7 weeks should be higher and might indicate a chemical pregnancy or a miscarriage. However, if your dates... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Normal: It is likely that the iud is in place, but see your dr. You certainly could be pregnant, but likely the strings were left too long, and need to be sho... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Maybe: If your period is on time it is likely you are not pregnant. If you are on the pill, this may be a cause of your light period. To be absolutely sure, ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes: Increased progesterone, early in pregnancy can cause, in very rare cases, uterine prolapse. Combined with 4 deliveries, it certainly could happen. You... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
No: If you are gaining weight, baby has moved and is still moving, and you are having no problems, there is no reason to do an ultrasound now. Developing... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Uterus: The womb is the inside of the uterus where a baby develops.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Estrog amt not known: The 2002 study showed and increased risk, not an occurance of breast cancer, presumably due to the pro part of prempro (conjugated estrogens and medro... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
See a Dr.: There are many reasons for a breast discharge and a mobile lump. Although rare, this could be cancer, . This diagnosis should be eliminated, then yo... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Possibly: Any abnormal bleeding should be checked out for pregnancy. There is always a chance of a tubal pregnancy. However, you have not said whether you are u... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
You can feel it: If your uterus is falling out(prolapse, you can typically feel a hard substance like the end of your nose, low down in your vagina or almost falling o... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Cervical lesion: If a pap smear comes back abnormal, looking at the cervix with a microscope and taking a biopsy of the abnormal area is often done to rule out cancer ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Local estrogen: Depending on your age and past history, a very small amount of local estrogen cream in your vagina once a week should easily prevent atrophic vaginiti... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Immediately: If you have gonorrhea, you can pass it on with sexual contact. There is no incubation period.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Laparoscopy: The definitive diagnosis of endometriosis is by diagnostic laparoscopy.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes: You are probably protected from day 1 if you started your pills after a period. However, i like the way you think. I tell my patients to use condoms u... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Can figure it out: Count back 12 weeks and 4 days. That will be the 1st day of your last period. If you know the first day, you don't have to count back. 14 days after t... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
2 weeks: After an early miscarriage, 2weeks is usually long enough to heal, but use contraception until you have a normal period.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
5-6 weeks: Usually, morning sickness, that can occur at any part of the day or night doesn't occur until after 6 weeks when rising Progesterone levels approach "... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Take at end of pack: You can take the 3 pills at the end of the 3rd week, then take the last 7 pills. This will set your schedule to a sunday start. To be safe , i would u... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Maybe early labor: At this time in pregnancy you could lose your mucous plug, and you could be feeling cramps as the birth canal begins to thin and soften in preparation... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Some: Vaginitis is usually caused by yeast, bacteria, small organisms or lack of estrogen. Any one of these can result i discharge wit or without odor, itch... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes: Sperm regenerates every 96 hours or so. It is possible that your sperm count is too low to fertiize an egg. Sexual intercourse with ejaculation 2 to 3... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Change pills: I would recommend your taking a pill for 2 1/2 cycles. If you have breakthrough bleeding after that, i would talk to your dr. The pills have the same ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes: You can start the pill at any time, but i would make sure you're not pregnant by a blood test, as a urine test might not pick up an early pregnancy. T... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Bowel: Various bowel problems can cause lower abdominal cramping and should be evaluated by your dr. Ovarian cysts can cause cramping in the genital tract if... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Ulcers pus Lg nodes: It is a sexually transmitted disease from tropical and subtropical areas usually associated with drug use, prostitution, syphilis and aids. Large geni... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Heart Disease: The #1 cause of death in women is heart disease. It is a universally under-appreciated problem, but specifically in the United States. Diet, excercise... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Really important: After 40, you should be tested every year even with no family history.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes: In the US, there are two vaccines for human papilloma virus. There are many strains of HPV. Some are more virulent than others.One vaccine prevents 4 ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Adenomyosis: Sometimes the lining of the uterus invades the muscle of the uterus causing pain &/or bleeding. This is usually seen in women who have had children. T... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
An enzyme deficiency: Some women are born with an enzyme deficiency which prevents them from ovulating regularly. As a result, an egg begins to develop but doesn't release ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Interventional radio: An interventional radiologist in a free standing radiology office or in a hospital does the procedure as an outpatient.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Plasic surgery: Women with large breasts often have back and neck pain, and often have to wear a bra in bed. Life style is often affected. If you havebreast pain, bac... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
No: Although inflammation can cause an abnormal pap smear, by far, the most common cause of an abnormal pap smear is a sexually transmitted virus called h... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Abnormal colon mass: Colorectal cancers are the second leading cause of death in women next to heart disease. You should check for rectal bleeding at age 40 and yearly the... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Excess testosterone: All women have male hormone, testosterone, in their bodies. An excess can cause acne. This is oftentreated with estrogen, commonly in oral contracepti... Read More

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Oct 10, 2013
Excellent doctor. Great advice. Highly recommend.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Flax is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Flax is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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I have never been sexually active, Im 16. Ive been having these cramps for a year now, only had my period for three, never had cramps. And aslo my period is still irregular. Now its every two weeks f...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Im 33 and have bad acne for the past couple of years I just had a baby and it cleared up around 28 weeks pregnant making me think hormones
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! How ever I took home prgo test and they were negative. Should I still get a blood test?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, NS
Graduated 1975MD

Residency

University of Western Ontario

Residency

West Viginia University

Awards

Outstanding Clinical Professor 2010
Top Doctor, First Place, Albuquerque, NM - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, New Mexico - Winter
2013

Affiliations

CAOG, ACOG, NMMS, GAMA
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