Dr. Michael Flax

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Albuquerque, NM
48 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

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326 Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
No: A normal person without heavy bleeding or other metabolic problems shoulbe able to tolerate a multivitamin dose of iron without any hormone problems.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Probably immediately: The pill is probably effective immediately...But i would recommend you use barrier contraception (condoms) until you finish the first three weeks of y... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Biopsy: At the age of 50, with abnormal bleeding, it is absolutely imperative that you have a d&c(scrape of the uterus) or an endometrial biopsy(more commonly... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Many ..age related: Cancer or precancer. See your dr, especially if over 35. Abnormal thyroid fluctuations in hormones during your cycle vaginal lesions cervical erosions... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Go to urgent care: If no dr, go to urgent care. You can try an antifungal, but it's best to have a diagnosis and cause before treating, especially with the prevalence of... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
No: It is likely that your month long period(s)are causing your low iron. Your period(s) are abnormal. There are many reasons for this, and is affected by... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Possibly 2: Ortho makes several birth control pills, but pills can be discussed in general. All pills in the US except one have ethinyl estradiol, a synthetic est... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Brain, genital tract: The pituitary gland stimulates the ovaries to release an egg. It generally occurs monthly. The ovaries produce hormones which cause the lining of the ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Feel for the strings: Strings are attached to your iud. Reach into your vagina until you feel something hard like the end of your nose.This is the cervix or birth canal. Y... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
3 benefits 4 teens: 1. Treats acne 2. Controls heavy bleeding 3.Controls painful periods 4.(these can be benefits for non-teens).
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
A PAP Smear: The cervical smear is a test for changes in the birth canal caused by human papilloma virus. If the smear is abnormal, these changes may lead to preca... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Maybe, see your Dr.: Depending on your age and the number of chilren you have, there could be a number of causes. A few causes are: primary dysmenorrhea(painful periods) c... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes: Typically, endometrial cancer develops through a series of precancer stages. And, typically these early stages are signaled by abnormal bleeding. If y... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Probably not: Probably not, although any birth control method can fail. Your chance of getting pregnant with the implant is very rare.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Depends: Endometrial cancer is usually a disease of perimenopausal or menopausal women. The cancer usually goes through precancer stages, so any abnormal bleed... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
No: Some people get morning sickness and some don't, even though they have been sick in previous pregnancies. Also, 6 weeks may be a little early to have ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Probably not: It is doubtful you are pregnant, but if you get pregnancy test you will know for sure.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes: Although a pregnancy with an iud is uncommon, it could happen.Other causes include nipple stimulation during sex, thyroid problems, problems with your... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Estrogen replacement: Ert , estrogen replacement therapy, desribes using the hormone estrogen in women who are low in estrogen lie those who have no ovaries and uterus, and... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes: Some drs feel that Femara is a better ovulation inducer than clomid (clomiphene). You can take one or the other, but i would stick with your doctors e... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Ovaries removal: Bso is a surgical term, bilateral salpingooophorectomy, or removal of both ovaries.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
No: A lead apron over or at the level of your hips shields your uterus and ovaries. It is unlikely that 4 chest x-rays would harm your ovaries anyway as t... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Pituitary hormone: Gnrh= gonadotropin releasing hormone is a hormone made in the hypothalamus of the brain involved with release of hormones involved with ovulation.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Blood test: A rubella titer measures whether you are having, have had , or never had 3 day measles, or have had the vaccine. It measures antibodies in your blood ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
No: Dehydration should be avoided in nonpregnant and pregnant women.Adequate fluid intake is important for a healthy pregnancy.
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Doubtful: 4 days is very quick to experience pregnancy symptoms. I would suggest you use protection until your period is due. If you miss your period, then i wo... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Possibly: If you are a wek early for a period, you could have an implantation bleed( embryo burrowing into wall of uterus) or this could be a sign of a tubal pr... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Probably not: One episode of pain with abnormal bleeding 6years ago at age 22 is probably nothing to worry about. Irregular periods, painful periods, pain in mid to... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Adrenal hormone: Dhea= dihydroepiandrosterone is an adrenal hormone.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Stop Monistat.: You may have an allegy to monistat. If you are sure this is yeast, you can treat this with an oral pill called diflucan (fluconazole). If not, see you... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Check for ectopic: "flax's law", if you have abnormal bleeding, and you are in the child-bearing age, it is a tubal pregnancy until proven otherwise. This can be life-th... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Any movement is ok : Movement at 24 weeks is normal, without counting. At 28 weeks, i would want at least 15 movements per day in general.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Need tests: You ovulate 14 days prior to your next period. It is difficult to know this if your periods are irregular. You may have thyroid disease or polycystic ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Metformin/estrogenOC: An estrogenic birth control pill will help with your hirsutism. It will decrease new hair. Unfortunately, the hair you already have will have to be re... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Normal pregnancy: If the bleeding was due to implantation, the bleeding should stop, and the pregnancy should proceed normally.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Maybe: Wait until you are a week late, the check a first morning urine. If you are in a hurry, get a serum( blood) test.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Can Be: Plan b is a progestin. When you take it, then stop it, the reaction is called withdrawal bleeding, and you would expect to bleed. If either of your ne... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Probably not. : The iud is a safe effective form of contraception and should not cause you any pain with intercourse. If by some chance you do have pain, see your dr.... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
May be ovulation: When ovulation occurs, usually day 14 of a 28 day cycle, an egg is released from the ovary. That area in the ovary can leak fluid or bleed, causing cr... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes: Yes , but ther are age factors for you.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes: If you just stop breast feeding, your milk will dry up. Be sure not to stimulate your breasts during sex or by squeezing them to empty them. A tight b... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Start: Probably due to plan b, but check a serum pregnancy test to make sure.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
afew more days: I would think a urine pregnancy test would be positive a week after a missed period. If you want to know sooner, get a serum (blood) test.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Regular?: If your periods, i.e. The bleeding was on time for your periods, probably not. But if bleeding was irregular, see your dr. A pregnancy test is accurat... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Get checkedby Dr.: Tis may be due to irregular bleeding from your pcos. However, with your history, an ectopic pregnancy must be ruled out, as this can be lie-threatenin... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Bleeding: Abnormal bleeding, usually heavy and /or irregular is the most common symptom of fibroids. However, pain , pelvic pressure or lower abdominal mass can... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
No: Vaginal dicharge after a birth is the same, regardless of the type of delivery unless the is a complication such as infection or heavy bleeding, altho... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Probably not: An ablation effectively removes the uterine lining. This prevents growth of the lining in response to hormones, therefore no cycles. However, an ablat... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes: A rectocoele is essentially a hernia. There is a weakness in the area between your vagina and rectum called the rectovaginal fascia. To repair this, t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Gyn: I would recommend you see a gyn for initial evaluation. If she or he has a cnp and feels you can be followed by non md, then i think that would be rea... 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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