U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free

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!

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Doctor Q&A

150 Answers
326 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Depends: Clomid (clomiphene) is usually taken days 3-7 or 5-9 of your cycle. That is counting from the 1st day of bleeding, whether or not you are bleeding at ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
No: You are probably having breakthru bleeding from the Progesterone pill. However, there may be something inside your uterus that is adding to the proble... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Now is OK: After a year, you should be ok to try to become pregnant. However, i would recommend prenatal vitamins now, a a frank discussion with your OB about wh... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Probably not.: If your periods are regular, and on time, you are probably close to 2 weeks out from your ovulation. Sperm lives about 96 hour so you should be safe. ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Probably not but ..: You probably changed the lining of the uterus with the pills you took, enough so you aren't pregnant.However, the best way to be certain is to do a bl... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
No: It is not terribly unusual to have bleeding post hysterectomy, but it is abnormal. Possible causes include a small collection of blood at the top of t... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes: Nordette (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) was the original pill and microgynon is the generic...They both have an estrogen, ethinyl estradiol, a... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Not abnormal: Many women experience break thru bleeding on the pill. If you have been on the pill for more than 3 months, i would suggest a slightly stronger pill, ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
It's the same: The average pregnancy lasts 280 days from the last menstrual period. Assuming that you released an egg on day 14 and got pregnant, your pregnancy woul... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Difficult.: If your LMP was june 21, your due date is march 28. But with irregular or long cycles, using numbers can be difficult. I would recommend an ultrasound... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes: Whether or not your partner ejaculates inside you, you are protected as long as you are taking the birth control pill correctly. The pill however, doe... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Maybe: Femhrt comes in 2 dose forms.1 has 0.5mg/.25mg synthetic progesterone/ estrogen. The other has 1mg/0.5mg. Spotting in a post menopausal woman can be c... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Nothing: An early abortion should not be associated with either wt gain or wt loss.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Pyridium (phenazopyridine): Try pryidium. You can buy it over the counter. Take 200 mg 3 times a day for 3-4 days. Don't freak out, it changes your urine bright orange.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes: Acetomenophen, tylenol, (acetaminophen) is safe in pregnancy as long as you follow the instructions and don't take more than is recommended.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Probably normal: Depending on the pill youare using, and your own body's response, your periods on the pill could be very light or even absent. On the pill, even 1 spo... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Withdrawel bleeding: When you are on an estrogen and/or a progestin containing pill, the hormones prevent bleeding from the uterus. Stopping these hormones usually cause b... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Outside the cell: When the changes of carcinoma in situ extend outside the bottom cells which are lined up in levels, it "invades" other parts of the tissue, therefore... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Uncomfortable: Bv is a common vaginal infection that causes vaginal pain and itching, and it usually has an odor. There are no long term problems with BV itself if l... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Maybe: Early pregnancies can have a cyst causing pain. It is fairly rare later in pregnancy but should be checked out by your ob.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Maybe 8-12 months: The average woman(if there is such a person) takes about 4 months to get pregnant if periods are regular and you have sex 2-3 times /week. More sex is... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Cervix opening: At this stage of your pregnancy the birth canal(cervix) is softening , shortening, and opening. You are probably feeling this process.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Hopefully not: Removal of the fibroid will hopefully allow you to have a normal pregnancy, although you may need a caesarean section depending on the extent of the s... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
None: Signs an symptoms of pregnancy usually don't start until the 5th or 6th week after the start of your last menstrual period, although an implantation ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Take both: It sounds as of you have break thru bleeding. If you keep taking both drugs, the bleeding will probably stop in 3 months or less. If not, see your dr.... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Depends on type: The internal healing after hysterectomy, traditionally takes six weeks. However, if you have a vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy, you will be up an... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
See a Dr.: Any kind of bleeding after a hysterectomy needs to be evaluated, preferably by a gynecologist. There a a number of causes. Old granulation o rscar tis... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
About march 8th: You ovulate 14 days prior to you next period.Most consider a period to be 28 day counting from the 1st day of bleeding of one to the first day of ble... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Blood: Serum is the component of blood that does not contain cells or clotting factors. It does contain electrolytes an proteins among its components.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Could be: This could be an ectopic pregnancy which is life-threatening. You need a blood pregnancy test, an ultra sound and a doctor. Ohter causes include less ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Probably normal: I would give the bleeding another coupl of months to subside. If it continues, you can change to a different iud (mirena), or tyr a short course of bi... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes: Mirena (levonorgestrel) is a great form of birth control, and will probably not hurt when it is inserted, especially if you had a vaginal delivery. Tr... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
A virus: A sexually transmitted virus called human papilloma virus is the cause of warts.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes.: Yes. Four stages of precancer can be treated. These include mild, moderate and severe dysplasia( CIN i, II , iii) and carcinoma-in-situ( very severe a... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Laparoscopy: A diagnostic laparoscopy can give a definitve diagnosis of endometriosis, and can lead to proper treatment depending on the extent of the disease.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Possibly: The warts are caused by hpv , a sexually transmitted virus. There are many subtypes. Warts are generally caused by a certain type. It is thought to be... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Maybe: If you have a strong family history of breast cancer, you may be at increased risk. Talk to your doctor regarding genetic counseling, specifically for... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Office visit: The IUD is placed in a small plastic tube. The lip of the birth canal(cervix) is held steady with an instrument, and the plastic tube is inserted thro... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Almost immediately: Commonly, women were told they could drive after 2 weeks. However, if not on narcotics for pain, it is safe to drive when you can move your foot from ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
See a Dr.: Abnormal bleeding can certainly be caused by benign or malignant tumors. It can also be caused by pituitary malfunction...And don't forget the possibi... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
No one best pill: Birth control pills are estrogen and a testosterone derivative called a progestin. This is true for all us bcps except progestin only pills, and a new... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Infertility: Gonorrhea is an std, reportable to state health agencies which require treatment.If not treated, it can be passed on to other parners. In women, it ca... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Sexual contact: Sexual contact with a person with active herpes can spread the infection to a partner, either genitally or orally. Some people have an active lesion a... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Cancer is possible: The least invasive hysterectomy is still a vaginal hysterectomy. This removes the entire uterus including the cervix. It is probably the safest method... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
It depends: There are various menopausal problems. They can include hot flashes, decreased sex drive, dry vagina, nervousness and irritability, depression, a feel... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes: The vaginal hysterectomy is still the safest, most non invasive method of doing a hysterectomy. Unfortunately, the procedure appears to be a dying art... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Immediately.: As long a no surgery other than vaginal repair was done, there is no reason you can't resume a normal diet after you deliver.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes: Any abnormality can be missed by a diagnostic procedure, but and ultrasound missing a significant ovarian cyst is very rare.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Yes: Endometriosis in the pelvis can cause rectal pain. More likely, the endometriosis can be on the surface of the rectum or it can invade the rectal tiss... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
May not be yeast: See your dr., other infections can mimic yeast, but won't respond to anti-yeast meds.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

3
Recommendations
440
Thank you notes
Oct 10, 2013
Excellent doctor. Great advice. Highly recommend.
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Flax is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Flax is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
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
HealthTap member
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
HealthTap member
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
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less