Dr. Douglas Lawson

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Portage, IN
30 years experience male

Locations

Office

Portage, IN

Address

3564 Scottsdale Street, Portage, IN
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Thursday: 830am - 430pm
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About

Bio

Board certified OB/GYN practicing in Northwestern Indiana.

Specialties
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages spoken

English

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2.1K Answers
37 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Menses: Many women have changes in their cycles after age 35. They can be heavier, shorter or you can skip them. Often times this is due to ovulation issues... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Fundal height.: For the first couple days post partum it should be just below your umbilicus (belly button) and then it progressively shrinks back to normal over the ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
not a myth: Because of how early we can now pick up pregnancies, we also see implantation bleeding more often. I wouldn't call it a myth.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Glandular changes: It could be some early fibrocystic breast changes, but many women do have breast pain and tenderness right before their period. Each month your body ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Typically weeks: If you don't treat primary syphilis it begins to get into the blood stream and cause secondary syptoms, typically 2-8 weeks after the primary lesion p... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Post coital bleed: Well, because it can be associated with pregnancy or cervical infections or STDs, I would get evaluated despite the timing.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Yes: You shouldn't miss more than 1 pill day per cycle, so I would recommend plan B.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
LH levels: Once you get a good strong positive ovulation kit result, you can stop checking. It takes a few days after you peak for LH to drop below the cut off ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Not likely: However, urine tests don't offer you the ability to see if your level is going up like a blood (serum) pregnancy test. Would be a good idea to call y... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Maybe: The low end of positive for some hpt's is as low as 15 and others 25. Check the insert on your test to find out which one. However, with such an exp... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Maybe: Many women bloat around the time of their period, but constipation can cause the same thing.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Didelphys: When your uterus is developing it starts as two halves that become one. If this doesn't happen properly you can have duplication of the uterus and so... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
You can: The concern with chlamydia is that it may cause damage to the fallopian tubes blocking eggs and sperm. Before getting too worried, maybe use some o... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Clot: I would start on a good form of birth control and have your doctor repeat an US in about 4 weeks to see if it is clearing. The main concern would be ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Most likely: I looked up this product and its likely safe for use. However, no can promise you safety until we see reports on users hand what there pregnancy outc... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Tachycardia: Your heart rate is not likely related to your cycle. You make have an issue with tachycardia.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Surgery: You need to ask if there is a concern over torsion at this size and the need for surgical treatment of a cyst this size to prevent torsion (which coul... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Probably just fine: You just have to avoid undercooked chicken and most of those market chickens are well cooked. If any of the meat appears pink in color it is undercoo... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Maybe: The problem is alot of women say they have braxton hicks when they actually describe regular contractions. Braxton Hicks are PAINLESS tightening. If... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Post coital bleed: Post coital bleeding can be a few things from a friable pregnant cervix, to vaginal infection, to an STD and just plain old uterine breakthrough bleed... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Symtpoms: Sounds like pregnancy actually. Especailly if you have irregular periods, you should be very careful about having unprotected sex. It might be time ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Amenorrhea: Women who use the pill or Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) may have up to a year of no menses after stopping it. However, once you are late... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Not the best: It can result in pregnancy, but is less successful than the traditional way of ejaculation into the vagina because of air killing sperm and the volume... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Bleeding: Not all bleeding is a period. This sounds like breakthrough bleeding. You may have had a cycle or two without ovulation, which thickens the lining a... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Precancer: At your age I am assuming you mean cervical precancer (dysplasia). Most cases of cervical precancer if watched closely after the HPV vaccine or even ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Test: Time to check a pregnancy test. This could just be PMS exacerbated by your skipped pills, but it may very well be you're pregnant from the same issue... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Sperm and semen: sperm start separating from semen shortly after ejaculation. In my fertility patients I tell them to lay back after he finishes with a pillow or cush... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Yes: It can cause scarring in the uterus (asherman's syndrome), cause infection of the lining of the uterus (endometritis), and is sometimes associated wit... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Depends: You're chances with using the kits is better than random unplanned sex, but no one can really give you exact percentage. Depends on what kinds of iss... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Pain: It may or may not be your IUD causing the issue. I would try some ibuprofen or advil and see if it passes (if not allergic of course). Lots of thing... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Either: It was sort of a waste to use plan B then have unprotected sex again. Bleeding about a week after plan B is common, but check a pregnancy test in a c... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Maybe: Most men produce a small amount of precum during sex and each drop has about 20 million sperm, so it is possible. I would check a pregnancy test.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Twin delivery: If the first baby isn't head down then c section would be the route to go. If you have mono-amniotic twins then the risk of still birth is high enoug... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Pull out: Pulling out is probably one of the worst ways to avoid pregnancy as it usually doesn't work. During sex men produce several drops of precum and each ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Post pill amenorrhea: It depends on whether your pregnancy test has a cut off of 15 or 25. You might want to repeat it in a few more days. In addition a fair number of wo... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Couple things: It certainly could be your appendix, so go get seen to rule that out. Otherwise it could be a torsion of a ovarian cyst, pelvic infection, bowel infe... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Possible: It's very possible, so its time to check a pregnancy test.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Weight: Some birth controls can cause weight gain. However, there are weight stable pills as well and of course non hormonal birth control won't have any wei... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Round ligament: this sounds like classic round ligament syndrome, which is a normal pregnancy symptom. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or acetominophen and rest usually help... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Depends: I'm not a pediatrician, but there may be a reason to do an inspection of the labia during a well child check or with complaints of rash in the genital... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Sometimes: Implantation bleeding varies for everyone. Bright red bleeding doesn't exclude it as a possibility.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Ablation: If you seriously don't ever want kids, I would suggest a tubal ligation and have your GYN do a novasure endometrial ablation at the same time. I know... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Inducing milk: You can try breast pump to induce more production. In addition a 7 day course of metaclompramide should also increase production.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Bleeding: Rule out pregnancy first and check a pregnancy test, even if on birth control. The other likely thing is that you didn't ovulate leading to breakthro... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Maybe: It sounds like you used plan B or some emergency birth control and this is not a good method of protection when compared to regular daily birth contro... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Not really.: combination birth control pills, nuvaring and the patch would regulate the hormones more effectively. Depo will cause a change in your hormones, I ju... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Annovulation: You may not have ovulated yet and this is usually associated with missed or late period and cramping. However, I would have your provider do a blood ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Call you OB: Most OB docs and midwives have an answering service. Call your docs office even though it is Sunday and usually the service will pick up or the messa... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Yeast: First, let you physician know its not getting better. You may have something else going on like diabetes or the rash may be something else. Cool dry... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Endometriosis: Endometriosis does have a genetic predisposition. If you haven't seen a gynecologist then it is time to discuss your pain and periods. You might nee... Read More
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Aug 14, 2014
Excellent HealthTap physician with educated, thoughtful, precise and in-depth answers. Great bedside manner. Highly recommend.
Nov 29, 2014
Dr. Lawson is a very knowledgeable and compassionate doctor. Always enjoy reading her insightful answers. Highly recommended.
May 27, 2013
Very expert responses.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I do appreciate your answering me. I work in healthcare. I needed to know what the possibilites could be since I cannot get into see my obgyn until July 28th. Thanks so ...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you so much for a quick and detailed reply. I appreciate you taking time from your schedule to answer my question. I've learned alot
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. I am having an ultrasound next week. My dr wasn't very concerned or attentive but due to my family history I want to be checked out further

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Indiana University School of Medicine, IN
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTERS

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Louisville, KY - Winter
2013
Top Obstetrician and Gynecologist, First Place, Kentucky - Winter
2013
Top Doctor, Second Place, Northwest Indiana, IN - Summer
2013
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