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Dr. John Kirk

Obstetrics and Gynecology
St. Helena, CA
28 years experience male

Locations

St. Helena Women's Center--Hidden Valley Lake

Hidden Valley Lake, CA

Address

18890 Coyote Valley Rd., Hidden Valley Lake, CA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

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St. Helena Women's Center

St. Helena, CA

St. Helena Women's Center--Napa

Napa, CA

About

Bio

After an undergraduate business degree at UC Berkeley, I attended Yale University Medical School and then served in residency at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles receiving a great diversity of experience and opportunity. After seven years in Los Angeles, co-founding and operating a laborist program at two major southern California hospitals, I moved to northern California to the charming Napa Valley. In Napa, my medical partner and I began a minimally invasive center for gynecologic surgery starting in 2002-2003. Since late 2003, we have been utilizing the robotic surgical platform known as the Da Vinci system from Intuitive Surgical. In many ways it had transformed our practice. It was here that I completed the first robotic hysterectomy in California and learned of the impressive benefits of this technology for our patients. Now having helped several hundred patients, and taught multiple colleagues the technologic advances of Robotic surgery throughout the United States, the opportunity to follow my heart back home to southern California came as a blessing.

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

Urogynecology

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

270 Answers
136 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Negative: Most pregnancy tests that use lines have one pink line for a control and a second that turns pink if the patient is pregnant. Yours sounds negative. ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
This is common but..: This is a common problem in pregnancy. Rarely it represents a deep venous thrombosis or blood clot. If in particular one side is more swollen than the... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Possibly: As our ocean's waves reflect the pull of the moon so to may our cycles of all sorts. There are no quality studies suggesting that women or men are mor... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Not correct. : As normal pregnancy is deemed to be 280 days or 40 weeks, you are not due on the same day eater you are 5 weeks apart. Sounds like a case of bad math.... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Risk of infection : When the timing of sex is around the mentrual cycle and there is significant pain afterwards, especially if associated with fever there is an increase... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
No: Not going to happen like that. Semen is too sensitive and the access to the cervix and uterus is not accessible in that fashion. Do be careful though.... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Many things: There are many things that can create a painless bump in the mons pubis or vulva. An inclusion cyst or blocked hair follicle can cause a painful or no... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Vestibulitis: These are common symptoms for patients with the vestibulitis of the vaginal orifice. The problem can often be treated by local injection, medication a... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Sure: Certainly the description you have left of the uterine fibroids can be treated by myomectomy. The approach for a myomectomy can be a traditional open ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Be checked asap: It sounds like a urinary tract infection with possible kidney involvement (pyelonephritis). You should see a doctor or urgent care center for evaluati... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Generally yes: This is a common response to Depo provera (medroxyprogesterone) use particularly at the start. You may bleed everyday for a month or two without conce... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Many options: Always a challenge, sleep in pregnancy can be truly difficult to obtain your adequate share. Medicines are sometimes used. Many are considered safe.... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Always possible but: Assuming your husband has had his sperm count verified to be zero, the risk is roughly one in a thousand per year of trying. Not zero but very small--... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Buy a test kit : When you have classic symptoms from a urinary tract infection (UTI) -burning with urination, frequency-- particularly if you have had a documented inf... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Absolutely. : That day and the next are your most likely days to get pregnant. Crampy and weird symptoms are probably likely secondary to the ovulation, but the ho... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
See the doctor: If the symptoms have not gone by now you should have your urine checked and be treated likely with antibiotics as indicated. The tissue can be from t... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Generally yes: It is common for colostrum and milk to leak during pregnancy. It can come on its own or be stimulated by sex play for example. If you find you are sta... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Depends: This of course is a matter of definition (if not religion and politics, as well). Generally, it is consider for these reasons an imprecise word. For... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Usually 12-14 days : In a typical 28 day cycle the peak fertility is between 12-14 days. Generally speaking pregnancy occurs before ovulation. This occurs 14 days before a... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Interesting possibly: Probably not that uncommon an act. Doesn't usually result in pregnancy, but it surely can. The quantity and health of the sperm are important to be a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
It : It is unlikely that you are pregnant but the timing of the testing is sometimes too early. The most recent urine based test kits available to the hom... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Yes, Allow recovery: Once you have recovered it is actually the best time to get pregnant. This is in part because the endometriosis is in check. Also, your tubes are us... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Verify the organisms: It is reasonable to obtain a genital dna probe analysis for yeast and bacterial infections. Not a test for everyone, but with your history it is appr... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
You : You should be treated if your sexual partner has the infection. As many as 75% of women have no symptoms. You can also check for the infection from t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Get checked/treated : Ouch! it sounds like a urine infection. If you do you will likely need treatment. Easy to check without difficulty. If you have a doctor relationshi... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Infection likely: What you describe seems very consistent with a vaginal infection or urinary tract (bladder) infection or both. The symptoms should motivate you to be ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Possibly not likely : Placenta previous very common in early pregnancy. Overtime the placental typically grows and moves up and out-of-the-way. Unless it completely covers ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Sure, other possibilities.: It is very common to miss, and certainly causes irregular timing of the periods a week or so early to two or three weeks late is very common.. With Pl... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Sure. Depends☀☔: What are you drinking. Even with water, that much, if not already dehydrated, can cause one to feel uncomfortable. More info is needed, though.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Depends : Fertility requires open and functional tubes, ovarian and brain hormonal coordination and normal sperm function. This all has to happen over the cou... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Timing is everything: While pregnancy can happen even in that first 10 seconds with so called preejaculation ("precum"), this is not likely for you if i understand the timi... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Many options: It seems to always be a challenge to obtain adequate sleep in this stressful life. Medicines are sometimes used. Many are considered safe. Use of ben... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Could be blood clot: A blood clot, though uncommon, is possible from vigorous oral sex or from an injury riding a bike or other impact related activity. It can also be a m... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Not likely: Given your specific timing and symptoms it is very unlikely you are pregnant. Check a pregnancy test (over the counter urine test) in 1-2 weeks to be... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Varying times. : There are more than 100 different types or hpv. Depending on where the infection is it may last as little as 6 months or as long as 10 years. Cervic... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
I : I disagree in some regards with the answer previously submitted to your question thus am responding here. First, hpv is extremely common with rough... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
This : This seems to be the question of the day so many are asking in one way or another. The answer is not so straight forward. On the one hand you as t... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Hard to know: The pregnancy test could still be positive from the miscarriage now being completed. It is also possible to get pregnant within about 3-4 weeks after ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Sure a bit: It is certainly possible to gain a small amount of weight with plan b. It is a type of progestin. Progestins commonly increase appetite and thus incre... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Treated?: Has she seen the doctor and us she being treated? This is imperative! this is a life threatening problem. The breathing difficulties can persist but... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Yes : Unless the test is defective or the patient is not pregnant the "hpt" pregnancy test will be positive. Unless I am misunderstanding your question?! th... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Possibly not likely: Early pregnancy can be checked easily by a pregnancy test. Current over the counter tests can in some cases (look at the label) determine if you are ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Common, labor?: The mucous plug can present for many reasons. It simply represents secretions around the cervical opening to the pregnancy. It is typically made up of... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Possible: While it is extremely uncommon for a woman to have three ovaries it is possible. More likely, when the ovaries were removed during the hysterectomy, ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Yes: While endometriosis is most commonly created by a retrograde flow of the menstrual fluids or period through the tubes into the abdomen, once it has ta... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
By infecting cervix: The human papilloma virus (hpv) inserts its dna into the human host's cervical cell's dna. It uses the growth factors from the human to reproduce itse... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Almost always: Symptomatic fibroids are one of the most common reasons for tor myomectomy (removing the fibroids from the uterus). Generally, these are covered if s... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Short urethra: The primary reason is a short distance between the outside of the urethra (where the urine comes out) and the bladder. The bladder is sterile (no bac... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Always reasonable: There are several reasons this may occur. Scar tissue, an inclusion cyst, or suture granuloma may have occured. There may be hypertrophic scarring o... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Scar tissue/hernia: If the area of your body where the ovary is located hurts when you cough it may mean that you have internal scar tissue. This is especially true if y... Read More

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Mar 18, 2013
Dr Kirk provides an exceptional public service on Health Tap. He clearly has a vast knowledge of obstetrics and gynecology. His responses are thorough, understandable and very helpful. I recommend Dr...Read More
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse Dr Kirk. The medical information he provides as a service to the public on AVVO.Com is accurate, sensible and very helpful. I look forward to reading his entries.
Mar 16, 2013
Dr Kirk's responses on Healthtap have impressed me. Excellent information combined with common sense and sensitivity. Job well done.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I had a LEEP done in november of 2012 my fiance and I have been trying to concieve since February of 2013 & it hasn't happened yet.
HealthTap member
How would I know if it has reached my kidney? Also, I have the white toilet ppr discharge ,why? And I'm currently taking Meds 5days.For Uti
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Thanks for the reply, im also having lowerback pains, lower stomach pains and side pains. Ive taken 2pregnancy test both neg. Could i though

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Yale University School of Medicine, CT
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Community Service Award
Top Docs
2010 Most Compassionate Doctor Award,

Affiliations

Saint Helena Hospital
Queen of the Valley Medical Center
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