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Dr. Hector Chapa

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dallas, TX
25 years experience male

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Bio

Dr Chapa is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker for advancement of women’s health care. He is a Board Certified ObGyn in private practice in Dallas, Texas. He currently serves as the Medical director for the Women's Specialty Center in Oak Cliff and is involved in minimally invasive gynecological research. He is a graduate of UT Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Hospital. He is a published author in women's health and is considered a key leader in hysteroscopic surgery. Dr Chapa has been an invited faculty member in Israel, Canada, The Netherlands, The European Union, South Africa, and the Middle East.

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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Doctor Q&A

357 Answers
266 Agrees
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Painful: Painful periods is called dysmenorrhea and affects up to half of all menstratimg women. NSAIDS work!
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Can be very normal : Pregnancy has multiple Breast affects. Darkening of nipples and areolas (the skin around your nipples), due to hormones that affect pigmentation of th... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Chronic Condition: Endometriosis is a chronic female condition where parts of the uterine lining (endometrium) sheds through the tubes and implants in the pelvic cavity.... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Probably not: If you are using your birth control correctly, pregnancy risk is low. Actually, some hormonal birth control may give nipple discharge. It's not all th... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Varies, average 12yo: The start of cycles is called menarche.Girls experience menarche at different ages. Factors such as race, stress, diet, genetics and weight (bmi) are ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Sure--Bubble away!: Bubble baths are no problem for a pregnancy. In fact, it may be a great way to relax. Just remember not to make the water so hot that's it's uncomfort... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Within 24 hours: Aftrr ovulation, the released egg actually only has 24 hours to be fertilized. If not fertilized by then, then it becomes "unresponsive" and undergoes... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Various options: Unfortunately, hemorrhoids are somewhat common in pregnancy. As you approach term, the increase in pelvic pressure from the growing uterus and fetus p... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Dsch varies: Hormonal contraception may cause vaginal discharge in some women. White/clear discharge that is odorless or without other symptoms may be normal, and ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
1 week after fertilz: After fertilization (around mid-cycle), it takes approx 5-7 days for the developing products of conception to trvael to the uterine cavity and implant... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Tumors: Hcg is mainly a pregnancy hormone. At times certain tumors (neoplasms) can cause its release. These are either ovarian or uterine. For example, chori... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Basically, same : There are 2 types of fiber:soluble and insoluble. Both are important for health, digestion, & preventing diseases. Soluble fiber attracts water and t... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Various: There is no medication to help fibroids shrink permanently. Medications like lupron, (leuprolide) depoprovera, etc may temporarily shrink the masses b... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
No: Most miscarriages occur in the first trimester and are due to genetic abnormalities in the developing fetus. Next most common are uterine structural a... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Breast symptoms: First, i would recommend to redo a home preg test. Two negative tests are very confirming that you are not pregnant. Assuming you are not pregnant, mi... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Earliest 7 days: Earliest is 7 days after conception, once implantation occurs. But, that is very early abd may be missed as a negative test. Most commercial tests are... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
See Below.Category C: The fda uses a pregnancy category c system to classify possible risks to a fetus when a medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy category c is g... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Depends: Almost all comercial preg tests report efficacy close to 99%. Trick is however, that depends on when they are done. There is a higher false negative r... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
6 weeks: After cesarean section, most recommend a postpartum healing time of 6 week's. This is in order to allow the uterus to heal and reduce risk of infectio... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Very low chance: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is a great choice for bc. Renember, some women have irregular bleeding at first. It's expected. Depo-provera can re... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
May or May not be: Menstrual synchrony (the mcclintock effect) is a phenomenon 1st reported in 1971. It's existance has not been definitively established, and studies i... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
No: There is no reported "allergic reaction" from oral sex. At times, performing oral sex with a condom (fellatio) or with a vaginal shield (protected cun... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Yes: Gardisil is a vaccine for prevention of hpv infection. It is effective in both makes and females. Yes, it is safe to have intercourse during the vacci... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Prenatals?: Did you mean "prenatal vitamins"? If you take prenatals and are not pregnant, there is no serious adverse events. The most common side effect is occas... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Unrelated: "gas" symptoms are related to dietary intake mainly. There is no relation to intercourse.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Requires script: Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) is a medical cream containing the antibiotic clindamycin. It requires a physician's perscription. Any pharmacy should ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
No, not related: Absence of a period should always lead you to do a home pregnancy test, assuming you are of child-bearing age. There is no relation to the heat and a ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Other options: Getting IV access is vital in an acute scenario. At times, antecubrtal areas are not helpful. At these times, the top of the foot, inguial area or su... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Lots of reasons: This really depends on several factors: how postpartum are you, beastfeeding, fatigued, and your relationship with your partner. Also, simply being co... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
4-6 hours: In order to prevent the accumulation of blood in the vagina and possible infection (toxic shock syndrome), it is advised not to leave it in for 4-6 ho... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Depends: First, sorry to hear of a pregnancy loss. For the tampon, it really is a personal preference. Just remember, not to leave a tampon inside for more tha... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Keep at it: Aldara (imiquimod) cream is a cream that helps the immune system clear certain conditions: indicated for the topical treatment of actinic keratoses on... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Kind of: By definition , STDs need the "s" part: sex. However, there are std type infections that can be passed without sex. A cold sore in the lip is a type o... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Varies: Unfortunately, this is difficult to answer. Costs vary based on city, site/location, practice. Best way to figure that out is either call your insuran... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Needs exam: While it should not affect the pregnancy/baby, i advise you to seek evaluation asap. In pregnancy, dialted veins called varicosities may form in the v... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Am Cancer Society: Contact your local american cancer society office. They ususally support free screening mammograms at health fares, and other opportunities. Additiona... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
At symptom start: Tamiflu is for treating people 1 year and older with influenza (flu) whose symptoms started within the last two days. Tamiflu can also reduce the chan... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
To see if blocked: Essure provides sterilization by using small flexible microinserts which help the tubes to naturally occlude. Three months alter an hsg is ordered to ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
If regular, its true: If you have regular predictable cycles, you are most likely to conceive with sex around the time of ovulation. This is usually around 2 weeks before t... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Depends: Many home preg tests typically maintain a 99% accuracy rate or better. But, false negatives could occur if checked too soon (before your missed period... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
History/Physical/Lab: Cholestasis is diagnosed by doing a complete medical history, physical examination, and blood tests that evaluate liver function, bile acids, and bili... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Yes: Heavy menstrual bleeding is one of the most common reasons for a gyn visit. There are various ways to treat it. Some medications are hormonal, some ar... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Varies: Amount of semen ejected during ejaculation will vary widely between men and may contain between 0.1-10 milliliters ( note that a teaspoon is 5 ml and ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Various: Aldara (imiquimod) cream is a cream that helps the immune system clear certain conditions: indicated for the topical treatment of actinic keratoses on... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Varies: Our reproductive system is controlled by a delicately balanced mechanism called the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. The hypothalamus, which is pa... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Yes : Assuming you were able to feel the strings before, not feeling them now should be evaluated. Most of the time, inability to feel is simply because if ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Depends on amount: First, be comforted that sex does not cause first trimester preg loss. The cervix softens due to prtegnancy. At times, the irritation of the cervix fr... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
2 weeks before next: Assuming you have regular, predictable cycles, ovulation occurs around 14 days before your next scheduled menses. Example, if your cycle length (day 1... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Various causes : Gastritis usually develops when your stomach's protective layer becomes weakened or damaged. Gastritis can occur suddenly or develop over weeks and mo... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
That's Tricky!: "fertile days" are only able to be used if you have regular cycles. So, women with irregular cycles have a hard time knowing when they are "safe" to h... Read More

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Nov 6, 2012
I've met Dr. Chapa & attended his presentation on Essure sterilization. Great, knowledgeable speaker & very well educated. Good qualities for a great physician. Very highly recommend this hard-work...Read More
Sep 6, 2012
Dr. Chapa is a kind, considerate doctor who really listens to the needs of his patients. I would send my family to him without reservation.
Jul 23, 2012
Dr. Chapa knows more about Essure than almost any other doctor! I contact him when I have questions.
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for taking the time to answer. I also have irregular periods and is very hard for me to loose weight analisys were 1 day before period
HealthTap member
Thankyou so much, i was also taking the medication Doxycycline a couple weeks ago i dnt know if that would help, but i will get that checked
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This saved my life. Thank You! Seriously. If I was pregnant my parents would make me give up my baby and keep my locked on my room till I 78

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, TX
Graduated 1996MD

Residency

Parkland Memorial Hospital

Awards

Methodist Medical Center Dallas
Top Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Second Place, the Dallas Region - Spring
2017
Top Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Second Place, the Dallas Region - Fall
2017

Affiliations

ACOG, AAGL
Central Association of ObGyn
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