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Dr. Ealena Callender

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Richmond, VA
20 years experience female

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Richmond, VA

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Richmond, VA
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Compassionate and dedicated to excellent patient care, I enjoy developing trusting relationships with patients. One of my priorities is empowering my patients with information that allows them to make healthy lifestyle choices. In addition, I am adept at managing both routine and high-risk pregnancies. As well, I have experience performing multiple in-office gynecologic procedures. Also, I am a trained journalist and use my journalism experience to help raise awareness about important women’s health issues. I've written articles for local journals and appeared on local television news programs to discuss current topics in Ob/Gyn. As well, I enjoy speaking at programs for local college students and women's groups.

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Obstetrics and Gynecology

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57 Answers
28 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Depends on the pt: Some commonly reported side effects of birth control pills are unscheduled bleeding, lighter/shorter periods, missed periods, nausea, upset stomach an... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Maybe: Depending on the infection, the symptoms may occur from 1 day to 3 weeks after exposure. If you do have symptoms such as unusual or foul-smelling vagi... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Depends on the STD: The most common symptom for stds is no symptom at all. Some people may notice symptoms such as genital itching, odor, discharge or sores within 3 days... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
The first 13 weeks: The first 13 weeks of pregnancy is considered the first trimester. During this time, you may experience your first missed period, nausea or "morning s... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Precautions? Yes...: You can spread the virus by any oral/genital contact. This is possible even when lesions are not present. Besides using condoms, you can help reduce t... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Most likely: The blood test will detect the presence of the pregnancy hormone in your blood if you are, in fact, pregnant. If you have a 35-day cycle, it seems you... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Maybe normal for you: Missing periods - amenorrhea - can be "normal" for some. Not everyone has a period every 28 days and, for some, that is "their normal." there is a con... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Be prepared: Diarrhea often occurs while traveling outside the United States. It can be mild or complicated and dangerous. For mild diarrhea, it is safe to take Im... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Yes: Birth control pills, shots or rings can change your menstrual cycle. Most methods will make your menses lighter and shorter. Some are designed to elim... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
It varies: The most common symptom for stds is no symptoms at all. Some people may notice symptoms such as vaginal itching, odor, discharge or sores within 3 day... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Not enough info: If you think you might be pregnant you should take a pregnancy test at home or at your doctor's office. The discharge may be normal, but if there is ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
May be a polyp: You may have a cervical polyp. Also, women who have had surgery on their cervix may have some scarring and abnormal features. Please go see your docto... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
See your doctor: This type of pain can only be diagnosed after being examined by a doctor. You should call your doctor or go to the er if the pain keeps getting worse.... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Very likely normal: If you had irregular periods prior to staring hormonal contraception, you will go back to what is "normal" for you once you stop. If you are having un... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Depends on the STD: The most common symptom for stds is no symptom at all. Some people may notice symptoms such as genital itching, odor, discharge or sores within 3 days... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Very effective: Emergency contraception (ec) can be very effective if used properly. Ec can consist of a pill or pills or insertion of a copper iud. Depending on the ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Not necessarily: If the polyp is on the external surface of the cervix there is little risk of infection. Your doctor may ask you to avoid intercourse or putting anyth... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Maybe: I'm not familiar with the test you mention. You should be tested for the full range of stds including gonorrhea, chlamydia and genital herpes. Some in... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Be cautious: At this time in your pregnancy, the fetus is growing dramatically and forming important organs. For instance, the heart will begin beating soon. Becau... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Try Plan B: You can use Plan B to help prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex. This is packaged as one pill that you take as soon as possible after unprot... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Yes: Plan b - the emergency contraception pill - is indicated for use up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. It is more effective the earlier it is taken. I... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
It depends...: Women who suffer from depression and take anti-depressant medications usually do quite well on oral contraceptive pills. The pills themselves are not ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Not too early: Now is just about the right time. By 17 weeks, a good ultrasound should be able to determine the baby's gender. Usually, i schedule the ultrasound clo... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
See your doctor: Bleeding after menopause is cause to see your doctor. While it happens to many women and often has a benign cause, it can also be a sign of something ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
May be an infection: Vaginal itching can have several causes. You may have a dermatologic condition. Or you may have an infection. The possible causes vary based on your a... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Follow-up in 2 weeks: Usually, I have patients return to my office two weeks after surgery. I may ask them to come in earlier if staples or sutures need to removed. At this... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Urine pregnancy test: If you have missed your period and you are trying to get pregnant, the next best step would be to take a urine pregnancy test. You can get these over ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Rule out pregnancy: Physicians will often use a urine pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant before starting you on a new birth control method.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Heavier periods: Hypothyroidism means your thyroid gland is not making enough hormones. It is most commonly associated with heavier than normal menstrual bleeding.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
OCPs can help: Birth-control pills are often used to help with primary dysmenorrhea. For some women, they can provide tremendous relief of painful menstrual cramps. ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Maybe it's the pill: Sometimes women on birth control pills will have "breakthrough bleeding." that is unscheduled bleeding while taking the pill. If you're just starting ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Every other day: Weight lifting or strength straining is an important part of weight management. Generally, you should only work each muscle group every other day. For... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Depends on ovulation: For home pregnancy tests you get in the drugstore, you usually must wait until you miss a period to get an accurate result. For a woman with a 28-day ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Yes.: It is safe to take sertraline and emergency contraception. Sertraline is one of a group of medications called ssris. These medications are generally ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Absolutely: Stds can be transmitted through any contact with bodily fluids - regardless of the type of sexual act. Actually, hpv only requires direct skin contact... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
See your doctor: Vaginal bleeding after intercourse can be caused several things - a vaginal laceration, vaginal or pelvic infection or even a cervical polyp. The only... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Yes!: Absolutely! please continue seeing your gynecologist annually even after having a hysterectomy. At this visit, your physician will discuss your overal... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
There may be a link: Infertility can have many causes. Celiac disease or gluten intolerance - when left untreated - has been linked to infertility in some studies. Celiac ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Yes: If you have concerns about your thyroid it is definitely appropriate to ask your gynecologist. If you've been having symptoms that make you concerned,... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
See your doctor: Pelvic cramping can have many causes. The only way to determine the actual cause is to have a doctor evaluate you. It could be related where you are i... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Yes: Yes it is safe to have a pap smear during pregnancy. In fact, that is one of the tests that is generally part of every woman's initial OB exam. The te... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Maybe: If you are taking the loestrin fe properly and haven't missed any pills, it isn't likely that you are pregnant. Usually, with the type of pill you are... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
72 hours: Plan b - the emergency contraception pill - is indicated to use up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. The earlier you take it the better your chances ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
You may need help: If you are not menstruating regularly, you should see your doctor for help getting pregnant. Your doctor may want to do some tests to see why you aren... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Which did you miss?: While it is very important to take the pills daily and at the same time every day, many people slip up every once in a while. And, most of the time, i... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
See your doctor: If you are still in pain, you should see your doctor. Not knowing the size of your cysts, i can't say whether they are causing the pain. But, with pai... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Earlier the better: The immediate use of an emergency contraceptive can reduce the risk of pregnancy to 1 to 2%. The effectiveness depends on the regimen and the timing. ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Essure is permanent: Essure is a permanent, non-reversible form of contraception. Your best chance of achieving pregnancy after an essure would be ivf - in vitro fertliz... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
See your doctor: It sounds like you should see your doctor to find out what this sensation is in your belly. It could be related to you gastrointestinal organs (stomac... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Not long: If you are concerned about exposure to stds, it is best to get tested right away. Today's tests can detect the dna of an infection before you show any... Read More

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Oct 23, 2013
Fast, Fantastic answers to often complex questions, truly an asset to the Medical Community. A true national leader in Obstetrics. Highly recommended.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Callender is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Callender is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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I thankyou awareness is the best way to deal with it. Knowing you are inclined to be depressed helps to stave it off .
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But i stoped havin periods seven months ago while i was on birth control.....
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! That answers most of my question

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 2002MD

Affiliations

AMA, MSV, AMWA
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