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Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hudson, OH
38 years experience female

Locations

Office

Hudson, OH

Address

1355 Corporate Drive, Hudson, OH
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Aetna

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Medical Mutual of Ohio

SummaCare

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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Doctor Q&A

47 Answers
12 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Possible infection: You may have a bacterial infection. Please check with your doctor.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Tipped cervix: You may have a tipped uterus one either up or down making it a little more difficult to find your cervix. It should not hurt that much though.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
No: Essure prevents pregnancy. If you get pregnant with it you could have a tubal pregnancy.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
depends: If you have a Progesterone secreting iud (mirena (levonorgestrel) or skyla) you can have irregular bleeding. If you have a paraguard iud you may have ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Probably not: There may be enough in your system to have a fairly steady state. However, don't keep missing them.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Yes partly: After any surgery you are tired and weak for a bit. Nutrition always helps, can't hurt.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
May not: Usually there is no heart beat audible until 7-8 weeks.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
low carb: Many women with pcos also have an Insulin resistance. Low carbohydrate diets help.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Yes: Your hormones are readjusting. Give it a few more weeks.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
About 4 weeks prior: Usually you conceive about 2 weeks after your menses starts. From this conception probably about 8/11.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Color: Often pregnancy bleeding starts out brown and then can become bright red. If you are not sure, see your doctor.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
No: You must use herbals in moderation; however, camomile tea does not cause stillbirth.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
No: This will not hurt your baby, but you need to resolve things with your boyfriend
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Couple of things: Intercourse every other day from day 10-22 of your cycle if you have a 28-30 day cycle. Day 1 is the first day of your period. Do not use KY for lubri... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Depends: If you are having menstrual problems you should see gyn. If you are sexually active you should see gyn. If you are fine, 21 years old would be ok to s... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
No: The cervix does not change prior to menstruation.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Pregnancy pains: You can have "stomach" pain from muscle stretching, full bladder, etc. You should see your doctor and tell them.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Yes with caution: You must not inhale fumes so this must be done in a well ventilated area.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
probably: You may be "off" on your gestational dates. If you have not had any spotting the next ultrasound should be ok.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Needs looked at: It may be a yeast infection, it may be something else or it may be nothing. Your gyn should look at it.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Ovulation spotting: It may be ovulation spotting. It may occur occasionally.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Sometimes: If you have a short cycle, you can ovulate right after you finish your period and thus, get pregnant.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Prostaglandins: The prostaglandins released in the semen may cause enough irritation for contractions.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Yes and no: You should not need any medication right after an abortion. However, if you have unprotected intercourse after an abortion, Plan B is safe.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Not sure: Not sure what you mean. You can have a discharge for a couple of days after your menses has finished. See your doctor.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
probably: If you took your pills every day correctly you can just start the new pack of pills as scheduled. If you missed a pill or took it late, do a pregnancy... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
possible cyst : You may have an ovarian cyst holding up your menses. You may want to see a gyn.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Missed period: You generally will not have a period, often have nausea as well as tender breasts. You may also be more tired than usual.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Probably not: Increased bowel movements are not a sign of pregnancy.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Hormone changes: This may be due to an increase in prostaglandins or hormone changes.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Maybe: You may or may not be. Do a pregnancy test at home and you will know.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Reaction: You may have an allergic reaction to something in the soap. You may also have an infection. You need to see your gynecologist.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
No: Cefuroxime is safe in pregancy.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine: You should be able to get some tylenol (acetaminophen) #3 for the pain short term.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Always: You can always get reinfected without the proper protection during intercourse.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
May be a problem: The mass may have gotten bigger, or twisted. You need to see the doctor again as soon as possible.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
About 3 weeks prior: When you are told how many weeks you are, conception is usually at about 2 weeks gestation (even though you are not pregnant then).
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Several things: Could be hormonal imbalance, infection, possible pregnancy. If you don't get a real period see your doctor.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Maybe: You could be pregnant, have a hormonal imbalance, have an ovarian cyst. You need to see your gyn to check this out.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Missionary: Generally the semen stays in better in the missionary position, giving you the best chance at pregnancy.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Possibly: Many times birth control pills can decrease libido as well as lubrication.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Probably normal: You can have irregular bleeding during the first 3 cycles of birth control use (pills or nuvaring).
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Many: Can be caffeine, pregnancy, hormonal changes, etc.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Probably normal: It may just be cervical irritation from intercourse.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Midcycle: You usually ovulate about 14 days before your period and that is when you most likely conceive.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
No: Monistat crem should come out white and creamy. You may have another type of infection.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Schaffer-Polakof is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Schaffer-Polakof is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you so much for this. I was looking everywhere for a proper answer.
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have an ample supply now and don't intend on missing another dose.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Didn't have a catheter

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

Akron City Hospital

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Akron, OH - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Akron, OH - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Akron, OH - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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