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Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Torrance, CA
34 years experience female

Locations

Center For Healthier Living

Torrance, CA

Address

23639 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 200, Torrance, CA, US
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
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Fax

(340) 371-0735

Insurances accepted

Health Net

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Cigna

Great-West Healthcare

Medi-Cal

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

I wanted to be a physician since I was 8 years old. I wavered maybe once or twice, and mostly because I doubted my conviction and thought it was impossible to have made up my mind so early in my life and actually meant it. I thought I was being foolish to stay on track. When those other Plan B career choices didn’t amount to much, I embraced the passion and purpose that made me so driven at such an early age. I still remember the excitement I felt when I was able to finally start my career in medicine. The moment I entered high school and was able to become a “candy stripper”, that was the pivotal moment of my life. If I close my eyes now, I can still smell the scent of the hospital on that first Saturday as I entered Queens General Hospital in New York, and can still hear the beating of my heart. There was nothing that I didn’t volunteer to do and no job was too much of a challenge. I was completely in awe of everyone that I encountered who was involved with patient care. I still remember Dr. Marc Yunis who was always so gentle and kind, and so encouraging. He never minded answering all of my questions. My passion was summarized when I graduated high school with over 1500 volunteering hours. I spent practically all my free time at the hospital. In medical school, I was most intrigued by the surgical fields. I thought I would become a general surgeon. I didn’t entertain gynecology at all because I knew it came with its evil twin, obstetrics, and there was no way I was going to go through life being sleep deprived. Imagine my distress when the first baby I delivered left me on an emotional high that couldn’t be duplicated in any of the specialties that I rotated through. Yet, I searched through each rotation for the high that would make me change my mind. Pediatrics made me cry. There were so many border babies who were abandoned by their mothers that their plight consumed me emotionally. Medicine was also very sad. It made me feel that obtaining good health was impossible and insurmountable. Making people well to me appeared to be a temporary fix. I was convinced that patients believed in only “pills for ills” and it is only now that I see why I couldn’t go into medicine. I was disgusted by the general surgeons because they were crass and mean to the residents, awful to their patients and embodied the spirit of “demigods” that I couldn’t relate to. I found the field more limited than what I wanted, and there were no “high” moments other than that incredible long 8 hour plus surgery that I was involved in and whose detail I have long forgotten. I feel that obstetrics & gynecology chose me. It offered me the surgery that I loved and the obstetrics that I fell in love with. The process from prenatal care to the actual delivery of a child who is born with endless and unknown possibilities have never ceased to stop amazing me. I love the interactions with women of all ages, varied backgrounds and cultures. I feel it is the most diverse field in medicine and offers the physician the option to be an integral part of a woman’s life through all stages of her life. I have been in private practice since 1993 and I still love my job. My practice allows me to provide compassionate and personalized care. As a gynecologist, I am a physician but I am part teacher, psychiatrist, mother, sister, and friend to many of my patients. I believe in developing a personal connection because it allows me to understand the person better, know the journey that led them to me, and to then be able to provide the help that makes sense. As an obstetrician, I have a lot of high risk patients that I am comfortable to manage. My experience comes from my 7 years of practice in Sullivan County New York where I was one of 2 ob/gyn doctors serving my community hospital. The nearest tertiary or referral medical centers were miles away. The remote location made me self-reliant and helped me to develop my experience in managing almost all high risk situations. The luxury of practicing in Torrance California is that I do have doctors readily available to assist me in caring for my patients. As an obstetrician I am biased against home deliveries but I do understand the angst that women experience that lead them to seek this alternative and potentially dangerous alternative to a hospital delivery. There is a general belief amongst the couples that seek home birth that the care of an obstetrician is not personalized, doesn’t support the woman’s involvement in her care, and too “interventional” and too quick to perform a Cesarean section mostly because it is convenient to the doctor. In my residency, I was trained by doctors and midwives. I feel that the midwifery experience allows me to be provide similar care in an environment that can readily adapt to an emergency if one was to occur. My Cesarean section rate is extremely low and I welcome completely the involvement of the parents. I see my role as an expert assistant. The memories that the parents will have of the birth of their child is priceless, and it should be a happy one. I have delivered too many babies to remember every childbirth that I have attended. I believe in what Maya Angelou have said, and I paraphrase her here: people may not remember what you said to them, but they will remember how you made them feel. Recently, I received a call from a patient I helped deliver more than 20 years ago as a resident. She found me after all these years because she always thought of me around the birthday of her son. According to her, she was severely sick when she again presented to the clinic. She said that I noticed the severity of her illness and intervened. She eventually delivered but had to deal with kidney problems and high blood pressure. She feels that if I had sent her home like the others had done, she probably would have died. After all these years she wanted to thank me for saving her life and that of her son who was turning 24. Her story gave me goosebumps and brought me to tears. I vaguely remembered her, but she remembers still how I made her feel. I am involved with my patients from their first visit, to the hospital delivery and postpartum period. I deliver most of my babies. I wish that I can deliver all but I have children who do need me at home and I need to also my own free time and space to do the things that bring me joy. In my absence, I usually am covered by an esteemed colleague whom I have trust with my own care. I still prefer gynecology. I love to operate when surgical intervention is necessary and I am a very good surgeon. However, I believe in preventative care and my goal is to not let a problem become a surgical option. Most of my surgeries are out-patient because I am skilled in hysteroscopy and laparoscopy. Utilizing these modalities, I can perform hysterectomies, ablation (an alternative surgery for hysterectomy), remove ovarian cysts, evaluate the pelvis for unexplained pelvic pain, permanent sterilization without cutting, and diagnose endometriosis and remove fibroids vaginally or abdominally. I can perform all these surgeries and have the patient able to go home same day and recuperate in the comfort of her own home. I manage a lot of women with hormonal imbalance that include polycystic ovarian syndrome, metabolic syndrome, hormonal imbalance and perimenopausal and postmenopausal symptoms. Treatment is usually integrative utilizing herbal supplements, bio-Identical hormonal replacement and home remedies as well as prescriptive medicine. My interest in holistic medicine was inspired by women from a local ashram in upstate NY. As a young and new physician right out of residency, practicing in a small rural community, was intimidating. The women from the ashram were different than the local women. They were generally more polished, worldlier, and had the confidence to introduce me to a style of medicine that I was not taught in residency. It was during my first year there that I realized why I was so turned off by the medicine rotation in residency. Over my eight years of schooling, I was taught the “pills for ills” philosophy. Within one year my eyes were opened to the realization that it was healthy choices that included a balance diet, being active and having positive connections with others that were necessary for a healthy life. Not pills. Once my AHA moment came, it made sense to me why, for the most part, illness was no accident, and good health was no coincidence. I have continued to develop my interest in holistic and alternative medicine because I have continued to see firsthand that when a patient takes control of her health and not rely on pills, she becomes empowered and is her own advocate, helping to direct the care that she receives. Feeling empowered leads usually to an improvement in her health, contributes to her self-confidence and mental state. In medicine, as in life, bad things do happen, but the extent that it happens in medicine is modified when the person’s core is healthy and she feels invested in her care. My practice’s mission is to help promote this empowerment and self-reliance in my patients by listening to their health concerns, address their health needs with the appropriate tests and diagnostic tools to enable me to offer expert guidance to help them live a life of optimal health.

Specialties
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Licenses

United States: California, New York

Languages spoken

English, Haitian Creole

Doctor Q&A

121 Answers
26 Agrees
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Shorter period: Any change in your period can be because you are pregnant so you should always do a pregnancy test. If the test is negative, this may only be tempora... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Failed IUI: It wouldn't hurt to continue with IUI, but since this is your 5th, IVF would be the next step. Good luck.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
IUD insertion prob: Bleeding irregularly like you are doing and cramping are common symptoms after the IUD is inserted. A 1 month office visit after the IUD was put in i... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Increase of HCG: I am satisfied if the HCG is increasing at least close to 50% every 48 hrs. I also look at the progesterone level to make sure it is elevated enough.... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Menstrual pain: The cramping may be from ovulation. Possible causes beside ovulation pain include endometriosis, adenomyosis and fibroid. An examination will start t... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Fatigue, yeast: I doubt the yeast infection is the cause. I recommend a check up with your doctor for a physical exam w blood work & review of your medications. Y... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Pain after c/section: Surgical stitches take about 10-14 days to heal well enough where they shouldn't open as you described. Your pain could be gas, or ulcers if you've t... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Labor signs: Labor can start anytime after 37 weeks . There aren't any true signs that indicate labor but the more discomfort you are having, and if the BH increas... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Plan B period affect: Plan B is 85% effective so pregnancy risk is low. I would recommend that you start your pills now. . Even if you were to be pregnant, the Pill has n... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Sex during pregnancy: Sounds very normal. If you had an orgasm, that can cause cramping/contractions that could be causing you to feel sick. If your symptoms continue or ge... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Bleeding after mscrg: If there's no tissue still in the uterus your doctor will consider giving you medication to help stop the bleeding. Even if you want to conceive right... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Painful cycles: You can with supplements & over the counter medication. Before you do, I recommend that you see a Dr for a complete evaluation. There could be a... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
High prolactin: I recommend that you take another hpt a week after the last. If still negative, make an appointment with your doctor to check your hormone level. The ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Bleeding on depo: irregular bleeding is more common after the 1st shot, but can happen during this time for you. You didn't mention if you've stayed in the schedule fo... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Ovulation symptoms: It is not abnormal to have the symptoms you describe during ovulation. If these symptoms tend to occur regularly 14 days before you get your period it... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Risky sex: Having sex around the time you are fertile is a sure way to get pregnant. If you are not trying to get pregnant, you may want to consider the Plan B ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Back pain & pregnant: Aches and pain of pregnancy is very common. An ultrasound would show if your pregnancy is in the uterus and not an ectopic, meaning outside the uteru... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Unprotected sex: Having sex 12 days before your gf is expecting her period is still a risky time to not use protection. I recommend a pregnancy test the day after she ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Bleeding on depo: This is not unusual. Spotting anytime during last few weeks before depot shot is due is not unusual. If this is your 1st Depo shot, do a pregnancy te... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Abnormal cycle: Always consider pregnancy if you are sexually active and your cycle is abnormal when late, early, didn't come at all, or if the amount of bleeding is ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Sex during pregnancy: This early in the pregnancy, you can have sex. However, if she does experience any bleeding, you both need to establish prenatal care to see what is ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Long cycle: Bleeding for a month is very abnormal, and it doesn't matter how old you are, or your sex, or where the bleeding is coming from. Please see a doctor... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Antiphospholipid: Antiphospholipid or APS makes your pregnancy very high risk. Ideally, see a Dr before conceiving to make sure it's a safe tIme. Complications from APS... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Hsv1: Cold sores can be from hsv1 or hsv2. Because there is no cure for herpes, once you get the virus, you don't get the same type again. Rather you have ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Pregnancy with IUD: Sounds like you both are not on the same page. I recommend that you see a marriage counselor to resolve this because no matter what happens one of you... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Pain after hyst: Pain after hysterectomy is common if the surgery was because of endometriosis or scar tissue. Find a free clinic or urgent care to get an ultrasound.... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Long period: A normal cycle lasts 7 days or less. Your long cycle needs to be evaluated. Please see a doctor to see why your period is lasting 5 weeks.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Home pregnancy test: Home pregnancy tests are usually reliable and can detect very low levels of the pregnancy hormone called HCG. However, a blood test would confirm th... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Miscarriage risk: It is worrisome that your progesterone level is so low. Please call your doctor/ clinic for an ultrasound to check if your baby has a heart beat. I h... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Missed period: If a young woman is sexually active she can get pregnant. Hpt will let you know if you are pregnant. Not everyone experiences the typical pregnancy... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Pregnancy symptoms: Tests available for home testing are very reliable. Do one as soon as you can and repeat it in one week. If you continue to have symptoms, see your ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Missed Depo shot: It's unlikely you would conceive so soon because the shot gives you protection beyond the 12 wks. If you plan to resume the Depo, best to abstain or u... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Bcp and clot: It is unlikely for 6 days of pills to cause a clot so soon. However, pain in your calf associated with redness, swelling of the leg are potential sig... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Lotion affecting BC: I agree. In theory, it is possible for there to be some absorption. However, medicines applied on the skin for absorption are specially made to be ab... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Safe sex: Some women who have regular and predictable cycles can use the "rhythm method" to prevent pregnancy, but failure rate is high. You would need to know ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Bleeding on bcp: Recommend pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant. However, this could be very normal. Some pills can cause your flow to decrease significant... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Getting pregnant: The only way she can get pregnant would be if your sperm was on your finger which can happen if while fooling around you pre-ejaculated. Fooling aroun... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Bloating & discharge: Depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle this could be normal. The symptoms can be that you are ovulating. I would recommend that you wait ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Ignore: Trust your doctor but a second opinion won't hurt. Eat a balanced diet. Be emotionally balanced.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Pain w urination: Symptoms should improve within 36-48 hours. If yours persist, recommend you see your dr or go to an urgent care center for evaluation.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
DHT interaction w BC: There shouldn't be interactions. However, for any medication that you take, if you notice any reaction like hives, rash, tingling of your mouth/throa... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Late cycle: If you have unprotected sex and your cycle is late, you can be pregnant. If the urine pt remains negative but you feel pregnant, see a Dr to get a blo... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Irregular periods: See your doctor for a work up. You may have a hormonal problem that is contributing to this irregular period. Polycystic ovarian syndrome, and thyroid... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Period blood color: The menstrual blood is dark and gooey if the bleeding is light and it comes out slowly. You are not bleeding like you used to because of the implant. ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Late period: You are less likely to ovulate when your cycle is late. When a cycle is regular. Ovulation is likely to occur 14 days before the 1st day of your peri... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Spotting: Pregnancy is always a worry so please do a pregnancy test. If you are not pregnant (or not expected to be pregnant), just monitor it. Your normal cyc... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Change in cycle: Over the course of the 30-40 years that most women have their cycle, an irregular odd cycle can occur here & there. However, it's always a good id... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Signs of labor: Vaginal spotting after 35 wks doesn't carry the worry of losing your baby as it does in the 1st trimester. The most important thing is to make sure yo... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Breast lump: Most likely this is nothing to worry about, especially if it has not caused pain, discomfort or changed in size. You are at the age to start seeing a ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Fertile days: A woman is most likely to be fertile 12-16 days before she is expecting her next period. She can only conceive around ovulation. Because the timing ... Read More

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Jul 10, 2013
Great responses. Recommend highly!.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Louis-Jacques is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Louis-Jacques is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Conceived with IVF in the past, this was natural. Have history of miscarriage, hence multiple draws. Progesterone was 18.26, estradiol 170 at ~16dpo.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! awesome thanks i was able to get in touch with my nurse and she said it is normal as well:)
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Graduated 1989MD

Medical/Graduate school

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital

Residency

St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital

Awards

Top Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Third Place, California - Fall
2014
Top Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Third Place, Los Angeles Region - Spring
2015

Affiliations

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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