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Dr. Craig Ruetzel

Obstetrics and Gynecology
34 years experience male

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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

34 Answers
19 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Yes : Not all vaginal bleeding is a "period" and it is not uncommon for a woman to think she is experiencing a period, when what is really happening is blee... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Yes, normal: If what is going on is in fact a yeast infection, it usually takes several days for the yeast to be killed and the tissue to heal enough to stop itchi... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Probably normal: The normal discharge can change throughout the cycle or if you are on hormones like Depo-Provera or the pill. Discharge becomes abnormal if bloody, i... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
About 95%: Plan b taken as you describe is about 95% effective in preventing pregnancy.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
First do a pregnancy: While pregnancy following a tubal ligation is unlikely, it is possible. But start with a home pregnancy test.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Yes: Those symptoms do no seem to be from a dangerous cause.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Ovarian?: The location does not give a definite answer as to the actual source of the pain-- i, e, it may not be the ovary. If it has persisted- see md , if it... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
2-3 weeks: The first sure sign of pregnancy is a positive home pregnancy test. While some women seem to feel certain that they are pregnant, even very early in ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Possible but unlikel: 1) do a home pregnancy test. If negative, you need to see your doctorsoon to discuss the causes.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
None likely: If each abortion proceeded without complications such as fever or signs of infection, it is unlikely that there are any negative physical effects. Ho... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Doubtful but possibl: Fortunately reliable home pregnancy tests now exist. They are accurate within 2-3 weeks after conceiving. Conception is not usually associated with ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Not cancer: Are you 13 or 26? It is likely a cyst in the skin. How long has it been there, is it getting bigger. These are the type of questions that might mak... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
No: Endometriomas rarely burst, though they may ooze their contents into the pelvic/abdominal cavity causing further inflammation and pain. How do you kn... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Yes: With blighted ovum the HCG levels are high but the Progesterone levels are lowere than normal and there is no development of the fetal pole/no fetal h... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Your intestines.: The gurling noises come from the movements of your intestines, primarily the small intestines. It has nothing to do with having had sex, though havin... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Maybe not: The risk of induction at that point is primarily to the fetus, not to the mom. If you live far from the hospital, one option is to have you admitted ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Possibly, not probab: How many days apart are her periods usually. If this one is the same number of days apart and other ways is acting like her normal period, then not b... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Doubtfull: Though I have heard that happening from a few patients, i'm not sure it is actually caused by the depoprovera, but is usually caused by something else... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Probably: The longer you leave the ring in- beyond the recommended 21 days- the more chance the hormone will wear out and then you are not protected from pregna... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Essentially none.: Maybe one done for small fibroids in the uterine cavity, but all others require general anesthesia.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Sounds normal: As long as it is relatively regular, in your case every 25 days, that is normal. That it lasts only 2 days is ok.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Probably: If this is your first pack, it is common to have what is called "break-through" bleeding, 2-3 weeks after starting. The chance of this type of bleedi... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Maybe not: First, not all bleeding is a "monthly", and more importantly, why no period for 8 years? That might have a greater impact on your ability to get preg... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Low hundreds: It becomes first detectable 12-14 days after conception and a week later will usually be in the range of 100-500.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
No: The father's Dht levels do not effect his offspring in any way.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Most likely nothing: Though you likely will be fertile that first month off pills, it is likely there will be no other apparent changes. Over the next several months, you... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Yes to both: A small fibroid like that on the outside of the uterus will have no impact on fertility or pregnancy.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Eat more: Your masturbation activities have nothing to do with you being skinny. Don't worry about the masturbating and unless your bmi is less than 20, don't ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
A type of hormone: Conjugated Estrogens are a form of Estrogens that do occur naturally and be absorbed when taken in pill form.
A member asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Not usually: The hormonal surges that happen with ovulation could cause a brief episode of diarrhea ( 1 day or so)., but if that were true for you, if is likely th... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Doubtful: Pregnancy tests are fairly acurate when done 2 weeks after the occurence of intercourse without contraception. While stress can impact how regular yo... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Maybe: The hymen is soft tissue located right at the entrance to the vagina. It is often disrupted prior to the first time of having intercourse, through us... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Yes : Yes, and it depends on how long you had been on depo, and how long since the prior shot.
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Estrogen: The best relief for those symptoms is estrogen. You may not be a candidate for it, but if you are, consider taking it for 2-3 months to see the effec... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ruetzel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ruetzel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I've noticed every month I get an upset tummy but never linked them till now.
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Thanks for your quick reply! This was found on an ultra sound, I am waiting to see a specialist to see about surgery!
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

North Carolina Baptist Hospital

Affiliations

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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