Dr. Stephen Richards

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Columbus, OH
44 years experience male

Locations

Womankind Obstetrics and Gynecology

Columbus, OH

Address

4030 Easton Station, Suite 200, Columbus, OH, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

(614) 759-8403

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

CIGNA Health Care

Humana Insurance Company

Medical Mutual of Ohio

Mount Carmel Health Plan

UnitedHealthcare

Medicare

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

About

Bio

I am a central Ohio native and received my medical training at The Ohio State Univ. I am Board Certified and am a member of the American Urogyn Society. I was the first Columbus gyn to be accredited by the Council for Gyn Endoscopy in both laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. I was the first to perform laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy, laparoscopic bladder suspension, office endometrial ablation, and office sling procedures for incontinence in Columbus. I have more than 20 published article. My wife and I are high school sweethearts and we have 9 children.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Licenses

United States: Ohio

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

481 Answers
515 Agrees
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Time intercourse: As you have been pregnant once- try timing sex at midcyle. You can plot your BBT (basal body temperature), if it goes up and says up about 14 days you... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Irregular: Will you are taking the pill your periods will definitely be regular and a good solution.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Labia: The labia have a high concentration of lubricating glands called sebaceous glands. These glands can become irritated and blocked. This can lead to inf... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Cold sore: Most cold sores are due to a herpes virus. This can be verified with your doctor. Over the counter abreva has some benefit. If it is a herpes virus, s... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Sex: Sorry-don't know if you are male or female-i assume you are male. Could be meds or stress. See your doctor.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Period: If you have a 30 day cycle (1st day to 1st day), should have started about jan 2. There is normal variation, +/- a few days.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Chest pain: Chew a couple of aspirins and head for the er. This could be a heart attack.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Pregnancy: Sounds like you had a near syncopal (passing out) event. This is common during pregnancy do to circulation changes. Usually nothing to worry about un... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Discharge: Need more info-like how long ago was the miscarriage. Otherwise an unusual discharge and vaginal tingling could represent a vaginal infection. See you... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
HPV: Many woman do not have not signs or symptoms with hpv. Hpv is a family of viruses, if you have the right one, you could have genital warts.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
PCOS: Pcos means that you don't normally ovulate. If your treatment is giving you regular periods and you are ovulating, then preg is possible. See your doc... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Preg and flying: Flying during pregnancy carries no risk. If your pregnancy is otherwise normal and you have no history of premature labor, trip is ok. Check with your... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Not likely: Modus, a progestin, would need to be taken several days (usually 5-10), then stopped before a withdrawal bleeding (not a true period) would be initiat... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Colposcopy: The biopsy sites are usually touched with a chemical to reduce bleeding. This will give the discharge you describe.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Ovarian cysts: In normally cycling women (age 12->50 ish), cysts come and go each cycle and are ususally not symptomatic. This is all part of making a monthly egg. T... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Producing milk: I assume you missed a period or two and you are either on the pill or recently stopped. You need to have some blood tests performed for pregnancy, th... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Pregnancy bleeding: Sometimes this is referred to as implantation bleeding when everything else is normal. Having a blood pregnancy test and repeating it in 48 hr to look... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Plugged gland: Depending on location this could be a sebaceous (lubricating) gland around a hair follicle or a specialized female lubricating gland (bartholin's). Ap... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Tracking: Use an app. Otherwise, take your first morning temperature and plot a basal body temperature chart. Use urine ovulation prediction kit ~d 11-14 if you... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Bruise: You didn't say why you had the hematoma. Hematoma are collections of blood. The nodule if probably a little blood clot under the skin or an inflammato... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Labial cuts: Could could have an infection. See your doc.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Hpv: Not illegal-but you should warn him. You can transmit the virus (hpv). This can put him at risk and potentially any of his future partners. Best to us... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Abnormal bleeding: Are you on the pill? If yes, low dose pills (low estrogen) sometimes don't allow your lining to become thick enough to bleed. This can throw things of... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Polyps: If there are polyps in your uterus (not on your cervix), generally they are removed because they can cause abnormal bleeding. Cervical polyps are remo... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Menses: This could represent ovulatory bleeding at mid cycle. You should see your doctor.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Bleeding and preg: First, confirm pregnancy. If you are pregnant these are symptoms of a possible miscarriage. You need to see your doctor and get an ultrasound.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Pain: I don't think pregnancy per se is the cause of your pain. It is probably something else muscular related. See your doctor.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Rough sex: Was the bleeding initially anal or vaginal? Since you were mid cycle the bleeding could be normal from the ovulatory process. Too early to know if pre... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Pregnant flashes: This is probably normal. The hormonal changes of pregnancy are usually at fault and normal. You should however have your thyroid checked.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Pregnant: Though symptoms wouldn't be usual for a very early pregnancy.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Semen: Are you sure he came? If he did, prior ejaculations near this time would reduce volume.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Depoprovera: Initial nausea is not unusual. Hopefully it will only last a couple of days. You can try a antihistamine like benadryl, (diphenhydramine) but that cou... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Masturbation: Masturbation is a normal function, practiced by men and women of all creeds and religions. Sexual desire in normal and leads to masturbation. It is o... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
HPV : Hpv is a large group on skin viruses- the Gardasil only gives protection for four for sure. You can get other strains of the virus with vaginal or ora... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Pap smear: A pap smear is a test for cervical problems. A pelvic exam at the same time might detect the suspicion of pregnancy depending on how far pregnant a wo... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Dark spots: Yes- most things applied to the skin are locally acting and safe during pregnancy.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Breast size: Really not possible to increase breast tissue. You can develop your pectoral muscles beneath your breast to increase your bra size by doing chest exer... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Vagina: The lumps could be normal. If they are new and enlarging, you need to see your doctor. It could be hpv (warts).
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Vag bleeding/preg: No- could be closed or open. You need to be examined buy doc.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Mittleschmertz: This pain at mid cycle is associated with ovulation. Should only last a few days.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Tuumy: If you are early pregnant, your tummy will not be "chubby" until about 12-14 weeks.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Endometrium: On ultrasound the endometrial stripe or thickness is measured. After menopause a thickness of 5mm or less is considered normal. If within the stripe ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Sex and bleeding: No, bleeding with sex is not normal. You need to see your doctor.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Plan b: Good question- your period maybe delayed by plan b. If you haven't had one by mid june, see your doctor.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
HSG: Heavy bleeding should not be a consequence of this x-ray. The cervix is grasped with a clamp and this could cause bleeding, usually not for 3days. Cal... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Breast asymmetry: We are all a little asymmetric- change could be weight related.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Alka seltzer: If your alka selter contains aspirin, you should not take it.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Breast: Are they on outer breasts or in the areolar area just around nipple? Either way, probably just increased pigmentation. See your doc to make sure.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Menopause: Why change either? Are you having bleeding? You could do either (decrease estrogen or increase progestin), lowering you estrogen dose may increase yo... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Skin and pregnancy: There are definite skin changes that are specific for pregnancy that usually resolve postpartum. If we are talking stretched skin from pregnant belly ... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Richards is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Richards is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Jul 31, 2014
Thanks for the instant reply!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I'll have to make a return visit to the dermatologist regarding the original removal as this spot has turned, remained white and maybe grown in size
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you for making it clear to me I though it was due to lower estrogen but none of the doctors here will prescribe it to me in Australia
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have already seen a dr. about the cysts, but all they found was a lot of fluid. the groin pain just started over a week ago. Thanks again!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The Ohio State University College of Medicine, OH
Graduated 1979MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Mason City, IA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Mason City, IA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Mason City, IA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS)
American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL)
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