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Dr. Stephen Richards

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Columbus, OH
43 years experience male

Locations

Womankind Obstetrics and Gynecology

Columbus, OH

Address

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

My office hours

Wednesday: 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
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Pregnant: Though symptoms wouldn't be usual for a very early pregnancy.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Breast asymmetry: We are all a little asymmetric- change could be weight related.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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).
A male asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Sex and bleeding: No, bleeding with sex is not normal. You need to see your doctor.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Vag dryges: Depends. It is not abnormal, the length of time you are aroused and/or length of sexual encounter both contribute.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Bircornuate uterus: Treatment of a septate vs a bicornuate uterus differ and therefore an accurate diagnosis is necessary. A 6 week loss could be caused by other factors ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Vag bleeding/preg: No- could be closed or open. You need to be examined buy doc.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Pregnant?: The obvious question-pregnant? If not, are you on the pill, any new medications, under unusual stress? The pill can cause very light periods. Give you... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
None: BV is a group of bacteria that cause vaginitis symptoms. Bacteria require an antibiotic to treat.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Could be again: The wart was can remain present though the wart has been removed. This could lead to recurrence of a wart. You need to be examined.
A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
?fibroid: I presume you have a uterine fibroid, a common benign muscle tumor. Sometimes people call them fibroid cysts (fluid filled), though they are usually s... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Chance: If you miss a pill, you can make it up once during a cycle-if twice, bets are off. Don't skip any days. Since sex was before this, chances are small y... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Not related: Pain at your navel does not compute. Some woman do get GI sx's and diarrhea with there periods, I assume you haven't before.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Nope: If you were 80# and two weeks pregnant, you wouldn't show.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Probably: If an u/s sound puts you at six weeks with a viable baby, things are good. The miscarriage rate in your age group is one in five. If you have an u/s a... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Abnormal bleeding: You should be evaluated. If you are not pregnant (blood test confirmation), the abnormal bleeding should be evaluated.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Yes: There isn't any interaction between these medications.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Not likely pregnant: This bleeding pattern is not uncommon with Mirena (levonorgestrel). The progestin containing IUD is effective in preventing pregnancy, but abnormal bl... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Normal: The first few cycles might be atypical.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Healthy diet: Nothing special, the same diet everyone should eat-watch excess simple sugars (carbs), get adequate protein (fish, chicken). You should be taking a fo... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Irregular: Will you are taking the pill your periods will definitely be regular and a good solution.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 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
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Labial cuts: Could could have an infection. See your doc.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Cervical cysts: These are called nabothian cysts and represent plugged lubricating glands. Very common and no symptoms and no treatment.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Vaginal Discharge: Doubtful that your medication is responsible. See your doctor.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Menopause: You could be having premature menopause. You need to be evaluated for menopause and other medical conditions related to absent menses. Call your docto... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Menses: Nope, antibiotics will not change your cycle in general. Sometimes, if you are on the pill, could alter contraceptive benefit.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Yep: Could be any of these-get a pregnancy test if you miss your period.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
Late cycle: Sex won't make you late. Stress and a multitude of other things could. If you don't start within a couple days, see your doctor.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
After missed period: Urine tests can detect pregnancy several days after missed period. The longer you wait, the hormone level increases and a positive more likely with t... 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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