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Dr. Eric Colton

Obstetrics and Gynecology
30 years experience male

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Tuesday: 8:00am - 1:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

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Mercy Health Plans of MO

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About

Bio

I was born and raised in Southern California and after practicing for 19 years in St. Louis, Missouri, I am returning to California. I am married and we have a blended family with 7 children. I enjoy the outdoors. Some hobbies include bicycling, running and cooking. I also believe in the importance of exercise.

Specialties
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Licenses

United States: Missouri

Doctor Q&A

42 Answers
3 Agrees
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Pregnancy Test!!!: In short, emergency contraception within 72 hours of coitus(intercourse) may be beneficial if trying to avoid pregnancy. However, if you are delayed ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Need to be seen: Causes of no period or amenorrhea depend on whether you have had periods before or not and require evaluation with exam, blood tests and even ultrasou... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Miscarriage risk: First trimester risk of miscarriage may be as high as 25%. However, if cardiac activity (heartbeat) is seen and normal, risk lowers to about 10%. B... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
It happens: Unfortunately, the pill is not 100% effective. The good news is ocps do not cause problems in general with pregnancy, however, you should stop takin... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Roughly 20%: Looking at 10 couples trying to conceive 2 out of 10 will get pregnant every month, thus, 20%. However, many other factors may work against this. If... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Birth control pills: Some pills are chewable and start dissolving right away. Those that are swallowed will start upon entering the stomach and take about 30-45 minutes d... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Yes this is normal.: Monitor your cycle and you should start your next menses in about 4 weeks. Strongly recommend using birth control, at the very least condoms until yo... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
YES: pregnancy is a possibility as is the potential for certain STDs due to exchange of bodily fluids. Evaluation for pregnancy with pregnancy test for st... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Need evaluation: There are numerous causes to heavy menses and evaluation can be done quickly to determine the cause and allow for treatment. Highly recommend see you... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Anovulation ?: irregular menses can be due to several factors. First always want to rule out pregnancy. If on birth control it may be related to that. If not irre... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Rule out ectopic: Anytime a patient had tubal surgery the concern in a reproductive age woman not using any contraception is a tubal pregnancy. I would first check an ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Yes, likely normal: I would recommend checking a pregnancy test in the next week. My practice is located in st. Louis and can get new patients appointments within 24 hou... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Determine source: May be due to a vaginal infection or abnormality of the vagina. Was your cervix removed at time of hysterectomy ? Would recommend seeing your gyneco... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Tincture of time: However, some simple options to try that are safe include use of peppermint, ginger, and vitamin b6 supplements. Also frequent small meals. Acupress... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Yes: The underwire in a poorly fitted bra will cause irritation to the underlying tissue( rib/muscle) leading inflammation. One most also rule out other p... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Not likely: However, are you sure about your cycle? Plan b may be a safe option.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Check pregnancy test: If you are sexually active with or without protection you should alway rule out the possibility of pregnancy with the occurence of any menstrual cycle... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
In general, no.: Lack of the development of secondary sexual characteristics depend on whether you have ever had a menstrual cycle or not. This may be related to one ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Congradulations!: Hopefully you are taking prenatal vitamins and scheduled to see your ob/gyn soon.
A female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
What is blood type?: If you have a positive blood type you do not need rhogam. However, if negative blood type and Rhogam was not given your subsequent pregnany(s) may ha... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Work the core: While I am an ob/gyn I am also a owner of an indoor cycling studio and work out almost daily. You want to focus on incorporating core strengthing exe... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
No answer: Some believe the rate in which the pregnancy hormone rises leads to different degrees of " morning sickness ". Thus lack of eating may act as a trigge... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
May be normal: Several possibilities exist and questions about any new or changes in existing medications, weight loss, stress or recent illness. I am always accept... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Likely yes!: However, in some cases it may be a result loss and a quit visit will confirm this or, hopefully give you some reassurance.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Ignore: Physical therapy has been a life saver for many of my patients.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
May have infection: Several possibilities from a urinary tract infection that may involve her kidneys, bleeding after intercourse, cervical infection to developing preter... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Keep scope scheduled: Your pain may be related to endometriosis or previous infection leading to adhesions. The pain with urination may be due to interstitial cystitis. T... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Further info needed: These may require a more detailed history, with regards to your medication(s), diet, etc. More often than not this should be evaluated further.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
VERY accurate: Early first trimester ultrasound for determining your edc, due date is the most accurate.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Yeast infection: Vaginal discharge may occur with many infections including herpes, trichamoniasis, bacterial as well as yeast infections. Please follow up with your ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
An abscess: There are several gland openings that my become obstructed. If they contain bacteria it may start out as a cyst of a sebaceous gland, Bartholin's gla... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
May be abnormal: AUB, or abnormal uterine bleeding has several causes and evaluation starts with a physical exam and likely an ultrasound. Some blood tests may be ord... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
May be a while: While every person returns to ovulatory cycles at different times it may be as long as 12 months. I have had 1 patient who's cycles did not return un... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Not normal: While this may not be considered post menopausal bleeding, it is more correctly referred to as abnormal uterine bleeding and needs further evaluation.... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Rest: Rest, hydration and tylenol (acetaminophen) cold & flu formulas are safe. Stay away from advil, motrin, Ibuprofen products. Some good homemade chic... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Your BP is normal: A number of signs and symptoms may be present with pre-eclampsia. Elevated BP >140/90 and the presence of protein in your urine. These are things yo... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Post partum is ok: I usually recommend a visit for thorough counseling on the risk, benefits, efficacy, and side effects and schedule insertion shortly after your 6 week... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Elevated prolactin: Yes an elevated prolactin level may interfere with normal menstruation and ovulation. It may also represent a problem with your thyroid gland. Need... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Need exam!!: Vaginal bleeding that far out from hysterectomy needs evaluation to determine source. To rule out a growth/lesion in the vagina as well as the possib... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Probably not: However, this would depend on when the iud was placed. The incidence of benign ovarian cyst is increased slightly with the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iu... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Cycle length: Usually the variable portion of your cycle is related to that after ovulation. Most women will ovulate on day 14 of her cycle making the first half of... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Ignore: Exercise, when done daily, will not only help overall health, but will help with hot flashes.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Colton is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Colton is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Feb 26, 2013
Irregular menstrual period treatment
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! That was my primary concern and have an appointment scheduled for my gyn on the 5th. The IUD strings are still in the proper place though.
HealthTap member
Tests were done. could not find a text book cause for elevated prolactin as I had none of the symptoms. Fertility tests all normal. What now
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! the heartbeat is thr but so was last time & baby stil died 2wk ltrl

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Saint Louis University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

Mercy St Louis
Completed 1996

Awards

Top Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Third Place, Missouri - Winter
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

St. Louis Top Doctors 2013, 2014
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