Dr. Susan Almquist

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Chesapeake, VA
18 years experience female

Locations

Monarch Women's Wellness

Chesapeake, VA

Address

3802 Poplar Hill Road, Suite C, Chesapeake, VA
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Office

Chesapeake, VA

About

Bio

Dr. Almquist provides high-quality medical care for a woman throughout the course of her life. In addition to offering prenatal and postnatal care, Dr. Almquist offers comprehensive gynecological services, including pap smears, annual physicals, management of ongoing medical conditions and wellness screenings. Susan Almquist, MD, is an obstetrician and gynecologist. She received her bachelor of science from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., and earned a doctor of medicine degree from the Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, W.Va. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, she obtained postgraduate training as a surgical resident of the Ethicon Institute. Dr. Almquist is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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87 Answers
12 Agrees
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Evaluation of baby.: Usually around 18-20 weeks is when patients have an ultrasound to evaluate the baby's anatomy (look at developing brain, arms, legs, heart, spine, etc... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Evaluate pretnancy: The first ultrasound in pregnancy is usually very early in pregnancy - about 7-8 weeks. Your doctor should be able to see the growing fetus in the ut... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
It varies.: Ultrasounds can be done either with a vaginal probe or an abdominal probe. The vaginal probe is inserted in the vagina and provides good views of the... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Talk to your doctor.: You need to talk to your doctor to evaluate your periods - they can do an exam, check labs, and get appropriate imaging (like an ultrasound) to see wh... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
No.: Most patients shouldn't have pain from the pap smear or the exam. Patients may be uncomfortable from the speculum which allows us to see the cervix, ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Depends.: People that have irregular cycles can still get pregnant. If you have unprotected sex, you can get pregnant. I don't know what your situation is, bu... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Talk to your doctor.: I'm sorry to hear about your miscarriage. This doesn't usually cause vaginal dryness, though. Sometimes a lubricant can help. There may be other is... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Possibly.: Infertility can be caused by medical issues involving either the female or male partner. A semen analysis is part of the evaluation for the male part... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Tell your doctor.: Sometimes patients can have spotting after intercourse, cervical exams, or vaginal probes used for ultrasounds and this can be ok. I would call your ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Hard to say.: Some women with pcos have difficulty becoming pregnant and may require medication, etc. To help them become pregnant. Others can conceive on their ow... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Medicine or surgery.: An ultrasound, blood pregnancy tests, and an exam all help diagnose tubal (ectopic) pregnancy. The ultrasound can help you see if a pregnancy is in t... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
No real side effects: People can be started on birth control pills to help treat painful periods, help reduce ovarian cysts, and some help with acne as you mentioned. Once... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
See your doctor.: It's possible you have a bacterial infection. The only way to know what is causing the discharge is with an exam and some testing.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
See your doctor.: In general, if you always have regular periods and then miss a period, check a pregnancy test. If you aren't pregnant, there could be various causes,... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Low: The ablation is performed inside the uterus, so only the lining of the uterus would be ablated. A complication of the procedure is perforation of the... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Talk to your doctor.: This bleeding/spotting may be related to having sex recently, but i strongly recommend that you talk to a doctor. By having unprotected sex, you coul... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Ultrasound: The fundal height is measured at every visit after 20 weeks. Usually, the measurements are within a couple of cm of your gestational age. If the mea... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
See your doctor.: It may be that many of your symptoms are related to bowel issues. The vaginal discharge and nosebleed may be unrelated. Talk to your doctor to revie... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
NSAIDS: Motrin/ibuprofen/advil....All work very well for menstrual cramps. Taking these as directed for the severe days can really help. If you are not gett... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Dairy: Dairy products (milk, yogurt), leafy green vegetables, and nuts are all good sources of calcium.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Hard to say.: What you are describing may be something unrelated to your diagnosis of pcos. You may have a vaginal discharge that is occurring at the same time as... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
NSAIDS: Nsaids like advil/motrin/ibuprofen are great for treating menstrual cramps. These are over the counter and are pretty inexpensive. Some people can't... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
It varies.: Pcos is a syndrome that is associated with irregular cycles, irregular or no ovulation, hirsutism (terminal hair growth in a male pattern - chin, uppe... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Pretty accurate.: Your due date is probably within about one week. Earlier ultrasounds can be within a few days.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
See your doctor.: It's possible that you have a bacterial infection that is causing the odor. The best thing to do is see your doctor so that you can be examined.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Before: Before you try to get pregnant, make sure that your vaccinations are up to date.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Varies.: Talk with your doctor. The frequency of pap smears will depend on your age and medical history (history of abnormal pap, etc). Screening with a pap ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Maybe not.: First, you might want to just ask your pediatrician to take a look and explain what you are looking at. They can provide helpful information about wh... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Need to wait.: Your doctor knows your situation the best. The endometrial biopsy helps your doctor in diagnosis, and although they know your history, etc., no one c... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Not usually: Menopause is when someone (average age of 52) has gone one year without periods. In the time leading up to menopause, women experience irregular peri... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Something reasonable: For weight loss, make this your lifestyle, not just a temporary diet - especially with pcos and and increased risk for Insulin resistance/diabetes. B... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Maybe.: It is difficult to say since i don't know what treatment you started or more about your medical history, but a good rule is that if you have periods a... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Age/your health: You should talk about your medical history and age related risks in conceiving and in pregnancy. If you are considering pregnancy, you should talk wi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
It varies.: Many doctors prefer to begin new OB care at about 7-8 weeks. Visits are about every 4 weeks until around 28 weeks. Then visits are every 2 weeks unt... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
It depends.: Usually brown discharge is old blood and women can have spotting (have very light bleeding). Cramps are common with menses. You should talk to y... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Visit your doctor.: Irregular periods can be due to various medical causes. There isn't one cure all, either. The best thing to do is talk to your doctor, so that they ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Pregnancy test: Check a pregnancy test if you think you might be pregnant. The average age of menopause is 52, and women will skip periods during this time until the... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Not sure.: What you are describing sounds like some light spotting, and your OB would be able to give you reassurance if things are ok. Sometimes sex can cause ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Not clear.: Toxemia usually refers to pre-eclampsia in pregnancy. Some cleaning products are toxic if ingested, however this is unrelated to the toxemia in pregn... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Not really.: Being 35 or older (advanced maternal age), there is an increased risk of having a chromosomal disorder, however, this does not mean that your pregnanc... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Maybe: It will depend on what method you have been using and you are changing to. You may notice spotting or breakthrough bleeding. Talk to your doctor abo... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Hard to say.: It's possible that you are just spotting (having light bleeding) as your period ends. If you mean that your period stops, then days later you spot, t... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Talk to your doctor.: A common component of pcos is having irregular cycles. If you skip a period (or more), your next period can be longer/heavier as the lining of your u... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Not usually: Bacteria and yeast are common causes of vaginal discharge. Having a vaginal discharge doesn't mean that a person is pregnant. If you think you migh... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Difficult to say.: The diagnosis of pcos is often made when a patient has irregular periods, signs of increased androgens (acne, hair growth on face, chin, abdomen), and... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Talk to your doctor.: Pcos is not really something that goes away. Check with your doctor to clarify the information that you recently received. Perhaps cysts on your ova... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
No clear answer.: There is no best way to get pregnant or to get pregnant quickly, and sometimes conceiving can take time. I suggest that you talk to your gynecologist... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes.: Usually the anatomy ultrasound is done during 18-20 weeks of pregnancy. The purpose of this ultrasound is to view how the fetus is developing - if yo... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Get more information: Talk to your doctor about the skin tag that was removed. Was there anything abnormal about it? Understand why they removed what they did. Would you... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology 18 years experience
Most likely.: The recommended age to begin pap smears is age 21. Frequency of pap smears will depend on a person's age and medical history. Annual exams are also ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Mar 28, 2013
Dr Almquist has the best bedside manner. She is extremely personable and attentive and was able to resolve my medical issue with a simple blood test and medication. I am so thankful to have found he...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Almquist is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Almquist is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! It's good to know that my toxic products will not cause Toxemia
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you, It wasn't related it was an allergic reaction.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, WV
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

Univeristy of Cincinnati

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Norfolk, VA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Norfolk, VA - Winter
2013
Top Obstetrician and Gynecologist, First Place, Virginia - Winter
2013

Affiliations

www.acog.org
http://www.bs757.com/
http://www.aagl.org/

Publications

New Guidelines for Pap Smear Testing
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