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Dr. Paula Hillard

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Mountain View,, CA
45 years experience female

Locations

Office

Mountain View, CA

Address

1174 Castr St., Suite 250, Mountain View, CA
Directions

Stanford Gynecology

Mountain View,, CA

About

Bio

My practice includes a focus on pediatric and adolescent gynecology. I focus on alleviating the many gynecologic problems that girls and teens experience--menstrual pain, bleeding problems, contraception. These problems are often ignored--and girls/moms don't know there are ways to alleviate them!

Specialties
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Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

611 Answers
72 Agrees
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
New one in 5-7d: Restart your new ring 5 days after taking the old one out. You may want to think about another method of birth control that's easier to remember how ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Possible: The worst pills to miss are those that extend the hormone free interval, thus possibly allowing ovulation to occur. Emergency contraception would be ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
May not work: If you start the pill after you've ovulated (mid-cycle) you may not be able to delay the period.However, many drs recommend a quick-start(any day--as ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Absolutely!: After missing 3 pills, most women with have breakthrough bleeding/an early period. Also, don't count on the pill for birth control. You should start... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Preg not likely: If you've been on the shot and haven't been late in getting it, you are well protected. Using a condom if there is any risk of stds will act as doubl... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Many things: Could be infection or other causes. The only way to know for sure is to see your doctor who can look at the area.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
See a doctor: Pain with sex or pain after sex isn't normal. It could be many things, including an ovarian tumor or cyst.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Infection of hair: Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicle. Sounds as if you also have other symptoms--? Itching, or discharge--depending on symptoms, could be... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Not typical: It's not at all typical to have these symptoms with ovulation. I would suggest you ask your primary doctor about other possible causes.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Not a period: Sounds like a discharge--which can be normal or an infection or an std. Birth control (pills and other) can make your periods lighter or you can even ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Other causes: Other reasons for missed periods include hormone imbalances (polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid disease, pituitary problems, eating disorders). Someti... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Many possibilities: Belly pain and vaginal discharge could be an infection or stds or a urinary infection or pelvic infection. The only way to know for sure is to see yo... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Fertility declines: Fertility declines with age, so the biggest factor is your age. Periods and fertility can be delayed somewhat after stopping Depo-Provera provera (me... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Count from feb 26: By convention, the duration of pregnancy is counted from the first date of the last menstrual period (not from the date of conception). If your perio... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Possible: A bout of diarrhea that is infrequent will not likely affect your birth control pills. If you have a medical condition that causes chronic (ongoing) ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
No problem: No interactions. Grapefruit is generally a healthy food choice unless you're taking some very specific meds, like meds for high cholesterol.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Nothing is 100%: The most common cause of failed contraception is related to user-error: missed pills, patch, ring, shot, etc, but even if you use a method perfectly,... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Most have none: Most women who take birth control pills have no side effects.Most common side effect in the few months is irregular bleeding that gets better over tim... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
No: Many causes of missed periods besides pregnancy: hormonal causes (pcos, thyroid disease) and other medical conditions. Talk with your doctor about fin... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Could be normal: Stretching/pulling cramps are not uncommon in early pregnancy, and often relate to the stretching of the round ligaments--supporting structures for th... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Many things: Could be normal variation--cycles aren't always exactly the same. Count cycle from beginning of one period to the beginning of the next. Cycles shou... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Can occur: Most people have less pain with their periods when taking birth control pills. There are other causes of pain with your periods--and if it continues,... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Sorry, but likely: You should talk with your doctor to have an exam, a blood test for the pregnancy hormone hcg, and possibly an ultrasound to sort out what's going on.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Not necessarily: Sometimes when you've been on the pill for awhile, the lining of your uterus gets thin and spotting can occur. Missed pills are another common cause... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Yes: Fertility returns quickly after an iud is removed. Do a pregnancy test and see your doctor.
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A female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Could be pregnancy: If you missed any pills, it's possible that you ovulated and could be pregnant, so a pregnancy test is always a good idea with a late period. Are you... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
It depends: In general, and if you're not at risk for stds, birth control methods including Aviane birth control pills become effective 7 days after starting them... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Many possibilities: Spotting or irregular bleeding is common in the first 3 months of any new pill. Missed pills also cause bleeding, so be sure you're not missing, but s... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
See your doctor: Birth control pills aren't perfect and neither are individuals--missing pills is common, and can lead to lower effectiveness. Do a pregnancy test and... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
See your doctor: Irregular periods have many causes. Painful periods also have many possible causes. It's important to figure out the cause to best be able to treat i... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Not likely: With no missed pills, "perfect use", the failure rate is 0.3%->99% effective.In typical use, because taking a pill every d without ever missing is ha... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Mostly none: Most women go back to regular periods right away, but for some, the period may be slightly delayed. If you want to get pregnant, see your doctor if p... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
NO: Birth control pills do cause some changes in the results of thyroid tests for women taking birth control pills, but they do not cause hypothyroidism.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
NO!: Emergency contraception works only for a single episode. Use regular birth control. It works better. Use condoms and spermicide today.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Not normal: "horrible" cramps and heavy flow may have many causes. Particularly if Ibuprofen doesn't help, you should see your doctor. Causes may include fibroi... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Old blood: Old blood looks dark brown or black. Sounds as if your periods are fairly light. Are you taking hormones? Ask your doctor about the cause.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Low: Breast tenderness is a side effect of birth control pills, especially in the first 1-3 months of use. It typically resolves quickly.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Many causes: Pains and irregular periods may or may not be related. If the pains are persisted and strong, talk with your doctor. While menstrual cycles can vary... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Not always: When a pregnancy stops growing, sometimes there is bleeding fairly soon, but other times there is a delay. There can even be a condition in which the... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Possible infection: Many possible causes of thick discharge--from a yeast infection to stds to bacterial infections. You can't tell (and the dr can't tell) just by looki... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Not likely: 85% of couples get pregnant within 12 months of starting to try to get pregnant. If it's been > 1 year, see your doctor. One of the first tests they... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Many causes: Impossible to know without an exam. Possilbe infection or even std. Could be a variation of normal, but if it's new, painful, changing over time, yo... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Wait a bit: Typically bleeding comes after you stop the pills. Wait to see what happens, and then discuss with the dr who prescribed it.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Pregnancy or.....: Pregnancy may be the most common reason. Other reasons include hormone imbalances (polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid disease, pituitary problems), ea... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Options vary : Many states have health department clinics where you can get free or low cost birth control, or planned parenthood has many clinics across the country... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Can't predict: For most women, birth control doesn't affect anxiety, but for a few women, hormonal contraceptives can worsen moods. Worry about an unintended pregnan... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
See your dr: A late period with cramping could be a sign of pregnancy. Could be other causes (hormones, etc) or an abnormal pregnancy such as a miscarriage or tu... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Emergency bc: Plan b and other generic brands of emergency bc are intended to be taken as directed within 72hr of condom breaking/slipping off or unplanned sex or o... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
It depends: Possible causes: yeast, stds, normal variant you'd not noticed before, other vaginitis/vulvitis, other skin conditions, warts, molluscum contagiosum.... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Not right away: Many drs tell women to start the pill on the first day of their period. The period may then be slightly shorter. Not to worry. Just take every day ... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hillard is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hillard is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Apr 14, 2013
Wonderful explanation
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you so much. Well I got my period but I have low back pain and the blood is like a brownish thick discharge. Any comments ?
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you so much. It stinks that I have to live with these symptoms because I have no insurance. I appreciate your help and reply. God bles
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Thank you so much for your reply ! Very comforting ! If I am sexually active , could this be a preg. Sign ? Consider intimate 3/28 & 3/29 ?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1977MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA HOSPITAL

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