Dr. Paula Hillard

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Mountain View,, CA
46 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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Not the same: Emergency contraception acts mainly by preventing ovulation, and is intended for only occasional or one-time use. Regular birth control pills also w... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
NO: Hormonal contraception (pills, patch, shot, ring, and emergency contraceptives) do not prevent stds. Only condoms/barrier methods lower the risks of ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Depends : It depends on what you mean by "safe"--using a diaphragm causes no hormonal side effects, but has a higher risk of pregnancy, and pregnancy has lots o... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Bleeding: 11 mm is too thick in a post menopausal woman. Most drs would recommend an endometrial biopsy to be sure there is no precancerous tissue or cancer. Pr... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
No clear differences: There is no clear evidence that users of any one particular pill will have more or fewer side effects.Every person is different, & success with pills ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Better protection: Many couples use a backup method such as condoms and pills to increase effectiveness and lower risk of stds. Also, it's more effective to use condom ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
IUDs and implants: You should consider long-acting reversible contraceptives (larc)--iuds and a small rod placed under the skin. All very effective (the most effective m... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Many different: There are many different names of combination birth control pills-some brand names and some generics-with many different hormone combinations (atype o... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Condoms can: Hormonal birth control methods, while effective in preventing pregnancy, don't prevent stds. Use a condom along with hormonal method with a hormonal ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Probably not: Birth control methods can cause nausea, but not typically pain. One risk of birth control methods containing estrogen is the risk of a blood clot to ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
No evidence: There's no real evidence that bc pills worse raynauds disease, but if it'sraynaud's syndrome associated with lupus, talk with your doctor (if you hav... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Not every day: The biggest advantage of the patch compared to pills is that it's easier--you just have to use/change once a week, rather than daily. Long-acting rev... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Excellent, but...: 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 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
3-6 weeks: Ask your doctor even before your delivery. Depending on your health and risk factors, you can restart the pill in 3-6 weeks after delivery. I hope t... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
It can: After menopause, many women have an acceleration of bone loss. Ask your doctor about risk factors for bone loss (thin, smoker, family history of oste... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Uncommon: Most people take birth control pills without any problems.Al medications including birth control pills have risks.Birth control pills have a slightly ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
It depends: It depends on when in your cycle you started the shot. If you started on the first day of bleeding, it's effective right away. If later in your cyc... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
An antibiotic: It's an antibiotic used to treat infections such as bacterial vaginosis or a type of std called trichomonas vaginalis.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Most antibiotics OK : Some antibiotics, like rifampin, definitely interact with birth control.Others may in some individuals and with some pills .It probably depends on how... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
IUDs and implants: You should consider long-acting reversible contraceptives (larc)--2 types of iuds and a small rod placed under the skin. All very effective (the most ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
If ovaries removed: Only if the ovaries are also removed.Hysterectomy means removing the uterus.In medical speak, if the ovaries are also removed, it's a hysterectomy wit... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Many possible things: Many possible causes of bleeding-- from infections, even stds, to polyps of the uterus or cervix, to fibroids, to kissed pills, or other causes. See y... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Patience: It sounds as if the Mirena (levonorgestrel) was just placed? In the first ~2-3 months the hormone levels are a little higher than they will be. After... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Not likely: Numbness in your arms, legs, and fingers is very unlikely to be a blood clot (which might cause symptoms in one leg or one arm, but not likely all. ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes: Ella (ulipristal acetate) works up to 5 days after sex . Other options best asap but up to 3 days. They work by preventing ovulation, and are not perf... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Could be pregnancy: Many things, including pregnancy, can cause a missed period, although pregnancy isn't common at your age. Keep track of your periods, use birth contr... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes: Spotting or irregular bleeding is common in the first 3 months of any new pill, even if you are switching. Missed pills also cause bleeding, so be sur... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Women's health: Gynecology is health care of women, particularly focused on women's reproductive health, but considering the whole woman. Typically health care is pr... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
See your doctor: It's best to figure out what is causing irregular periods before treating. If the problem is now ongoing pain in spite of taking birth control pills,... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
A small possibility: Birth control pills have a very low failure rate (<1%) if they are taken perfectly, but typical users (who may miss pills) have a failure rate of ~9%)... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Not likely: Most antibiotics do not interact with ith control pills for most people. Having stopped the antibiotics a few weeks ago, you should be back to normal... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Use backup x 7 days: The evidence show that the pill is effective after 7 day.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Not as good as other: If 100 couples use spermicides alone for birth control for a year, 28/100 will get pregnant in typical use. Even if used perfectly, 18/100 will get p... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
See your doctor: Several possibilities, including pregnancy or pregnancy problems such as a tubal/ectopic (out of place) pregnancy than could be serious. Might also ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
See your doctor: Several possibilities, including pregnancy problems such as a pregnancy or a tubal/ectopic (out of place) pregnancy that could be serious. Might also... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
No problem: Birth control pills often cause periods to be lighter. Time of day doesn't matter. Be sure to take the pill consistently, same time of day every day... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes probably: It might be good to check with your primary dr to be sure you don't have a specific intestinal problem. Some GI conditions, like inflammatory bowel d... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Women's health: Obstetricians deal with pregnancy and helping women to have a healthy baby. Gynecology deals with women's reproduction health, so gynecologists treat... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Continue to check: Breast cysts can come and go. You didn't say your age, but if the lump went away completely, it's not likely to be anything serious. Best to be awar... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Many causes: Irregular periods when you're not taking the pill have different causes than irregular bleeding when you're taking the pill. If you are trying to get... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Pregnancy possible: Women had many reasons to switch from one method of birth control to another, and that's ok, but the key is not to have a gap in your birth control co... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
See your doctor: Bleeding after sex could be lots of things: infection, std, pregnancy, other gyn problems. Best to check it out.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Lots of types cysts: There are lots of different types of ovarian cysts--some that come and go on their own, some that are associated with hormone imbalances likes polycys... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Most effective: Sexually active teens should protect themselves by using condoms to lower std risks and a hormonal method to prevent pregnancy.Long-acting reversible ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Pill side effects: In the first 1-3 months after starting birth control pills, irregular bleeding (termed "breakthrough bleeding" is common. For almost everyone, period... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Better birth control: Typically, having a withdrawal period at the expected time means no pregnancy. I hope you've found a birth control method that works better for you. ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Not a problem: Not having a period while taking certain forms of birth control is not associated with later problems with fertility. Not having a period while you a... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Health benefits: Birth control prevents unintended pregnancies and the health risks that are associated with pregnancy. There are other non contraceptive benefits, bu... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Chances are good: Some women, but not all, have a slight delay in return to fertility after stopping the pill. If your periods were regular before you started taking th... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
No: "white particles" are likely the presence of vaginal discharge. This is not a sign of pregnancy.
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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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