Dr. Darrin Cunningham

Obstetrics and Gynecology
32 years experience male

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Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

After graduating with degrees in Microbiology and Physiology, I obtained my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Since then,I have been in private practice where I specialize in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and Obstetrics. When not at the office, I like to fly fish, scuba dive, and go boating.

Specialties
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Licenses

United States: Arkansas, Oklahoma

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1.1K Answers
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Not too common: Premature ovarian failure is not too common. Drug exposure, radiation, inflammatory diseases are some causes of POF. At 57, natural ovarian failure, ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Counseling: Please see your doctor and get a referral for counseling. Or you can talk to your pastor, minister, chaplain, and get some counseling. When you have a... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Nausea: vomiting, missed period, breadt tenderness are the most common
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Not related: Please speak with your doctor about long term birth control. Using plan B the way you are is unhealthy for your body. Otherwise the wt gain should not... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Risk: is injury to bladder. If you need to remove your ovary, your surgeon should go over , in detail, all of the risks as well as whether you need to or s... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Hopefully: you have a significant other who should be stepping up and taking on some of the slack. Otherwise , every chance you get, rest. Sounds like a dple a... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Usually normal: But a classic yeast infection will have clumps that look like cottage cheese. But small amt if white flecks may just skin cells. If you are symptomati... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Cancer: PCOS can increase the risk of uterine cancer because of higher natural estrogen levels. Progesterone counters the estrogen effects reducing those ris... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Normal: First, you are at risk of pregnancy if haven’t added some birth control. Otherwise you are having withdraw bleeding since you didn’t renew your deposi... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Sounds like : your baby ripped you. Yes , nerve damage can occur when having a baby. You could see a neurologist and have nerve testing.
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A female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Try different : lubrications. That might help
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Normal : for up to 12 months. If it lasts longer, see you doc.
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A female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Are you menstruating: Menopause is the loss of menstruation for 12 consecutive months. I dont routinely use lab tests to determine menopause. FSH and LH are dependent on... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Most: women ovulate about 14 days before they start their period. This is when you are most fertile.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Unusual: Pain can radiate to other areas of the body. I have had patients have menstrual pain radiate into neck, shoulder, chest ,buttocks, thighs. So, I gues... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Normal: every month, you produce a cyst which has the egg in it. 2 cm is very normal. Once you ovulate, that cyst will go away.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Common: Abnormal bleeding is very common with Depot Provera (medroxyprogesterone). Your bleeding should slow or stop in the next month or so. Depot has some i... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Now: that us a wide open question. Every medicine has a risk. You have to calculate why you might need it vs that risk. But, in general, estrogen is saf... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Evaluation: Call your doctor or make an appointment to let them know your BP readings. They can give you guidance on whether it is time to reduce or discontinue t... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Yes: Although breast tenderness can be a sign of pregnancy, it is not required, Nor is nausea.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Have and examination: It sounds harmless, but obviously someone needs to look at it to know for sure.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Hard to say: could be tonsillitis, or ear infection. Definitely need an exam to pinpoint the cause good luck
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
HPV: vaccine can help decrease cervical cancer as it helps keep the cause of the cancer away. ] Talk to your FP or GYN to see if this for you
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Sorry: for your loss. Make sure your diabetes is in PERFECT control before conception. IF your HgA1c is elevated, your have a sig chance of stillbirth. The... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
11 days: The Rapid Duo Test is very accurate as early as day 11 post exposure. Having a negative test at day 24 should give you peace of mind. Speak with your... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
I’m acids seeing a practitioner will be necessary. But until then I would abstain from sex. Let your vulva heal. Use ice/heat packs for comfort and us... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
There are none: Walking causes contractions but not labor. Bumpy car rides causes back aches but not labor. You will just have to be patient and let it happen natural... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Not usually: Most people get nervous if they can't find the heart beat because they dont know how to properly use the monitor.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
No: As long as you measure within 3 cm compared to your dates, this will be normal.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Evaluation: You need to get rechecked. You could be perimenopausal which would show normal hormones. Did they check your thyroid as well? If you could report wha... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Exam: Did your doc do any testing ? if not it may be time to determine what type of infection it really is, assuming it is infection. Your prescription sho... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Yellow yes: Normal colors for mucous are yellow, clear, white, grey, and green. All dependent on hydration and types of food eaten. Brown would make me think o... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Anovulation: Many women dont ovulate every month. This can make them have very erratic periods. Usually, we will use oral contraceptives to manage these. There are... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Different approach.: Avoid ejaculation of your partner 2 to 7 days before expected pos ovulation kit. Then have intercourse the day of positive and the next 2 days.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Maybe: Depot Provera (medroxyprogesterone) can take as long as 18 months to stop having affects on your cycles. It sounds like your cycles are returning. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Ovarian cysts: Women make 1000 cysts or follicles each of which holds an individual egg. However, only one egg becomes the primary egg and therefore the cyst or foll... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Have your ob check: There are many physical changes occurring during pregnancy. Some can be painful. But these should be checked out to ensure they arent dangerous to ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Unlikely: You should have ovulated around day 15, so having intercourse on day 5 or 6 should be low risk. Having him void before intercourse won't help with no... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Could be: Not all tests are of the same quality. Also, some pregnancies progress differently and therefore you can get positive tests at slightly different time... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Follow up: I assume she is under a doctors care since you know she has a tumor. You should contact her doctor to let them know of her continued pain. Ovarie... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Early years: During your early menstrual years, it is common to have irregular cycles. If you are sexually active check a pregnancy test. Otherwise you migh... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
14 days: Most women will ovulate about 14 days before their period. If your cycles are consistent, you can use an ovulation kit to maximize your chances. ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
15 percent per month: Every cycle, a woman, has a 15 percent chance of getting pregnant when they are off of birth control.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
This is normal: Lupron (leuprolide) will make you stop menstruating. I start my patients on continuous ocp to continue thinning the endometrium. This can also keep t... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Yes: Yes, usually, a womans cycle will fix itself in 3 or 4 months. If not, then hormone therapy can be used to 'jump start' if necessary, and/or lab tests... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Shouldnt: The half life of a drug is how long it takes for the body to remove one half of the drug from the blood. The half life of this drug is about 2 to... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Probably ok: Once you ovulate, the fluid can be seen on ultrasound. The fluid can cause pain in your pelvis. If this the cause of the pain, it can take a couple of... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Possible not likely: If a woman has a regular monthly cycle and has premenstrual symptoms like bloating, breast tenderness etc, then 95% chance you are ovulating.
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A member asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Bladder spasm: Although you are very early, your uterus is starting to enlarge and pushing on your bladder. This can cause the tingling sensation due to spasm. I... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
You may be right: Skin tags are normal in the vulva and can be easily removed in office. Your doc can make that determination and remove them for you.
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Testimonials
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Dr. Philip Miller
Oct 27, 2014
I highly endorse Dr Darrin Cunningham as an expert on the HealthTap and HealthTap Prime networks. His commentaries are astute and educational for both patients and physicians alike and he is an asset ...Read More
Jul 8, 2013
excellent sound advice from this doctor and he is an asset to Healthtap
Aug 15, 2013
Precise, informative answers. Thank you for caring to help!
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Thank you very much for your quick response! Agreed - I have started weekly measurements and am receiving progesterone injections. Many thanks again for your time and consideration, With best regard...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Figured out that the green stuff was a watermelon ice tickle i ate the night before but scared me:) but the acid puke was something unsur
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Was a bit scared cuz I had a bad flu and didnt know I was preg. Cuz it test was neg. last period apr 16 but progest lev in may 8- 0.7 thanks

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, OK
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

Hillcrest Health Center, Okc, Ok
Completed 1996

Awards

2013 Teacher of the Year University of Arkansas Medical Center
HealthTap Top Doctor In Arkansas
Top Doctor, First Place, Arkansas - Summer
2013
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