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Dr. Laura Pearlman

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Evanston, IL
41 years experience female

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Specialties
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Licenses

United States: Illinois

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

160 Answers
4 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
See your gynecologis: You should be examined to ensure there is nothing wrong, and to investigate why you are not getting your period.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Many possibilties: Did your period come yet? If it did, is it normal except the odor. If you are not pregnant, then periods can be late and i would wait to see what happ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Many: Many reasons for delayed menses. If you are sexually active, i would do a pregnancy test if your period is more than two weeks late. If it is negative... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Yes: Depo needs to be given every 12 weeks. If not, you are not protected against pregnancy. And you would ovulate, before your cycle comes. So you could b... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Do pregnancy test: Since your cycle is late and you are spotting, the most common diagnosis is pregnancy. You can do a pregnancy test over the counter. You could also ha... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Do a pregnancy test: If you missed your period, you should do a pregnancy test. They are sensitive and accurate and that should answer the question. Also you should get on... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Possibly: The urine pregnancy test is quite accurate, but it takes some time after conception for the test to be positive. Sounds like you waited only 9 days to... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Not sure: That could be vaginosis which is an imbalance in the bacteria of the vagina. But i would have your OB look at it just to make sure it is not something... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
No: Sex does not delay a period. They cycle is determined by ovulation date. If your period does not come, i would do a pregnancy test. Most likely the sy... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
You cant: When you are heavier, the breasts add fatty tissue and therefore weight. When you loose weight, they get smaller just like the rest of your body. The ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Yes: The reason for doing the test is to make sure that your tube is not blocked. The test can be uncomfortable, so i would take ibuprofen/alleve an hour b... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Yes you probably are: The urine pregnancy tests are very sensitive and fairly accurate. It is common to have bleeding in early pregnancy. I would set up an appointment to s... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Do a pregnancy test: That is the first thing to do. If it is negative, i would wait another month to see if it comes. If not, call your ob/gyne.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
See a doctor: You may have an ovarian cyst. I recommend you see a gynecologist.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Depends: When you will ovulated is related to the total length of your cycle. From the first day of your menses to the first day of the next one is the cycle l... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Day 10: The kit will turn 24-36 hours before ovulation and I would expect you to ovulate D12-14 on this regimen.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Normal: The cycle is not completely homogeneous. Sometimes the blood can be heavier or lighter or even stop for a while. It may be that it is in your uterus a... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Many possibilities: If she has been menopausal for 15 years, then any bleeding would be abnormal. I recommend she see her gynecologist.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
No: Periods are determined by hormonal fluctuations caused by the developing egg and its passage (ovulation). It has nothing to do with how you have sex.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Pregnant??: There are many reasons for late periods and spotting. Most are not serious in your age group. I would make sure you are not pregnant if you are sexual... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
NO: IT is impossible to be only 7 weeks pregnant today if you conceived in December 2013.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Not possible to tell: If your menses was 1/18, you would be ovulating around 2/1, just the time of guy 2. It takes one week for a blood test to become positive. So by 2/16... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Many causes: There are many causes of labial burning. Some of these include contact irritation (kind of like an allergy to someting), skin condition, infection, th... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
See your gynecologis: Typically nipples do get larger and darker with a pregnancy. But without someone examining your breasts, it is hard to tell if that is normal. Infert... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Can be inferred: If you know how many weeks pregnant you by ultrasound, then it can give you the presumed LMP which is two weeks before you ovulated.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Not sure: Plan b is fairly effective at preventing pregnancy. More likely your menses is delayed due to the plan b. However if it is more than a week late, i wo... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
See a dermatologist: This is a situation where someone needs to look at your face to see exactly what it is. Good luck.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Not uncommon: Sometime women may have brown discharge even up to 10 weeks post partum. If it does not go away, i recommend you see your obstetrician.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Probably not: When oral contraceptive pills are taken continuously, the uterine lining becomes thin and there is nothing to shed. Therefore you would not get a peri... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Very soon: When you stop oral contraceptives, most women get their cycle back a month later. In a small percentage of women it can take longer and if it does not... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Not sure: There is not a relationship between sex and nausea. If he has ejaculated, then you may be sensitive to prostaglandins in the semen. Try having sex wit... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Spotting common: Irregular spotting/bleeding is very common on depo, especially for the first few months. Assuming you did a pregnancy test before you got the shot, i ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Not sure???: I am not sure if you are referring to fibroadenoma of the breast or sclerosing adenosis. In any case, neither will go away.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Yes it is fine: If you are awake, it is always better to be on the left side over the right side as it gives more return blood flow to the heart and therefore to the ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
It depends: It depends on what was the reason for the d and c. If it was done for a miscarriage, then sometimes it takes longer than exactly four weeks to get yo... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Yes: There are two subunits in fsh, lh and HCG so there is some crossreaction in the kit. The kit is used to detect lh, but it can also detect some hcg. I ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Not important: The placebo pills do not play any role in efficacy of ocp's. As long as you take the active ones, you can take any number or no placebo pills and the ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Go see the MD: You need to know why you are having the brown discharge ie infection, bleeding, a problem in the uterus. This can be figured out during an office visi... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Unclear: Not sure what you are asking. The only people who have identical dna are identical twins, triplets etc. Siblings or parents have some matching dna.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Variable: They act just like pimples anywhere. They need to come to a head and then they pop. Typically that takes a few days. You can spped up the process by p... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Many reasons: There are many reasons for skin to be dry or itchy around the vaginal area in the groin. You can try a lubricating cream but if that doesn't work, i w... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Depends: It depends on the cause of the pain. If it is due to acid reflux then Tums (calcium carbonate) or other medications like pepsid can be helpful. You sh... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
NO: You should not be taking Progesterone pills in pregnancy. Your Progesterone level in pregnancy is high.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Go to a clinic: If you have an ovarian mass/cyst, then you need a professional to address options. Try to go to a county hospital or a hospital clinic where they care... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
NO: Typically women take Progesterone for at least 10 days to achieve a result. I am not sure why you are taking it, but it is unlikely to have an effect ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Not usually: Genital wars are caused by low risk hpv. Although that can cause an abnormal pap, it is uncommon compared to the high risk hpv. When we order a pap an... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
No: You should not "show" at 4 weeks of pregnancy. Typically women start to show at from 14 weeks to twenty weeks of pregnancy.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Too soon: If you have just miscarried i would wait until you have one normal cycle before you try again. This allows you to figure out your new cycle as well. Y... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
See an MD: On an exam it is relatively easy to differentiate a lymph node from hidradenitis suppurativa. In any case, if the lump has not changed in years, it is... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
It should not: If you have bleeding in in the second or third trimester you should call your obstetrician. The baby moving should not cause bleeding. There are many ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Pearlman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pearlman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for quick reply! I'm going to remain optimistic on the outcome!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you, I also just started having a metallic taste in my mouth..
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I actually meant to put January 14! My period only lasts a week!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1981MD

Residency

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Completed 1985

Awards

Top Obstetrician and Gynecologist, First Place, Illinois - Spring
2014
Top Doctor, Second Place, Evanston Region - Spring
2014
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