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Good and Bad: As a male trained as an ob/gyn, some of the best doctors i know in terms of sensitivity are male. However, there also are some great doctors who are female. I am not sure you should chose the doctor based on their sex. I know that is easy for me to say but i would prefer to have a doctor who is really well trained and knows how to take care of me. Their sex is probably my problem, not theirs. ...Read more
Things to ponder: A good 10-20% of women in labor eventually get into trouble & require hospital based care. It takes an hour or more under the best of circumstances to move such a patient who is often unstable to the hospital. Would you as a "good" OB want to get involved when risks cannot always be predicted ? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The board is nationwide, so i don't know if this is helpful but I have a friend in southern california who works evening hours. ...Read more
Malpractice: As a person, there are hundreds and thousands of ways to examine you, by both direct and indirect means. In pregnancy, disasters can happen very rapidly. We also have far more limited tests to check on the fetus beyond images, blood gas, and heart beats. Medicine is not an exact science, and even less so in pregnancies. ...Read more
Not that Dr./others.: There are many doctors in ob/gyn, and other specialties who have gotten/developed cancer in themselves. Many people like doctors and teachers get cancer. They are human like ereryone else, and well informed, so they surely notice signs and symptoms. They also get tested, and many times cancer is found on routine exam/check-ups. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many do not : Great question. It is essential that you ask your midwife that exact question and make sure you clearly understand the protocol. Certified nurse midwives (cnm) generally do have a formal relationship with a doctor. We have one in our practice. Cpms (certified professional midwives) who are not allowed to work in hospitals generally do not have formal on call coverage. Make sure you understand this important difference. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Birth defects: Your own OB gyn should help you find a doctor if you would like a termination for an anomalous fetus.. ...Read more
In what ways are high risk obstetricians better at dealing with preeclampsia than regular ob/gyns?
Because they deal: With higher risk patients.Get a more detailed answer ›
Ob/gyns-I’ve read low free bhcg at 12 weeks can indicate placenta issues or late fetal loss/still birth. Is this true? Mine is 0.327 MoM. Concern?
HCG and pregnancy: Your b-hcg levels can be affected by several factors, including the timing of your pregnancy. Any direct concerns about a specific value or level should be discussed with your provider, who will be able to explain the test and, of needed, help you with further evaluation. ...Read more
Are infectious disease drs qualified to diagnose vaginal infections? I saw dozens of OB/GYNs & they don’t have the knowledge. I was only misdiagnosed
Be aware: If multiple OB/GYN's haven't been able to identify your issue from a vaginal perspective, it's very possible that an infectious disease specialist may not provide you any better input. I just want you to be prepared that doctors don't have the answer for everything. Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
OB/GYNs: What options do I have to control extremely heavy periods while on Xarelto? Had a pulmonary embolism while on OCPs. I use extra heavy overnight maxi pads & change them every few hours but still bleed through them I'm 24 & want to have kids.
Check your INR: Your body may be more sensitive to standard adult dose of xarelto, so get your INR checked. If you are not ready to try to conceive, progestin only bcp, depo shot or implant may be effective for now, as estroogen is the big culprit in increasing clot risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Women's specialist: Ob-gyn is the short for obstetrician-gynecologist, the medical subspecialty that deals with women's issues such as pregnancy, menses, dysfunction and disorders of the female reproductive tract. They are certified md's with post medical school training (internship and residency) focusing on these areas and some taking further training to enhance their skills. ...Read more
A variety: A general Ob/Gyn can perform most surgeries involving the female organs. They perform C/Sections; Hysterectomies; Laparoscopic procedures on the tubes, uterus and ovaries; tubal ligation; procedures on the cervix such as a LEEP or cone; incontinence surgeries such as TVT; and many other procedures. Best wishes. ...Read more
Ask family & friends: Ask around. Those "top doctor" awards can only go so far. So ask your family & friends who they like. Also know what you need from your ob/gyn. If you just need well woman "stuff", family physicians like myself are trained to provide that (some still deliver babies!). If you need surgery, then ask your family doc who s/he would recommend. Bottom line, ask around! good luck! ...Read more
A whole lot: Ob/gyns complete college, followed by 4 years of medical school, and then a grueling 4 year residency program. In order to practice medicine, they must also pass a rigorous sent of exams. If this wasn't enough, some of them become board certified, which is an even more difficult exam. It is worthwhile to enter the medical profession, but it is not for the faint of heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer