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I think I have endometriosis but my ob won't test me for it even tho I have all the signs. What should I do?

I think I have endometriosis but my ob won't test me for it even tho I have all the signs. What should I do?

Get 2nd opinion: There is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion. You must realize, however, that a diagnosis of endometriosis would ultimately require a laparoscopy (surgical procedure). ...Read more

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What would my ob need to know about my blood sugar test results?

What would my ob  need to know about my blood sugar test results?

Consequences: Diabetes can have adverse health consequences on both the mother and the fetus. One way to optimize outcome is to control the disease, your OB is directly vested in your care, thus he/she needs to know the result so he/she can treat you accordingly. ...Read more

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I am experiencing pain upon insertion & post coital bleeding. I went to the ob & all the tests were negative.Its still happening, what should I do?

I am experiencing pain upon insertion & post coital bleeding. I went to the ob & all the tests were negative.Its still happening, what should I do?

Endometrial polyps: If there is pain on insertion, then use more lubricant, and try to relax your pelvic muscles (reverse kegel maneuver) to prevent pain and actual trauma to the vaginal skin during intercourse. If the local OB doctor can't find a cause for your bleeding, then hysteroscopy may be something that you may want to have, to look for endometrial polyps. ...Read more

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My wife and I are planning to have a baby. But every month, being delayed 10 days and positive test, our baby would "melt". Will consult an ob soon.?

My wife and I are planning to have a baby. But every month, being delayed 10 days and positive test, our baby would "melt". Will consult an ob soon.?

Was embryo seen?: Life can be hard for couples who are trying to conceive (ttc) and having negative pregnancy tests month after month. Also difficult are recurrent miscarriages when embryos don't develop. If a physician has confirmed a pregnancy and two or more consecutive ones are 'lost", it is reasonable to ask about a referral to a fertility subspecialist. I will share this question with some on this site. ...Read more

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Hello doc do obstetricians perform the apgar test on babies ? I would like to know thanks

Hello doc do obstetricians perform the apgar test on babies ? I would like to know thanks

Sometimes: Usually this test is done by the nursery personnel as the OB is taking care of the mother at that time. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to find a ob doc that would do a has anyone lost there baby with amniocentesis test 4 DNA reasons?

Can you tell me how to find a ob doc that would do a has anyone lost there baby with amniocentesis test 4 DNA reasons?

Amniocentesis Safety: Rate of loss from amniocentesis is often quoted anywhere between 1/300 to 1/500 and often it has to do with the reason why the amniocentesis is done...If there's suspicion for infection or a genetic problem...The fetus may already be predisposed to stillbirth which could be wrongfully blamed on the amniocentesis. More likely to get fluid leakage with amniocentesis (1%) than fetal loss. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and have rash. Ob ordered a bile test. Whats this?

I'm pregnant and have rash. Ob ordered a bile test. Whats this?

Cholestasis?: Your doctor is probably concerned about the possibility of cholestasis of pregnancy which is a condition that typically develops during the last several weeks of pregnancy. It typically causes severe itching all over the body without a rash. Serum bile acid levels are elvated which is the reason why your doctor is checking this. This condition is associated with adverse pregnancy outcome. ...Read more

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Can ob/gyns test for illegal drugs during routine, prenatal visits?

Can ob/gyns test for illegal drugs during routine, prenatal visits?

Healthy baby: If mom's goal is to have the obstetrician have her help to have a healthy baby then she would need to disclose legal and illegal medications/drugs that she is taking during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Why would my ob ask me to get a nonstress test? I'm 36 weeks and having occasional contractions.

Why would my ob ask me to get a nonstress test? I'm 36 weeks and having occasional contractions.

Nonstress test: A nonstress test (nst) is a screening test used in pregnancy to monitor the fetal heart rate. The idea is that a healthy fetus will have a temporary increase in the heart rate spontaneously. It is part of making sure the baby is healthy especially if you are having contractions. ...Read more

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Started my period november 8th-15th, on the 20th spotting occured, had a + test, my ob said mc due to his test was neg?

Started my period november 8th-15th,  on the 20th spotting occured, had a + test, my ob said mc due to his test was neg?

What test?: Are you talking about pregnancy test? It is very unlikely that a correctly done pregnancy test would be positive in mid-cycle. Blood pregnancy test is more sensitive and specific. You my repeat the test. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully, including reading the result within the prescribed time frame. ...Read more

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Where can I buy home pregnancy tests? What kind are the best? Are they available ob the shelf or do I ask a pharmacist at my local drug store?

Where can I buy home pregnancy tests? What kind are the best? Are they available ob the shelf or do I ask a pharmacist at my local drug store?

No Pharmacist needed: You can buy home pregnancy test kits without a prescription in many pharmacies & markets off the shelf. There are many good brands : first response, & EPT seem to be the brand leaders. Check the expiration date on the package! don't use a test kit after its expiration, as the chemicals in the kit may not work correctly record the results of the test so you can discuss them w/your dr. ...Read more

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First herpes OB 3 weeks ago. 2 swab tests (BD) both came back pos. for HSV1 and neg. for HSV2. But OB is so persistent it possible this is HSV2?

First herpes OB 3 weeks ago. 2 swab tests (BD) both came back pos. for HSV1 and neg. for HSV2. But OB is so persistent it possible this is HSV2?

You have HSV1: You can be sure it's HSV1; a lab would not confuse with HSV2 on swab testing. There is no difference in severity or duration of symptoms for HSV1 vs HSV2. I hope you have been taking an anti-herpes drug like aciclovir or valaciclovir, but HSV1 sometimes needs higher doses than HSV2. With proper treatment, symptoms should have cleared much sooner than 3 weeks. Discuss with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had a culture done genitally came back hsv1. Did blood test I have both 1 and 2. Will I have ob of 2 as well as 1 now? Or will it always be just 1?

Had a culture done genitally came back hsv1. Did blood test I have both 1 and 2. Will I have ob of 2 as well as 1 now? Or will it always be just 1?

You have both: The blood test says you have been exposed to both. It does not tell you where the hsv-2 is. It is not necessarily genital. The culture tells you that you have genital hsv-1. Hsv-1 tends to have fewer recurrences. Otherwise, they are basically the same. ...Read more

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28wks pregnant. Ob ordered sleep study. I haven't gotten results but sleep dr is ordering a multiple sleep latency test. Why? Cant i be just tired?

28wks pregnant. Ob ordered sleep study. I haven't gotten results but sleep dr is ordering a multiple sleep latency test. Why? Cant i be just tired?

Prevention: Not being able to sleep may indicated sleep problems that can be life shortening or life threatening. The only way to know if there are serious problems is with an overnight sleep test. I encourage you to seek help. ...Read more

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My ob referred me for a blood test to test if i'm ovulating or not. Im quite doubtful on this. Is it possible through bloodtest instead of opt kits?

My ob referred me for a blood test to test if i'm ovulating or not. Im quite doubtful on this. Is it possible through bloodtest instead of opt kits?

Progesterone: It was probably a blood Progesterone level around cycle day 22. That simply tell you if you ovulated or not, it does not tell you when. Start testing with ovulation predictor kits around cycle day 11 to try and determine when you are ovulating. ...Read more

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First herpes OB. Has 2 swab tests, both positive for hsv1 negative for hsv2. I heard swab tests can be inaccurate. Is it possible I have hsv2 as well?

First herpes OB. Has 2 swab tests, both positive for hsv1 negative for hsv2. I heard swab tests can be inaccurate. Is it possible I have hsv2 as well?

Unlikely: I wonder what exactly was the type of test used? If it was a PCR test, then I would trust those results. Besides, you had it done twice which has shown the same result in each case. It would be rare anyway to have transmission of HSV-1 and HSV-2 all from one incident. In fact, having one of the herpes viruses may partially protect against getting the other one. So I think you only acquired HSV-1. ...Read more

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After 3 consecutive missed miscarriages ob/gyn won't do any tests. I have had other children but don't agree with his 'bad luck' diagnosis.

After 3 consecutive missed miscarriages ob/gyn won't do any tests. I have had other children but don't agree with his 'bad luck' diagnosis.

Re-evaluate: I think most doctors would consider a work-up after 3 consecutive miscarriages, even if you have had children previously. Something may have changed with your body. You want to make sure that there is nothing that needs to be done differently before attempting to get pregnant again. ...Read more

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