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What can I expect to happen during pelvic exams during pregnancy?

What can I expect to happen during pelvic exams during pregnancy?

Typical exam: There is typically a normal pelvic exam during the initial visit, with pap smear, cultures for infection, and a bimanual exam to evaluate the size of the uterus and pelvis. Physicians will usually do pelvic exams (bimanual only) from 37 weeks on to check the cervix, but this isn't required, especially if you aren't contracting yet. Other exams may be indicated if you are having problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Srbislav Brasovan
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Pelvic Exam (Definition)

Physical exam involving examination of the outside of the female genitalia (vulva), the inside (vagina) , as well as an examination of the cervix, uterus, tubes, ovaries, and tissue around the uterus (parametria). A bimanual exam then involves 2 fingers in the vagina with the other hand on the abdomen. A rectovaginal exam is one finger inthe vagina, one finger in the rectum with ...Read more


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What can I expect to happen during amniocentesis?

What can I expect to happen during amniocentesis?

Steps for amnio: Consent is obtained; questions are answered. Ultrasound is used to find best location for needle. Iodine is wiped on skin. Ultrasound is placed on abdomen again. Skin may or may not be numbed by injection. Amniocentesis needle (long but thin) is inserted through abdominal wall into amniotic sac. Syringe is attached; fluid is withdrawn. Heartbeat is checked. Skin is cleaned. Instructions are given. ...Read more

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What can I expect during the first ob pelvic exam?

What can I expect during the first ob pelvic exam?

Depends: If you have not had an exam within the year you will have a pap and tests for stds. The exam assesses your pelvis, size of the uterus and also rules out ovarian enlargement or other pelvic pathology. If you have not had a rectal exam within the year, you will have that too. ...Read more

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What can I expect during a vaginal ultrasound?

What can I expect during a vaginal ultrasound?

Vaginal ultrasound: The probe will be inserted into your vagina. Through the crystal at the top of the probe sound waves will be sent and returned, and processed in the machine. The picture that you may see on the screen will be white and black and various shades of grey. The uterus will be white mostly and the bladder will be black. They will look at your tubes and ovaries as well as the uterus. ...Read more

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What can I expect during an ultrasound?

What can I expect during an ultrasound?

It varies.: Ultrasounds can be done either with a vaginal probe or an abdominal probe. The vaginal probe is inserted in the vagina and provides good views of the uterus, ovaries, and tubes. This is done for early pregnancies and also for non-pregnant patients. An abdominal probe is placed on your belly and is often used later in pregnancy to evaluate the growing baby, and also evaluate the placenta. ...Read more

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Painless hemorrhoids during pregnancy will they give me problems during labor and am i prone to tearing?

Painless hemorrhoids during pregnancy will they give me problems during labor and am i prone to tearing?

Possibly: The pushing and straining with delivery often causehemmoroids to bleed or thrombosis. Avoid constipation which is often prt of pregnancy with fiber such as metamucil , increased fruits and vegetables, and lots of water(which will unfortunately send you to the bathroom more frequently). ...Read more

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I'm afraid they will tell me I had a miscarriage due to the bleeding and pain, what happens during a pregnancy scan?

I'm afraid they will tell me I had a miscarriage due to the bleeding and pain, what happens during a pregnancy scan?

Pregnancy Scan is OK: A pregnancy scan will tell you regarding the viability of your pregnancy by looking at a heart beat. Bleeding and pain does not cause miscarriage. Miscarriage causes bleeding and pain. Most miscarriages are associated with defective sperm egg combination. so, it has nothing to do with you and what you did. Alcohol, recreational drugs, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, etc can cause miscarriages. ...Read more

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What can I expect during menopause?

What can I expect during menopause?

Support her !: It is a natural event in a woman's life that can last months or years. When the ovaries stop producing estrogen around age 52, a woman can have hot flushes, night sweats, irritability, vaginal dryness, sleeplessness and other symptoms. Some women have severe symptoms, some mild and the duration varies widely. A woman should definitely see her gyn hcp (healthcare provider) for further advice. ...Read more

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What can I expect to happen during before and after an endoscopy?

What can I expect to happen during before and after an endoscopy?

Upper endoscopy: Before the endoscopy, you will have nothing to eat or drink before midnight. The nurse will place an IV, sedation will be administered, and a flexible scope will be passed through your mouth and down into the second portion of your intestines normally. After the endoscopy, they will explain the findings to you. You cannot drive until the next day. Pathology findings will be followed up later. ...Read more

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What can I expect during a colonoscopy?

What can I expect during a colonoscopy?

Not much: You should be sedated during colonoscopy, so you shouldn't expect much at all. The worst part of colonoscopy is the bowel preparation. Otherwise, the procedure itself should be unnoticeable. ...Read more

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What emotional changes must we expect during and after pregnancy?

What emotional changes must we expect during and after pregnancy?

Lots: Basically, a lot of highs and lows (e.g. Anxiety, joy, sadness, etc...). Please contact your provider asap if you ever have any thoughts of doing harm to yourself or others. This is not normal. ...Read more

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What can I expect during a gynecology exam?

What can I expect during a gynecology exam?

Cancer check: A pap test looks for cervical cancer. The doctor will inserrt a speculum into the vagina to look at the cervix and take a sample of cervical cells to send to the lab. ...Read more

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What can I expect during an active birth?

What can I expect during an active birth?

Depends!: This depends on what you mean by "active birth." the standard of care in medicine is the "active management of labor" which just means correcting or acting on problems that may arise to keep them from leading to harm. For example, position changes for any signs of the baby's heart rate not being normal or using medication if the uterine contraction rhythm is too irregular. Talk to your OB dr ! ...Read more

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What causes a woman to not dilate during labor? And can regular sex jus before her due date alleviate that?

What causes a woman to not dilate during labor? And can regular sex jus before her due date alleviate that?

No dilation: Sex can cause release of hormones that can cause contractions and help bring on labor - as can manipulation of the nipples (probably safer and more comfortable) Every woman handles labor differently - it is true labor - if so - failure to progress (no dilation) may require the OB to intervene - hope that helps ...Read more

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What can I do to minimize bloating during menstrual cycle?

What can I do to minimize bloating during menstrual cycle?

Bloating: Period bloating: try omega 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through diet) with your doctor’s approval. Avoid caffeine, alcohol or extra salt. Over the counter products like midol can be helpful. ...Read more

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How many ultrasound examination should I get during pregnancy?

How many ultrasound examination should I get during pregnancy?

Depends : The number of ultrasounds will vary depending on what complications of pregnancy you have and depend on your doctors' preferences. Most will do one around 16-24 weeks to look at the baby's anatomy to make sure everything is normal. Some do one between 11-13 weeks as part of genetic testing. Problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, twins and other problems will require more. ...Read more

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Did something happen during the pregnancy to cause my baby to have polycythemia?

Did something happen during the pregnancy to cause my baby to have polycythemia?

Hard to tell: Certainly polycythemia can be a complication of mom's health such as diabetes, but it can also just happen because a baby gets a little dehydrated, this usually not a serious problem. ...Read more

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How can I help my wife during pregnancy and during labor when that time comes?

Talk to her..: Tell her how beautiful she is, thank her over and over again, massage her back, tie her shoes when she can't reach them anymore, tell her again how beautiful she is. During labor, listen to her - do what she wants you to do at that moment, and realize that request may change 5 seconds later. Be patient with her - she's not sure either from one second to the next what she will need! ...Read more

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What can I expect during a breech delivery?

What can I expect during a breech delivery?

C-section: If you are not having twins and live in the United States then you should expect a c-section for the delivery of a known breech baby. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more