How do I contact my physician after office hours?
A physician is always available for emergencies after hours. Please call the regular office number and provide the requested information. Your message will be forwarded to the physician on call. Our physicians share call with a group of local physicians. If your physician is not on call, another physician will assist you. Please remember after hour calls are for emergencies only.
When should I have my first mammogram?
Your first mammogram should be scheduled at age 40 unless you have a significant family history of Breast cancer. However, please schedule an appointment with your physician immediately if you detect any breast mass or lump.
What do I do if I find a lump in my breast?
Please schedule an appointment for evaluation. Further testing may be ordered.
How often should I have a pap smear?
Pap smears are generally performed yearly. Recommendations on the frequency of pap smears are individualized – based on personal history and risk factors.
If I had a hysterectomy, do I still need to have a pelvic exam and pap smear?
Yes, the pelvic exam is an important part of the female physical exam. Pap smears after hysterectomy will be dependent on your history, reason for your hysterectomy and other risk factors.
How long does it take to get an appointment?
We schedule appointments to allot a specified time with your provider. Appointments are scheduled based on provider availability.
Do I always need to see my physician or can I utilize the services of the Physician Assistant (PA)?
Our PA is available for all types of exams (annual exams, breast exams, obstetrical care, infections, contraception counseling, etc.) At times, the schedule for the PA is more flexible when your physician is unavailable.
What do I do if I miss one of my birth control pills?
Please take the missed pill as soon as possible or the next day. However, if you miss 2 or more pills, you need to stop the current pack and have your cycle. Start a new pack of pills after your cycle. Remember, it is imperative to use a backup method of contraception for at least a week. You may also experience breakthrough bleeding but continue to take your pills.
Is it okay to bleed when I am taking the birth control pill?
When starting birth control pills, you may experience breakthrough bleeding for 2-3 months. If your bleeding persists beyond this time, please schedule an appointment.
When should I worry about vaginal discharge?
Most women have a physiologic vaginal discharge. However, when characteristics change or symptoms develop, please schedule an office appointment.
How can I prevent yeast infections?
wear wet clothing (bathing suit or sweaty gym clothes) for too long
wear tight-fitting clothing douches, feminine sprays, perfumed tampons or pads, bubble baths or perfumed toilet paper
wipe from front to back
dry off well after a shower
change tampons frequently
wear cotton underwear