Gynecology FAQs

At Meridian OB/GYN we have made a vow to make every single woman's visit to our office as pleasant, professional, and personal as possible. Here is a short list of commonly asked questions.

What do I need to bring with me to my first visit?

Patients should bring their insurance card and a picture ID. For anyone who is younger than 18 years old, we request that a parent or guardian is present in order to discuss parental consent and confidentiality. For your convenience, first-time patients can also download the New Patient Forms and bring them to your first visit.

When should I bring my daughter in for her first Gynecological exam?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that girls first see a gynecologist when they’re between the ages of 13 and 15. This first appointment is typically a conversation about their development and any issues they may have. Most girls will not need a pelvic exam during this first visit.

I experience cramping and moodiness during my period. Is there anything that I can do to help with this?

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, or PMDD, is very common. There are a variety of ways to ease the symptoms of bloating, irritability, and moodiness. Women are encouraged to avoid or decrease caffeine intake, limit salt intake, and to develop a healthy exercise routine. There are also vitamin supplements that are intended to specifically help with the symptoms of PMDD. If natural methods don't alleviate your symptoms, there are certain medications that can be prescribed by your physician.

When do I need to start thinking about getting a mammogram?

Women aged 40 and older should have a mammogram every 1 to 2 years. Women with an increased risk of breast cancer due to family history are advised to talk with their physician about whether to have mammograms before the age of 40.

I am experiencing some burning while urinating. Is there anything to help with the pain?

When dealing with burning with urination, it is advised that you increase your fluid intake. Drinking cranberry juice has long been recognized as helpful in alleviating the symptoms of what might be a bladder infection. Women who experience burning while urinating are strongly encouraged to have a urinalysis performed so that the exact problem can be identified and diagnosed. Your gynecologist may then recommend other treatment, or they may decide that an antibiotic is the best course of action.

I am experiencing vaginal discharge and some vaginal itching. Could I have an infection?

It's very common for most women to have some vaginal discharge which may occur more or less at different times of the month depending on the individual. However, it is important to note whether or not the vaginal discharge has a foul odor to it, as this may indicate a bacterial infection. Vaginal itching accompanied by a thick, white discharge could potentially indicate a yeast infection. It is advisable to seek out a gynecologist for a simple exam to confirm the diagnosis for swift and effective treatment as abnormal vaginal discharge can usually be treated with medication.

I skipped one of my birth control pills and I am now experiencing vaginal bleeding. What should I do?

The skipping of just one birth control pill can potentially produce a hormone imbalance which can cause "breakthrough bleeding." This is a relatively normal occurrence. You should take the missed pill as soon as you realize you've skipped it. If you have skipped more than two birth control pills, you should use another form of birth control for the remainder of the month contact your physician.

I missed my period but the pregnancy test is negative. What should I do?

Women who miss a period but find their pregnancy test to be negative should cautiously monitor the situation. Sometimes something as simple as an increase in stress can cause a woman to miss her period. However, if this happens again during the next cycle, you should schedule an appointment with your gynecologist so a cause for this can be identified.

I'm having problems with constipation. What can I do?

The natural ways to alleviate constipation include, but are not limited to, eating certain foods like apples, bran cereal, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, dried peaches, prunes, raw carrots, and any other high -fiber foods. Women are also encouraged to increase their water intake to 6 glasses per day. Some medications that can help with constipation include Fibercon and Miralax.

I recently found a lump in my breast. What should I do?

Women who have found a lump in one of their breasts should contact their physician to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.