Q. Are you accepting new patients?
Yes, we are currently accepting both OB and GYN new patients. Audubon Women's Medical is a private medical practice and we try to do our best to accommodate new patients without compromising care of existing patients. We offer early morning, late afternoon and Saturday appointments.
Q. Are all of your doctors female?
Yes! Everyone at Audubon Women's is female. This includes all doctors, nurse practitioners, sonographers, administrative staff, nurses and even our manager!
Q. Are you accepting new OB patients?
New obstetrical patients are always accepted.
Q. What hospital do you deliver at?
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital only.
Q. What insurances does your practice accept?
We accept most major insurances EXCEPT Medicaid, Wellcare, YourCare. We strongly recommend that you check with your insurance carrier to see if our doctors are participating with your insurance company and your specific policy.
Q. What hospital are you affiliated with?
Our physicians are affiliated with Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.
Q. At what age should my teenage daughter make an appointment?
We recommend that your daughter be seen between 14 - 15 years of age for their first GYN appointment. Teen issues will also be discussed at this visit.
Q. What do I do if I miss a birth control pill?
Take your pill as soon as you realize that you missed it and then take the next pill at the correct time. We recommend that you use a condom for the rest of your pack of pills or you may risk the possibility of pregnancy. If you miss more than 2 doses, you will need to stop taking your pills, wait until you get your period, and then start a new pack of pills. Again, we recommend that you use a condom until you get your period and start your new pack of pills or you may risk the possibility of pregnancy.
Q. What if I have abnormal uterine bleeding?
Track and document abnormal bleeding for a month and then come in for an appointment. However, if you are soaking 1 pad per hour and do not have your regular period, you should contact our office immediately.
Q. When should I have my first OB visit?
We recommend that you be seen between 9-10 weeks.
Q. Will I see all the practitioners during my pregnancy?
Yes. Your 1st visit will be with a Nurse Practitioner and after that you will rotate seeing all OB Physicians and Nurse Practitioners.
Q. I have so many questions, how can I get all of my answers?
We recommend that you make a list of your questions and bring them to your visits. However, more urgent questions can be answered by our nursing staff and we are happy to take your calls.
We also recommend the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting" by Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazel.
Q. How many ultrasounds will I get?
Typically during a normal pregnancy you will have two ultrasounds, one at 11-14 weeks of pregnancy, and another at 18 weeks of pregnancy. We may also perform additional ultrasounds as needed.
Q. When do we get a 3D ultrasound?
This is not done routinely. If by chance your baby is in good position during your ultrasound, we can attempt a 3D ultrasound.
Q. Can I find out the sex of my baby?
Ultrasounds are not performed to determine the sex of your baby, however, if during the course of your routine ultrasound we are able to determine the sex and you would like to know, we will gladly tell you!
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
Q. What is the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine?
The HPV vaccine helps keep people from getting infected with a germ called “human papillomavirus,” or “HPV.” Vaccines are treatments that can prevent infections. They work by preparing the body to fight the germs that cause the infections. Vaccines usually come in shots, but some come in nose sprays or medicines that people swallow. Vaccines are also called “vaccinations” or “immunizations.”
Q Why should I get the HPV vaccine?
The HPV vaccine can help keep you from getting an HPV infection. An HPV infection in the genitals can lead to cancer of the cervix (cervical cancer) in women. An HPV infection in the genitals can also cause genital warts in women and men. Plus, an HPV infection in the mouth and throat can lead to cancer of the mouth and throat in women and men. Most people who have an HPV infection in the genitals or mouth and throat never have problems with cancer. Still, it is hard to know which people will get cancer after an HPV infection. The HPV vaccine is a good way to try to prevent getting infected in the first place.
Q. How can people get infected with HPV?
People can get infected with HPV if their mouths or genitals touch the mouths or genitals of someone who is infected. People who have a lot of sex partners have a higher chance of getting an HPV infection.
Q. What are the symptoms of an HPV infection?
Most people do not have any symptoms when they get infected with HPV. And often, the infection will get better on its own. But in some people, the infection doesn’t go away. People with a long-lasting HPV infection have a higher chance of getting cervical cancer, mouth or throat cancer, or genital warts. These problems usually happen many years after a person is first infected.
Q. At what age do people get the HPV vaccine?
Most doctors recommend that people get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12. But people can get the vaccine any time from age 9 to 26. Women should not get the vaccine if they are pregnant.
The HPV vaccine works best when it is given before a person gets infected with HPV. The HPV vaccine can’t cure an HPV infection that a person already has. That’s why it is better to get the HPV vaccine before you have sex for the first time. If you have already had sex, talk with your doctor or nurse. He or she might recommend that you get the HPV vaccine anyway, because it could still help you.
Q. What side effects can the HPV vaccine cause?
The HPV vaccine can cause redness, swelling, or soreness where the shot was given. It can also cause people to pass out, but this is uncommon. To make sure that this doesn’t happen, your doctor or nurse will have you stay on the exam table for a few minutes after the shot.
Q. Does the HPV vaccine always work?
The HPV vaccine is very good at preventing HPV infection and cervical cancer. It might also prevent mouth and throat cancer. But it is not perfect. In some cases, people who get the vaccine can still get an HPV infection.
Q. Does the HPV vaccine prevent other diseases you catch through sex?
No. The HPV vaccine does not keep people from getting or spreading other diseases that are spread through sex. To keep from getting or spreading a disease that is spread through sex, you should always use a condom.
Q. Do I need to be checked for cervical cancer if I get the vaccine?
Yes. All women, including those who get the HPV vaccine, should be checked on a routine schedule for cervical cancer. Most women are checked using a test called a “pap smear” starting at age 21.
Q. How do I know if I have an HPV infection?
If you have genital warts, you have an HPV infection. But this is not the same type of HPV that can lead to cancer. If you are a woman, your doctor might check for HPV infection on your pap test. There are no tests to check for HPV infection in the mouth or throat.