Frequently Asked Questions

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

A: Please bring the following items with you: Insurance Card Photo ID List of all medications you’re currently taking List of any allergies Medical records and immunization records Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment time so you have time to complete your new patient paperwork.

Q: What can I expect during pregnancy?

A: Pregnancy is a time of profound change for all women. While every woman is different, there are myriad constants that come along with the various stages of pregnancy. There are many resources available to consult.

Q: What are some of the screenings and tests that are recommended for women?

A: In addition to a comprehensive physical exam that includes blood work, every woman needs to have the following tests or screenings when she reaches the appropriate age. Cervical cancer screenings are conducted at the gynecologist’s office using a Pap smear. A Pap smear is a screening test used to detect potentially pre-cancerous and cancerous processes in the endocervical canal (transformation zone) of the female reproductive system. Breast cancer screenings will be conducted during your annual exam. In addition, women should also practice monthly self-breast exams at home and receive an annual mammogram after the age of 40, unless family history and other risk factors suggest younger. Ask your physician about your own unique screening regimen to ensure you are taking the proper precautions to keep yourself healthy. Women should begin to receive colon cancer screenings and colonoscopies after the age of 50. Your doctor will let you know if your family history and other risk factors suggest that you need a colon cancer screening at an earlier age.

Q: What is HPV?

A: The CDC explains that genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are more than 40 strains of HPV that can affect the genital areas of both males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it, with no symptoms or health problems as a result. At East Cooper OB/GYN, we are happy to discuss the options when it comes to HPV prevention. Contact us today or learn more about HPV at http://www.cdc.gov/hpv.

Q: Should my daughter get the HPV vaccine?

A: A vaccine for HPV was released in the US during the summer of 2006. The vaccine is approved for females aged 9 to 26, with the target age being 11 to 13. The decision to have your child vaccinated or not should be made after having a conversation with your child’s pediatrician or your gynecologist.

Q: Do you accept insurance? What are your billing options?

A: We file insurance claims as a convenience to our patients when adequate insurance information is provided. However, you are responsible for your bill regardless of what the insurance company pays. Please bring your insurance card(s) to each office visit. Our billing staff is able to assist with special arrangements as necessary. For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards as well as cash and personal checks. We are providers for many HMO, PPO, and POS plans. Please visit our “Patient Forms” page for more information about our financial policy.

Q: Which medications are safe to use during pregnancy?

Symptom Medications
Congestion / Cold After the first trimester – Sudafed, Actifed; Tylenol sinus
Anytime in pregnancy – humidifier; saline nasal spray
Sore Throat Menthol throat drops (Halls); Chloroseptic lozenges or spray
Cough Plain Robitussin
Headache / Pain / Fever Tylenol, including extra strength
Hemorrhoids Preparation H; Tucks Pads; tub bath
Indigestion / Heartburn Tums; Maalox; Mylanta; Pepcid; Zantac
Hay Fever / Allergies Benadryl; Claritin; Zyrtec
Constipation 8 glasses of water per day; bran or fiber cereal; fruit/vegetables; over the counter Milk of Magnesia; Colace; Miralax; Metamucil; Benefiber; Fibercon
Diarrhea Kaopectate or Immodium
Yeast Infection Monistat or generic brand vaginal cream

Q: Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

A: Most moderate intensity exercise routines can be safely continued in pregnancy and can help you to feel better and stronger. Recommended activities include walking, swimming, stationary bicycling, low impact aerobics, yoga, and free weights. Avoid activities requiring that you spend extended time flat on your back or standing in one position. Drink plenty of fluids during your workouts, and discontinue any activity which causes abdominal pain, cramping, or back strain. Your physician will let you know if and when you need to modify your exercise routine.

Q: At which hospital do you deliver?

A: Our Board Certified physicians are on staff at East Cooper Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, SC for both obstetric and gynecologic services.