Ob/Gyn Dr. Meredith Travelstead will be online Tuesday, February 28, 2012, from 8 to 9 p.m. CST to answer your “girl talk” questions. Post your questions at any time. Check back Tuesday to ask a question while she is online.
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A native of Pensacola, Florida, Dr. Travelstead grew up in Jackson and completed her undergraduate degree at Millsaps College. She then earned her medical degree at the University of Mississippi Medical School, where she also completed her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, she is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Medical Association, the Mississippi State Medical Association, the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Mississippi Perinatal Association, and the Mississippi State Medical Association. She is married and has three children.
My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for about six years now, our frist child was born early at 24 weeks and passed away 3 days later,I have since had a miscarriage,im only 23 years old! should we be worried and what will be our next step? what are some things we can do to help us have a baby? Would IUI be good for us to try? Thanks!
Quita,Thank you for your question. It sounds as though you have had a really difficult time. The good news is that you are young, so that gives you more time before being concerned about age-related infertility. You would definitely be a high risk pregnancy with loss of your first child at 24 weeks. The cause of the miscarriage may be unrelated to the loss at 24 weeks. You should be considered a high risk pregnancy and should be seen before attempting pregnancy by an obstetrician who cares for high risk pregnancies. Together, you can explore the causes for your pregnancy losses and if you are experiencing infertility as well. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) can be done for some infertility problems. The steps for infertility may be different for depending on your history. Also, the care of you during your pregnancy may be different since you are high risk. I wish you the best in your future.
My last child was 5 yrs. ago and my nipples still has a white discharge. Not surewhat that is and it itches too. Can you help me with that issue? Thank you!!
I am 27 and got off birth control (Yaz) in November after been on it about 4 yrsto start a family. I had a normal period in December but have not had one sincethen and am not pregnant. I have always had normal periods all my life. I am5’7″ and weigh 130 lbs, exercise but not excessive and very healthy. All myannual pap smears have been normal- no history of any STI’s, not on any othermeds and no chronic diseases, other than IBS which isn’t very bad. Read aboutPCOS but don’t seem to have any of those symptoms.What do you recommend?
The discharge from your nipple could be abnormal lactation. We call that galactorrhea. There are many different causes for this, some of which can be serious. You should see your doctor for evaluation of this. It this is a superficial discharge or skin change causing itching, you should be seen for this as well.Thank you,Meredith M. Travelstead, MD
Janet,Thank you for your post. Usually, when stopping birth control pills, ovulation returns quickly. However, sometimes, it may take several months to return to regular ovulation. It sounds as though you are very healthy with no medical problems. I suggest you do see your gynecologist to discuss this, bring record of your cycles and consider any labwork he/she may feel necessary. It may resolve spontaneously soon, but you could go ahead and discuss this with your doctor as well as other preconception counseling recommendations.Thank you,Meredith M. Travelstead,MD
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