Obstetrician Gynecologist

Obstetrician Gynecologist


Minneapolis, MN

Female, 36

I am a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist, providing care for women in all stages of life. Approximately half of my practice consists of pregnancy-related care, including routine prenatal care, high risk obstetrics, and delivering babies at all hours of the day. The other half consists of gynecologic care, which ranges from routine annual check-ups to contraception and menopause. I perform many surgeries, including laparoscopies and hysterectomies.

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I imagine bringing new life into this world is very gratifying and one of the major pluses of being in your profession. But what are things you dislike about being an OBGYN, both with patient and non-patient care?

Asked by Karen over 5 years ago

The joys of bringing new life into this world are countered by the devastation when a delivery does not go smoothly. Regardless of how advanced our fetal monitoring techniques are, we will never be able to prevent all bad outcomes such as stillbirth or birth injury. Not only is this responsibility emotionally strenuous, but there is also the stress that we could be sued over these bad outcomes that are typically not under our control. Unfortunately, we live in a litigious society, and most ObGyns will experience a lawsuit at some point in their career. This can be morally, emotionally, and financially devastating. The work hours of an ObGyn can be physically challenging, and takes away from family and home life. While I feel extremely fulfilled by my job, there are certainly times when I feel the emotional, physical and mental burnout from being an ObGyn.

Just a follow-up to my earlier Q. When I asked about mid-career changes, I meant in terms of specialty. For example, a cardiologist who decides she wants to become a neurosurgeon. Does this happen frequently?

Asked by faint-of-heart over 5 years ago

So, as I said, in order to graduate from medical school, you have to complete 4 years of college followed by 4 years of medical school. At that point, you choose your specialty. ObGYN happens to require 4 years of training. Once you have completed residency, if you wanted to change specialties, you would have to repeat a residency in whatever field you have chosen. General surgery requires 5 years, cardiology can require up to 6-7 years, neurosurgery 7 years, etc. It is generally an unattractive prospect to have to go back and retrain for anywhere from 3-7 years when you are already in your mid-30's, so most people aren't willing to do this. But, again, if you are unhappy with your job, you have to find the job that brings you fulfillment.

I am a 27 year old female and I have been on and off of hormonal birth control (pill, patch, shot) for 13 years. Will this affect my future ability to conceive?

Asked by Tina almost 5 years ago

Hormonal contraceptives are not associated with long-term infertility. However, when you are ready, if you are the type of person who likes to plan ahead, you should probably plan to be off of your contraception for at least 3 months before you attempt to conceive. Sometimes it takes a few months for the body to resume natural cycles. With the shot (depo provera), it can take up to a year for the body to resume regular cycles. 

I was recently informed by my endocrinologist that my testosterone level is high- it is 70. My A1C is slightly high. I asked if this would affect my ability to get pregnant in the future, and he said yes. Is this true? Could you guess a percentage??

Asked by rh24 over 5 years ago

This is a difficult question to answer, because it depends on many variables. A high A1C may be indicative of either diabetes, or even a "pre-diabetes" state. If you are able to control this through diet or medications, your chance of successfully conceiving will be much higher. With a slightly high testosterone and A1C, it is likely that you have polycystic ovarian syndrome, which can put you at risk for many other medical problems such as diabetes and heart disease. It is important that you try to make lifestyle changes to improve your numbers- healthy diet, exercise and weight loss (if you are overweight) will be important. In the end, the biggest determining factor as to whether you will be able to conceive is whether or not you are ovulating. You can determine this by tracking your cycles carefully, paying attention to certain subtle signs, taking your basal body temperatures daily or by using an ovulation predictor kit. If you are ovulating regularly, then there is a good chance that you will be able to conceive without assistance. If you are not ovulating, then you will likely need assistance with either a medication that will induce ovulation (clomid), or a medication that will help control "pre-diabetes" (metformin).

Do you believe any of these "I didn't know I was pregnant until I went into labor!!" stories? Is that even possible?

Asked by pchop over 4 years ago

The power of the human brain to sustain denial is incredible. I do believe it is possible, although it is very uncommon!

Can you help me find a gynecologist, I am hiv positive and my gynecologist passed me to someone else who keeps cancelling my appointment.

Asked by choosing life almost 5 years ago

I'm not sure where you live, but I would start by talking to your infectious disease specialists for any good referrals. You should also check the website of any major local university hospital systems, as they may have gynecologists who specialize in patients with HIV. Another good source is the American College of OBGYN website physician finder: http://www.acog.org/About_ACOG/Find_an_Ob-Gyn

I have the Mirena IUD for birth control. My husband claims he can feel it poking him during sex. Seems common from what I've read online. Do I need to get it checked out? Is it ok that this is happening? Or is this just how it's gonna be?

Asked by Mirena over 5 years ago

If you haven't already, you should talk to your gynecologist who placed the IUD. It is possible that he/she could trim the strings a bit to make it less 'pokey'. This is fairly common, but most of the time, a little trim will fix the problem.