Please see answers to some of our most commonly asked questions:
A woman should have her first gynecological exam and Pap Test when she anticipates becoming sexually active or by age 21. We do encourage teens between the age of 13-15 to initiate care with us, although an exam is not usually required.
The examination will include both breast and pelvic exams – neither is painful and both can be completed quickly.
During the pelvic exam, a laboratory screening called a Pap Test may be done. This involves brushing small cell samples from the cervix (the opening at the top of the vagina) placing the sample in liquid and sending it to a specialized lab for review. Exams are performed by physicians, our Physician Assistant, and our Nurse Practitioners as well.
Only a small number of antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. Other drugs may also interfere with oral contraception. Should you have any questions about medications you are taking, please discuss them with your clinician or pharmacist. If they feel there may be a decrease in effectiveness, use some other form of back up protection while on the antibiotic and for an additional seven days
You may take a home pregnancy test or come to our office and request a pregnancy test after one missed period.
If you are pregnant, or worry that you have become pregnant, the best thing to do is to call the Valley Forge OBGYN main line at (610) 933-2440 and ask to speak with a nurse. They can offer some immediate advice and can also set up an appointment with a clinician for a more extensive conversation, testing, and an examination.
There are many medications that pregnant women can take safely during their pregnancy. Each pregnancy is different, and a patient’s history or medication allergies may make some medications unsafe. It is best to discuss your use of medications with your doctor, but here is short list that may help:
Acetaminophen as needed for pain
Ricola, Halls, or Chloraseptic spray for a sore throat
Colace or Milk of Magnesia for constipation
Tums or Mylanta for heartburn
Vitamin B6, Ginger and Seabands for nausea
Because we are a group practice and rotate coverage, any one of our OB physicians may attend your delivery. We encourage you to rotate your visits so that you have the opportunity to meet everyone, but this is not mandatory. We deliver exclusively at Phoenixville Hospital.
We have a Level II NICU and 24hr coverage by Nemours-DuPont. Babies in Level II NICU’s have some problems that make them not quite suitable for a newborn nursery, but they generally don’t have immediately life-threatening issues.
As long as your pregnancy is uncomplicated, travel by air or car is fine as long as emergency care is available at your destination. We recommend the purchase of travel insurance (see your travel agent for details). Travel should be completed by 36 weeks.
Yes, all of your medical records are confidential, and will only be released if you give us written authorization.
We accept most insurance plans, including Medicaid. To be absolutely sure you can come to our office we recommend you call your insurance company directly and ask if we are participating providers.
If you are transferring to our practice while pregnant, or if you are transferring with a chronic medical condition please bring your records with you on your first visit.
Our doctors proudly offer in-office procedures for patients in order to avoid high costs, lengthy recovery times and anxiety over an inpatient treatment. Using the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment, we provide patients with the care they need with little to no interruption to their daily lives.