What do I do if I need a prescription refill?
You should first contact your pharmacy to determine if you need a refill of your medication. They will contact us for a refill request. If you need an urgent refill, please call our office at 717.273.8835 and one of our nurses will be able to assist you.
How do I reach my OBGYN provider after office hours?
We have a physician available 24 hours a day for emergencies. If it is after normal business hours and you need to speak to a medical professional urgently, please call our office at 717.273.8835. You will speak to a person who will gather information from you and pass it along to the on-call doctor.
How do I schedule an urgent appointment?
We recommend that you call our office at 717.273.8835 and speak to one of our nurses. They will assess your situation and determine what the next step will be.
- Are you accepting new patients?
- How far in advance can I schedule my annual exam?
Do you accept my insurance plan?
We accept a large number of insurances. Please see a full list here.
How do I obtain a copy of my medical records.
In order to comply with HIPAA regulations, we have a special form that we need you to sign prior to us releasing your medical records. Click here to download the form.
I’m a new patient, what do I need to do prior to my first appointment?
We have an information packet that we ask all new patients to fill out. (Click here to download the forms.) Additionally, if you have records from a past provider, we recommend that you bring them with you. If you don’t have records, it is not necessary that you obtain them prior to your visit. If we have any questions about your medical history, we will have you sign a record release in the office.
I recently had surgery and I’m concerned that something is wrong?
Please call our office at 717.273.8835 with any questions or concerns. One of our nurses will speak to you and address your concerns. Depending on your particular concern, we may have you come into the office to be evaluated.
When should I get my first mammogram?
For women without other risk factors, the American Cancer Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that you get a yearly mammogram beginning at age 40. The United States Preventative Services Task Force recommends beginning yearly mammograms at age 50.
Will I know if I have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)?
Unfortunately, many STIs have no symptoms in women. The only way to be sure is to be tested.
What should I do if I think I have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)?
Call our office for an appointment to come in to be tested. By diagnosing and treating STIs early, the long term effects may be minimized. If you test positive for a STI, both you and your sexual partners will need to be treated. You will need to abstain from sexual activity or use condoms until you have been completely treated.
I recently started hormonal birth control and am having irregular bleeding. Is this normal?
For the first 3-4 months after beginning hormonal contraception, irregular bleeding and spotting are a common side effect. This occurs as the lining of your uterus responds to the hormones and becomes thinner. It does not mean that the contraception is not working. You may miss your menstrual period completely with some forms of hormonal birth control. This does not mean you are pregnant, as long as you are using your birth control correctly. If you have any concerns about a potential pregnancy, please take a home pregnancy test and contact us for an appointment.
Can I get an intrauterine device (IUD)?
IUDs are a very effective, long acting, and reversible form of contraception. They are a safe option for most women. Paragard, Mirena, and Skyla IUDs are available in our offices. Typically, insertion is easiest during your menstrual period, but we are able to insert them at any time in your menstrual cycle.
What should I do if I forget to take a birth control pill?
If you miss one pill, take it as soon as you remember. If you don’t remember until you are due for your next pill, take two pills at the same time. If you miss two pills, take two pills for the next two days. You will need to use a back-up method of contraception (i.e. condoms) for the rest of the pill pack. If you miss 3 or more pills, you will need to use back-up contraception and start a new pack.
Taking more than one pill at a time may cause some nausea or headaches. If you often have trouble remembering to take your pills, try setting a daily alarm on your smart phone , or talk to your provider about switching to an alternative form of contraception.
What should I think about when starting birth control pills?
Birth control pills are typically very safe to take; however, there are a few medical conditions (e.g. hypertension) which make them unsafe for certain people. There are many different types of birth control pills. Please see your provider so that your medical history can be reviewed and we can help chose the best option for you.
I currently have my menstrual period, do I need to reschedule my appointment?
In most cases, no. We are able to perform annual exams and pap smears while you have menstrual bleeding. However, if you have any questions, please call our office at 717.273.8835 to check.
- If I don’t need a Pap test every year, do I still need to come in for an exam?
Is it safe to paint or be around fumes while I’m pregnant?
It is unlikely that paint fumes will harm your fetus. Ventilate the room well by opening the doors and windows and avoid prolonged exposure especially in the first trimester.
Should I receive the Tdap vaccine?
Yes, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends the administration of the TDAP vaccine between 27-36 weeks of pregnancy. In newborns, pertussis can be a life-threatening illness and can be prevented by the Tdap vaccine. It can also be administered to breast feeding mothers if not given during pregnancy. Getting the Tdap vaccine is an effective and safe way to protect yourself and your newborn from getting whooping cough.
Is the practice supportive of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)?
Yes, attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC) is a safe and suitable choice for many women who have had a prior cesarean delivery. If you are interested in VBAC, please consult with one of our obstetricians, as certain factors may increase or decrease your chances of success.
Will I get an episiotomy?
We do not perform routine episiotomy. We prefer to avoid episiotomy whenever possible, although in certain circumstances it may be necessary
Can I have caffeine while I’m pregnant?
Pregnant women should limit their caffeine intake to less than 200 mg/day (roughly one to two cups of coffee). Although research has revealed conflicting results, a few studies have suggested an increased risk of miscarriage with high caffeine intake (more than 200-300 mg/day)
What foods should I avoid during pregnancy?
Due to risk of contamination with listeria, mercury, and toxoplasmosis, certain foods should be avoided during pregnancy.
Listeria: do not eat unpasteurized soft cheeses such as brie, feta, blue, goat, or camembert. Avoid hot dogs and deli meats. Listeria can be inactivated by high temperatures, however, so any of these foods should be safe if heated until steaming hot. Do not eat smoked or raw fish.
Mercury: do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish as they contain high levels of mercury. Eat up to 12 ounces a week or lower of mercury fish and shellfish
Toxoplasmosis: Do not eat raw or undercooked meat. Also, avoid changing the cat litter and wear gloves when gardening or handling soil
Can I dye my hair during pregnancy?
While there are very few studies of hair dye use in human pregnancy, animal studies have shown no adverse effects. Many women have dyed their hair during pregnancy with no reported harmful outcomes. Only a minimal amount of hair dye is absorbed through the scalp after application and this small amount is unlikely to harm your baby. If you dye your hair with a single process and you’d like to be especially cautious, wait until after the first trimester to dye your hair. Highlights should be fine at any time since hair dye is not applied directly to the scalp.
Where will I deliver my baby?
The ‘New Beginnings’ labor and delivery suite at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital.
Who will deliver my baby?
One of our nine obstetricians will deliver your baby. Whoever is on call when you go into labor will take care of you at the hospital. If you are having a repeat cesarean section the practice attempts to have the same provider do your cesarean section if this is feasible – this is your choice
How often do I need a pap test?
Pap tests may not be required every year. However, pelvic exams should be performed yearly at a well-woman visit, as should breast exams. If your provider sees any abnormalities on your cervix, a pap smear can be performed at that time.
How can I protect myself from getting HPV?
There are 2 main ways to prevent HPV infection. The first way to prevent HPV infection is through consistent condom use. The second way to prevent HPV is through vaccination. The Gardasil vaccine is readily available and can be given to both men and women ages 9-26. It is most effective when given prior to beginning sexual activity. It is recommended that girls aged 11-12 years old are vaccinated; however, you may be vaccinated up until age 26 and still receive some benefits.
How do I get rid of HPV?
There is no medication available that can get rid of HPV from your cervix. Your body typically clears the HPV infection within a few years; but there are some people who are unable to clear the infection. This typically occurs when their immune system is weakened.
What is HPV and how do you get it?
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is common virus that is spread from person to person through skin-to-skin contact, typically through sexual intercourse, which can be vaginal, anal or oral. There are certain types of HPV that cause cervical cancer, others cause genital warts.
HPV infection usually has no symptoms and can stay hidden within your body for long periods of times. There is no way for medical professionals to know how long you’ve had HPV.
What is a Pap test?
A pap test is a screening test to find abnormal cells of the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer. Abnormalities are typically caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The test is performed by taking a small sample of cells which are sent to a lab for evaluation.