FAQ

FAQ2019-04-02T22:02:22-05:00
What services do you offer?2019-02-25T22:15:44-05:00

The practice provides the finest in preventive and problem focused medical care, including:

  • Robotic Surgery
  • Weight Loss Program
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Menopausal medicine
  • Teen gynecology
  • Adult gynecology
  • Normal to high risk pregnancy
  • 4-D ultrasound
  • Infertility
  • Gynecological Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Dexa
  • Juvaderm
What if I miss my appointment?2019-01-29T20:40:33-05:00

There will be a $25 no show fee for any missed appointments. Please call 251-424-1100 to reschedule.

What types of insurance do you accept?2019-01-29T20:40:18-05:00

Most insurance plans are accepted including those listed below. If you have questions please call 251-424-1100:

  • Blue Bross Blue Shield *
  • Tricare
  • Tricare Prime *
  • United Health Care
  • First Health
  • Health Springs *
  • Medicaid***
  • Blue Advantage
  • AARP
  • Medicare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Humana

* It is your responsibility to know if a referral is required for your visit. Any costs incurred by visits attended without a referral are to be covered by the patient.
** Compass Policy excluded
***Full, Family Planning, Gift of Life

What are your payment options?2019-03-27T16:14:06-05:00

We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

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Where can I pay my bill online?2019-01-29T20:58:45-05:00
What is ‘Patient Portal’, and where do I login?2019-01-29T21:01:32-05:00

Patient Portal is a secured web-based site that enables you to track normal lab results, scheduled appointments, confirm personal identification information, and message the office nurse or front desk.

To login use the username temporary password and passcode provided by the office. When you initially sign in you will you be prompted to change your password and confirm or update your email address.

I would like to host a botox party. What do I do?2019-07-29T13:50:04-05:00

Invite up to 10 friends and get 2 units free for each participant – That could be up to 20 free units of Botox.

  • Provide refreshments of choice
  • Each participant gets a discounted rate of $10/ unit

All parties are held at Baldwin GYN & Aesthetics – 1506 N McKenzie ST 104.

  • All participants are evaluated personally and individual treatment plans are determined
  • Each treatment should take approximately 15-20 mins.
Can I choose Pellet Therapy if I still have a uterus (have not had a hysterectomy)?2019-01-29T21:28:07-05:00

Yes BUT it is very important to include progesterone therapy as well. Progesterone is the hormone that will reduce bleeding but also avoid unopposed estrogen exposure which can result in the risk of Uterine Cancer.

Does my insurance cover Pellet Therapy?2019-01-29T21:29:17-05:00

No. Most insurances will cover certain generic brands of hormone replacement and often will partially cover hormone injections. We do provide injection therapy in the office and will be happy to advise which treatment is best for you.

Why would I need Pellet Therapy instead of my oral estrogen medication?2019-01-29T21:30:16-05:00

The issue of greatest concern is that oral hormones pass through the liver in the process of metabolism and a result of this liver pass, the liver increases the production of clotting factors. This is why increased risks of stroke and heart attack are reported in women taking oral hormones. While trans-dermal routes (patches and gels) also avoid this, there are times that women do not get the relief of symptoms and would benefit from Pellet therapy. Estrogen alone does not impart the same sense of well-being and/or increased energy level that a combination of estrogen and testosterone produces. Oral testosterone has not only been tied to an increased risk of breast cancer, but usually is not effective.

What is cervical dysplasia?2019-01-29T22:16:37-05:00

Dysplasia is one of the abnormal cell changes that are diagnosed by pap smear. Although it is not a cancer of the cervix, it can represent an increased risk of pre-cancer when the dysplasia is moderate to severe. Usually a biopsy (colposcopy) of the cervix is needed to accurately diagnose cervical dysplasia. Women with a history of abnormal pap smears should always have regular pap screening.

What is an abnormal pap?2019-01-29T22:19:25-05:00

Abnormal pap smears can reveal changes in the cervical cells ranging from infection/inflammation to cancer. Most abnormal pap smears do not show cancer cells; however, all women with abnormal results should have regular follow-up appointments.

Is there any treatment for PMS?2019-01-29T22:22:32-05:00

Yes. Many women successfully treat the symptoms of PMS with nonsteroidals (ibuprofen or Naproxen products), calcium supplementation, reduction in caffeine, and regular exercise. If these are not beneficial then it is best to talk with your healthcare provider. Other treatments include birth control pills and/ or mild antidepressants.

What is PMS?2019-01-29T22:23:18-05:00

PMS is a group of symptoms that include physical (cramps, breast pain), emotional (tearful, mood swings) and behavioral (food cravings, fatigue) changes. These tend to occur prior to and during monthly menstruation. Although 80% of women have some changes during their cycle, as many as 10-20% of women find that these symptoms affect their lives, work, and relationships. If so -it is recommended to discuss these changes with your healthcare provider.

Why is intercourse painful?2019-01-29T22:24:23-05:00

Many women suffer from painful intercourse (dyspareunia). Often times correcting for vaginal dryness with lubricants such as k-y or astroglide can reduce discomfort. It is best to discuss persistent pain with your gynecologist in order to rule out infection or pelvic abnormalities.

Can I safely take hormones?2019-01-29T22:28:30-05:00

Most likely the answer is yes; however it is recommended that women consult with a gynecologist to review individual risks and indications for hormone replacement. Absolute contraindications for hormone use include an active breast cancer or active blood clots. Many other treatment options are available for those who are not candidates for hormone supplementation.

What can I expect at menopause?2019-01-29T22:38:55-05:00

Menopause is the life stage where estrogen production decreases and women are no longer fertile. During the years before menopause women often experience a transitional phase during which symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, and vaginal dryness often occur despite monthly periods. This perimenopausal phase can last years and often affect women in many different ways. It is best to discuss these changes with your gynecologist.

What are my choices for contraception today?2019-01-30T20:05:11-05:00

In addition to oral contraceptives (birth control pills) women can also choose a trans-dermal patch or a vaginal ring. All of these result in effective prevention of pregnancy as well as cycle control. Depo provera is an injection administered every 3 months and usually results in no monthly periods. Mirena and paraguard are intrauterine devices (iud) that provide long term contraception but is reversible upon removal. Barrier methods for contraception include condoms, diaphragms, and spermicides.

What treatments are available for heavy periods?2019-01-30T20:05:52-05:00

It is estimated that nearly 10 million women suffer from menorrhagia (excessive monthly bleeding). This often results in anemia (low blood count), fatigue and cramping, missed days at work, and social embarrassment due to soiling clothes. Treatment options range from medication to surgical intervention. Endometrial ablation (novasure) is one surgical option that is an outpatient procedure resulting in the destruction of the uterine lining. Over 90% of women successfully control their monthly bleeding without hysterectomy. Contact your healthcare provider to discuss individual treatment options today.

What is stress urinary incontinence (SUI)?2019-01-30T20:06:39-05:00

Weakened or damaged pelvic muscles result in decrease control of urine when there is increased abdominal pressure such as with coughing, laughing, or simple lifting. This results in accidental leakage of urine and significantly limits physical activity for millions of women. Treatment options include both surgical and nonsurgical procedures to correct the pelvic muscle weakness. Ask your gynecologist about available options for you.

What is overactive bladder?2019-01-30T20:07:26-05:00

Overactive bladder results in urgency, frequency and often leakage of urine. Women tend to wake up often during the night to urinate. It is the result of bladder muscular spasm and best treated with bladder training and medication.

What can I do for urinary leakage?2019-01-30T20:07:57-05:00

Millions of women suffer from incontinence (leakage) of urine. Because treatment is directly related to the cause of the leakage it is best to discuss this with a gynecologist or urologist. Both medication and surgery can be effective in controlling leakage.

What is Gardasil?2019-01-30T20:08:40-05:00

Gardasil is a vaccination for prevention of cervical cancer and human papilloma virus (hpv) infection. It is a series of 3 injections and is recommended between the ages of 9-26. Nearly 80% of all cervical cancers are caused by this hpv virus which is the most common std infection affecting teens today. Hpv infection also causes over 90% of genital warts.

When should young teens have a first gyn appointment?2019-01-30T20:09:32-05:00

It is recommended that girls ages 13-18 have an introductory visit with a gynecologist. A pelvic exam is not recommended at this time unless the teen is having menstrual abnormalities or is sexually active. This visit allows opportunity for abstinent-based sex education, std prevention, contraceptive management if needed, and establishing a physician-patient relationship for young girls.

What should I do if I fine a breast lump on self exam?2019-01-30T20:10:39-05:00

First of all it is quite common for women to have changes in the breast tissue especially related to menstruation. Women who are not menopausal are encouraged to repeat an exam after their next period. If the lump persists or exam remains different, one should see their healthcare provider. Those women who are menopausal, it is best to be evaluated by their healthcare provider anytime that a lump is suspected. In addition to mammogram a breast ultrasound is often performed and a consultation with a surgeon will likely be recommended. Remember- most changes and/or lumps found on exam are not cancer.

When should I begin a mammogram screening?2019-01-30T20:11:27-05:00

It is recommended that women have a baseline mammogram around the age of 35 followed by yearly mammograms at age 40. There is really no age limit to mammogram screening.

Do I need a bone density test (dexa)?2019-01-30T20:13:09-05:00

All women over the age of 65 or who have risk factors need to be screened for osteoporosis. Risk factors include estrogen deficiency, smoking, family history, personal history of fracture, conditions that affect absorption of calcium, and history of steroid use. It is best to discuss your individual risks with your health care provider.

How do I reduce my risk of breast cancer?2019-01-30T20:12:08-05:00

The most important screening tool for breast disease includes three steps: annual mammogram screening, annual breast exam, and self breast exams monthly. It is also recommended that women avoid smoking, maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and discuss individual risk factors with their healthcare provider.

WHat is osteoporosis and how can I prevent it?2019-01-30T20:13:53-05:00

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bone structure making the bone fragile and at risk for fracture. Tips for maintaining healthy bones include adequate intake of calcium, regular exercise, avoiding smoking, and early screening for menopausal women.

What should my daily dose of calcium be?2019-01-30T20:15:00-05:00

Most women ages 18 to 50 need 1000mg of calcium daily. Menopausal women need 1200mg of calcium plus vitamin d daily. Those who are not on hormone therapy should increase to 150mg daily. Calcium is necessary for healthy bone development and fracture prevention. It also maintains healthy nerve, teeth, and heart tissue.

How do I know which Hormone option is best for me?2019-01-30T20:15:47-05:00

Hormone Replacement Therapy is key to Menopausal Management and can play a major role in maintaining quality of life, reduction of cardio-vascular events, reduction in Colon Ca, prevention of Osteoporosis, and alleviating the hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, and vaginal dryness that so many women experience. Menopause is heralded by the absence of menstrual cycles for a full 12 months, surgical removal of ovaries, chemotherapy/radiation ablation of ovarian function, or blood hormone level abnormalities. Peri-Menopause often precedes menopause and can result in extreme symptoms, mood changes, loss of concentration, weight changes, and often irregular bleeding. At Baldwin GYN & Aesthetics we are committed to Excellence in Women’s Health and have been a leader in Menopausal Management. We are now providing Traditional Hormone Replacement, Alternative Menopausal Treatment, Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, Comprehensive Hormonal Testing, and Hormone Pellet Therapy. Hormone replacement is a complex decision involving both you and your health professional. Call us today for more information or a consultation.

What is the recovery after the MonaLisa Touch treatment?2019-01-30T20:18:04-05:00

Most women report slight localized discomfort following the laser treatment and during the first few days after the session. Many have reported to have resumed their normal routine after one to three days. During the healing period, it may be recommended to avoid lifting weights or some activities, such as taking a hot bath, or physical exercise. Sexual Activity can be resumed after 5-7 days.

Is MonaLisa Touch covered by insurance?2019-01-30T20:18:48-05:00

MonaLisa Touch is currently not covered by managed care or commercial insurance as no processing code has been established.

Is MonaLisa Touch safe for women with breast cancer?2019-01-30T20:19:48-05:00

Yes, MonaLisa Touch treatment is a great option and particularly well suited for patients who cannot, or prefer not to receive estrogen therapy.

What should I expect from the procedure?2019-01-30T20:20:28-05:00

The in-office procedure is virtually painless, requires no anesthesia and typically is done under 5 minutes. Treatments are spaced every 6 weeks for best results for a total of 3 treatments. Some women may require more treatments based on individual needs/ Many women experience results as early as 2 weeks post-procedure but to achieve maximum benefit women should complete all three treatments.

Has MonaLisa Touch been clinically studied?2019-01-30T20:21:22-05:00

The MonaLisa Touch therapy has more than 8 clinical studies published. In addition to clinical studies, the MonaLisa Touch is the only therapy that has published histological data. MonaLisa Touch is FDA approved for treatment of genitourinary changes of menopause.

Who would benefit from MonaLisa Touch?2019-01-30T20:22:35-05:00

Just like you, many postmenopausal women are experiencing changes from decreased estrogen that can affect their quality of life in unexpected ways. This can result in Vulvovaginal Atrophy (also called Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause) which has symptoms such as: Vaginal dryness Vaginal burning Vaginal itching Painful intercourse (dyspareunia) Painful urination (dysuria) Vulvar discomfort Lichens sclerosus Vulvadynia.

What is MonaLisa Touch laser therapy?2019-01-30T20:25:08-05:00

MonaLisa Touch is a new therapy that treats the symptoms of Vulvovaginal Atrophy that you may be experiencing. MonaLisa Touch is a fractional CO2 laser with a vaginal probe that delivers controlled energy to the vaginal tissue (mucosa) to revitalize the cells so they make more collagen, elastin and vascularization and moisture is increased. There is also a Vulvar probe which delivers energy to the vulvar region.

Is SculpSure right for me?2019-01-30T20:27:20-05:00

SculpSure is ideal for people with stubborn areas of fat, particularly those that seem resistant to diet and exercise.

What does the procedure feel like?2019-04-02T21:29:23-05:00

During the TempSure Vitalia procedure you will feel gentle heating of the target tissue. The treatment has been carefully designed with you in mind to deliver heat gradually for a comfortable therapeutic experience every time.

How long is the procedure?2019-04-02T21:29:58-05:00

The procedure will depend on how many zones you choose to be treated. Each zone is treated for 5 minutes. For example, if your provider chooses to treat 5 zones, the procedure would be 25 minutes. Please work with your provider to develop a procedure plan that is right for you.

How many procedures are necessary?2019-04-02T21:30:53-05:00

A series of procedures is always recommended. Every patient is different, so the optimal number of treatments can vary. Work with your provider to develop a procedure plan that is right for you!

What areas can I get treated?2019-04-02T21:31:24-05:00

TempSure Vitalia’s unique probe is specifically designed to gently treat your most sensitive areas.

Is TempSure Vitalia right for me?2019-04-02T21:55:47-05:00

Treatments are fast, easy and can be performed on all skin types. Your provider will develop a plan that is right for you.

Does it hurt?2019-04-02T21:50:23-05:00

TempSure Envi has been carefully designed with comfort in mind to provide you with a comfortable and effective treatment every time! 99% of patients described the treatment as comfortable.

How long are treatments?2019-04-02T21:50:58-05:00

Treatments last about 30-60 minutes depending on the area being treated. There is absolutely no downtime allowing you to return to your normal activities immediately.

When will I see results?2019-04-02T21:51:35-05:00

Instantly! You will leave with a natural glow and what patients describe as a “tighter” feeling. The best part is collagen will continue to rebuild over time enhancing your skin’s appearance.

Is TempSure Envi right for me?2019-04-02T21:52:25-05:00

TempSure Envi is right for everyone! Treatments are extremely safe and can be performed on all skin types. Unlike other technologies, treatments can be performed all year ‘round.

Why TempSure Envi?2019-04-02T21:52:53-05:00

TempSure Envi is a simple solution for beautiful skin. It provides a soothing patient experience, while delivering beautiful results. Each treatment delivers consistent heat, giving you an effective, yet comfortable treatment every time.

How many TempSure Envi treatments are needed?2019-04-02T21:53:34-05:00

A series of treatments are always recommended, but every patient is different. The optimum number of treatments can vary, so please work with your provider to develop a plan that is right for you!