Why choose Dr. Daum?

Dr. Daum's practice is different from many. He is in solo private practice and does not use nurse practitioners or PA's. Emphasis is placed on one to one contact, education, and physician availability. Dr. Daum is progressive and innovative. During pregnancy ultrasound is done in the office by Dr. Daum with assistance one day a week by Vicki, our sonography... Read More

Should I try the Nuva Ring?

Yes. The Nuva ring is a low dose oral contraceptive contained and dispensed through vaginal absorption from a soft, flexible ring. The ring is inserted and removed easily and is left in place for three weeks. Your period will come during the week the ring is removed. The Nuva ring usage cycle is easy, three weeks in, one week out.... Read More

Do I have endometriosis?

Endometriosis is common. The most common symptom of endometriosis is pain. Pain arises from the irritation of pelvic tissues (uterus, rectum, ovaries, tubes, bladder) which arises from the secretion of chemicals from the implants of endometriosis. How does it start? There are genetic predispositions, and possibly some increased risk in redheads. The most common an most easily understood explanation is... Read More

How should I treat endometriosis?

The answer to that question is totally dependent upon what your goals are. Initially, pain control is most important. Reductions in pain can sometimes be obtained by simply taking noncylic low dose birth control pills. (Skip the inactive last seven pills and have no periods). Endometriosis can be suspected clinically, but can only be diagnosed with laparoscopy. Endometriosis can also... Read More

I have an Ovarian Cyst. Do I need to have surgery?

With the exception of cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovary, most gynecologic surgery is done to improve quality of life. It's your life and your body, and choices as to how and when you proceed should be discussed thoroughly. Your needs and desires should be understood and respected by your gynecologist.  There are usually multiple ways to approach each... Read More

Is there a way to stop production of breast milk?

There is no way to cease the production of breast milk. If you choose not to breastfeed or want to discontinue breastfeeding, the following will assist in allowing you a break to return to normal as quickly as possible: 1. Wear a good, supportive bra. 2. Avoid stimulation of the breast, especially the nipples. 3. Use Tylenol or Ibuprofen as... Read More

What can I do to relieve constipation?

At least half of all pregnant women seem to have problems with constipation. One reason for this may be changes in hormones that slow the movement of food through the digestive tract. Sometimes iron supplements may also cause constipation. During the last part of pregnancy, pressure on your rectum from your uterus may add to the problem. Here are some... Read More

May I travel during pregnancy?

Most women can travel safely until close to their due date. For most women, the most comfortable time to travel is in the middle of pregnancy. Problems are least likely to happen during this time. During pregnancy, many women have concerns about seat belts. There is no question that you are much better off wearing your seat belt during pregnancy.... Read More

Are saunas, hot tubs, and tanning booths safe during pregnancy?

The use of saunas, hot tubs, and tanning booths is not recommended in pregnancy. The extreme temperature could potentially damage the developing baby. Extremely hot baths are not recommended during pregnancy. Bath temperatures should be below 100 ° Fahrenheit.... Read More

Is it safe to exercise and continue work during pregnancy?

Exercise can help strengthen muscles used in labor and delivery and lessen some of the discomforts of pregnancy. It may give you more energy and make you feel better. The type of exercise you can do during pregnancy depends on your health and how active you were before you became pregnant. This is not a good time to take up... Read More

Is it normal for swelling to occur?

A certain amount of swelling (called edema) is normal during pregnancy. It occurs most often in the legs. Elevating the legs usually makes the swelling less by the next morning. Swelling can begin during the last few months of pregnancy, and it may occur more often in the summer. Let your doctor or nurse know if you have swelling in... Read More

What can I do for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy?

The following suggestions may be useful in relieving nausea and vomiting: * Remember, "any calorie is a good calorie" so eat what stays down for you. * These foods may not be well tolerated: Greasy or fried foods, as they take longer to leave the stomach or very sweet foods or spicy hot foods or foods with strong odors. *... Read More

Will I have a miscarriage?

When bleeding happens, it is frightening. "Am I losing the baby?" is bound to be the biggest fear in early pregnancy. Bleeding in early pregnancy does not usually mean miscarriage, but it can be one of the early signs that the pregnancy is not going well. "How can I tell what is going to happen?" There are two different ways... Read More

Am I in labor?

For women at term deciding when to go the hospital is not always easy. Sometimes it will seem like labor and next thing you know you have been sent back home. Many times these frustrations are unavoidable. It can be difficult to tell whether labor is true or false labor. Your goal should be to get to the hospital when... Read More

When should women expect normal menstruation to resume?

This depends on whether you are breastfeeding or not. If you are not breastfeeding, your first period will occur about two months after childbirth. However, there is no way to know when you begin to ovulate again - 90 percent of women will not ovulate before their first period. So contraception is essential if you have sex soon after childbirth.... Read More

Is there a way to stop production of breast milk?

There is no way to cease the production of breast milk. If you choose not to breastfeed or want to discontinue breastfeeding, the following will assist in allowing you a break to return to normal as quickly as possible: 1. Wear a good, supportive bra. 2. Avoid stimulation of the breast, especially the nipples. 3. Use Tylenol or Ibuprofen as... Read More

Do I have a fertility problem?

The most commonly accepted definition of infertility is failure to conceive over one year of unprotected intercourse. This will happen to 10 to 15% of couples, and presumes that you have intercourse frequently enough to have the sperm and egg meet. How often is that? If you have regular periods every twenty eight to thirty days, ovulation should occur around... Read More

What is Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)is the most common of vaginal infections. It will usually present as a gray-white discharge, and is often accompanied with a "fishy" odor. Often it is the odor which bothers women the most, and it is most noticeable after intercourse. The normal vaginal flora consists of predominantly lactobacillus acidophilus. Acidophilus produces acid as it grows and suppresses the... Read More

What if I miss a birth control pill?

Generally, if you miss a pill, take it as soon as you remember. If it is the next day, and you haven't taken yesterday's pill take both pills that day to catch up. You generally won't get pregnant from missing one pill. If, however, you miss one of the first four or 5 pills in a new pack, you do... Read More

What's all the hype about the MIRENA IUD?

The Mirena IUD is a relatively new IUD, (Intrauterine Device), with the stem of the IUD impregnated with levonorgestrel, the progestin hormone found in many birth control pills. It is an extremely effective, very low maintenance, long lasting form of birth control. Once inserted, it is immediately effective, and lasts for 5 years. It is ideal for insertion when breast... Read More

Patient Education

Mirena IUD

Mirena IUD's are plastic devices that fit inside your uterus and provide contraception. They have several advantages. First they are very effective with greater than 99% prevention of pregnancy.  The stem of the Mirena contains levonorgestrel, a part of many popular birth control pills. Second, once inserted, they are almost... Read More

Am I in Labor?

Labor at term is about trying to decide if it is time to go to the hospital. If it is timed properly, it will prevent frustrating visits to the hospital which result in going back home. Many women have described a  contraction as "The baby balls up". What is really... Read More

Abnormal Pap Smear - Now What?

Many women will have an abnormal pap smear result at some point in their life. If you have had an abnormal pap smear, you will generally need to have a follow up pap smear within 6 months.  Potential results of a follow up pap smear are: - Your follow up pap smear... Read More

Influenza

Pregnant women are more likely to get seriously ill from the flu. Get your flu shot.   You should get vaccinated as soon as you finish the first trimester. (12 weeks). You will not get the flu from a flu shot. Any side effects you get are generally limited to soreness... Read More

Essure Tubal Sterilization

There has been a good bit of advertising recently about the Essure method of tubal sterilization. Essure is not new, and has been on the market for a number of years. The Essure method of sterilization  requires placement of a device in each tubal opening, where it opens into the... Read More

Pregnant! What not to eat.

You have probably heard that there are foods that should be avoided during pregnancy. Most of the restrictions are directed at avoiding mercury which has gotten concentrated in fish. The fish to be avoided are the predatory fish from the ocean, and include tuna, shark, mackerel, and salmon. In fact, most fish should... Read More

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