Newport Women's Health Services
A Lifespan Physician Group Practice

Frequently Asked Questions about Women's Health

Are there non-hormonal birth control options?

Yes. Paragard is a copper IUD that lasts for 10 years and is effective at preventing pregnancy. The Mirena IUD is another good choice to avoid systemic hormonal changes and lasts for 5 years. Our team of obstetrician-gynecologists and certified nurse midwives can discuss options with you.

Should I worry about bleeding after menopause?

It is important that you contact your provider, whether the bleeding is heavy or merely spotting.

Is it safe to get the flu vaccine in pregnancy?

Yes. It is highly recommended to get the flu vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy?

Yes. It is highly recommended to get the COVID-19 vaccine, not only during pregnancy, but also if you are breastfeeding and/or planning to become pregnant.

Do I need to give myself breast exams?

Yes. It is important to practice breast self-awareness. Some things to look for are the change in contour of the breast, overlying skin, or discharge.

Can I get pregnant while on my period?

Yes, especially if you frequently have irregular cycles.

How can I tell if I am going into menopause?

Perimenopause is the first stage in the transition to menopause, or the end of your periods. During perimenopause, you will begin to see menstrual cycle irregularity. Some other symptoms may include vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, or lack of sleep. It is important to contact your provider to assess your symptoms.

What is hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? Is it safe?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective approach to treat symptoms of menopause. Many people can benefit from HRT; however, it is not required for everyone. It is important to speak to your provider about the risks and benefits associated with HRT.

Is HSV a sexually transmitted disease?

Yes. HSV (herpes simplex virus) is a sexually transmitted disease. If you have a new diagnosis of HSV we recommend that you be tested for other STDs, which include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomonas, and HIV. Whenever you are concerned about any STD exposure, we recommend testing.