Girl Talk With Dr. Barbie Sullivan, July 12

Ob/Gyn Dr. Barbie Sullivan will be online Tuesday, July 12, 2011 from 8 to 9 p.m. CST to answer your questions. Post your questions at any time. Check back Tuesday to ask a question while she is online.

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Dr. Sullivan earned her medical degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she also completed her residency and internship in obstetrics and gynecology. She is board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Sullivan and her husband have three children.

Note: The following is a transcript from the original Q&A posted July 12, 2011.

12 Responses to “Girl Talk With Dr. Barbie Sullivan, July 12”

  1. LeNeice Williams says:

    I have not had my menstrual cycle in over two and half years,
    should I be concerned? When I was on birth control i developed
    a benign breast lump so the doctor immediately pulled me off
    the the birth control. From that point on I have not taken any
    other birth control and my cycle has ceased.

  2. Mandy says:

    Dr. Sullivan,

    I am 25 years old, and I have had one child. She was delivered by section. I have a regular 28 day cycle. I usually have a 3-5day flow. However, this month my flow only lasted 1 day. Should I be concerned?

  3. Kayla Bryant says:

    My period was regular from the time I was in the 9th grade until I got on birth control. I have been on birth control for a year now and rarely have a period at all. Is this ok? I called the nurse about 6 months into this and she said as long as I am not trying to get pregnant that this is ok. Do you agree? I have my one year check up in August should I try to get in earlier for this reason? Thanks Dr. Sullivan!

  4. holly says:

    My daughter has had problems with vaginal adhesions since she was a baby, she is now 8 years old. Now that she is older she is very self conscious and does not want me checking to see if she needs hormone cream or not. My peditrician said that the adhesions was something she would out grow. At what age can I expect her to stop having problems with this? Her bottom has been very tender. Therefore she does not bath or wipe like she should. Any suggestions for this? Is this related to the adhesions?

  5. Dr. Barbie says:

    Kayla, When you are on birth control pills the lining of the uterus thins and so there is less to “slough off” when you have a menstral cycle. It is normal for menstral cycles on birth control pills to be lighter and shorter and sometimes none at all. This is not medically abnormal. Thanks for your question! Dr Sullivan

  6. Dr. Barbie says:

    Mandy, When a woman has “normal” menstral cycles that are 28 days and last 3-5 days and then has one month with only a 1 day cycle it is not typically abnormal. There are a lot of things that can affect a menstral cycle like stress, changes in diet and rapid weight loss or gain. If this becomes a pattern lasting for several months then you may want to have this evaluated but this may also not be abnormal. Thanks for your question! Dr Sullivan

  7. Dr. Barbie says:

    Shannon, You do still need an annual exam even after a complete hysterectomy. You need yearly or every other year pap smears depending on your risk factors. You should discuss this with your physician. If you are older than 40 YO then you want to have an annual exam, pap smear if needed, rectal for hidden blood in stool and a mammogram. You also may need blood work yearly for your cholesterol, glucose, and thyroid.

    If you have an umbilical hernia you should see a surgeon to evaluate when and if it needs to be repaired. Thank you for your questions! Dr Sullivan

  8. Dr. Barbie says:

    LeNeice, If you have not had a menstral cycle in over 2 1/2 years and you are not on any hormones that are causing this then you need to have a medical evaluation. There are many potential medical causes of amenorrhea (no menstral cycle) and some of these need to be treated like hypothyroidism and polycystic ovarys. There are also potential problems with bone loss and with increased risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer. Thank you for your question! Dr Sullivan

  9. Tiara says:

    I have not had my menstrual cycle in two years. I have always
    been irregular, but this is extra irregular. I’ve been told
    it could be my excessive weight gain. Is this a possibility?

  10. Dr. Barbie says:

    Tiara, If you are not on birth control pills or hormones and are not having menstral cycles then that is abnormal. Weight gain is a possible cause but there are also other medical conditions that can cause amenorrhea ( no menstral cycle). It is important that you have an evaluation with your physician to determine the cause and to treat you to prevent bone loss and uterine cancer. Thank you for your question! Dr Sullivan

  11. holly says:

    sorry for reposting this but was not sure if it went through the first time.
    My daughter has had problems with vaginal adhesions since she was a baby, she is now 8 years old. Now that she is older she is very self conscious and does not want me checking to see if she needs hormone cream or not. My peditrician said that the adhesions was something she would out grow. At what age can I expect her to stop having problems with this? Her bottom has been very tender. Therefore she does not bath or wipe like she should. Any suggestions for this? Is this related to the adhesions?

  12. Dr. Barbie says:

    Holly, When your daughter begins to go through puberty then she will have more estrogen and her adhesions should go away. If you are concerned then you should have her evaluated by her pediatrician. Signs that her estrogen level are increasing are breast development and hair growth. Thank you for your question! Dr Sullivan

 

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