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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of insurance do you accept?
    Ob-Gyn and Infertility Services of Northern New Jersey accepts most insurance. Please call our office at 973-471-0707 to confirm that we accept your insurance.
  • How long are your appointments?
    Appointment times vary depending on the reason for your appointment.
  • How do I get through to the office for an after-hours emergency?
    We are here for you 24/7/365. We always have a provider on-call to handle emergencies. If you need to reach us on the weekends or after hours, call the office number and follow the prompts.
  • When do you offer evening and weekend appointments?
    In addition to our regular office hours, we offer evening hours on Mondays and Thursdays. We also have office hours on Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • What is your fax number?
    Our fax line for all clinics is (973) 471-2112.
  • Who can I contact with a billing question?
    For all payment-related questions or concerns, please call our billing office at 973-471-0707 ext 103.
  • Can I bring my family and/or friends to my ultrasound examination?
    Yes, but please keep in mind that the ultrasound is a medical examination. The sonographer requires a quiet, respectful atmosphere in which to concentrate on performing the exam. Also, be advised that the ultrasound rooms are relatively small and are dimly lit. If possible, please do not bring small children to these appointments.
  • How do I refill prescription medication?
    Please contact your pharmacy directly to request prescription refills. Pharmacies will then send your refill request to us electronically and we can approve the refill. If you are on birth control, you need to be seen every 6 months in order for us to safely refill your prescription. Please make sure you have scheduled an appointment before 6 months to avoid any interruptions to yout medications.
  • Are you accepting new patients?
    Yes, we currently welcome new patients to our practice. Please call (973) 471-0707 to make an appointment.
  • If I become sick is my baby at risk?
    As of now, there are no known risks to your baby. Any fever you experience should be managed with Tylenol. For updated pregnancy-specific information, check this resource from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Can I travel during this time?
    Current recommendations are to avoid all unnecessary air travel, or travel where there are a lot of passengers (ie., public transportation on trains or buses).
  • What additional precautions should I take to protect my baby?
    Avoid large gatherings. This might include movie theaters, sports events, and concerts. While grocery stores and restaurants are okay, avoid close spaces such as elevators. Keep 6 feet of space around you when in public and practice social distancing when possible. If you have the opportunity to work from home, please do.
  • Should I get the COVID Vaccine?
    If you’re pregnant and wondering if you should get a COVID vaccine, review this decision aid and then talk to your doctor or midwife. https://www.oakdaleobgyn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/COVID-Vaccine-Shared-Decision-Making-Information-for-Pregnant-Woman-Updated-12.14.2020.pdf
  • I am having occasional (irregular) bleeding mid-cycle (with or without birth control pills). What’s normal?
    Some women may experience episodes of irregular spotting throughout their menstruating years and this can be perfectly normal. Some questions to ask yourself if on birth control: Have you missed any pills, or skipped a cycle recently? This can cause an episode of spotting. Increases in stress or drastic changes in weight can also affect your periods. If this occurs for more than 3 months regularly we would encourage that you come in for an appointment. . Also, if you are bleeding heavily, saturating a pad/ hour for more than 2-3 hours at a time, or have any symptoms of lightheadedness, dizziness or weakness we would encourage you to schedule an appointment. If you are post-menopausal and haven’t had a period in years but have been spotting the past couple days. We would encourage you to schedule an appointment with a provider for further evaluation.
  • Why do I have to come for annual well-woman appointments when I don’t need a PAP smear every year?
    While you may not need a PAP every year it is still important to your health to have yearly pelvic and breast exams. Your annual exam is a great time to discuss medical concerns and update your medical history.
  • How do I skip my period if I am on oral birth control?
    If you want to skip your period for a vacation or event, simply skip the sugar pills (placebo pills) and start right away into the new pill pack. Be aware that you may have some break-through bleeding (blood spotting) when you do this. If you want to skip your periods more regularly, we recommend that you talk with your provider.
  • Which over-the-counter medications are safe to take in pregnancy?
    See links https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/drugs/4396-medicine-guidelines-during-pregnancy
  • What foods should I avoid when pregnant?
    Generally, you should avoid any unpasteurized foods; this will be identified on the packaging. We also advise against consuming any raw or undercooked meats, including sushi. Limit your consumption of white (albacore) tuna to 6 ounces/week. Avoid tilefish, shark, swordfish and king mackerel in pregnancy.
  • What over the counter medications can I take for allergies?
    Claritin, Zyrtec and Sudafed (take according to the package insert).
  • What over the counter medications can I take for nausea?
    Vitamin B6 (25mg) 2-3 time a day. Unisom — half a tab in the morning and a full tab at night (Unisom may cause some drowsiness).
  • What are your recommendations for airplane travel when pregnant?
    It is okay to fly up to 36 weeks in your pregnancy as the pregnancy is normal. We recommend walking around in the plane every hour and performing ankle pumps (flex and extend your ankles). Also, try to schedule an OB appointment as close to your trip as possible.
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