Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Q: Can I complete my Patient information paperwork before I come into the office to save time?

A: If you’d like to save time filling out the required paperwork, we’ve provided the necessary forms for your convenience. Download them, complete them at your leisure, and bring them in when you check in for your appointment.

 

Q: Do you accept Medicaid?

A: Yes, I accept Medicaid for gynecological and obstetrics patients.

 

Q: What insurances do you accept?

A: We accept all major medical insurances, except for Humana Gold, People’s Health, or Tricare. For any other insurance questions, please contact my office.

 

Gynecology

Q: Do you prescribe the morning after pill?

A: No, I do not prescribe these types of medications.

 

Q: I just started taking birth control pills. Why am I starting my cycle before finishing my pill pack?

A: It is normal for breakthrough and irregular bleeding to occur, especially for the first few months. This does not mean that the pills are not working. Keep taking the pill daily and call if it doesn’t resolve after three months or if it is too heavy.

 

Q: Do you fill prescriptions after hours?

A: No, I’m only on call for obstetrical and gynecological emergencies only. Prescriptions will only be filled during normal business hours.


Obstetrics 

Q: What medication can I take while pregnant?

A: We advise that you take medication only if needed. If you are presently taking medication or will need to take medication during your pregnancy, please advise me of your medications and obtain approval.

 

Q: When should I call the doctor?

A: Call the doctor if you have:

  • Persistent, regular, painful contractions are occurring every five minutes to six minutes which continue for at least an hour.
  • When your bag of water breaks (usually a large gush or a continuous trickle); if unsure, observe for 1 hour.
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Decreased or absent movement
  • Any severe or persistent pain
  • You do not have to call for passage of mucus plug or a small amount or spotting after an exam, as they are normal.

 

Q: Can I receive a flu shot?

A: You may receive the flu shot, but I do not provide the flu shot in my office.

 

Q: Can I travel?

A: You may travel (including air travel) up to 36 weeks gestation (one month before your due date if your pregnancy has been uncomplicated).

 

Q: Can I color my hair?

A: You may not color your hair in the first trimester, but may do so after that.

 

Q: Can I have my teeth cleaned?

A: You may have your teeth cleaned and dental x-rays with abdominal shielding.

 

Q: Can I exercise?

A: You may exercise in moderation, but not to the point of exhaustion.

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Samuel Alexander, MD
4720 S. I-10 Service Road West
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Metairie, LA 70001