FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some common questions here

How do I become a patient of The Woman’s Clinic?

As a new patient you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 318-388-4030 or use the Request an Appointment link. If you are an existing patient at another healthcare facility, we do ask that you have your medical record faxed to our facility at 318-807-0809.

Is the office closed for lunch?

Our offices are open from 8 am to 5 pm and do not close at lunch. However, there are specific hours for walk-in labs. Walk-in lab hours are 8:30 am to 11:30 am & 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and Fridays 8:30 am to 11:30 am. The hours for walk-in labs at our Ruston location change frequently. If you’d like to have labs drawn in our Ruston office, please be sure you confirm with your nurse.

What is the fax number for The Woman's Clinic?

Our fax number is 318-807-0809.

How should I join the patient portal?

While patient portal accounts can be made in the office, you can also request an account here. You will be asked to complete pertinent personal information and a request will be sent to our office. These requests are processed in 1 to 2 business days.

What is the cost for an appointment?

The cost of an appointment depends on the various services provided during your visit. We do file encounters to your insurance if we are in network with the payer. We also accept self-pay patients. If you have questions on the necessity of a labor procedure speak with your provider during the visit.

What insurances does The Woman’s Clinic accept?

We accept most major payors including Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Coventry/First Health, Gilsbar 360, UHC, Vantage, Verity and Zelis. If you do not see your insurance listed please contact your insurance provider for a list of in-network providers.

Does The Woman's Clinic accept Medicare?

Yes! We accept original Medicare and the Vantage Advantage Part B plan. We do not accept any other Medicare Part B plans.

What should I expect at my first obstetrics appointment?

After discussing your medical history, last menstrual period and any symptoms you are experiencing with your nurse, you will then go to an exam room where you will have a transvaginal ultrasound. During this ultrasound, the provider will determine your gestational age and assess the fetal heart rate. You can request copies of these ultrasound photos. We will also discuss genetic test at this appointment.

At the end of this visit you will receive an appointment with our OB Intake nurse at approximately 10 to 12 weeks of pregnancy. During this visit you will compete all necessary blood work and genetic testing.

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Is there an online version of the prenatal education?

Yes! here are links to our Pregnancy Care packets:
Pregnancy Care
28 Weeks
36 Weeks

What is cord blood banking?

Cord Blood Banking is the collection of the blood in a baby’s umbilical cord. The umbilical cord /cord blood contains special cells that can be used to treat a variety of life-threatening diseases including leukemia, other cancers, and blood and immune disorders.

How do I find out more information about childbirth classes?

Two hospitals in our area, St. Francis and Glenwood, offer free child birthing classes. You can get more information on their maternity classes here:

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How early can I find out the sex of my baby?

You can find out the gender of your baby at a number of time frames:·      

At 10 weeks NIPT (noninvasive prenatal testing)which is a blood draw can be performed.   

At 15 weeks we can do a cash pay ultrasound, called a Gender Scan.

Between 18 and 20 weeks of gestation, you canchoose to find out during your anatomy ultrasound.

What is a "global fee"?

Global fee is a term used to describe how most insurance companies require that we bill for your maternity care. This global fee includes all of your routine prenatal visits; the delivery and a post-partum follow up visit. Lab work, ultrasounds, hospital visits, all hospital charges, circumcision, etc. are typically not part of the global fee and are billed separately.

What are you measuring when you measure my tummy?

The measurement is called the fundal height: it is taken from the pubic bone to the top of your uterus. It should equal, plus or minus 2 cm, the number of weeks along you are.

 How far past my due date will you let me go?

The short answer is the maximum is 42 weeks, however, each pregnancy is different so we highly recommend you discuss this with your physician.

What can I do for swollen ankles, feet and legs?

It is very common for pregnant women to retain fluid. Many women will find that their feet and ankles will be most swollen at the end of the day and that their hands and face will be more swollen in the morning when they get out of bed. Try elevating your feet and lying on your left side as much as possible during the day. Increase fluid consumption and decrease salt intake to try to flush the salts out of your body. Make sure to watch out for hidden salts which usually you will find in processed food.

Can I have intercourse?

There is no harm to the baby or you with sexual activity during a pregnancy unless you think that you have broken your water or you have a pregnancy complication (such placeta previa or pre-term labor) that has been diagnosed by your physician and you have been specifically advised to avoid intercourse.

 Can I travel during pregnancy?

In general you want to be careful about planes after 34 weeks and long distance driving after 36 weeks; however, you can always discuss at their next visit. Do not plan prolonged stay or activities over 8,000 ft. Traveling during pregnancy does not pose a risk to the pregnancy; however, you need to be prepared to obtain care where ever you are should a problem arise. We recommend you take this into consideration when making any travel plans.

Can I dye my hair?

Yes, but you should avoid frequent or prolonged exposure to chemicals.

I think I'm pregnant - when do I need to see a doctor?

If you have a positive home pregnancy test, go ahead and call to make an appointment (318-388-4030), keeping in mind that we generally see women when they are near their eighth or ninth week of pregnancy.

Not sure how far along you are? Look back to the first day of your last period– the amount of weeks that have passed since then roughly correspond to your weeks of pregnancy.

Can I eat before my glucose/sugar test?

Yes, you can eat before. If you are asked to do a 1 hour glucose test we recommend that you eat a protein heavy meal, versus carb and sugar heavy meals (poptarts, donuts, cereal). If you are scheduled for a 3hour glucose test you cannot eat or drink after midnight the night prior to testing.

 How many people can I bring to my ultrasound?

For your medical ultrasound, there is a 2 person limit. Young children must have an adult other than the patient to supervise them during your examination. During COVID please verify our COVID visitation restrictions by calling 318-388-4030.

Does The Woman's Clinic perform VBACs?

Our physicians do perform VBAC’s, however this is considered a high-risk delivery and should be discussed with your physician.

Who do I contact when my insurance changes during my pregnancy?

You will need to contact our Patient Account Department directly. They will update your patient account and verify your new insurance 318-388-4030.

How often should I schedule my well woman exam?

While pap smear frequency depends on the patients medical history, you should always have a well woman exam with a breast and pelvic exam at least once a year.

Should I get the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine can be started at age 9. This vaccine is recommend for most women, including adolescent girls who are not sexually active. The HPV vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women.

Can I have a pap smear if I have my period?

You should try to schedule your annual exam for when you are not having your period. However, you can have a pap smear during your period as long as the flow is not very heavy.

When will I receive my results from my pap test?

Please allow two weeks from the time your specimen was collected. You can also check your results online through the patient portal.

Will someone call me about my test results?

We will call you if your lab results are abnormal. If all lab results are normal we will not contact you regarding your results. You may also check your patient portal.

How often should I do a self breast exam?

Once a month, after the end of your menstrual cycle or if menopausal, at your discretion, you should perform a self-breast exam. By conducting a monthly breast exam yourself, its helps you to detect any change or signs of a problem. If there are any lumps, changes or nipple discharges please contact your physician.

I recently found a lump in my breast. What should I do?

Women who have found a lump in one of their breasts should contact our office to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.

I have gone through menopause but am experiencing spotting or staining. What should I do?

You should schedule an appointment with your provider at The Woman's Clinic to discuss your symptoms.

When should I bring my young daughter in for her first Gynecological exam?

It is recommended that young women have their first Gynecologic visit at the age of 15, or when they become sexually active and have questions about contraception and STI’s. Unless there is a medical problem, you should have your first pelvic exam around the age of 21 years or sooner if you begin sexual activity.

I skipped one of my birth control pills, and I am now experiencing vaginal bleeding. What should I do?

The skipping of just one birth control pill can potentially produce a hormone imbalance, which can cause a symptom referred to as “breakthrough bleeding.” This is a relatively normal occurrence, and you should take the missed pill as soon as you realize you’ve skipped it. If you have skipped more than two birth control pills, you should use condoms for the remainder of the month.

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