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Dr. Ellen Elizabeth Claxton, MD

OB-GYN (Obstetrician-Gynecologist)

Dr. Ellen Claxton is an obstetrician-gynecologist practicing in Flagstaff, AZ. Dr. Claxton specializes in women's health, particularly the female reproductive system, pregnancy and childbirth. As an obstetrician-gynecologist, or OB-GYN, Dr. Claxton can treat a number of health issues related to the vagina, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and breasts. Dr Claxton can also treat women during pregnancy, labor, childbirth and the postpartum period. In this specialty, doctors focus on reproductive care from puberty through adulthood.
25 years Experience
Dr. Ellen Elizabeth Claxton, MD
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
  • Accepting new patients

I have a pus filled boil near my vagina. What could it be?

A physical exam would be optimal to know truly what is happening; however, inflammation is inflammation. Is it something that is persistent or new? Sitz baths are one of my favorite remedies. READ MORE
A physical exam would be optimal to know truly what is happening; however, inflammation is inflammation. Is it something that is persistent or new? Sitz baths are one of my favorite
remedies. In a clean bathtub, put about 1 cup of epsom salts. Fill the tub so you can completely immerse the affected area and sit for 20 minutes (longer if it feels good to you). When you get out of the tub rub some castor oil on this area. I learned early in my training from a wise midwife that castor oil is a lymphatic enhancer. It will help your body clear infection. The third part of the treatment is avoiding sugar, sweet drinks, processed foods and gluten for a few weeks to remove any inflammation from your body to allow true healing to take place.
Best of luck! If there is no change in 3 weeks or it gets worse, go see your doctor for a physical exam.

I have a lot of pain in my breasts in my 7th month of pregnancy. What should I do?

Pain in the body = inflammation. Your breast are getting ready to lactate and there is increased progesterone in the circulation. My advice is to avoid sweets, sugar, gluten and READ MORE
Pain in the body = inflammation. Your breast are getting ready to lactate and there is increased progesterone in the circulation. My advice is to avoid sweets, sugar, gluten and processed foods, maybe even dairy for a week. Increase vegetables and fruits, paying attention to eat a wide variety of colors in fruits and veggies. Also, castor oil is a lymphatic enhancer which could help clear the inflammation from the breasts. Rub a light layer of castor oil into the breasts before bed and sleep in an old t-shirt you don’t mind having oil stains on. Drink at lease 3 liters of water daily.

Hope this helps,

Beth, MD

I find my breasts becoming very heavy before my period. Is it normal?

Breast soreness before menses is absolutely normal. It’s called a moliminal symptom like bloating. It means there is progesterone in your body and that you ovulated in the cycle. Beth READ MORE
Breast soreness before menses is absolutely normal. It’s called a moliminal symptom like bloating. It means there is progesterone in your body and that you ovulated in the cycle.

Beth Claxton

I was diagnosed with inflammed pelvic disease that caused blockages. Will I ever be able to concieve?

Never say never. That being said, scar tissue in the tubes can be dense and lead to infertility and ectopic pregnancy. If you were interested in working with a Functional Medicine READ MORE
Never say never. That being said, scar tissue in the tubes can be dense and lead to infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
If you were interested in working with a Functional Medicine practitioner and eating a low inflammatory diet and lifestyle changes and having pelvic manipulation with physical therapists, there MAY be a way to regain patency (opening) in the tubes. This is new integrative therapy and I strongly believe the body can heal. We can’t keep doing the same and expect things to turn out differently.

Beth Claxton