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Dr. Judy Chen

OB-GYN (Obstetrician-Gynecologist)

Dr. Judy Chen is an obstetrician-gynecologist practicing in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Chen specializes in women's health, particularly the female reproductive system, pregnancy and childbirth. As an obstetrician-gynecologist, or OB-GYN, Dr. Chen can treat a number of health issues related to the vagina, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and breasts. Dr Chen can also treat women during pregnancy, labor, childbirth and the postpartum period. In this specialty, doctors focus on reproductive care from puberty through adulthood.
Dr. Judy Chen
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Boston University
  • Accepting new patients

Birth control for acne?

Birth control can help with acne, though depending on the type, some more than others. The primary and most common pathway is through increasing sex binding hormone production READ MORE
Birth control can help with acne, though depending on the type, some more than others. The primary and most common pathway is through increasing sex binding hormone production which will capture more testosterone, the primary hormone related to acne, limiting its effects. There are are also brands which are specifically "anti-androgenic" and thus go further to block testosterone and its effects.

Why is there a foul smell in my white discharge?

You could have an infection with either bacteria or with a parasite. I recommend that you see your physician to have proper tests done.

Judy

I'm pregnant, and I feel like I'm gaining a lot of weight. Is there anything I can do?

Depending on your BMI (body mass index), you may need to gain a certain amount of weight. I recommend talking to your OB physician about your weight gain before discussing any READ MORE
Depending on your BMI (body mass index), you may need to gain a certain amount of weight. I recommend talking to your OB physician about your weight gain before discussing any other plans.

Judy

Longevity of HPV Virus

This is a great question, but also difficult to be specific. In general, HPV is a virus that spreads via contact. In other words a cell with HPV can spread the HPV only to the READ MORE
This is a great question, but also difficult to be specific. In general, HPV is a virus that spreads via contact. In other words a cell with HPV can spread the HPV only to the cells which surround it. Thus if there are no cells with HPV on your skin, there will be no warts. However if there is HPV in a cell, it may be dormant and not active. So even though you currently do not have a wart, the potential to activate the HPV and have a wart resurface is still present. Unfortunately, there is no way to know exactly which cells have hpv and which no do not. Wart "treatment" is imprecise and cannot give you any guarantee.

I have soreness around my vagina after sex. What is causing this?

This forum, unfortunately, is not the best place to answer this question. Primarily, pain associated with sex, immediately prior to sex, or after sex, can have a multitude of READ MORE
This forum, unfortunately, is not the best place to answer this question. Primarily, pain associated with sex, immediately prior to sex, or after sex, can have a multitude of reasons that range from 1. Physical anatomy, hormonal status, infectious status, age, experience, etc. I recommend speaking with your personal gynecologist.

What foods should I avoid during my pregnancy?

We recommend avoiding all raw meats and seafood, all large ocean fish (i.e., large tuna, swordfish, sole, etc.) even if cooked. Additionally, I recommend washing all vegetables, READ MORE
We recommend avoiding all raw meats and seafood, all large ocean fish (i.e., large tuna, swordfish, sole, etc.) even if cooked. Additionally, I recommend washing all vegetables, even if pre-washed.

Why do I have severe vaginal itching and soreness during my periods?

It is difficult to answer this question without more details as well as without an exam. There are multiple reasons one can have itching on a routine basis: hormonal changes, other READ MORE
It is difficult to answer this question without more details as well as without an exam. There are multiple reasons one can have itching on a routine basis: hormonal changes, other medical problems, new lifestyle changes, emotional stress, etc. I would recommend an open discussion with your physician to further delineate the most likely cause in your case.

Judy

Even after 45 days of my delivery I am continuing to bleed heavily. Could there be a problem?

I would recommend being evaluated by your physician or an urgent care.

Will a miscarriage affect my chances of getting pregnant again?

A miscarriage will not affect your chance of getting pregnant, but it may affect your risk of having another miscarriage. It is always best to have an early evaluation should you READ MORE
A miscarriage will not affect your chance of getting pregnant, but it may affect your risk of having another miscarriage. It is always best to have an early evaluation should you believe that you are pregnant.

Judy

Can a home pregnancy test show a wrong reading?

Depending upon the brand and the expiration date, a home pregnancy test can be incorrect. It is always best to have a home pregnancy test confirmed by your physician's exam and READ MORE
Depending upon the brand and the expiration date, a home pregnancy test can be incorrect. It is always best to have a home pregnancy test confirmed by your physician's exam and investigation.

When is the best time to take my pregnancy test?

Usually we recommend taking a pregnancy test after the first missed menses. In others, if your period does not come when you expect it to come - I would recommend you taking a READ MORE
Usually we recommend taking a pregnancy test after the first missed menses. In others, if your period does not come when you expect it to come - I would recommend you taking a pregnancy test.

My periods are irregular. What could be the reason for this?

There are many reasons why a menstrual cycle can change. The first and most common is pregnancy. Even if you believe you are experiencing a "period" bleed, it would be reasonable READ MORE
There are many reasons why a menstrual cycle can change. The first and most common is pregnancy. Even if you believe you are experiencing a "period" bleed, it would be reasonable to check a pregnancy test if they are different from your norm. Beyond a pregnancy, other possibilities include changes in hormonal levels/hormonal responses. These changes can be secondary to things as dramatic weight change, stress, thyroid changes, new medical diseases, etc. For these, it is always best to seek formal medical evaluation.

Ovulation pain

Most likely, your pain during ovulation is related to the physical processes related to ovulation. When a woman ovulates, it is the process of releasing a mature egg from the surface READ MORE
Most likely, your pain during ovulation is related to the physical processes related to ovulation. When a woman ovulates, it is the process of releasing a mature egg from the surface of the ovary into the abdominal space at which time the fallopian tubes detect it and then pick it up. In releasing a mature egg, the ovary will "rupture" the tissue which contains the mature egg. This "rupture" will cause some bleeding. Blood within the abdominal space will always cause pain, thus having pain with ovulation. There is a formal word for this process: Mittelschmerz.

What could be the reason behind sudden pain around my right ovary?

It is always better to have a consultation face to face with your physician concerning any new worrisome symptoms.

Judy

How popular are water births?

I am, probably, unqualified to answer this question since this is not an option I have ever given to patients. I would seek another opinion. Judy God ... has at the last READ MORE
I am, probably, unqualified to answer this question since this is not an option I have ever given to patients. I would seek another opinion.

Judy

God ... has at the last of these days spoken to us in the Son .... Hebrews 1:1-2

Bed rest

That is a difficult question, which I would recommend you discussing with your personal obstetrician. Bed rest is not specifically defined clinically but can range from confinement READ MORE
That is a difficult question, which I would recommend you discussing with your personal obstetrician. Bed rest is not specifically defined clinically but can range from confinement in bed to light house activities with the goal to stay off of one's feet as much as possible.

If my pregnancy test is negative, why are my periods delayed?

A delay in periods depends on a lot of things. Are your periods always regular? Recent changes in weight or stress level? Possibly a very early pregnancy that has not produced READ MORE
A delay in periods depends on a lot of things. Are your periods always regular? Recent changes in weight or stress level? Possibly a very early pregnancy that has not produced enough hormones for the pregnancy test you are using to turn positive. Usually, sex life activity does not impact timing of periods.

How much Colace can I take while pregnant?

In General colace is not my recommended drug for constipation. Most gasterointerologist also agree that colace is not effective in constipation. Rather I would recommend Metamucil, READ MORE
In General colace is not my recommended drug for constipation. Most
gasterointerologist also agree that colace is not effective in
constipation. Rather I would recommend Metamucil, either daily or twice
daily.

Judy

Skin rash during pregnancy?

The rash may or may not be due to your pregnancy. I recommend bring evaluated by your OBGYN physician. As for other over the counter creams for hydration of your skin, there READ MORE
The rash may or may not be due to your pregnancy. I recommend bring
evaluated by your OBGYN physician. As for other over the counter creams
for hydration of your skin, there are no specifically recommended brands
for general usage.

Is my constipation normal?

Whether your constipation is related to hormonal fluctuations depends upon
when your periods occur in relation to your constipation.