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Charles Benjamin Palmer, IV.

OB-GYN (Obstetrician-Gynecologist)

Dr. Charles Palmer, IV. is an obstetrician-gynecologist practicing in Thomasville, North Carolina. Dr. Palmer, IV. specializes in women's health, particularly the female reproductive system, pregnancy and childbirth. As an obstetrician-gynecologist, or OB-GYN, Dr. Palmer, IV. can treat a number of health issues related to the vagina, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and breasts. Dr Palmer, IV. can also treat women during pregnancy, labor, childbirth and the postpartum period. In this specialty, doctors focus on reproductive care from puberty through adulthood.
Charles Benjamin Palmer, IV.
  • York, Pa
  • University of Pikeville
  • Accepting new patients

How old should I start taking my daughter to the OB-GYN?

I would recommend to begin annual gynecologic exams beginning around 13-14. These are basically a “getting to know “ what the gynecologist involves. Certainly noninvasive examinations READ MORE
I would recommend to begin annual gynecologic exams beginning around 13-14. These are basically a “getting to know “ what the gynecologist involves. Certainly noninvasive examinations such as Pap smears would not begin until age 21. We can offer advice on menstrual irregularity (surprisingly common in adolescents) and methods of controlling it. Should she become sexually active, she may feel more comfortable speaking to an ONGYN that a pediatrician or family doctor

How can I increase my breast milk?

The more nipple stimulation the better. Other women can try over the counter herbal supplements like fenugreek and Brewer's yeast. The actual benefit of these herbs are anecdotal. READ MORE
The more nipple stimulation the better. Other women can try over the counter herbal supplements like fenugreek and Brewer's yeast. The actual benefit of these herbs are anecdotal. Other options are metoclopromide (Reglan), a prescription medicine has been known to help, if your physician is willing to use this. Ask your child's pediatrician if they think supplemental bottle feeding is warranted.

I recently experienced an ectopic pregnancy. How did this happen?

Ectopic pregnancy can be for several reasons. Generally there is a problem of moving the fertilized egg down the Fallopian tube to the uterus for implantation. There are tiny “hairs” READ MORE
Ectopic pregnancy can be for several reasons. Generally there is a problem of moving the fertilized egg down the Fallopian tube to the uterus for implantation. There are tiny “hairs” called cilia that help move this process along. Things that can impair this transportation is smoking, history of surgery on your Fallopian tube, a prior ectopic pregnancy, using Invitro fertilization, and history of sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea or PID. Sometimes there is no explanation. But having an ectopic pregnancy does make the next pregnancy a higher risk of having another one. Good Luck

I recently experienced an ectopic pregnancy. How did this happen?

Ectopic pregnancy can be for several reasons. Generally there is a problem of moving the fertilized egg down the Fallopian tube to the uterus for implantation. There are tiny “hairs” READ MORE
Ectopic pregnancy can be for several reasons. Generally there is a problem of moving the fertilized egg down the Fallopian tube to the uterus for implantation. There are tiny “hairs” called cilia that help move this process along. Things that can impair this transportation is smoking, history of surgery on your Fallopian tube, a prior ectopic pregnancy, using Invitro fertilization, and history of sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea or PID. Sometime there is no explanation. But having an ectopic pregnancy does make the next pregnancy a higher risk of having another one. Good Luck

How often should you have your IUD replaced?

It depends on which kind it is:

Skyla: 3 years
Mirena: 5 years
Paraguard: 10 years

Can Regesterone tablets cause weight gain?

I assume you are referring to progesterone. This medication is effective with period control but there are side effects. To answer your question, the answer is yes, they can cause READ MORE
I assume you are referring to progesterone. This medication is effective with period control but there are side effects. To answer your question, the answer is yes, they can cause weight gain. Progesterone can make your body retain water weight. They also increase appetite which may also increase weight. You have to weigh your options. Sometimes a Mirena IUD is a good solution, even though it is progesterone based. The progesterone in the IUD acts more locally than systematically so you should not have the side effects that you experience with a pill. Also, the IUD is good for 5 years

Are there home remedies to treat vaginal yeast infection?

Nothing will work as well as a prescription from your physician. I recommend you get evaluated so they can visually inspect the area and perform a wet mount to confirm that it READ MORE
Nothing will work as well as a prescription from your physician. I recommend you get evaluated so they can visually inspect the area and perform a wet mount to confirm that it is yeast. Otherwise I would recommend keeping the area clean and most importantly DRY. Yeast love moisture. Also, I would recommend starting an OTC probiotic which may help the good bacteria in your body with the yeast

What's the earliest I can get a mammogram?

If your mother had breast cancer, she is considered to be a first degree relative. The usual recommendation is for you to have a mammogram 10 years before the age your first degree READ MORE
If your mother had breast cancer, she is considered to be a first degree relative. The usual recommendation is for you to have a mammogram 10 years before the age your first degree relative was diagnosed. That would mean sometime in your early 30's. since your mother and grandmother had breast cancer you should consider genetic testing for a BRCA mutation. Of course if you notice a lump or mass, breast skin puckering or dimpling, you should seek care at once