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Pregnancy

What can I take for a cold when I am pregnant?
Be sure to drink plenty of fluid, as well as Tylenol for body aches and fever. Regular strength Sudafed or Chlortrimeton can be taken for sinus congestion. Robitussin DM can be taken for a cough, and Chloraseptic spray for a sore throat. For fevers over 101 degrees, please contact the doctor.
Can I travel when I am pregnant?
Traveling after 8 months of pregnancy is not recommended. Travel is never recommended for patients ordered to bed rest or having a "complicated" pregnancy.
Can I color my hair?
It is not recommended, however highlights that do not penetrate the scalp are okay.
What can I take for constipation?
Be sure to drink plenty of liquids. The addition of daily prune juice may help. FiberCon is a natural stool softener.
Is it normal to have spotting after an internal exam?
Yes, the cervix can bleed very easily in pregnancy. However, if heavy bleeding or spotting persists along with cramping, please contact the doctor.
What should I do if my "water breaks"?
Go directly to Labor & Delivery as soon as possible.

Gynecology

What do I do if I miss one of my birth control pills?
Take the missed pill the next day or as soon as possible. If you miss 2 or more pills, you must wait for the next cycle and restart a new pack. It is imperative to use a back up method of contraception during this time. Also, it is common to have breakthrough bleeding any time you have missed a pill. Do not discontinue the pills as a result of the bleeding.
What do I do if I find a lump in my breast?
You will need a breast check by your physician and he or she will determine what further testing you may need. Please make an appointment as soon as possible.
When should I worry about vaginal discharge?
Vaginal discharge may be a sign of infection. Please make an appointment as soon as possible.
Is it okay to bleed when I am taking the birth control pill?
Bleeding while on birth control pills may be a sign of problems. Please make an appointment.

General

Is Atlantic Cape OB/GYN accepting new patients?
Yes, we are currently accepting new patients. Please visit our contact page for our phone numbers and office locations. Also, be sure to print and fill-out the new patient paperwork in the Forms section of the site.
Which hospitals is Atlantic Cape OB/GYN affiliated with?
Atlantic Cape OB/GYN is affiliated with Shore Memorial Hospital, located near our Somers Point office, as well as AtlantiCare Medical Center, Mainland Campus, located near our Galloway office.

Billing

Do you accept my insurance?
Most major insurances are accepted, including:
  • Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Aetna
  • AmeriHealth
  • Atlanticare
  • Cigna
  • Federal Blue Cross
  • Insurance Design Administrators
  • New Jersey’s Carpenter’s (Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield)
  • Local 54 Union Insurance

If you are unsure whether we accept your insurance, please contact us.
How do I know if you accept my insurance plan?
We accept most major insurances, and constantly strive to update the number of carriers we accept. However, a simple call to your benefits number on your insurance card will let you know if we are providers.
What do I do if I receive a bill from the lab?
We simply supply the lab with your insurance information. We take no part in the laboratory’s billing of services. The most effective method to resolve the bill is to contact the laboratory and your insurance company. You may have a deductible or out of pocket expense to meet. Your insurance company will be better able to discuss the reason for non-payment. Though every effort is made to coordinate the lab we send your specimen to with your insurance plan, we are not responsible for lab work sent to out of network labs.
Why would I receive a bill from you if I have insurance?
Some services, depending on each insurance company and insurance plan, are subject to a deductible or uncovered expense. The fastest way to resolve a bill from our office is to contact your insurance company, as they are most able to comment on their reason for rejection or partial payment.
What if I am a self pay patient?
Payment is expected at the time of service. Obstetrical patients are subject to a written contract, and payment in full is due by 27 weeks of pregnancy.
What if I gave you the wrong insurance information at the time of my visit, and now I have a bill?
Contact our office and leave a message with the name of your insurance company, billing address, ID number, group number, policy holder’s name, your relationship to the policy holder, date of birth of the policy holder, and social security number of the policy holder. We will then re-submit your claim for you. This information must be given to us as soon as possible, or the charges will be your responsibility.

Medical Records

How long does it take to get my medical records?
By New Jersey state law, we have 30 days to process a medical records request. You must send us a signed release via mail that includes your name, date of birth, social security number, and address. Facsimile copies or other electronic methods cannot be accepted, as we must have an original signature. New Jersey state law permits us to charge $1.00 per page with a minimum of a $10.00 charge.

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