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Margueritte Gilkey, MD, FACOG
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Margueritte Gilkey, MD, FACOG

Dr. Margueritte Gilkey brings healthcare expertise and experience to her patients at WakeMed Physician Practices - Women's Center, offering the most compassionate and advanced obstetrics and gynecology care in the region.

Dr. Gilkey is board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and has attained diplomate status. Her clinical interests include teenage gynecological issues, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), contraception, menopause, abnormal Pap smears, menorrhagia, fibroids and general gynecology.

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Education and Training
She earned her medical degree from the University of Florida, and completed her residency at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. She also was graduated from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, and began her career as a registered pharmacist in Florida before going to medical school. She previously was a gynecologist with Kaiser Permanente before joining WakeMed Physician Practices - Women's Center in 2000. Her husband, Dr. Thad McDonald, is also a staff physician at the Women's Center, serving as medical director.

Clinical Interests
Dr. Gilkey is interested in many issues affecting women throughout the stages of their lives, beginning with menstruation in adolescent years through childbearing years and menopause.

Some of her clinical interests include:

  • Menstrual disorders: Some common menstrual disorders include amenorrhea (lack of periods), dysmenorrhea (painful periods), menorrhagia (heavy or lengthy periods), metrorrhagia (spotting) and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Dr. Gilkey understands how uncomfortable menstruation can be for some women, and will work with you to discover the source of your disorder and work with you to find the best healthcare solution for you.
  • Fibroids: Often called tumors, fibroids are very common but not cancerous. They are growths of tissue that are usually found in the wall of the uterus. About 20-30 percent of women have them-mostly in women between the ages of 30 and 50, though women in their 20s sometimes have them-and it's not unusual to have multiple fibroids, sometimes dozens or even as many as a hundred. They usually shrink after menopause. In the United States, three out of every 10 hysterectomies are performed because of fibroids.
  • Abnormal Pap smears: While abnormal Pap smears can indicate cancerous or precancerous conditions in the cervix, they also can be caused by infections or other factors. The important thing is to have follow-up testing, and Dr. Gilkey will help you decide the best course of action depending on the results of the Pap smear, your own risk factors for cervical cancer, and your previous history of Pap smears.

Menstrual- and hormone-related discomfort is not new in the world in women, but the treatment is. While for many women, diet and exercise can help, many others are finding relief with newer pain relievers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). And, in the cases where surgery is warranted, you can be assured that Dr. Gilkey and her colleagues at WakeMed Physician Practices - Women's Center are committed to minimally invasive and other procedures that will meet your healthcare needs in the safest way possible.

 

Dr. Margueritte Gilkey, MD

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