Find out what to expect (about your ultrasound) when you’re expecting.
If you just recently got that positive pregnancy test then you may already be glowing with excitement. Congratulations are certainly in order. Of course, there are things you’ll need to think about in order to keep you and your growing baby healthy and happy during those 40 weeks. One of those things will be to visit one of our Englewood and Lone Tree, CO, OBGYNs for routine checkups. Once you find out you’re pregnant it’s time to schedule your first appointment.
During this first appointment, our obstetrician will most likely perform your very first ultrasound. If you’ve never had an ultrasound before you may be wondering why they are performed and what to expect from the process.
First and foremost, an ultrasound gives you the opportunity to get
You may have to undergo several ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy. These ultrasounds are used to detect any potential genetic or development issues early on. Ultrasounds can safely be performed at any stage of your pregnancy, and at around 18-19 weeks you may get an ultrasound in order to check for certain genetic abnormalities.
What happens during an ultrasound?
If it’s your very first ultrasound we will explain what we will do and what is involved during your very first appointment. You will lie down for the entirety of your ultrasound. A gel will then be placed on your stomach and a handheld device is guided over your stomach to give us a detailed view of your baby. Over time, we will be able to detect the baby’s heart beating and spine, as well as determine the baby’s gender.
Is an ultrasound uncomfortable?
An ultrasound is non-invasive and completely painless; however, you may find it a little uncomfortable to have the ultrasound device pressed against your stomach or within the vaginal walls (if we are performing a transvaginal ultrasound). Since it can take anywhere from 30-45 minutes to complete the exam, let us know if you need to sit up or take a break at any point during the ultrasound. We will do our best to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible. Plus, getting to see your little one as he or she develops is certainly exciting.
If you are looking for an OBGYN in Englewood and Lone Tree, CO, to provide compassionate and comprehensive women’s health care throughout your pregnancy, then it’s time to turn to South Metro Obstetrics & Gynecology. Call us today and schedule an appointment with us.
Annual well-woman examinations are a crucial facet of your reproductive and overall health. Understanding how these exams work, how often you should have them, and why they are important can help you commit to your reproductive health. Find out more about well-woman examinations and how they can benefit you with your OBGYN at South Metro Obstetrics and Gynecology with two locations in Englewood and Lone Tree, CO.
What is a well-woman examination?
A well-woman examination includes a breast exam, pelvic exam, and PAP smear to screen for cervical cancer. Though these three elements make up most well-woman exams, your doctor may suggest other tests or procedures like a blood draw to test for STDs or a mammogram to investigate breast lumps or search for signs of breast cancer.
How often should I get a well-woman examination?
Doctors recommend that women have a well-woman examination annually after age 21. These frequent visits give your doctor the chance to find and treat issues in their earliest, most treatable stages and, if necessary, discuss family planning, and contraception.
What can I expect from a well-woman examination?
Your doctor will perform the breast and pelvic exams, then talk with you about your health. They will ask you questions about your reproductive and sexual health. In addition, your doctor may also talk to you about other lifestyle choices like exercise, alcohol consumption, smoking, and nutrition. This is also your time to address any questions or concerns you have with your doctor.
Annual Well-Woman Examinations in Englewood, CO, and Lone Tree, CO
Your well-woman visits are an important part of ensuring that both your reproductive and overall health remain in top condition. For more information on well-woman examinations, please contact South Metro Obstetrics and Gynecology with two locations in Englewood and Lone Tree, CO. Call (303) 788-7888 to schedule your appointment at either office today!
Let’s sit down and discuss your contraceptive options right here in Englewood, CO.
If you aren’t planning on becoming pregnant then you may be considering contraception. Today, women have many different options when it comes to family planning that it can sometimes feel daunting. Which contraception is right for you? What will fit into your lifestyle the best? This is where our Lone Tree and Englewood, CO, OBGYNs can help you decide.
What are my contraceptive options?
There are many different contraceptive methods out there. They can best be categorized as:
- Hormonal contraception
- Barrier methods
- Intrauterine Device (IUD)
- Emergency contraception
Hormonal contraception includes birth control pills, as well as the patch or vaginal ring. Some contraceptive pills contain estrogen and progestin while there are other options out there that only contain progestin. Women who’ve experienced side effects on estrogen birth control may experience fewer side effects on progestin-only contraception.
Barrier methods include condoms, sponges, and spermicides, which prevent the sperm from reaching the egg. Of course, while these methods can prevent pregnancy not all options will fully protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
An IUD is a small contraceptive device that is inserted by our Englewood, CO, gynecologist into the vagina to prevent pregnancy. Once an IUD is placed it can remain for several years before needing to be replaced. And if you choose to get pregnant while you have your IUD all you have to do is come in to have it removed. You can also choose from a hormonal IUD or non-hormonal copper IUD.
While emergency contraception shouldn’t be used as everyday contraception is can be a great option if you’ve had unprotected sex and are worried about pregnancy. When taken within five days of having unprotected sex, emergency contraception can be extremely effective for preventing pregnancy.
What does contraceptive counseling entail?
Whether this is your first time getting contraception or you want to change your current method this is the perfect time to speak with one of our Lone Tree and Englewood, CO, gynecologists. We will sit down with you and ask you questions regarding your health, contraceptive goals and lifestyle to see which option might work best for you. We can also answer any questions you might have regarding different contraceptive methods and your sexual health.
If you are ready to discuss your contraceptive options with us then call South Metro Obstetrics & Gynecology today to schedule an appointment with us. We offer locations in Englewood and Lone Tree, CO, to provide reliable and convenient OBGYN services whenever you need it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 10 percent of women ages 15-44 struggle with infertility. About 7 percent of men are infertile according to a study published in the Human Reproduction Update. This issue doesn’t just take a physical toll, it can also affect women emotionally in significant ways. There may be options for treating infertility that you can explore with an OB/GYN at South Metro Obstetrics & Gynecology in Lone Tree and Englewood, CO.
Infertility is the inability or difficulty to conceive and carry a child to full term. If a woman under the age of 35 is unable to conceive after a year of unprotected sex, infertility may be the issue (six months for women over 35). It is a very stressful situation for couples who desperately want to have a baby. Keep in mind that both men and women can be infertile, which is why it’s important to narrow down the exact cause, whenever possible, with extensive testing of both partners.
Possible Causes of Infertility
In some cases, infertility is a problem that is inherited. It can also be caused by gynecological conditions like fibroids and endometriosis. Women who have only one functioning ovary or trouble ovulating often find it more difficult to conceive. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (a hormonal imbalance) is the most common cause of infertility in women according to The Office on Women's Health. Infertility in men (low sperm count) may be caused by poor diet, substance abuse, smoking, certain medications, or STDs that have gone untreated for many years.
An extensive round of testing by your Lone Tree and Englewood OB/GYN is necessary before a course of treatment can be recommended. Some couples choose to explore IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatments to overcome infertility issues. Some medications or a surgical procedure may help, depending on the diagnosis. Dietary and lifestyle changes may also be crucial to increasing the chance of conception.
Talk to an OB/GYN About Your Options
If you’re having trouble conceiving, infertility is an issue that you should discuss with a trusted and experienced OB/GYN. Call (303) 788-7888 today to schedule a consultation and evaluation with a women’s doctor at South Metro Obstetrics & Gynecology in Lone Tree or Englewood, CO.
Pregnancy among teens has decreased in recent years, but it is still a concern. Statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control in recent years reveal more than 249,000 babies were born to teen moms between the ages of 15-19 in the U.S. in a single year. Sexually active teens are at risk of contracting various sexually transmitted diseases, such as HPV, and babies born to teen moms are at higher risk of certain problems, as well. South Metro Obstetrics and Gynecology are your providers for teen contraception and prevention of teen pregnancy in Englewood, CO.
Risks of Teen Pregnancy
Teen pregnancy is associated with certain risks that do not affect adult pregnancies as readily. For instance, sexually active teens are at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, particularly HPV. HPV stands for the Human Papilloma Virus and is associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer. Fortunately, a vaccine for HPV is now available. If your teen is sexually active or thinking about it, a doctor who deals with teen pregnancy in Englewood can discuss the advantages of getting the vaccine with you and your teen.
In addition to the risks of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, the babies born to sexually active teens who become pregnant are at higher risk of certain problems. Babies born to teens are at higher risk of a low birth weight and tend to have more health problems than children born to adult parents. Babies born to teens are also more likely to have difficulty in school when they get older. Finally, baby girls born to teens are more likely to also become teen mothers themselves.
In Englewood, help for teen pregnancy is available at South Metro Obstetrics and Gynecology. The doctors and staff there can educate your teen about the facts of teen pregnancy, including the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. They can also discuss contraception options. To schedule an appointment at either the Englewood or Lone Tree, CO location, call (303) 788-7888.
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