Ultrasounds are used as a gynecologic and obstetric screening and diagnostic tool that allows doctors to view a woman’s reproductive organs or an expectant mother’s developing baby. The doctors at CU South Metro Obstetrics and Gynecology perform both gynecologic and obstetric ultrasounds in Englewood, CO. Following are the answers to some frequently asked questions about ultrasounds.
What Happens During an Ultrasound?
During a standard ultrasound, a special gel is applied to the skin in the area to be examined. A wand-like tool called a transducer is then gently waved over the skin. The transducer utilizes high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal organs or a developing baby. The sound waves travel through the body, bouncing off organs and tissues within the body. The movement of the bouncing sound waves is translated by a computer into images on a screen.
Does an Ultrasound Hurt?
The doctors and medical professionals at CU South Metro Obstetrics and Gynecology take steps to ensure patients are comfortable during their ultrasound exams. Most patients find ultrasound exams to be free of any pain or discomfort. The special gel that is used during an ultrasound tends to feel cool against the skin at first, which is usually the only mildly uncomfortable aspect of an ultrasound in Englewood, CO.
What are Gynecologic Ultrasounds?
Gynecologic ultrasounds are also referred to as pelvic ultrasounds. They allow doctors to examine a woman’s reproductive organs non-invasively in order to screen for potential abnormalities, such as uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts. Gynecologic, or pelvic, ultrasounds are performed either through the abdomen or trans-vaginally.
What are Obstetric Ultrasounds?
Obstetric ultrasounds are also referred to as prenatal ultrasounds and are used to produce images of the developing baby. The images can be used by doctors to confirm pregnancy, determine a due date, track the baby’s development, identify potential concerns, and even reveal the sex of the baby. Prenatal ultrasounds are typically performed during the eight, twelfth, and twentieth weeks of pregnancy.
What are 3D and 4D Ultrasounds?
Standard ultrasound images are two dimensional. Advances in ultrasound technology have made it possible to now capture three or four dimensional ultrasound images and video, known as 3D and 4D respectively. Three dimensional images are captured with 3D ultrasounds, while live video is possible with 4D ultrasounds.
For pelvic or prenatal ultrasounds in Englewood, contact CU South Metro Obstetrics and Gynecology by calling (303) 788-7888.
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.
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