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.