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.
Find out why we recommend getting regular ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy.
Whether you already received a positive pregnancy test or you think you might be pregnant it’s important to schedule an appointment with our Lone Tree and Englewood, CO, OBGYNS as soon as possible so that we can confirm the pregnancy and start providing you with the care you need during this exciting and transitional time.
The number of ultrasounds you will need throughout the course of your pregnancy will be determined by one of our Lone Tree and Englewood obstetricians and will be based on factors such as preexisting health conditions, conditions that develop during your pregnancy (e.g. high blood pressure), etc.
Ultrasounds are performed during your first, second and third trimesters. During the first trimester, it will be used to confirm the fetus’s heartbeat, to confirm a due date and to check for signs of an ectopic or molar pregnancy. The fetus can’t actually be detected until the sixth week, (the gestational sac is the only thing that can be detected at around the fifth week of pregnancy via an ultrasound), which is why most doctors will recommend that you don’t get an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy until around the sixth week. An ultrasound can often detect a heartbeat at approximately six-and-a-half weeks.
During the second trimester (often around the 18th and 22nd weeks of pregnancy), ultrasounds can be used to check the overall health of the fetus and to thoroughly examine all organs and systems within the body to look for any malformations (e.g. cleft lip) or genetic disorders (e.g. Downs syndrome).
Ultrasounds aren’t always required during the third trimester but there are many reasons we may choose to perform one. For example, women who are high-risk pregnancies should be monitored closely to make sure that nothing changes with their health the baby’s health. Furthermore, it can also provide women with the peace of mind they need until the arrival of their new addition.
South Metro OBGYN in Englewood and Lone Tree, CO, is here for you for all of your obstetric and gynecological needs. Whether you need to schedule an ultrasound, have questions about your pregnancy or just need to get your next annual exam on the books, call our office today.
Annual wellness exams, or well-woman exams, are the foundation for health promotion, disease identification, and wellness throughout your life. It's no secret that early detection of diseases and healthy living increases not only adds years to your life but also improves quality of life. South Metro OB/GYN, which is located in Englewood and Lone Tree, CO, is an OB/GYN practice that offers a full range of women's health services. Here are five reasons why it's important for you to schedule your wellness exam.
What is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist?
Obstetricians care for women during their pregnancy and just after the baby is born. They also deliver babies. Gynecologists are doctors who specialize in women's reproductive health. An ob-gyn is trained to do all of these things. OB/GYNS will deal with some of the most important health issues in their patient's lives, such as pregnancy, childbirth, birth control, and menopause. An OB/GYN can also treat infections, screen for cancer, and perform surgery for urinary tract or pelvic organ problems.
What is an Annual Wellness Exam?
A wellness exam basically is performed in four parts: the medical history, physical examination including a pap smear, pelvic exam, breast exam, and an assessment for other health problems. Your doctor will also take your blood pressure, and weigh you. If you've ever had sex, your OB/GYN might want to check for sexually transmitted diseases. If you have vaginal itching, abnormal bleeding, foul odors, or pain, your doctor might want to run some tests.
Do I Need a Yearly Wellness Exam?
Do women really need to see their gynecologist each year for a wellness exam? Absolutely! The annual wellness examination by an OB/GYN is recommended at least once a year to women over 12 years old and/or women who are sexually active. If you’ve had sex, it’s important to get tested for STDs. And if you have vaginal itching, swelling, abnormal bleeding, or vaginal pain, then it's definitely time to book an appointment with your Englewood, CO OB/GYN.
So, what are you waiting for? Call South Metro OB/GYN in at 303-788-7888 right now to schedule your annual wellness exam in Englewood and Lone Tree, CO. It’s one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself because it can help detect health problems as well as prevent future problems from developing – building a foundation of health and wellness for all the stages of your life.
What your doctors in Englewood and Lone Tree want you to know
It’s difficult to get older, especially for women. Aging is relentless, causing changes in your skin, organs, bones, and muscles. One of the major changes that isn't talked about, is the change that happens in a woman’s vagina. The tissues in a woman’s vagina can become dry and lose elasticity just like the rest of her body.
Fortunately, there is a procedure that can help. It’s called Mona Lisa Touch. Your doctors at South Metro Obstetrics & Gynecology want to share the facts about this amazing treatment. They have offices in Englewood and Lone Tree, CO to serve you.
There are many disruptive changes a woman goes through in her lifetime, including changing hormones, childbirth and menopause. These are just a few of the issues you may notice as you age:
- Loosening of vaginal tissue
- Decreased pleasure during sex
- Dryness of vaginal tissues
- Pain during sex
- Excess or sagging tissue
- Lack of bladder control
Mona Lisa Touch uses a revolutionary laser system to restore vaginal tissue to a more youthful state. The energy from the laser works to stimulate collagen and elastin production which are key components of younger skin. The treatment also stimulates blood flow to help produce new, more youthful tissue.
You should consider Mona Lisa treatment because it is:
- Performed right in the office
- Painless and doesn’t require any anesthesia
- Easy because there is no downtime and minimal side effects
- Quick because each treatment is less than 5 minutes
Typically patients benefit most from having 3 procedures over an 18 week period. To view a video of patient testimonials for Mona Lisa Touch, please visit the webpage at http://www.southmetroobgyn.com/mona-lisa-touch.html
Thousands of women around the world have experienced the benefits of Mona Lisa Touch treatment. You can join them by calling the doctors at South Metro Obstetrics & Gynecology in Englewood and Lone Tree, CO. You deserve to enjoy life as you get older, and Mona Lisa Touch can help, so call today!
Are you wondering why you need to continue to get ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy?
Finding out you are pregnant is such an exciting time, and yet there is so much to think about. If you are a first-time parent, chances are pretty good that you will have a lot of questions along the way. How often do I have to visit one of our Englewood and Lone Tree, CO, OBGYNs? How often will I get an ultrasound? What is the purpose of an ultrasound and other testing that I will undergo? We are here to answer these questions for you.
While you will have to see your Englewood and Lone Tree obstetrician more regularly once you find out you’re pregnant, it’s good to know that diagnostic procedures like ultrasounds are simple and completely painless. Most people think of visiting the doctor and immediately think they will get poked and prodded with needles. Ultrasounds, on the other hand, are pain-free.
The first ultrasound we perform is a great way to gather information about your baby, as well as check its growth and progress throughout the course of your pregnancy. It can also be used to detect the presence of multiple babies as well as to confirm a due date. Along the way, ultrasounds can also be used to detect certain health problems or defects, as well as to determine your baby’s gender (which can be an exciting moment for parents!).
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes during your pregnancy, you may also have to undergo serial ultrasounds to make sure the baby isn't getting too big. Ultrasounds, no matter why you are getting one, are completely safe for both you and your baby. This procedure is the best way to examine your little one’s development to make sure they are reaching all milestones and remaining healthy in utero.
Routine ultrasounds are performed at 6, 8, 12 and 20 weeks. After 20 weeks ultrasounds are performed as needed, at the discretion of the doctor.
We know that you will continue to have questions and concerns along the way and it’s important that you have a medical professional that you can turn to and trust. Call South Metro Obstetrics & Gynecology in Englewood and Lone Tree, CO, today to schedule your first appointment. We aim to make your pregnancy as easy as possible on you!
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