Why be screened for STDs.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  1. According to the CDC*, there are 19 million new cases of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) reported to health officials each year.  
  2. Many people with STDs do not have any symptoms. Unfortunately, STDs can be passed onto others even when an infected person has no symptoms.
  3. Even if a condom is used 100% of the time there is still a risk for both STDs and pregnancy.  It is very uncommon for condoms to be used 100% of the time and to be used correctly every time. **
  4. The majority of STDs are caused by either a virus or bacteria.  Most STDs caused by a virus cannot be cured, yet some may in time clear up on their own. Antibiotics can cure many, but not all STDs caused by bacteria.
  5. Women are more likely to become infected with STDs than men.  Long term complications in women can include infertility, problems in pregnancy, and cancer of the cervix.  Many STDs can be passed onto babies during childbirth if the woman has a current infection.  
  6. STDs can bring serious long-term effects on a person’s health, well-being, and life span. Science tells us that abstinence is the only 100% way to avoid STDs and their long-term effects.  
  7. Most local county health clinics offer free STD screening.  The PRC offers screening for our current patients

For more information about where to go for STD screening please call our office at 804.673.2020.

*cdc.gov
**medinstitute.org

Increased use of marijuana in pregnant teens.

In April 2017, Reuters Health*reported on a large national survey that found that approximately 14% of pregnant adolescents are using marijuana. This is twice as much as in non-pregnant teens.  Unfortunately, the legalization of marijuana in some states may have had the effect of making it seem more main-stream and therefore appear to be less harmful than it actually is.

This is concerning because a young women’s own brains are still in the development stage and we know that smoking pot impacts the brain.  In addition, teen moms already have a higher risk of having smaller babies because they delay getting prenatal care and are more likely to smoke cigarettes during pregnancy.  Some pregnant adolescents may smoke pot to help decrease symptoms of nausea, but most have been smoking pot before pregnancy.

According to ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists)**the use of marijuana during pregnancy increases the risk of neurodevelopment problems in children such as:

  • Visual-motor coordination
  • Visual analysis
  • Visual problem solving
  • Behavioral problems

At the PRC our goal is to offer all women good information and referrals to help them have the healthiest outcome possible for themselves and their babies.  

*Reuters Health News, April 17, 2017, Lisa Rapaport.
**ACOG, “Ob-gyns Warn Against Marijuana Use for Pregnant Women, June 22, 2015.