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- Nurse Barb
I was at the park the other day with a mom who has daughters in middle and high school. She has been waiting to have them vaccinated against HPV because of safety concerns. Like many moms, she was understandably concerned about the short and long term safety of all medications and vaccines. We discussed the benefits and how to make these kinds of decisions as you weigh the possible risks.
My Life Won’t Change With a New Baby
Remember saying this? I do. I remember thinking it. I remember looking at my friends with babies and kids and wondering what happened to them. Why couldn’t they just meet for a movie. Babies sleep right? They always seem to be sleeping, there’s lots of time to get stuff done.
I see my patients come in during their pregnancies with lots of ideas about what their lives will be like after their first baby arrives. Some have an idea that life will be turned upside down. Many don’t and lay out for me how they’ll manage to continue their lifestyle with the new baby. They have lots of great and reasonable plans.
Many teens who come to see me for birth control assume that they will need a complete physical including a pelvic exam. Sometimes, just the idea of a pelvic exam may prevent a young woman from seeking birth control pills. They may have heard from friends that it’s painful or embarrassing, and it’s understandable to want to avoid it.