April 2015     

 Southdale ObGyn is excited to provide you with our April monthly newsletter.  We are dedicated to sharing news, views and thought-provoking articles written by our own doctors! Of course our newsletter is not only about giving you updates, it is also about sharing views on hot topics. So do let us know what you think about our newsletter, along with your suggestions for future editions.  

A teen's first gynecologic exam By Dr. Liz A. Crandall

Here at Southdale Ob/Gyn, my partners and I are often asked: "When should my teenage daughter come in for her first gynecologic exam?" It's a question we love to hear, because we consider it a privilege to care for our patients' loved ones. Our goal is to make your daughter's first visit as stress-free, reassuring, and informative as possible! 

Our answer to the question depends on each young woman's individual circumstances, but the following are general guidelines for teenage and young adult gynecologic wellness care.   





The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that a young woman visit a gynecologist for the first time in her mid-teens. Our group encourages all teenage girls to be seen before they graduate from high school.  If sexual activity begins before then, or if any problems are present (such as painful cramps, PMS, vaginal discharge, itching, painful urination, pelvic injury, etc.), an earlier visit is called for.

Physician or nurse practitioner?

All of the physicians at Southdale Ob/Gyn enjoy caring for adolescent patients, but our nurse practitioners are a great choice, too. Each NP has specific training in prevention and wellness, and they're expert at helping young women feel comfortable and at ease when discussing important but potentially embarrassing subjects such as sexuality, hygiene, and avoiding risky behaviors.


The Power of Teamwork

Kaisa Schmitz's pregnancy had been completely normal. So at 39 weeks, Dr. Jon Jaqua's words were completely unexpected.  


 "He said: 'We have to induce. Today. Now,' " says Kaisa. "My husband was speechless. I started crying. We were blown away."


Kaisa knew she'd measured a bit small for the previous few weeks, but the ultrasound confirmed a critical situation: IUGR - Intrauterine Growth Restriction. Kaisa's baby was very small, and there was insufficient amniotic fluid. She and her husband were given two hours to go home, pack and report to Fairview Ridges for labor induction.


"I had never met Dr. Jaqua before that day," Kaisa says, "but I feel so blessed to have been scheduled with him that afternoon of our ultrasound."

Kaisa was first impressed by Dr. Jaqua's knowledge - and his ability to communicate. "During that first visit in the hospital, he answered every one of our questions," she says. "We were so nervous about our baby not being whole, mentally and physically. I'm a family medicine physician, so he talked to me on a physician's level, which was so nice, but he also could make my husband and my dad understand what was going on. And Dr. Jaqua always made us feel as if he had all the time in the world to spend with us."


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