Studies have shown that youth can face barriers as they learn to care for their sexual health*1 and are less likely to access timely prenatal care should they choose to carry a pregnancy to term.*2
The goal of Options medical services is to encourage youth to consider and address their healthcare needs; to help them practice accessing medical care; and to familiarize young people with the provincial healthcare system, integrating them with ongoing professional support.
Sexual and general health
Pap testing with prescription from MD
Urine testing - Urinary Tract Infection treatment
Folic acid and pregnancy vitamins prescription
Blood sugar tests for gestational diabetes
Blood pressure checks for hypertension
Maternal health visit
Perinatal / Postpartum depression consultation
Baby / child follow-up (growth chart, diaper rash)
Referral for a pediatrician or another service
And much more...
Mental health support
Options Pregnancy Centre has a nurse available who is specifically trained to assess and refer clients in need of mental health support. A typical mental health visit would =include:
• An initial client intake visit
• An assessment by our nurse
• An appropriate referral to the ongoing resource needed
1 Colleen Poon, Annie Smith, Elizabeth Saewyc, & McCreary Centre Society, Sexual health of youth in BC (Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society, 2015), accessed April 23, 2019, http://www.mcs.bc.ca/pdf/AHSV_sexual_health.pdf.
2 Nathalie Fleming, Teresa O’Driscoll, Gisela Becker, Rachel F. Spitzer, et al., “Adolescent Pregnancy Guidelines,” Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada 37, no. 8 (August 2015): 740 - 756, accessed April 23, 2019, https://www.jogc.com/article/S1701-2163(15)30180-8/fulltext#s0045.