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Young women have utilized different sources of reproductive services for many years. A new study says the number of women seeking the services is declining. According to the Los Angeles Times fewer U.S. women ages 15 to 24 are receiving reproductive healthcare, according to a new study. This includes services such as Pap tests, pregnancy tests, contraception prescriptions, tests for sexually transmitted disease and other gynecological and obstetric care. The decline is estimated to be about 8% according to the study.“Our findings may be a reflection of changing social, economic, and political contexts in which reproductive services were needed and provided over the last decade,” the authors wrote. The decline does not appear to translate into the younger women having pregnancies and subsequently children. Dr. O’Toole speaks with his young female patients and helps them understand the importance of taking care of their health including women’s health issues. For young women this includes monthly breast self exam and understanding both breast and gynecological health. Many times young patients who are considering breast augmentation will consult with Dr. O’Toole and it may be the first time they have considered the health of their breast. Dr. O’Toole explains that breast implants which are typically placed behind the muscle allow the patient to feel the breast tissue when doing breast self-examination once a month. As patients decide on appropriate breast implant sizes Dr. O’Toole helps them to understand that a proportionate size that fits their body frame is the choice the majority of women make. Dr. O’Toole offers both saline and silicone implants and helps patients understand the differences and the advantages and limitations of each. Breast implants are medical devices and are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. Patients who choose breast augmentation or breast lift do so with the knowledge that there may be a circumstance that may require another breast operation. While these circumstances are rare, patients are informed prior to surgery that the breast implants could leak or deflate, and in a small amount of cases excessive scar tissue also known as capsular contracture can occur around the implant. As an ASPS board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. O’Toole is committed to providing excellent and thorough educational information to every breast augmentation patient. This helps to ensure a satisfying and rewarding patient experience.

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