Gynecology providers are implementing a new method of screening patients for cervical cancer. For women ages 25 and older, screening for the human papilloma virus (HPV) has replaced the traditional pap smear as the first line of screening for cervical cancer. HPV testing as a primary screening tool offers better reassurance of a low risk for cervical cancer than does the pap smear. It’s important for patients to know what HPV is, what the risks of infection are and what to expect from an HPV screening.

Laura Walters from Metropolitan OBGYN answers all your questions.

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Human Papilloma Virus: What You Need to Know

[ Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 0 comments ]
by Laura Waters, NP
Gynecology providers are implementing a new method of screening patients for cervical cancer. For women ages 25 and older, screening for the human papilloma virus (HPV) has replaced the traditional pap smear as the first line of screening for cervical cancer. HPV testing as a primary screening tool offers better reassurance of a low risk for cervical cancer than does the pap smear. It’s important for patients to know what HPV is, what the risks of infection are and what to expect from an HPV screening.

I’ve answered the most common patient questions below.

What is HPV?
HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. In most cases, HPV is resolved by your body and does not cause any health problems. But when HPV is not naturally resolved, it can cause health problems, including cervical cancer. HPV is believed to cause more than 90 percent of cervical cancer cases.

What can I do to protect myself from HPV?
Get vaccinated. HPV vaccines are recommended for men and women ages 9-26. HPV vaccines are given in three shots over six months; it is important to get all three doses.

If you are sexually active, you can protect yourself from HPV by using condoms the right way every time you have sex and limiting your number of sexual partners.

How do I know if I’ve been exposed to HPV?
We recommend that all women over the age of 21 get screened for cervical cancer.

For women ages 21-24, pap smears are recommended every 3 years. Young, sexually active women are often exposed to the HPV virus, but most of the time their bodies resolve the virus within 1-2 years. Because the virus is so common and often resolved, we do not test for HPV in this group of women.

For women ages 25-65, HPV testing has replaced the pap smear as the recommended screening method. When you arrive for your annual well-woman visit, you’ll be tested with the primary HPV screening, which is sent to the lab for analysis. This HPV screening is similar to a pap test, and both tests are obtained in the same way.

For women under age 65 who have not been exposed to HPV, the risk of cervical cancer is low. If your high-risk HPV test is negative, your provider may recommend screening every three years instead of every year. If you have a positive HPV result, your provider may recommend additional testing or more frequent surveillance.

Do I still need to come in for an annual visit?
Absolutely! Your annual well-woman visit is an opportunity to discuss many aspects of your health with your provider. In addition to cervical cancer screening, your well-woman visit is an opportunity to address breast health, sexual health, contraception, family planning, your menstrual cycle, menopausal symptoms or any other gynecological concerns you may have.

For the most up to date information, refer to the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv.

Your OB/GYN and primary care physician are always here to answer questions. To schedule an appointment with myself or any of the Metropolitan OB/GYN staff, call 303-320-8499 or visit our website. (538)

** This blog post was written to serve as informational guidance about HPV and should not be taken as concrete medical advice, nor do the views above reflect the views of Metropolitan OB/GYN or the HealthONE organization. As with any medical questions or concerns, it’s imperative to make an appointment with your physician for proper diagnosis and treatment.


Laura Waters, NP, practices at Metropolitan OB/GYN in Denver, Colo. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with an MSN as a nurse practitioner after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a BSN from Creighton University. Waters chose OB/GYN because she fell in love with women's health during her 10 years as a labor and delivery nurse. She prides herself on the ability to provide individualized, compassionate care spanning a woman’s lifetime.  







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Super League Gaming Brings Playing Minecraft to the Big Screen

[ Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 0 comments ]

Do your kids love to play video games as much as mine do? Especially Minecraft?

Super League Gaming is the world’s first and biggest video game league that takes place in movie theatres worldwide. Bringing gamers of all ages together for a social, face-to-face gameplay experience on the big screen, Super League Gaming lets your kids and teens take their love of video games beyond the living room walls.

FALL ONE-DAY EVENTS START SEPTEMBER 20

From September 20 to October 1, you’ll be able to experience one of Super League's custom built, one-of- a-kind Minecraft worlds. Explore the outer reaches of space, save the world as a superhero or journey to the depths of the deep sea. Build, battle, and enjoy a variety of games you can’t get anywhere else, with all the action broadcast on the movie theatre’s big screen. Come for one or come for them all.

NEW MINECRAFT SEASON STARTS OCTOBER 18

Coming soon to a movie theatre near you is Super League's Metropolis Madness! This four-week league runs once per week from October 18 to November 9. A cross-country adventure unlike any other, you’ll travel through the biggest cities, sights, and landmarks in America, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco, and the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles.

Visit https://superleague.com/buy-tickets to learn more and enter promo code STAPLETONMOM for a special Stapleton Moms reader discount!
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First Annual Denver Language School Night Market October 1

[ Friday, September 16, 2016 | 0 comments ]
Ever wanted to travel to Asia or Latin America? Now's your chance to give it a try right here in Denver! Come to the Denver Language School's Night Market – an evening festival celebrating Asian and Hispanic heritage.  It’s free, open to the public, and 10% of vendor and food sales will support the school.

Kids will love the carnival games, taiko drum performances, musical theater, jugglers, and dances.

Parents will love the food trucks, merchant booths, and family friendly night out.

What:  First Annual Denver Language School Night Market
Where:  George Washington High School | 655 South Monaco Street, Denver, CO 80224
When:  Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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Kids' Nights Out at Saturday Night Live

[ Monday, September 12, 2016 | 0 comments ]
Date night for Mom and Dad, night out for the kiddos - what's not to love about Saturday Night Live!?

For ages 7-12, the SNL...for kids only! nights cost $20 per kid, are held at the Central Park Rec Center (9651 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Denver, CO 80238), and run from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

On September 24 the theme is Glow Wild, featuring food, games, a glow swim, inflatables, and a dance party. Parents visit www.stapletoncommunity.com to register by September 21.


On October 22, it's a Halloween theme - wear your costume and prepare to get your spooky on! Parents visit www.stapletoncommunity.com to register by October 19.


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5280 School Fair on Saturday, October 8

[ Friday, September 9, 2016 | 0 comments ]




Confused about school options in Denver? Who isn't? Wondering where to send your kids next year? Never fear! 5280 Magazine is hosting a School Fair to allow parents to meet the admissions directors of more than 20 area private, public, and charter schools.

What:  5280 School Fair

When:  Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Where:  Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205; South Atrium

More information:

5280 will create an intimate environment where parents can meet one-on-one with representatives from Pre-K-12 private and charter schools to see what type of institution best meets their child's specific needs. Parents will be able to ask questions as well as learn more about each school's unique philosophy and curriculum.

Plus, enter to win a Loki Playhouse from Room & Board (valued at $1,649.00)!

Participating Schools


  • Accelerated Schools
  • Aspen Academy
  • Bright Horizons
  • Colorado Academy
  • Denver Academy
  • Denver Christian Schools
  • Fountain Valley School of Colorado
  • Graland
  • International School of Denver
  • Kent Denver
  • Kumon North America
  • Mackintosh Academy 
  • Montessori Academy of Colorado
  • Rick's Center for Gifted Children
  • St. Anne's Episcopal School
  • St. Elizabeth's
  • Stanley British Primary School 
  • The Peak School

Educational Partners

  • I-Orthodontics
  • Golden Archery
  • Rustic Pathways
  • Swimlabs
  • Wills and Wellness
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