Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Services
A visit to the gynecologist may seem overwhelming for younger patients. However, our specialists in pediatric and adolescent gynecology are experts at making patients feel at ease.
Understanding the needs of younger patients
Having doctors and nurses who understand the needs of younger patients can make a difference. It can also go a long way toward helping girls establish a healthy lifestyle at a young age.
Common conditions treated
- Menstrual cycle concerns
- Recurrent vaginitis
- Genital abnormalities
- Labial agglutination
- Absent periods
- Pediatric vaginal discharge
- Pubertal and menstrual management for girls with special needs
- Breast concerns
- Ovarian cysts
- LGBTQ care
- Heavy periods
- Irregular periods
- Contraceptive counseling
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Vaginal agenesis
- Hirsutism or elevated androgens
- Breast issues
Why should teens visit a gynecologist?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that girls have their first visit to the gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. Many young girls share the same health concerns and most of these concerns are a normal part of growing up. All of these concerns can be addressed with a visit to the gynecologist. They include:
- Staying at a healthy weight and feeling good about your body.
- Starting good habits for healthy bones.
- Checking for urinary tract infection and receiving treatment if needed.
- Treatment for vaginal itching, discharge or odor.
- Abdominal or pelvic pain that persists.
- Concerns regarding anatomy or puberty.
- Learning if your periods are normal.
- Getting relief if your periods are painful.
- Finding out why your periods are too heavy.
- Finding why periods are too close, too far apart or why you bleed between periods.
- Learning ways to deal with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) problems.
Sexuality and relationships
- Having safe and healthy relationships with partners.
- Knowing when a relationship is threatening or harmful.
- Thinking things through before having sex for the first time.
- Learning about safe sex.
- Getting birth control so you can choose to become pregnant when the time is right for you.
- Planning ahead for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
- Being tested for pregnancy.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
- Getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
- Getting tested for STIs and HIV if you are already sexually active.