ADOLESCENT GYNECOLOGY

We provide wellness consultations for adolescents with a goal of establishing a bond of trust and confidence with each patient. Our doctors promise to provide special care and confidentiality to their younger patients.
Gynecological exams are valuable to adolescents in many ways. It is important for young women to be assessed early, especially if they are sexually active, and to begin a relationship with a doctor that may guide them through many important milestones in their lives.

A typical adolescent exam includes a consultation, a full medical assessment and possibly a minimally invasive exam. If the patient is not sexually active, a pelvic exam may not be required. As a gynecological exam may be overwhelming for a teenager, our doctors will carefully and thoroughly explain the exam process. Patients will have the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns about their bodies as they enter adulthood. Our doctors are especially sensitive with their younger patients and want to develop a long lasting relationship based on trust.

Adolescent Menstrual Development

  • Menstrual development is an important aspect of gynecological care for adolescent girls. This may involve taking a history of the patient’s start of menstruation, the duration and frequency of periods or in some cases, the absence of menstruation. We are happy to answer any questions our young patients may have and help educate them on the subject. Certain types of problems are common in adolescent girls shortly after they begin menstruation, such as experiencing excessive bleeding with, and between, periods. Often caused by changing or imbalanced hormone levels, a gynecological examination and discussion of symptoms with the doctor can help determine a diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for painful menstrual periods. While some discomfort is normal during menstruation, excessive pain is not. An adolescent girl with dysmenorrhea may experience severe cramps, backache, headache, dizziness and nausea. Treatment often includes the use of anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen for the first few days of menstruation or use of birth control pills.
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition causing irregular ovulation. Its symptoms can include irregular or absent periods, excessive body hair, acne, pelvic pain and obesity. To diagnose this condition, blood tests and an ultrasound may be needed. There are many forms of treatment for PCOS, but it is important to make an accurate diagnosis.

Breast Care

Breast exams include physical and visual inspections of the breasts. They are an important part of an adolescent’s checkup because breast exams can help identify any unusual lumps or suspicious growths around the breasts. In addition, patients will learn at a young age how to perform these exams at home in order to recognize any changes on their own. Breast exams can be a very useful tool for the early diagnosis of breast cysts or fibroid tumors.

Contraceptive/Sexual Care

Contraception is any method used to prevent pregnancy. For adolescents and young women who want to have protected sex and not get pregnant, contraception is the strongest protection available. There are many contraceptive options available, including oral contraceptives, condoms, vaginal rings, progestin shots, diaphragms and more. Our physicians can discuss the advantages, disadvantages and effectiveness of each, as well as whether a method provides protection from sexually transmitted diseases. This guidance can help young patients make an informed decision as to which method is best suited to their needs.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding Adolescent Gynecology, please call us today to schedule a consultation. 301.681.3400

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