Establishing with a Gynecologist
A woman’s first visit to an adult GYN practice is a great opportunity for her to take further ownership of her gynecologic health as she transitions to another stage in her life. An adult GYN provider treats women’s breast and pelvic health issues and associated surgical needs, hormonal issues, pregnancy and postnatal care.
Although adult gynecologists treat conditions in older women, differences in the anatomy of children make the advanced training of a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist valuable.
The gynecologic assessment with our Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR) team begins with a review of all medical records available to us at the time of intake.
HPV Vaccine Information
The HPV vaccine protects against the viruses that cause cervical cancers and genital warts, as well as some types of anal, mouth and throat cancers. With the HPV vaccine, this generation can substantially reduce their risk of these cancers, some of which are deadly.
Menstrual Cycle Resources
Managing menstrual flow can be challenging for teens. Thankfully, there are several period products to choose from. Understanding the available options will help you choose the product (or products) that are best for your body and lifestyle.
A girl’s period can add a new challenge to the already-difficult teenage years. Some of these issues can be typical, but others may need to be evaluated by a healthcare professional.
Most women of reproductive age experience mild behavioral or physical symptoms a few days before their period. These combined symptoms are considered premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Adolescence is a time of many new things – including puberty changes and the onset of menstruation. A first period can be an exciting experience, but one that may cause some anxiety for young women and their caregivers.
Adolescence can be a period of turbulence and transition for both teens and their parents or caregivers. Teens with disabilities—physical, intellectual, or both—also encounter the challenges of adolescence, particularly when it comes to pubertal development, menstruation and sexuality.
Heavy menstrual bleeding is a common problem during adolescence. Heavy menstrual bleeding can negatively impact quality of life, school attendance, and participation in after-school sports and activities.
Ovarian Cysts/ Masses
Polycystic ovarian syndrome – or “PCOS” – is a hormonal imbalance that happens in some girls and women. In PCOS, testosterone, a type of hormone, is higher than normal.
Primary ovarian insufficiency means that the ovaries have stopped working at a younger age than typical. It used to be called premature ovarian failure and is often called premature menopause. In POI, the ovaries stop producing hormones and eggs, resulting in hormone deficiency and infertility.
Ovarian torsion needs to be considered in any girl or young women who complains of sudden onset abdominal pain, particularly when the pain comes with nausea and/or vomiting.
On each side of a female’s uterus are two ovaries. Though small in size, they play an important role. Ovaries are where eggs develop and mature and where female hormones are made.
The majority of young girls have experienced menstrual cramps. Unfortunately, some girls also experience additional symptoms such as pain down the legs, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches, worsening migraines and passing out. What happens when medications don’t work? When young girls continue to have pain despite these first-line therapies, it is important to consider that the pain may be more than just cramps.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the menstrual tissue is found outside the uterus, within the pelvis. Girls who have a mother, sister or aunt with endometriosis have an almost 10 times increased chance of developing it.
After a surgical procedure, a person is often told to take a pill every few hours to feel better. According to guidelines from the American Pain Society, there are better options than just a pill for postoperative pain management.
Vulvar and Vaginal Concerns
Vulvovaginitis, or inflammation and irritation of the genital area, may occur in females of any age – including newborns, toddlers, and children, but it most commonly occurs in girls who have not yet started puberty.
When the inner lips (labia minora) of the vagina become stuck together, it is called a labial adhesion. This is typically seen in girls between the ages of 3 months and 6 years old.
Before you or your daughter decide on an elective surgery to fix a problem that most likely doesn’t need fixing, I hope you’ll consider the following.
Sexual and Reproductive Health
When the time is right to talk to your parents about birth control, there are a few small things you can do to help the conversation go smoothly.
When it comes to birth control, there are a lot of myths out there. And those myths might leave you with a lot of questions. Get the facts.
The implant. IUDs. The shot. Learn more about available birth control methods.
Parents are probably familiar with the birth control pill, but there are other options of birth control available for your teen that don’t have to be taken every day.
Today our teens have access to a wide variety of information, both real and false, right in the palm of their hands. Despite what some of our kids have heard on social media, there is no FDA-approved male birth control option.
Sexually transmitted infections are infections that are spread from person to person through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, or oral sex, or other skin to skin contact. They can be caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Some parents may find it awkward or difficult to talk to their kids about sex. Here are a few things they may not have learned in health class.
Learn about the birth control option for women, the contraceptive patch.
Emergency Contraception (EC) is birth control that keeps you from getting pregnant after unprotected or inadequately protected sex. It comes in two forms: an intrauterine device (IUD) or a pill.
Birth control is safe, easy to use, and has few side effects. Finding the right method for you can help you prevent pregnancy until you want to become pregnant.
Combination oral contraceptive pills are a form of daily birth control that has the hormones estrogen and progestin.
Condoms should be used while having sex. They help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and reduce the risk of pregnancy.
Genital warts are skin-colored, cauliflower-like, painless growths. They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Genital warts are usually spread by sexual contact. During pregnancy or delivery, the HPV virus can be passed on to the baby from an infected mother.
Low maintenance contraceptives, also called Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC,) are the most effective reversible methods of birth control available to reduce unplanned teen pregnancy.