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What does a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist do?

Pediatric and adolescent gynecologists treat injuries, infections, unexplained bleeding, and pubertal and reproductive health issues. These specialists treat female patients up to age 18 in a comfortable and child-friendly environment.

Care needs also are addressed for developmentally delayed children with congenital birth defects. McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White specialists collaborate with other medical specialists in the case of trauma, rare cases of cancer, and other gynecological conditions.

What conditions does a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist treat?

Our specialists diagnose and treat a spectrum of gynecological disease, using traditional and minimally invasive techniques, for the following conditions:

For pediatric patients:

  • Labial adhesions
  • Unusual vaginal discharge or bleeding
  • Vulvitis
  • Lichen sclerosis
  • Genital injuries from falls or sexual assault

For adolescent patients:

  • Early puberty, including premature menarche (first menstrual period)
  • Puberty concerns, including body image issues that may be treated in collaboration with pediatric endocrinology specialists
  • Irregular or painful menstrual periods
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome, which may be characterized by infrequent menstruation and weight gain
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Breast issues
  • Unexplained bleeding that could be related to cancer or genital injury
  • Sexual assault
  • Pregnancy
  • PAP screenings for sexually active teens
  • Sexually transmitted disease screening
  • Contraception counseling

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