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
- 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
- PAP screenings for sexually active teens
- Sexually transmitted disease screening
- Contraception counseling