The Penn State Health Approach to Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Pediatric and adolescent gynecology services at Penn State Health provide comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and management for a wide range of female reproductive health issues experienced by children, adolescents and young women.

We understand that a trip to the gynecologist can be an uncomfortable experience for a child or teenager, and we make every effort to minimize their discomfort throughout each appointment. We treat each patient with respect and compassion for their gynecological concerns.

Advanced Expertise in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Care

Penn State Health Women’s Health features special clinics that provide complete gynecology care for children and adolescents. Our multidisciplinary team of experts includes a pediatrician with board certification in adolescent medicine as well as several gynecologists with special interest and training in pediatric and adolescent medicine.

Our Experts in Care

The experts at Penn State Children’s Hospital are committed to providing our pediatric patients with comprehensive and multidisciplinary care.

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Why Choose Penn State Children’s Hospital for Adolescent Medicine

Young girls and teens deserve accurate information about their reproductive health questions and concerns. Our multidisciplinary team of experts is committed to providing honest, respectful gynecology care to the girls and young women who need our expertise for continued reproductive health.

Well-woman Care for Young Adults

Well-woman gynecology care helps ensures your teen’s reproductive system is healthy and functioning as it should be. Most younger girls won’t need a pelvic exam, but some issues may require an external exam that requires examining their genitals, which are located on the outside of their body.

Our experts take the time to make your teen as comfortable as possible. We listen carefully to your teen’s concerns and explain each aspect of the examination in advance. If she is sexually active, we offer information and access to sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment if needed.

Contraception

Understanding the risks and benefits of each form of contraception is an important part of making an informed decision. The team at Penn State Health understands that discussing contraception and safe-sex practices can be an uncomfortable, intimidating experience for many adolescents. Our specialists create an atmosphere of trust and respect that allows teens and young adults to share information, ask questions and understand their options for birth control and protection against sexually transmitted disease.

An intrauterine device (IUD) containing progesterone may be used as birth control or treatment for heavy, painful periods. If desired, the device can be implanted using anesthesia or under sedation in the operating room.

Conditions Treated

Penn State Health Adolescent Gynecology provides care for many teen health issues including:

  • Contraception
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Vaginal discharge and infections
  • Endometriosis
  • Early or delayed puberty
  • Ovarian cysts

Support Groups

Support groups provide children and their families an opportunity to connect with others in similar situations. Learn more about the support groups offered at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Our Convenient Locations

Find the care your family needs, close to home, at one of our many locations throughout central Pennsylvania.

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