Adolescent Gynecology addresses the unique gynecologic issues that affect the development and anatomy of growing girls and young women.
At Newton-Wellesley OB/GYN, our team of physicians offers an individualized approach to adolescent healthcare and a full range of adolescent gynecology services in two convenient locations, Newton and Walpole, Massachusetts. Our compassionate team of OB/GYN physicians is here to help.
Adolescent Gynecology Services
Adolescent Gynecology services include the evaluation, treatment, and support for young women as they transition to gynecologic care. Our team of physicians evaluates and treats the following gynecological issues:
- Anomalies of the Reproductive Organs (uterus, ovaries, Fallopian tubes, or cervix)
- Chronic Pelvic Pain
- Dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual cramps)
- Early or Delayed Puberty or Sexual Development
- Menstrual Disorders (absent, irregular, heavy, or infrequent menstrual bleeding)
- Ovarian Cysts
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Testing and Treatment
- Vaginal Discharge, Infections, and Ulcers
- Vagina Trauma
- Vulvar Abnormalities
Contraceptive Counseling Services
Additionally, our team of physicians offers contraceptive counseling services that are age-appropriate. While discussing contraception and safe sex practices can be an uncomfortable discussion, it allows teens and young adults to share information, ask questions, and understand their options for birth control and protection against STDs.
Our Approach to Adolescent Gynecologic Care
While we welcome parents as key partners in supporting a young woman’s care, we usually ask to spend time alone with our patients during each visit. This is to encourage our young patients to ask questions that may be more difficult to express in front of their parents and to learn to develop skills for being responsible for their own health care.
Patient Confidentiality. By law, anything that patients (either adults or teens) discuss with their health care providers is confidential unless the doctor believes the patient is a danger to herself or others or cannot make decisions on her own.
Open Family Communication. Of course, it is always helpful and important for teens and their parents to have an open line of communication between them so that they can discuss any health concerns or worries. Likewise, teens need to know that their parents are there for them to protect and support them.
Adolescent Gynecology Exams at Newton-Wellesley OB/GYN
A physical exam will be performed, and your vitals will be recorded. During a gynecologic physical exam, your breasts, abdomen, and pelvis will be examined. If you have been sexually active, a quick internal vaginal examination will take place, which will involve a Pap smear.
Depending on the reason for the visit, any number of diagnostic tests can be performed or requested. Along with the Pap smear, these can
Include blood tests to check a variety of factors (such as glucose tolerance and hormone levels).
Adolescent Gynecology Services at Newton-Wellesley OB/GYN
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Gynecology focuses on caring for young women through the various stages and transitions of life from puberty to adulthood. Gynecologists focus on the medical care of females’ reproductive systems and health concerns.
Gynecology includes the diagnosis, treatment, and preventive care of conditions relating to a woman’s reproductive system, including the vagina, uterus, ovaries, and Fallopian tubes.
Gynecology also includes screening and treating problems with a woman’s breasts.
Your women’s health specialists counsel you on your contraception options, provide annual check-ups, answer your questions, and help with your female sexual health concerns.
While a general physician can treat specific women’s health issues, the Newton-Wellesley OB/GYN team specializes in expert care for women and their unique health concerns.
Your Newton-Wellesley gynecologist also monitors the same conditions as your general practitioner and pays particular attention to how these conditions, such as diabetes, impact your reproductive organs.
Your Newton-Wellesley gynecologist can also diagnose gynecological conditions, such as:
- Cervical Cancer
- Vaginal Infections
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
The Newton-Wellesley OB/GYN doctors also perform surgery when required.
General exams should begin at age 21 or sooner if there is a specific gynecologic concern. If you are sexually active before age 21, exams should start as soon as you are sexually active.
Typically, patients must come in at least once a year for their exam. Risk factors may make it necessary to come in for multiple visits during the course of a year.
It is important for women to have a gynecologic appointment with their provider every year as a preventive health care measure.
Our providers will do a Pap smear and HPV (human papillomavirus) test, along with a pelvic exam to screen for any pre-cancerous conditions before they can turn into cervical cancer.