Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology

Quality care in a safe environment

For a young girl, a visit to the gynecologist has the potential to be frightening and traumatic. At Selah, we consider it an honor to provide the warmth and safety that is needed for girls and their parents to navigate this visit with ease.

Because our practitioners have a special interest in pediatric gynecology, we have developed expertise in managing both common and uncommon gynecologic disorders in girls. We always perform exams with the help of mothers to assure our young patients feel safest, and we almost never require invasive gynecologic exams or procedures to help us arrive at a treatment plan. When ultrasound is needed, we avoid internal probes.

To make these visits most successful, we understand that more time may be needed to develop a trusting connection, so these visits are never rushed. Because of the reputation we’ve developed in this area, pediatricians from all over the North State area refer girls to us for specialist gynecology office and surgical care.

Topics of Interest

Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding

Some girls may experience heavy or prolonged bleeding at the onset of menstrual periods. It is also common in the first few years of a girl’s periods, most often due to irregular ovulation and irregular hormones. However, sometimes bleeding is so heavy that it can interfere with normal activities or result in dangerous levels of anemia.

In addition, very heavy bleeding may occasionally be the first clue of a bleeding disorder that needs to be diagnosed and treated. Selah providers are experienced in a sensitive and thorough evaluation of these symptoms.

Severe menstrual pain, endometriosis

Although menstrual cramping is very commonly experienced by most young women in their teen years, cramping pain that prevents a girl from participating in normal activities such as school and sports, may be a sign of endometriosis. Pain symptoms that start a day or two before menstrual bleeding starts, or pain passing bowel movements during menses are also common symptoms of endometriosis. This severity of symptoms should be evaluated by an experienced gynecology provider in order to achieve an effective treatment approach.

Amenorrhea (no menstrual cycles)

Amenorrhea may present as primary (menstrual cycles never started) or as secondary (they started, but then stopped). There are various hormonal or structural causes for this, which should be evaluated by an experienced gynecology provider. Sometimes we determine a girl is simply a “late-bloomer”, and other times we identify a significant hormonal dysfunction that should be treated.

We recommend that if a teen girl has not started her period by the age of 15 or 16, she should be evaluated. In addition, girls that skip periods regularly even after they’ve been menstruating for 2 years, should also be evaluated.

Imperforate hymen

An imperforate hymen is the persistence of excess hymen skin covering or partially covering the vaginal opening. This can produce significant pain when a girl’s periods start, or it may go completely unnoticed until she attempts to use tampons or have sexual intercourse. This tissue generally needs to be surgically removed through a simple procedure in order to allow for normal vaginal function.

We aim to provide girls with this condition a discreet and caring interaction in order to restore normal function to them.

Contraception for teens

Contraception can be a sensitive topic for teens and for their parents. At Selah, we respect state laws which protect the privacy of teen girls to discuss this topic with a gynecology provider with or without their parents present, as they desire. We always encourage open communication and have supportive discussions with teens regarding their desires, their decisions, and the impact of these decisions on their physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

More Information:

https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Birth-Control-Especially-for-Teens

Conditions treated:

  • Chronic genital itching
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vulvar skin disorders or infections
  • Genital trauma
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic pain
  • Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • Menstrual management in bleeding disorders
  • Severe menstrual pain, endometriosis
  • Premature puberty
  • Delayed puberty
  • Amenorrhea (no menstrual cycles)
  • Congenital abnormalities of the genital tract
  • Imperforate hymen
  • Sexually transmitted infection
  • Contraception for teens
  • Teen pregnancy options counseling

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Gynecology

Providing a full range of gynecology services from contraception counseling to surgeries.

Obstetrics

We offer a patient-focused approach that allows patients their own style of birthing.

Fertility

Offering complete evaluation and treatment of infertility issues up to, but not including IVF.

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