If you’re a preteen or teenager, pediatric/adolescent gynecological health is just as important as adult women’s health. The expert board-certified obstetrics and gynecology team at North Atlanta Ob/Gyn in Northside, Sandy Springs, Atlanta, Avalon, Alpharetta, and East Cobb, Marietta, Georgia, offers contraception guidance, sex education, and treatment for menstrual disorders in pediatric/adolescent patients to ensure optimal gynecological health and reduce the risk of complications. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to learn more.
Women’s gynecological health care can begin at an early age, depending on pediatric/adolescent risk factors.
Children and teenagers who are sexually active and those with menstrual disorders can benefit from gynecological care at North Atlanta Ob/Gyn to reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and other gynecological problems.
When a pre-teen or teenager arrives at North Atlanta Ob/Gyn for a pediatrics/adolescents appointment, the welcoming staff greet them before they weigh them, check their blood pressure, and obtain other vital signs.
Gynecological specialists complete a comprehensive physical examination, including a pelvic exam and perhaps even a Pap smear when necessary, to screen for signs of cervical cancer and other gynecological problems.
During a Pap smear, gynecologists insert a speculum into the vagina and take a sample of cervical cells to send to a lab for analysis.
They offer contraception guidance and sexual education. If preteens or teens experience menstrual disorders such as pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, or irregular or missed periods, their provider gets to the root cause of the problem and offers treatment as needed to keep them healthy.
Gynecologic specialists might recommend blood tests, urine tests, ultrasounds, or other imaging procedures to diagnose specific conditions. For pediatric/adolescent patients in good health typically no treatment is needed.
However, birth control is available for sexually active teens who want to avoid pregnancy and those with irregular periods or other menstrual disorders. Teens with an STI diagnosis might need antibiotics or another form of medication to cure their condition or help them better manage a disease.
In the case of an abnormal Pap smear test, the North Atlanta Ob/Gyn team might recommend a colposcopy for additional diagnostic testing. A colposcopy is a biopsy, or a minor procedure, to remove abnormal tissue. HPV vaccines are available at North Atlanta Ob/Gyn. They help prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer in sexually active teenagers.
If your child or teen is sexually active or experiences a menstrual disorder, schedule a pediatric/adolescent examination at North Atlanta Ob/Gyn by phone or online today.