Pediatric Gynecology

Pediatric Gynecology Services

A pediatric gynecologist offers medical services to children who have not reached puberty yet. While gynecology appointments are typically for girls who have started undergoing puberty, pediatric gynecology services focus on addressing the unique needs and concerns of children, such as:

  • Vaginal Complaints: Genital complaints in children are not uncommon, and a doctor can address vaginal redness, itching, discharge, bleeding, and pain. These symptoms are usually benign and respond well to removing irritants.
  • Abnormal Genital Exam: Concerns about “abnormal” genital anatomy, such as unexplained abrasions or bruising, can be discussed. While some children may be born with congenital abnormalities in the genital area, the doctor can also address concerns of sexual abuse.
  • Ovarian Cysts/Masses: Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs on the ovaries. Most ovarian cysts come with no symptoms and go away on their own, but they may cause pelvic pain and bloating if they are large enough. Other masses like endometriomas or neoplasms can be found. In rare cases, cancerous or benign ovarian tumors are discovered. You should see a doctor if your child is experiencing sudden and severe abdominal pain, has a fever and is vomiting, or is undergoing signs of shock (cold and clammy skin, rapid breathing, lightheadedness, or weakness).
  • Early Puberty: Otherwise referred to as precocious puberty, some girls may start to reach sexual maturity too soon, before the age of 8. Early puberty has several causes, and those with ovarian growths, central nervous problems, or rare genetic disorders have a higher risk of precocious puberty. Breast growth, menstruation, and pubic hair growth before age 8 are signs of early puberty. There are treatment options available through hormone therapy.

If your child is in need of a pediatric gynecologist, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Moreland OB-GYN. Our team of caring physicians and advanced practice providers will provide a caring and comfortable environment. We will take the time to discuss your child’s needs and walk you through our treatment solutions.


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