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Washington University Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology offers the only such program in the St. Louis area. Making this clinical service a major referral center for the Midwest, as well as other states.

The pediatric and adolescent gynecology practice offers a comprehensive program for the evaluation, specialized treatment and follow-up care of gynecologic problems in infants, children, young adolescents and teenage girls. What Patients Should Expect

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Gynecologic Treatment Center
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, Suite13-C
St. Louis, MO 63110

West County Office
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Adolescent and Pediatric Center
3023 N Ballas Road, Building D, Suite 450
St. Louis, MO 63131

Among the young patients cared for by this group of physicians are those experiencing:

  • Heavy, frequent or painful menstrual periods.
  • Irregular or infrequent menstrual periods.
  • Signs of early sexual maturation.
  • Signs of delayed sexual maturation.
  • Breast abnormalities, including asymmetry or pain.
  • Chronic genital rashes or itching.
  • Vaginal discharge, drainage or odor.
  • Unusual appearance of the genitals.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Ovarian cysts or pelvic masses.
  • Pelvic endometriosis.
  • Birth defects involving the reproductive organs.
  • Injuries involving the reproductive organs.

Making an appointment for your daughter with a specialist in pediatric and adolescent gynecology will ensure that her special needs are met. Refer to What Patients Should Expect, for details regarding examinations for infants, children and adolescents.

Adolescents
For adolescents, the first gynecologic examination provides a golden opportunity to educate young patients about the breast and pelvic exam, to answer questions about development, and to provide medical reassurances and information about issues of health and sexuality. This pediatric and adolescent gynecology service provides abstinence counseling, as well as contraceptive counseling and pregnancy prevention strategies. Adolescents especially may benefit from counseling about the risks of sexual activity and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

While the practice is focused on preventing unwanted teen pregnancies, it also recognizes the special needs of pregnant teens. The Teen Pregnancy Clinic was established by the division in February 1999 to provide obstetrical services, health education and counseling to pregnant adolescents up to the age of 17 or if still enrolled in high school.

Chronic Illness / Disabilities
These physicians work closely with referring doctors and other specialists at St. Louis Children’s Hospital to address the special gynecologic needs of children and teens with physical or mental disabilities, as well as those with chronic underlying health problems. The office at St. Louis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Center at Missouri Baptist Medical Center is specially equipped to allow easy access for patients with physical disabilities.

Physicians Who Treat
Two board-certified full-time faculty physicians provide patient care. Both have advanced training in the subspecialty practice of pediatric and adolescent gynecology. They are skilled in the medical evaluation and surgical management and correction of gynecologic disorders in pediatric and adolescent patients.

Included in the testing/surgical services they offer are:

  • Laparoscopy for the evaluation of abdominal masses, pelvic pain and pelvic endometriosis.
  • Laser surgery.
  • Vaginoscopy for the removal of foreign objects and assessment of bleeding and injuries.
  • Colposcopy for the evaluation of abnormal bleeding and abnormal pap smears.
  • Consultations and re-constructive surgery for birth defects involving the reproductive organs.

The pediatric and adolescent gynecology specialists work in close coordination with referring physicians, as well as with the pediatric specialty groups at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Educational resources are available for patients and their families. A special effort also is made by all physicians and staff to explain tests, treatments and procedures. Patients and their families are encouraged to ask questions.

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