Frequently Asked Questions

Why would a child see a pediatric gynecologist?

Gynecologic problems encountered in the pediatric population are unique to this age group and require physician skills different from those utilized with an adult population. In addition to addressing the child’s current medical condition, we also provide a highly educated perspective on the impact that childhood illnesses will likely have on future sexual and reproductive functioning.

 

What conditions does a pediatric gynecologist treat?

Pediatric gynecologists treat birth defects of the reproductive organs, which includes disorders of sexual development, ambiguous genitalia, vaginal agenesis, vaginal septums, Müllerian anomalies, cloacal malformations, labial masses, and hymenal variations. We also treat genital trauma, labial adhesions, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, vulvovaginal disorders, abnormal pubertal development, abnormal menstrual bleeding, irregular menstrual cycles, and gynecologic issues related to survivors of childhood cancers.

 

When will my daughter get her period?

The average girl will get her period around the age of twelve, but menarche may occur as early as eight or nine years of age, or as late as sixteen years of age. Most girls will begin puberty with breast development, which typically occurs one to three years before menstruation starts.

 

Will my child's disorder affect future fertility?

Our priority is to preserve your child’s future fertility. Certain disorders will have a greater impact than others. When needed, we work together with our reproductive endocrinologists to ensure the most optimal results.