Gynecology Services for Young Women in East Tennessee
Adolescent gynecologists at Children's Hospital treat problems in the
uterus, ovaries, vagina and vulva in girls and young women. These doctors
evaluate and counsel women from pre-puberty to late teenage years for
development and genital problems. Besides routine gynecologic check-ups,
adolescent gynecologists treat menstrual irregularities, pelvic pain,
breast lumps, vaginal discharge, uneven breast growth, vaginal and pelvic
infections, heavy bleeding and delayed or early first period.
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital gynecologist is
Christine Linda Gale M.D. of the Fort Sanders OBGYN Group.
Click here to find an adolescent gynecologist near you.
What To Expect
Your child may be nervous about her appointment at the gynecologist. Adolescent
gynecologists are trained to work with young girls and teens, so they
understand how to talk about how the appointment will go and ask sensitive
questions in a gentle way. If your child is scared, share your own experience
with your daughter to assure her that routine check-ups and speaking up
about her issues is all part of taking care of herself.
You may be asked to step out of the exam room to let your daughter and
the doctor chat in private. This privacy will give your daughter the chance
to ask questions or share concerns she may not feel comfortable telling
you. It is you and your daughter's choice as to whether you are present
during the exam.
The exam concentrates on the abdomen, pelvis and outer genital area. Some
girls are anxious about their first visits to the gynecologist, but rest
assured our doctors are gentle and respectful throughout the entire exam
and will do their part to help your child feel comfortable.
The gynecologist will discuss your daughter's treatment with you after
the exam. You will be able and are encouraged to ask questions and make
the best decision for your daughter.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Adolescent gynecologists can help your daughter if she is showing symptoms
of a sexually transmitted infection including:
- Genital herpes
It is much easier to prevent STIs than treat them. For this reason, anyone
considering having sex should get regular gynecological exams. Your daughter's
gynecologist will be able to teach your daughter about safe sex in a safe
environment and teach her how to protect herself. Regular check-ups also
mean that STIs can be caught early and treated more easily.
These doctors can also discuss the use of contraceptives, also called birth
control, with your daughter if she is sexually active or plans to become
sexually active. The doctor will only suggest safe, effective and appropriate
birth control for teens. Birth control can also be used to treat gynecological
conditions, like rupturing ovarian cysts.
Irregular periods can happen as your child is adjusting to the changes
in her body. Some irregular periods may be the result of something more
serious happening. The symptoms of this condition can include unpredictability,
painful, too frequent or too heavy periods. The causes of menstrual irregularity include:
- Excessive exercise
- Very low body weight
- Hormone imbalance
Your child's gynecologist may prescribe hormone pills or other medications
for this issue. They may also suggest lifestyle changes or refer you to
another specialist for more help.