Birth Control

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.

Menstrual Irregularity

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
  • Medication
  • 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.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Adolescent gynecologists can help your daughter if she is showing symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection including:

  • Chlamydia
  • Genital herpes
  • Gonorrhea

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.

East Tennessee Children's Hospital
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

(865) 546-0221
Medical Office Building, Suite 310
2100 Clinch Ave
Knoxville TN 37916


  • Monday: 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday: 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
  • Wednesday: 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
  • Thursday: 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
  • Friday: 8 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: CLOSED