Pediatric gynecology is the medical specialty that cares for reproductive system disorders in children and adolescents. Pediatric gynecologists provide services to patients ages 0 to 21, offering continuity of care as patients transition into adulthood. Pediatric gynecologists are physicians with training in gynecology and pediatrics (children's health care). Conditions which pediatric gynecologists may treat include:
Pediatric gynecologists diagnose gynecologic conditions through patient-reported symptoms, physical evaluations, and blood tests. Treatments may vary depending on a patient's age and maturity. Pediatric gynecologists can develop individualized care plans to best address patients' needs over a period of years. For example, a patient may choose to wait before undergoing surgery or taking hormone medications. Pediatric gynecologists frequently prescribe or order the following treatments:
Pediatric gynecologists may collaborate with pediatric urologists, pediatric endocrinologists, pediatric surgeons, pediatric gastroenterologists, pediatric nurses, nurse practitioners, and social workers.