Gynecological complaints in the adolescent period are very common, yet many medical practitioners including pediatricians, lack the training and comfort in addressing them. Sexual health is equally important and prompt attention must be provided.
It is imperative to review the physiology of female pubertal development as this foundational basis is key in recognizing pathologies that arise during this period. Beyond this normalcy, the young woman may experience disorders in menstruation, breast problems, and vulvovaginal conditions. With teens engaging in sexual activity, the medical practitioner is encouraged to provide confidential care when confronted with issues related to sexuality. Current guidelines have recommended discussing and offering contraception with emphasis on effective methods. Much has changed in the field of adolescent gynecology, especially with the advent of a life-saving vaccine available to all adolescents at a young age.
With all these topics in mind, the fruition of the focused issue on adolescent gynecology is a collaborative work from different specialists in the field, and we are proud to present this in Pediatric Medicine. Our goal is to provide current and practical information for the medical practitioner when faced with issues relating to the adolescent and young adult women’s reproductive health.
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Cite this article as: Cabral MD. Adolescent gynecology. Pediatr Med 2019;2:37.