We advise that girls have their first gynecology appointment between the ages of 13 and 15, once they've had their first period. Since the gynecologic issues that face adolescents (and occasionally younger girls) are very different from those that affect adult women, they require a dedicated knowledge and sensitivity and generally do not require an exam during the visit.
Carilion Children's offers a new type of specialty care—Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology—that combines the expertise of gynecologists, pediatricians and urologists to address these unique health challenges with a full spectrum of clinical and support services.
Some of the conditions we treat and services we offer include:
- Birth defects involving the reproductive organs
- Gynecologic diseases in children (such as discharge)
- Unusual appearance of the genitals
- Injuries involving the reproductive organs
- Heavy, frequent irregular or painful menstrual periods
- Signs of early or delayed sexual maturation
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Preventive reproductive healthcare (annual exams)