Jefferson University Hospitals

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Diseases & Conditions

Specializing in gynecologic conditions affecting children and young adults

Jefferson Health Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology has specialized training and extensive experience treating a wide range of gynecologic conditions in children and young adults, including patients with complex medical and surgical conditions, patients who have special needs and patients who are transgender. We treat conditions that uniquely affect children and young adults, including the following:

Congenital Reproductive Anomalies
Some people are born without a vagina or uterus or have other differences in the formation of the hymen, vagina and uterus.

Menstrual Problems
Many teenagers have problems with periods, including heavy bleeding, irregular or painful periods and PMS. These issues are sometimes severe enough to interfere with school attendance and participation in activities.

Ovarian Cysts
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs (cysts) in or on the ovary. Many ovarian cysts are normal findings that will go away without intervention. However, some types of cysts may require surgery or medication to prevent them from recurring.

Pediatric Vulvar Dermatoses
Skin conditions, such as lichen sclerosus and labial adhesions, can cause changes in skin color and appearance and symptoms, including pain, itching, bleeding and problems with urinating.

Pelvic Pain/Endometriosis
Abdominal or pelvic pain is common with periods and can sometimes be caused by endometriosis, which occurs when the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows in places outside the uterus, causing pain.

Prepubertal Vaginal Bleeding
Vaginal bleeding before age nine and before the start of other signs of puberty may be caused by infection, skin lesions or problems in the vagina.

Primary and Secondary Amenorrhea
Primary amenorrhea is when periods do not start by age 15. Secondary amenorrhea is when periods do not occur for at least three months.

Primary Ovarian Insufficiency
Issues with hormone production and fertility occur when the ovaries stop working and do not respond to the hormonal signals from the brain. Primary Ovarian Insufficiency can result from genetic conditions or medications that affect the ovaries, such as chemotherapy or radiation.

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The Jefferson Health OBGYN department provides compassionate, expert care for a wide range of OBGYN conditions. View the breadth and depth of conditions treated across our OBGYN specialties.