For many girls, adolescence can be a time of great uncertainty, and studies show that on average puberty starts at an earlier age than in generations past. It is no longer considered unusual for girls as young as eight or nine years old to experience the onset of puberty.
That is why parents of preteen and teen girls may want to seek a gynecologist who has special interest and training in treating young patients. For a young girl, the right doctor can make all the difference between a comfortable and an awkward visit. Developing a good relationship with a trusted medical provider early on can also make it easier for a young woman to ask her doctor the questions she has later.
Gynecologists like Julie M. Jacobstein, M.D., focus specifically on children and adolescents. She sees patients who range from infants to college students. She treats girls with a multitude of issues, including:
- Precocious puberty
- Ovarian failure
- Pelvic pain
- Breast lumps
- Difficult, irregular or painful periods
- Vaginal irritation or discharge
- Mood swings
In addition to treating adolescents, Dr. Jacobstein works with moms and daughters to help them decide if they need the vaccination for cervical cancer, which is caused by the human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted disease. The vaccine is typically administered to girls between the ages of 11 and 12, and many mothers worry that the vaccination could give their daughters license to become sexually active before they are ready. Dr. Jacobstein lets mothers know that their daughters will be fine.
For more information about Women’s Services at LifeBridge Health call 410-601-WELL (9355).