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Adolescence is a critical period of transition from childhood to adulthood. Management of patient complaints requires special knowledge and a sensitivity to both physiological and emotional issues. Whilst most pathology is benign, issues during adolescence may lead to long-term issues.

Learning Objectives

1) An appreciation of the common complaints of adolescents and young women:

  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Vulvovaginal issues
  • Ovarian cysts including Torsion
  • Congenital abnormalities of the reproductive tract
  • Contraception
  • Menstrual management in patients with learning disabilities
  • Fertility preservation in patients with significant illness

2) The Importance of developing rapport in this special cohort of patients

3) Importance of confidentiality

4) Preventing sexually transmitted infections and contraception