Common Gynaecological problems in adolescents and young women
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.
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
- 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
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