A knowledgeable approach to sensitive subjects

At the Children’s Minnesota gynecology program, home of the only two pediatric and adolescent gynecologists in Minnesota, we treat babies, and adolescents every day who have minor, moderate or severe gynecological issues. We offer the latest treatments and technologies available in the United States to resolve symptoms while maintaining a child’s reproductive health.

Our strategy supports kids and their families through an array of gynecological conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Abnormal development of the reproductive system (congenital anomalies of the uterus or vagina)
  • Contraception, including pillspatchesrings, injections, implants, IUDs;
  • Delayed puberty or periods
  • Endometriosis, tissue that grows outside of the uterus
  • Fertility preservation
  • Labial adhesions
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Medical uses of hormonal contraceptives (acne, menstrual migraine, catamenial seizures)
  • Menstrual problems, including painful periods, heavy periods, frequent or irregular periods
  • Menstrual suppression
  • Ovarian cysts, fluid-filled sacs in or on the ovaries
  • Pelvic pain
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal syndrome affecting females
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Torsion (or twisting) of the ovary
  • Vaginal stenosis
  • Vulvovaginitis
  • Vulvar trauma
  • Vulvar abscesses or ulcers

Teaming up for better care

When it comes to our patients, we take an innovative, team approach to healing. For certain conditions, we call in backup from other departments.

Developing a healthy, regular menstrual period is part of growing up for tween and teen females. So when a teen has menstrual problems, including painful, heavy, frequent or irregular periods, we call in all the experts. Discover how our hematologists and gynecologists work together to solve teen menstrual problems. Learn about our Adolescent and Young Adult hematology and gynecology program.

The right solution

We first try conservative approaches when treating gynecological conditions in children or adolescents. But when advanced care is required, Children’s Minnesota also offers leading-edge surgical services designed to make a maximum impact with minimal intervention.

Gynecologic conditions affecting children and adolescents that may require surgery include:

  • Cervical abnormalities
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Congenital abnormalities of the hymen
  • Endometriosis
  • Exam under anesthesia and vaginoscopy
  • Labial hypertrophy or enlargement
  • Ovarian masses and cysts
  • Revision of female circumcision/cutting
  • Surgical repair of traumatic injuries
  • Vaginal anomalies
  • Vulvar lesions, masses, abscesses or moles
  • Uterine anomalies

We know that even a “minor” gynecological surgery make most parents anxious. So we keep families in the loop throughout a child’s surgery with updates and plenty of hand-holding. Families can stay with the patient before and after surgery to assure that you are there to support them. And we’ll do the same for you.

As an organization dedicated to family-centered care, we offer many child and family services and resources, such as interpretive services.



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