Adolescent Gynecology Specialist

Elizabeth A. Eden, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Gynecologist located in Sutton Place, New York, NY

As girls enter puberty, they usually find the changes in their bodies to be mysterious and overwhelming. Dr. Elizabeth Eden helps adolescent girls at her Sutton Place, New York, practice make sense of the changes and prepares them for a successful and healthy transition into womanhood and beyond. Through education, planning, and monitoring, adolescent girls will be ready for their next stage in life.

Adolescent Gynecology Q & A

When should a girl start seeing a gynecologist?

The six months leading up to a girl’s first period is often marked by several big changes, such as:

  • Breast development
  • Growth spurt
  • Appearance of hair under the arms and in the pubic area
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain

Dr. Eden specializes in adolescent gynecology and can help young women negotiate these changes and prepare her for what to expect in the future.

Once a girl has her first period, Dr. Eden recommends that she seek gynecologic care to address the unique issues of the female anatomy. This transition can be difficult since the young girl has typically grown up seeing the same pediatrician during her short life, but a good gynecologist will play an even bigger role in a girl’s development into womanhood.

What is adolescent gynecology?

Adolescent gynecology is designed for young women in their teens who are entering puberty, which typically happens between 11 and 14. A gynecologist who specializes in adolescent care can help treat young women who experience:

  • Irregular periods
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Severe cramps
  • Uneven breast growth
  • Vaginal infections

Even if the adolescent seems to be entering womanhood with no issues, good monitoring can provide an important baseline for future health. Under the care of a gynecologist, early problems in reproductive development can be detected, as well as any other issues unique to a woman’s body and health, providing a solid foundation for a healthy and happy adulthood.

Does adolescent gynecology include sex education?

Yes. With the onset of hormones during puberty, sexual impulses will start to emerge and, without proper education, adolescents can make poor choices during their younger years. Dr. Eden has considerable experience guiding young women through the early stages of sexuality. By providing counseling and education in birth control methods, safe sex practices, and sexually transmitted diseases, patients gain a clear understanding of the actions and consequences of sexual activity.

Dr. Eden’s easy-going, nonjudgmental style is useful in gaining the confidence and trust of her young patients so that she is able to discuss these difficult issues openly and honestly.