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About

Female Reproductive System

Our experienced caregivers in the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Clinic offer sensitive care for common and uncommon gynecologic matters for girls and young women from birth to age 22. We recognize what is normal and abnormal for infants, children, and teenagers. Our patients are examined in an age-appropriate, sensitive and reassuring way. We believe it is important to communicate effectively with young people and their parents or guardians.

Girls between the ages of 11 and 13 (or within a year of her first period) should have an adolescent wellness visit to discuss the changes going on in their bodies. Our caregivers want to be your resource to help educate girls about menstruation, sexuality and relationships, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infection prevention, nutrition, and body image. We also offer vaccination updates, including the HPV vaccine.

Although it’s not common, some girls may be born with, or develop, gynecological problems. These may include vulvar or vaginal abnormalities, such as heavy bleeding, bleeding, or discharge before puberty, or lesions on genitalia, as well as physical abnormalities of the uterus, cervix, or vagina. In some cases, we may recommend that she be seen in conjunction with colleagues from our Vulvovaginal Disease Clinic, Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic, or Pediatric Hematology Clinic.

Problems around puberty:

  • Premature or delayed puberty
  • Irregular or missing menstrual periods, including those related to eating disorders and/or excessive exercise
  • Issues of menstrual hygiene and fertility in the disabled teenager

Other gynecologic issues:

  • Abnormal or painful periods
  • Ovarian cysts and other gynecologic problems
  • Endometriosis or pelvic pain
  • Breast masses, discharge or other issues
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Excess body hair growth
  • Adolescent menorrhagia

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Locations and Contact

Iowa City, Iowa

UI Women's Health Center
200 Hawkins Drive, 31500Z Pomerantz Family Pavilion
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Parking: Parking and Wayfinding. Valet Services: Pappajohn Pavilion Entrance
In House Directions: Take Elevator M to Level 3.

Hours

Every other Tuesday
1 pm-5 pm

Contact

  • Phone: 319-356-1767

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