Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    The staff of the Young Women's Center for Reproductive Health and Development at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center provide answers to frequently asked questions:

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    + What is a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist?

    A pediatric and adolescent gynecologist is an obstetrician-gynecologist who has devoted her / his career to the care of children and adolescents. He / she has completed a residency in an approved obstetrics and gynecology program and has completed a formal fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology or has significant experience in caring for a pediatric and adolescent population.

    + What will happen at my child's first gynecology office visit?

    First you will register your child. Please arrive a few minutes early for registration and remember to bring your insurance cards, Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) letter and co-pay with you. If your daughter is old enough to attend appointments on her own, you may sign a consent form for her to attend future appointments without you. A copy of your daughter's immunization record can also be helpful.

    A nurse or medical assistant will measure your daughter's weight, height and blood pressure. You may also be asked about her current medications so it may be helpful to write them down to bring to the appointment.

    Your daughter may be asked to provide a urine sample privately in the bathroom.

    You and your daughter will be placed in an exam room where the gynecologist or the nurse practitioner will review your daughter's history and both your concerns. Often, physicians-in-training will be working with the gynecologist. They will be fully supervised by the attending gynecologist, who will be working with you to develop the plan of care.

    You may be asked to step out of the exam room, into the waiting area while the physician interacts with your daughter in private. This allows both your daughter and the provider to discuss any issues in private, respecting patient and physician professional confidentiality.

    If an examination is necessary, your daughter will be given the option to have the exam performed in private, or with you in the room. The examination is complete, but generally concentrates on abdomen, pelvis and outer genital area. We are respectful and gentle in interacting with patients regarding this potentially anxious experience.

    Once the examination is complete, the gynecologist or the nurse practitioner will discuss recommendations and treatment options with you and your daughter. Each of you will have a chance to ask questions and make your own decision about the best treatment.

    Please be aware that many different caregivers see patients in our office space at the same time, so your daughter may not be called in the order of arrival. You will be seen in the order of your appointment time with your particular provider.

    + How do I make an appointment?

    You can make an appointment by calling our Call Center at 513-636-9400. Some insurance companies may require a referral to a specialist from your primary care physician. It is your responsibility to arrange the referral prior to your child's appointment. After normal business hours, you may request an appointment by emailing gynecology@cchmc.org .

    + At what locations do you see patients?

    Our doctors and nurse practitioners see patients at the following office locations:

    Surgeries are performed at the main campus.

    + How do I schedule a surgery?

    If you think that your child will need surgery or your primary care doctor has referred your daughter to Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology for surgery, call our Call Center to schedule a preoperative evaluation appointment with one of our gynecologists. You can reach the Call Center by calling 513-636-9400.

    Before a surgery is scheduled, a gynecologist must see and evaluate your daughter to determine whether surgery is appropriate and what would be the best procedure for your daughter.

    Once the gynecologist has evaluated your daughter, she will explain the surgical procedure and the risks and benefits of surgery.

    If you decide to proceed with the surgery, the gynecology surgery scheduler will arrange a future surgery time with you. Surgery is not usually scheduled the same day as the first doctor's appointment.

    Once you have been given a surgery date, you may call our team if you have any questions or if you need you need to change the date. Our scheduler will give you a packet of information with phone numbers to reach the scheduling office directly.

    + Will you see patients who live outside the Cincinnati area?

    Yes, we are happy to see patients from outside the Cincinnati area. We frequently treat patients from throughout the United States and some international locations. You will need to make arrangements with your insurance company for authorization. Our nurses or staff can assist you with these insurance and financial arrangements.