20 September 2017


Emerging Adolescent Girls and Gynecology

Children generally go to pediatricians for medical care until they turn 18, which is when many Adolescent girls first see a gynecologist. But Dr. Joanne Hinson believes that this approach to gynecological care for adolescent can create problems for many girls because gynecologic issues may not be recognized for what they are and could go without proper management and care.

This is also true for adolescent girls of all different ages.  What makes the adolescent issues fascinating, but also challenging for many clinicians and Doctors, is that there is so much going on during the developmental teenage years.  A 13-year-old girl’s development is very different from a 15-year-old, who is very different from an 18-year-old.

But regardless of the age of a girl, communication between the patient and the doctor is a huge factor in providing proper care. The advantage of having gynecological visits during adolescence enables providers to deliver much-needed consultation and possible care. These early visits help providers to get to the bottom of any problems the adolescent may face, and at Dr. Hinson’s also offer a comprehensive range of services.

Gynecology Services for Adolescent Girls Including but are not Limited to:

  • Learning About her Menstrual Cycle
  • Proper Hygiene and Personal Care
  • STD’s and Preventative Measures
  • Menstrual Abnormalities
  • HPV Vaccines for Prevention of Cervical Cancers

Among the issues an adolescent has to wrestle with is simply getting used to how their body is changing. This is another good reason for a girl to see a gynecologist trained to work with teens. Your average pediatrician does not understand how shy and private a 13-year-old can be.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that girls should see an ob/gyn for a visit (not necessarily an exam) sometime between the ages of 13 and 15.

In addition to the interesting problems and emotional aspects of treating adolescence, Dr. Hinson deals with adolescent problems that are more mundane, but are no less important and are often overlooked.

Things like bad cramps and heavy periods are things girls just do not understand or have to put up with. Some popular over-the-counter medications for menstrual cramps do not have scientific support as to their effectiveness, despite being marketed for teens. But other medications, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, do work well when used in the proper doses.  The growing childhood health problem of obesity also carries gynecologic ramifications not always recognized as well.

Please call Dr. Joanne Hinson for your adolescent girl.  Dr. Hinson has over 25 years of experience working with women of all ages.  Call her office at 801-364-4030 for same day and next day appointments.


Why Choose Dr. Hinson

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Passionate about her vision. Treating women as people, respecting their value as females, and as people.

25 years of OB/GYN experience, acting as the only doctor for most of her patients , treating other medical needs as well.

Emphasizes a partnership with the patient in her health care, strongly advocating her responsibility in her health.

Focused, nonjudgemental listener, effective communicator and educator.

Considers the patient's overall health, mental state, and social issues as possible factors contributing to her present problems.

Considers the female body as a whole, not just the pelvic region.

Committed to staying current with changing guidelines and treatment options.

Continuously updating skills with emphasis on minimally invasive and in-office procedures.

More About Dr. Hinson

For 25 years Dr. Joanne S. Hinson has provided compassionate healthcare to the women of Salt Lake City, Utah and beyond. From puberty to menopause, Dr Hinson provides the best personalized GYN services… caring for the whole woman.

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