Adolescent & Young Women Services

Adolescent & Young Women Services services offered in Lake Forest and Grayslake, IL

Gynecologic care isn’t exclusive to adults. At Women’s Specialty Care SC, with offices in Grayslake and Lake Forest, Illinois, the team led by Karen Mass, MD, FACOG, and Leslie Rubeck, CNM, provides kind, compassionate care for adolescents and young women. The team offers contraception counseling, sexually transmitted disease (STD) screenings, treatment for painful periods, and other comprehensive services for adolescents. Call Women’s Specialty Care SC today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Adolescent & Young Women Services Q & A

What is gynecological care for adolescents?

Adolescent care refers to the preventive screenings and treatments young women undergo to ensure they maintain robust pelvic and reproductive health as they age. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends that young women begin seeing an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) between ages 13 and 15.

While many young women may think they’re too young to see a gynecologist, pelvic pain, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and abnormal uterine bleeding can strike during adolescence. The earlier young women seek preventive care, the more able the Women’s Specialty Care SC team is to provide responsive treatment.


What does adolescent care include?

The Women’s Specialty Care SC team offers a broad range of gynecological services for adolescents and young adults, including:


Contraception counseling

Contraception, or birth control, is a form of pregnancy prevention. Many types of birth control exist, and finding the right type for your adolescent helps ensure that they can safely prevent unwanted pregnancy as they age. Hormonal pills, vaginal rings, and intrauterine devices (IUDs) are some of the most common types.


Along with preventing pregnancy, many types of birth control can also help treat long, heavy periods and hormonal acne.


STD screening

Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, can affect anybody, but they’re highly common between ages 15 and 24. Women are at a higher risk of contracting these infections than men, so regular STD screenings are essential for continued health.


Painful period heavy bleeding treatment

Painful periods have many causes, including ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Determining the cause of your adolescents’ heavy or painful periods and finding the appropriate treatment can help deliver lasting relief from discomfort.


Why would my adolescent need gynecological care?

Adolescent care is a simple way to protect a young woman’s reproductive health as she ages.

All young adults can benefit from comprehensive gynecological care, especially if the adolescent:

  • Is sexually active
  • Has heavy, painful periods
  • Has persistent acne
  • Has a history of STDs
  • Is interested in contraception
  • Has intense premenstrual cramping

Call Women’s Specialty Care SC today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about adolescent care.