Living Reference Work Entry

Handbook of Gynecology

pp 1-26

Date: Latest Version

Common Problems in Adolescent Medicine

  • Terez A. YonanAffiliated withDivision of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Email author 
  • , Claudia BorzutzkyAffiliated withDepartment of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC/Children’s Hospital Los Angeles


Adolescence is a time of much change and growth. Though exciting, it can present as a challenging time for the youth as well as for her health-care provider. Adolescence begins with puberty; in addition to experiencing many physical changes, the adolescent patient also undergoes numerous ongoing mental and psychosocial changes as she transitions to adulthood. While it is expected that adolescence is the healthiest time in an individual’s life, many common medical problems can arise during this time, especially with respect to sexual and reproductive health. These include abnormal menstruation, need for effective and confidential contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and intimate partner violence.


Adolescent development Confidentiality Consent HEADSS exam Sexual development Abnormal menstruation Polycystic ovary syndrome Contraceptive counseling Sexually transmitted infections Intimate partner violence