Who we are
Boston Children's Hospital's Gynecology Program has been around for more than three decades and is the busiest clinical program in pediatric and adolescent gynecology in the United States. We offer a wide range of services for females from birth to age 22, ranging from surgical procedures to routine exams and testing.
Some girls who come to the Gynecology Program have relatively common conditions, such as irregular menstrual cycles, while others have serious conditions, like cervical cancer. Our experts can help figure out your daughter's problem, treat pain and discomfort and provide any needed counseling or guidance. Ensuring or preserving a reproductive future for your daughter is our top priority.
We understand that successful treatment of the gynecological issues of infants, girls and young women requires the collaboration of many different areas of medicine. Our physicians, nurses and social workers employ a multidisciplinary approach, teaming up with experts from the General Surgery Program, the Department of Urology, the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine and the Division of Endocrinology.
- Children's Center for Young Women's Health provides a wealth of easy to access information for teen girls dealing with issues such as polycystic ovary syndrome, sexually transmitted diseases and basic questions about menstruation.
- Our Pap Test Evaluation Clinic evaluates and manages abnormal Pap tests and checks for HPV infection and cervical cancer. Patients are referred to our clinic from within Children's and from other health care sites in the greater Boston area.
- Our chief of Gynecology, Marc Laufer, MD, is a leading expert in his field. Laufer serves as a medical advisor for both the international and Boston chapters of the Endometriosis Association. Our established division has been used as a model for the development of an international support program for endometriosis.
- Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital are studying the way complementary and alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, may help manage symptoms alone or in conjunction with other forms of treatment.
Conditions & Treatments
- Addison's disease
- Breast anatomy
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH)
- Endocrine system
- Excessive hair growth (hirsutism)
- Imperforate hymen
- Menstrual reproductive disorder
- Ovarian masses and tumors
- Premature adrenarche
- Puberty for girls
- Septate uterus
- Teen pregnancy
- Toxic shock syndrome
- Unicornuate uterus
- Vertical or complete vaginal septum
- Ambiguous genitalia
- Breast abnormalities
- Breast development
- Group B streptococcus (GBS)
- Kidney stones
- Menstrual irregularities
- Microperforate hymen
- Pelvic pain
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Septate hymen
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STD)
- Thrush, Candidiasis and Yeast Infections
- Transverse vaginal septum
- Vaginal agenesis