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In an effort to help relieve patient concerns, USA Health’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has added the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Division.

Published Jan 29th, 2021

By Brittany Otis
botis@health.southalabama.edu

A visit to a gynecologist may be uncomfortable for some, especially for young women under the age of 18. In an effort to help relieve patient concerns, USA Health’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has added the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Division.

The new division, the first of its kind in Mobile and Baldwin counties, creates a more comfortable environment for girls seeking preventative and routine care or treatment for gynecologic issues. Patients are treated for conditions such as pelvic pain, premenstrual syndrome, ovarian cysts or masses and endometriosis. Patients may also receive sexual health education.

Nicolette Holliday, M.D., and Tracy Roth, M.D., both obstetrician-gynecologists and educators of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, lead the division. They saw a need to help their younger patients.

“It is our goal to provide effective communication and compassionate care for our patients,” Holliday said. “We want our patients to feel at ease when they come to us for any gynecologic issues.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend teens visit their gynecologist for the first time between the ages of 13 and 15. This division also expands care for pediatric patients with gynecologic issues. USA Health’s gynecologists said the first visit is usually getting to know the patient.

“Establishing a relationship with a gynecologist early helps young women learn to be proactive about their health,” said Roth. “Knowledge is power, and through education, these patients will be able to manage and control their reproductive health.”

Pediatric and adolescent patients will be seen at USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital on the fourth floor. Holliday and Roth will also continue to see adult patients at the Strada Patient Care Center.

To schedule an appointment, call the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at (251) 415-1496. To learn more, visit the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Division web page.

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