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Adolescent Reproductive Health

Adolescence is the period between puberty and adulthood when many physical changes take place in a young girl's body. Her endocrine glands begin producing hormones that cause her body to change and develop. In addition, her ovaries increase production of estrogen and other female hormones.

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Dr. Suleena Kansal Kalra discusses why some adolescent women should see a gynecologist and how she tries to alleviate the apprehension that comes with a girl's first gynecology appointment.

In some young women, these changes may occur too early, too often or not at all, which may signal an endocrine disorder that could affect her future fertility and overall reproductive health. A reproductive endocrinologist is a certified obstetrician/gynecologist who evaluates, diagnoses, manages and treats endocrine disorders that affect menstrual and reproductive function.