At TOAG, we provide a diagnostic and treatment resource for adolescent gynaecology problems including period issues, chronic pelvic pain, contraception counselling, and menstrual management in girls with disabilities.
It’s important to understand that teenagers aren’t mini-adults. Since they’re still developing, their bodies are different and they often need specialised approaches to managing gynaecological conditions. At Toowoomba Obstetrics and Gynaecology, we offer a sensitive and caring approach to paediatric and adolescent gynaecology.
How we can help
At TOAG, we’re experienced in helping young women take their first steps towards treatment. Our comprehensive adolescent gynaecology service includes expert advice in treating and managing:
- Menstrual conditions
- Pelvic pain
- Vulval itch, vulval pain and vaginal discharge
- PCOS and endometriosis
- Congenital abnormalities
- Development disorders
- Early puberty
When do I need to see a specialist?
Gynaecological problems in adolescents are fairly common, and they can cause significant disruptions to your daily life. If you’re living with painful periods, chronic itching or other discomfort, you may have trouble playing sports or attending school normally.
It’s important to understand that pain or discomfort which interrupts your daily life isn’t normal, and help is available to help you manage it effectively. If this is the case, it’s best to see an adolescent gynaecologist to discuss your options.
These signs can also be an early indication of something more serious, and early intervention can help prevent fertility and sexual function issues later on in life.
What happens at my visit?
Your first appointment with Dr Lanziz Homar will last between 30 minutes and an hour. It’s a little longer than the average, since it involves getting to thoroughly know you and your medical history. You’ll also be asked about your concerns are affecting your own life – this helps us fully understand your own needs so we can recommend the best possible treatment. We’ll usually ask your parents to leave the room for a while so you can disclose any personal information without worry.
Your first visit normally won’t include a physical exam. If one is required, we’ll fully inform you before anything happens and only go ahead if you feel comfortable. You may choose to have your parent, guardian, or support person stay in the room if you’d like.
After we’re confident that we fully understand what’s going on, Dr Lanziz will spend some time discussing your treatment options with you. If more tests are required, he’ll refer you to an appropriate specialist to have them conducted. By the end of your appointment, you should feel like you understand your next steps and have all the information you need to move forward with your treatment.
What should I bring?
Please bring along the following:
- Your GP referral
- Medicare card, and private health information
- A list of any medications you’re currently taking
- Results from any tests you’ve already had
If you’re under age 14, you’ll need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you’re over 14, you can choose to have one stay with you if it helps you feel more confident.