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Overview I have this great privilege of being able to restore many of my patients to normal functioning and see them feel better the day after they start medication. David Breault, MD, PhD, Boston
When a baby is born, "girl or boy?" is the question on the tip of everyone's tongues. Discovering that your newborn has ambiguous genitalia can be emotionally traumatizing and confusing for you and
Women of all ages may have mixed feelings about their menstrual cycles, but there’s no question that it can be alarming for both you and your daughter if her periods suddenly stop, or if all of her
Overview The female breast changes with puberty and during the monthly menstrual cycle — some changes in the breast may require medical attention, such as breast pain and masses or lumps. Breast pain
Overview For girls of any age, the menstrual period is a time well known for cramping—dull, throbbing or squeezing pains in the lower abdomen. For one girl, these aches may be mildly annoying and no
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is a genetic disorder in which the adrenal gland produces an overabundance of certain male hormones called androgens. As a result, a child with CAH is born with a
A woman has endometriosis when the tissue that normally lines her uterus, the endometrium, grows in other places, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries or pelvic tissue. This misplaced tissue can cause
Overview Many women have a frustrating condition called hirsutism, or excessive hair growth on parts of the body where men usually grow hair. About 8 percent of women in the United States have some
Overview Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium that can be found in the digestive tract, urinary tract and genital area of adults. Although GBS usually doesn't cause problems in healthy women
Hematuria is blood found in your child's urine. Although this condition is alarming, it is quite common in children, often harmless and often easily treated once its cause is determined. There are
Overview A half moon of thin membrane normally surrounds the opening of a young girl's vagina. In the case of an imperforate hymen, a membrane extends all the way across the area of the hymen,
Overview One of the most common complaints of adolescent girls is irregular, profuse menstruation, called dysfunction uterine bleeding (DUB). The most common cause for DUB is when a woman's ovaries
Mastitis is an infection or inflammation of the breast. Breast infections commonly occur in women who are breast-feeding when bacteria enters a crack in the nipple. A case of mastitis can leave you
Overview A half moon of thin membrane normally surrounds a young girl's vagina. Sometimes, the hymenal membrane extends all the way across the hymenal area with only a very small hole in the center.
Overview Menstrual problems are common among teens. Each girl’s body is different, and each girl experiences puberty differently. Here at Children’s Hospital Boston, we recognize that problems with
Ovarian masses in infants, young girls and adolescents are enlargements of the ovaries – the organs that store and release eggs, and that produce female hormones. These masses may be cysts or tumors,
Overview Adolescent girls and women frequently experience pain in the region below the belly button and between the hips, commonly called pelvic pain. Depending on the cause of the discomfort, pelvic
Overview As many as 75 percent of girls and women experience unpleasant symptoms or painful pelvic cramps before or during their monthly menstrual cycle, called premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Some girls
Overview Adrenarche is a lot like puberty; it’s characterized by changes in the body as your child enters her teen years. Premature adrenarche is when these changes begin early, before age 8 for girls
Overview A half moon of thin membrane normally surrounds a young girl's vagina. Sometimes, the membrane has a band of extra tissue — called a septate hymen — in the middle, which creates two openings
Overview A woman with a septate uterus has a normal shaped uterus with a wall of tissue creating two cavities. Some women may not even realize they have a septate uterus, even during pregnancy and
Sexually transmitted diseases are infectious diseases spread through sexual contact. These infections are very common, especially among young people. The United States has some of the highest rates of
Candidiasis, sometimes called moniliasis or a "yeast infection," is an infection caused by yeast on the skin and/or mucous membranes. Although yeast is normally a harmless inhabitant of the digestive
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare but life-threatening complication of bacterial infection. TSS can affect anyone, male or female. However, it occurs most frequently in young women who wear tampons
Overview A transverse vaginal septum is a horizontal "wall" of tissue that has formed during embryologic development and essentially creates a blockage of the vagina. It can occur at many different
Overview To understand unicornuate uterus, a congenital abnormality of the uterus, it's helpful to understand how the uterus is formed. During typical fetal development, two tubelike structures,
Overview If your daughter has a vertical or complete vaginal septum, she has a wall of tissue running down the length of the vaginal canal, partitioning the space into two vaginas. Your daughter may
Overview During pregnancy, a baby's reproductive system may not finish developing in the mother's uterus. She may be born without a vagina and have other absent reproductive organs. This condition is
Overview Vulvitis is an itchy inflammation of the vulva, the soft folds of skin outside the vagina. It's not so much a condition as it is a symptom of certain diseases, infections, injuries, allergies
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”