Adolescent Gynecology Specialist

Carrie Kim Patterson, MD -  - OB/GYN

Carrie Kim Patterson, MD

OB/GYN located in Frisco, TX

Entering puberty can be a confusing time for girls as their reproductive systems start to become active and their bodies undergo drastic changes. Dr. Carrie Patterson, OB/GYN in Frisco, Texas, specializes in adolescent and teen gynecologic care to help both parents and girls adjust to the unusual changes in their bodies by providing trusting and knowledgeable medical guidance through this transition into womanhood. If your daughter is entering or already in her teenage years, call and make your appointment with Dr. Patterson today to get started on her reproductive care.

Adolescent Gynecology Q & A

What happens during puberty?

Puberty is a simple word to describe the incredibly complex process every girl goes through as she leaves childhood behind and her body prepares for reproduction and womanhood. In most girls, puberty takes place between the ages of 9 and 13. During that short span of time, their bodies undergo significant changes, mostly due to a surge in the female hormone, estrogen. These changes include:

  • A spurt in growth
  • Breast growth
  • Hair growth in the pubic region, under the arms, on the legs and arms
  • Weight gain
  • Body reshaping -- more fat around the buttocks, hips, abdomen, and thighs
  • Acne
  • Menstruation

With the increase in hormone levels, many girls also experience mood swings that can go from euphoric to highly sensitive or anxious in a matter of minutes. The physical changes, accompanied by the mental anxiety frequently associated with puberty, often makes puberty feel overwhelming, which is where a gynecologist like Dr. Patterson plays a crucial role.

What is teenage gynecology?

Teenage gynecology is designed to meet the unique and specific needs of girls who are going through puberty and transitioning into womanhood. Dr. Patterson understands the importance of building a trusting relationship with her adolescent patients that empowers the young women under her care to make good decisions based on knowledge and facts. Dr. Patterson helps both parents and her younger patients navigate health and sexuality as safely and informed as possible.

Why should my daughter see a gynecologist?

Dr. Patterson can help your daughter negotiate many different areas, such as:

  • Health: From weight issues to bone health, Dr. Patterson educates her teenage patients on techniques to maintain optimal health.
  • Periods: Dr. Patterson monitors your daughter’s menstrual cycles to make sure that everything is functioning properly, and alleviates cramps or heavy bleeding.
  • Sexuality: Dr. Patterson makes sure her patients are well informed before they embark on any type of sexual relationship by educating them on safety and responsibility.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STDs or STIs): Dr. Patterson ensures that teenagers under her care comprehend the nature of STDs and how to avoid them.
  • Pregnancy and birth control: Dr. Patterson helps you and your child understand and choose the best option.

Call Dr. Patterson to find out when you should bring your daughter in for her first gynecological visit.