Adolescent Gynaecology

Adolescent Gynaecology

Dr Shalini Dewan has a special interest in Adolescent Gynaecology, diagnosing and treating many young women.

Her care and understanding for a young person combined with her ability to ensure they feel comfortable in her practice separates her from many other Gynaecologists. For many young women being treated by a female doctor is also important as it can be quite daunting going to your first appointment at a young age.

General Adolescent Gynaecology

You may also be referred to Shalini for:

  • period pain problems
  • contraceptive counselling and advice
  • discuss early/late puberty

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Many adolescent women are referred to Shalini with suspected Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

PCOS occurs in women of all backgrounds and ethnicities, however it is more common in certain groups such as Indigenous, Asian and North African women.

Lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise and increased weight play a large part in the likelihood of developing PCOS.

Symptoms of PCOS may include:

  • irregular periods (more or less often than usual)
  • increased body hair
  • increased acne
  • an ultrasound may show multiple cysts on the ovaries
  • a blood test may detect male type hormones

The good news is that PCOS is treatable and as women get older some of the symptoms may become less severe, however does not go away

In the short term the impact of PCOS may affect:

  • emotional wellbeing:
  • cause weight gain
  • cause difficulty in losing weight
  • cause difficulty sleeping, associated with snoring and uneven breathing patterns

Longer term effects of PCOS may include:

  • a higher risk of diabetes
  • a risk of high cholesterol
  • a higher risk heart disease
  • thickening of the uterus lining
  • difficulties or delays in getting pregnant

To discuss options for your appointment or for your daughter please contact Dr Shalini Dewan’s office on 03 9802 3497.