Cradle to College
Vol. 19 No 3 | Spring 2017
As a gynaecologist, one of the most challenging consultations is addressing contraception in our adolescent population.
Adolescence is a time of ‘finding yourself’; exploring the type of person you want to be and future you want to have. As a result, many adolescents are influenced by their peers and partake in risk-taking behaviours, some of which include substance abuse and unprotected sex.
This article will deal primarily with the medical assessment of alleged sexual abuse in female adolescents; however, there are many similar considerations when assessing male adolescents.
Menarche is an important milestone of pubertal transition and has been widely viewed as a sign of physical and emotional health.